Latest Hunger strikes News

Nicaragua's government shutters 6 church radio stations

Aug. 01, 2022 23:24 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Nicaraguan authorities ordered the closure of six radio stations belonging to the Roman Catholic Church on Monday and surrounded one with riot police, church officials said. Rev. Rolando Álvarez, the bishop of the northern province of Matagalpa, said during Mass...

Amnesty urges Egypt to free prominent activist, allow access

Jul. 28, 2022 12:00 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A leading human rights watchdog on Thursday urged Egyptian authorities to allow the family of a prominent activist serving a five-year sentence access to him, and reiterated calls for his immediate release. For nearly 10 days, Alaa Abdel-Fattah's family members had...

Lawyer: People at federal prison denied showers amid strike

Jul. 05, 2022 17:24 PM EDT

SHERIDAN, Ore. (AP) — Prison officials at the Federal Correctional Institution in Sheridan, Oregon, denied showers last month to those held in a unit where people were engaged in a hunger strike, according to a court filing. A court filing last week by a federal public defender...

80 people in Oregon’s federal prison go on hunger strike

Jun. 30, 2022 14:01 PM EDT

SHERIDAN, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s federal public defender says dozens of people inside the state’s only federal prison have been on a hunger strike protesting conditions inside the facility. “We heard last week that some incarcerated people had started a hunger strike, and the...

Frenchman loses appeal of 8-year sentence in Iranian prison

Jun. 28, 2022 14:52 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian appeals court upheld the eight-year prison sentence of a French tourist for taking photos in a prohibited area and asking questions about Iran’s obligatory Islamic hijab for women, his lawyer said Tuesday. Benjamin Briere, 36, was arrested in May...

Jailed Egypt activist on hunger strike moved to new prison

May. 20, 2022 07:25 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities have transferred a prominent political activist from a maximum-security prison where he was allegedly tortured and denied basic rights to a new correctional facility, his family said on Thursday. Alaa Abel-Fattah was transferred from Cairo's Tora...

Some held at Tacoma ICE detention center fear COVID spread

May. 19, 2022 08:18 AM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Nine people held at the Northwest ICE Processing Center in Tacoma have joined in a hunger strike to protest what they say are unclean conditions amid worries about a COVID spread. The strike began Friday, according to the group La Resistencia. The facility that...