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Mourners gather around the open coffin of Helin Bolek, a member of a popular folk music group that is banned in Turkey, during the funeral procession in Istanbul, Friday, April 3, 2020. Bolek died at home Friday on the 288th day of a hunger strike protesting the government's treatment of the band, in an effort to force the government to reverse its treatment of the band and its members. She was 28. Grup Yorum, known for its protest songs, is a folk collective with rotating band members, the government accuses the group of links to the outlawed Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front, or DHKP/C. (Ibrahim Mase/DHA via AP)

Member of Turkish band dies on 288th day of hunger strike

Apr. 3, 2020 12:44 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A member of a popular folk music group that is banned in Turkey died on the 288th day of a hunger strike she and a colleague started while imprisoned to protest the government's treatment of their band, according to a post on the group's Twitter account. Grup Yorum said singer Helin...

FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2015 file photo, a Muslim Brotherhood member waves his hand from a defendants cage in a courtroom in Torah prison, southern Cairo, Egypt. In some cells in Iran, Egypt, Syria and other countries in the Middle East, prisoners are crammed in by the dozens, with little access to hygiene or medical care. So if one infection gets in, the novel coronavirus could run rampant. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Crammed in filthy cells, political prisoners fear infection

Mar. 31, 2020 2:05 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Reza Khandan got the word from friends locked away in Iran’s most feared prison, Evin. A prisoner and a guard in their cell block had been removed because they were suspected of having coronavirus, and two guards in the women’s ward had shown symptoms. It was frightening news....

In this Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 photo, Yarelis Gutierrez Barrios holds up a cell phone photo at her home in Tampa, Fla., of herself with her partner Roylan Hernandez Diaz, a Cuban asylum seeker who hanged himself in a Louisiana prison.  An Associated Press investigation into Hernandez’s death last October found neglect and apparent violations of government policies by jailers under U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

The preventable death of an asylum seeker in a solitary cell

Mar. 9, 2020 2:42 PM EDT

Roylan Hernandez Diaz’s long journey ended inside a white-walled cell in the solitary confinement wing of a Louisiana prison. Nearby were the last of his belongings: a tube of toothpaste, a few foam cups, and a sheet of paper explaining how he could request his release from immigration detention. He had...

FILE - In this Monday, April 10, 2017 file photo, Dylann Roof arrives to a courtroom at the Charleston County Judicial Center in Charleston, S.C., to enter his guilty plea on murder charges. The white supremacist church shooter staged a hunger strike in February 2020 while on federal death row, alleging in letters to The Associated Press that he’s been “targeted by staff,” “verbally harassed and abused without cause” and “treated disproportionately harsh.” (Grace Beahm/The Post And Courier via AP, Pool, File)

Church shooter Dylann Roof staged death row hunger strike

Feb. 25, 2020 4:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — White supremacist mass murderer Dylann Roof staged a hunger strike this month while on federal death row, alleging in letters to The Associated Press that he’s been “targeted by staff,” “verbally harassed and abused without cause” and “treated...

French researchers in Iranian jail petition to get married

Feb. 7, 2020 10:14 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Two French researchers held for months in a Tehran prison on charges of violating Iran's state security laws have petitioned prison authorities to allow them to get married, their lawyer said Friday. The two — Fariba Adelkhah Adelkhah and Roland Marchal, both in their 60s...