Latest Political imprisonment News

Texas Hispanic activist Muniz free after 24 years in prison

Jan. 9, 2019 9:31 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — Hispanic rights activist and political pioneer Ramsey Muniz, who was sentenced to life without parole in 1994 on a drug conviction, has been released from prison after years of intense efforts by family and supporters to free him. The Federal Bureau of Prisons says Muniz was released from the...

CBS: El-Sissi says Egypt, Israel cooperate against militants

Jan. 5, 2019 11:33 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president has told CBS that his country and Israel, with whom it fought four wars, are cooperating against Islamic militants in the Sinai Peninsula, a startling and potentially damaging acknowledgment that could explain the Egyptian government's request that the network not air the...

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Dec. 28, 2018 12:01 AM EST

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean that were published in the past week. A tiny white coffin carrying the body of Jakelin Caal, a 7-year-old Guatemalan migrant who died while in U.S. custody, ended its somber journey...

UN condemns North Korea rights violations and nuke spending

Dec. 17, 2018 9:31 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly on Monday condemned North Korea's "systematic, widespread and gross violations of human rights" and its diversion of resources into pursing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles over the welfare of its people. It noted "with concern" that over 10 million...

AP Interview: Catalan separatists on hunger strike speak out

Dec. 16, 2018 3:25 PM EST

SANT JOAN DE VILATORRADA, Spain (AP) — Separatist politicians from Spain's Catalonia region who are entering the third week of a prison hunger strike say their upcoming rebellion trial will give them a platform to peacefully promote the cause of Catalan independence. In rare interviews conducted inside a...

EU parliament urges Egypt to lift human rights constraints

Dec. 13, 2018 10:41 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The EU's lawmaking body has condemned Egyptian authorities for human rights abuses and is urging them to lift restrictions on free speech and assembly, halt mass trials and stop sentencing minors to death, and release political prisoners. In a resolution passed by a vote on Thursday, the...

US demands answers from Cuba on imprisoned dissidents

Dec. 11, 2018 12:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is demanding answers from Cuba about eight detainees it says are political prisoners held by the communist government. In an open letter to Cuba's foreign minister released on Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Cuba had refused to respond to multiple...

Putin, opposition gather to honor prominent rights activist

Dec. 11, 2018 11:26 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Kremlin officials and Russia's opposition on Tuesday gathered to pay tribute to Russia's most prominent human rights activist, Lyudmila Alexeyeva, who died at age 91. Alexeyeva, a staunch and uncompromising rights advocate, made a name for herself in the 1960s and '70s protesting the...

Macedonia parliament attack amnesty sparks prison protest

Dec. 10, 2018 1:54 PM EST

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Hundreds of inmates at Macedonia's main prison outside the capital have refused to accept meals to press demands that an amnesty expected to be granted for suspects involved in a violent political protest at parliament last year be expanded to other offences. Justice Ministry...

Russia's most famous human rights activist dies at 91

Dec. 8, 2018 3:16 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Lyudmila Alexeyeva, a human rights pioneer and dissident who challenged the Soviet and Russian regimes for decades, demanding that they free political prisoners and establish democratic rights, died Saturday in a Moscow hospital, a Russian official said. She was 91. "She remained a human...