Latest Political imprisonment News

Cuban diplomats disrupt UN meeting called by US on prisoners

Oct. 16, 2018 6:58 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — About 20 Cuban diplomats and supporters disrupted a U.N. meeting called Tuesday by the United States to spotlight the island nation's political prisoners, loudly banging on tables and shouting in Spanish, "Cuba, yes! U.S. blockade, no!" It was impossible to hear U.S. Deputy Ambassador...

Spain pressured to free imprisoned Catalan activists

Oct. 16, 2018 4:39 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Politicians and human rights groups urged the Spanish government Tuesday to release imprisoned separatists facing rebellion and other charges from the Catalonia region's push for independence, including two activists put into pre-trial detention a year ago. Catalan regional...

Group: Cuba frees dissident after US call for release

Oct. 16, 2018 1:23 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — A Cuban dissident group said Tuesday the island's government has released Tomas Nunez Magdariaga, who had carried out a lengthy hunger strike to protest his imprisonment. The U.S. government had publicly called for his release on Oct. 4, citing "grave concerns" over his health. A leader of...

US: Cuba's political prisoners are "affront" to democracy

Oct. 15, 2018 6:17 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States says Cuba is jailing 130 political prisoners in a "blatant affront" to fundamental democratic freedoms, but the Cuban ambassador to the United Nations said Monday that the U.S. lacks the moral authority to teach other countries such lessons given what she calls the...

Venezuela frees, uproots to Spain jailed opposition activist

Oct. 13, 2018 7:49 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan authorities have freed a prominent opposition activist jailed for four years just days after an anti-government politician died in state custody. Lorent Saleh was immediately escorted to the airport and put on a flight to Madrid with Spanish government officials. Upon...

Venezuelan politician mourned after suspicious death

Oct. 10, 2018 6:43 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's chief prosecutor doubled down Wednesday on claims that a jailed opposition activist killed himself, while the Trump administration condemned the government of President Nicolas Maduro for its alleged involvement in the suspicious death. Attorney General Tarek William...

Bangladesh sentences 19 to death in political rally attack

Oct. 10, 2018 11:32 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A Bangladeshi court sentenced 19 people to death and the son of the opposition leader to life imprisonment on Wednesday over a deadly 2004 attack at a political rally held by current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The grenade attack killed two dozen people and wounded about 300...

Questions, condemnations of Venezuela dissident's death

Oct. 9, 2018 3:18 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Questions and condemnation of Venezuela's leadership poured in Tuesday following the suspicious death of an opposition activist who authorities say evaded justice by throwing himself from the 10th floor of a police building. Fernando Alban was arrested Friday at Caracas'...

Bangladesh's ex-PM transferred from prison to hospital

Oct. 8, 2018 7:30 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A medical board formed by Bangladesh's government is evaluating the health of opposition leader Khaleda Zia in the hospital where she was admitted this weekend following complaints that her condition was deteriorating rapidly in a prison in the nation's capital, a doctor said...

Rwandan ex-presidential challenger Rwigara freed on bail

Oct. 5, 2018 8:02 AM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Former Rwandan presidential candidate Diane Rwigara was freed on bail on Friday after more than a year behind bars on charges she has called politically motivated after her outspoken challenge of one of Africa's most prominent leaders. A high court ordered the release of Rwigara and...