Latest Political imprisonment News

Ortega sworn in for 4th straight term as Nicaragua's leader

Jan. 10, 2022 23:54 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega was sworn in for a fourth consecutive term Monday following elections considered rigged and on a day marked by sanctions from the United States and European Union against members of his government. Alongside him was first...

Myanmar's Suu Kyi sentenced to 4 more years in prison

Jan. 10, 2022 16:30 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Myanmar sentenced ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi to four more years in prison on Monday after finding her guilty of illegally importing and possessing walkie-talkies and violating coronavirus restrictions, a legal official said. Suu Kyi was convicted last...

Biden raises concerns to Ethiopian PM about Tigray conflict

Jan. 10, 2022 16:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden expressed concerns on Monday in a phone call with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed about detentions and civilian killings in the conflict in the Tigray region, while commending Abiy for the recent release of several political prisoners. The...

Egyptian rights group closes, cites government persecution

Jan. 10, 2022 12:05 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — One of Egypt’s last independent human rights organizations has closed down, a statement by the group said Monday, citing government persecution. Egypt’s government has engaged in a widespread crackdown on dissent for years that has stifled many of the country’s...

Conspiracy theories paint fraudulent reality of Jan. 6 riot

Jan. 01, 2022 00:57 AM EST

Millions of Americans watched the events in Washington last Jan. 6 unfold on live television. Police officers testified to the violence and mayhem. Criminal proceedings in open court detailed what happened. Yet the hoaxes, conspiracy theories and attempts to rewrite history persist,...

Prosecutors want 1-year sentence for former Chicago alderman

Dec. 23, 2021 12:21 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors are seeking a one-year prison sentence for a former Chicago alderman who pleaded guilty to spending cash from a political fund he controlled on personal expenses. A court memo filed Wednesday shows that U.S. attorneys want Ricardo Munoz — a...

Navalny's daughter accepts EU rights award on his behalf

Dec. 15, 2021 08:27 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The young adult daughter of imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny received a standing ovation from European Union lawmakers as she accepted the EU's top human rights prize on her father's behalf Wednesday. The European Parliament, in a clear slap at...

Belarus hands opposition leader’s husband 18 years in prison

Dec. 14, 2021 15:56 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A court in Belarus on Tuesday sentenced the husband of the country's opposition leader to 18 years in prison, six months after the trial began behind closed doors. The charges against Siarhei Tsikhanouski included organizing mass unrest and inciting hatred and have been...

EXPLAINER: Gang negotiations sensitive topic in El Salvador

Dec. 09, 2021 16:40 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Allegations from the United States government that President Nayib Bukele’s administration negotiated with El Salvador's powerful street gangs touched a sensitive topic. Previous administrations in El Salvador both from the left and right have done so and paid a political...

Saudi activist sues 3 former U.S. officials over hacking

Dec. 09, 2021 14:50 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Loujain al-Hathloul, a prominent Saudi political activist who pushed to end a ban on women driving in her country, is suing three former U.S. intelligence and military officials she says helped hack her cellphone so a foreign government could spy on her before she was...