Latest Political imprisonment News

UN human rights chief makes first visit to Venezuela

Jun. 19, 2019 7:11 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The United Nations' top human rights official arrived in Venezuela Wednesday for a visit that comes amid heightened international pressure on President Nicolás Maduro for allegedly silencing opponents with jail, torture and excessive violence. On her first visit to the South...

Nicaragua says released all considered political prisoners

Jun. 18, 2019 7:32 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua said Tuesday that it has released all prisoners detained in relation to 2018 anti-government protests, though the opposition maintains that more than 80 people it considers political prisoners are still in custody. President Daniel Ortega's government said in a statement...

The Latest: Hong Kong police seek to defuse public anger

Jun. 17, 2019 10:24 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong against an extradition bill (all times local): 8 p.m. Hong Kong's police commissioner says only people who committed violence will be charged with rioting during clashes between police and protesters outside the legislature on Wednesday, in an apparent...

Argentina group IDs 130th person taken during dictatorship

Jun. 13, 2019 2:14 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — An Argentine human rights group says DNA tests have determined the identity of a person taken from his mother as a baby by the country's former dictatorship. This brings the number of such cases to 130. The Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo said Thursday that Javier...

Catalan separatists defend actions at end of Spanish trial

Jun. 12, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A rebellion and sedition trial resulting from a push to take the Catalonia region out of Spain wrapped up Wednesday with prosecuted leaders arguing they exercised their democratic rights by holding a banned independence referendum. The dozen ex-officials and activists on trial, who hope to...

Nicaragua officials release more prisoners after crackdown

Jun. 11, 2019 4:34 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Principal leaders of protests against President Daniel Ortega's government and two prominent journalists were freed from prison before dawn Tuesday ahead of a June 18 deadline to release the last of hundreds of people the opposition considers political prisoners. Neighbors and...

Univision says it recovered contentious Maduro interview

May. 30, 2019 10:21 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Univision television network said Thursday that it has recovered the video of a contentious interview with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro that was confiscated after he cut it short, angered by critical questions from journalist Jorge Ramos. Ramos said the recovery of...

Nicaragua government releases 50 more political prisoners

May. 30, 2019 1:35 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Nicaragua's government said Thursday it has released 50 prisoners detained in protests from jail to house arrest as an agreed-upon deadline to release all such prisoners approaches. The government statement said that all were held on charges of crimes against security and public peace,...

AP Interview: Catalan separatist vows EU parliament fight

May. 24, 2019 2:18 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Blocked from pursuing his political crusade in Spain's parliament, the most prominent jailed leader of Catalonia's separatist movement is vowing to take his fight to the European Parliament. The lower chamber of Spain's Parliament on Friday suspended Oriol Junqueras and three...

Nicaragua warns banks of sanctions if they join strike

May. 22, 2019 5:23 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua's finance minister warned banks Wednesday that the government will sanction those that participate in a general strike scheduled for Thursday to pressure for the freeing of political prisoners. Iván Acosta said the banking system has a responsibility to the public...