Latest Hunger strikes News

Last straw: Fed-up Arizona Democrats censure Sen. Sinema

Jan. 22, 2022 15:40 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is growing increasingly isolated from some of her party’s most influential officials and donors after playing a key role in scuttling voting rights legislation that many consider essential to preserving democracy. Leaders of the Arizona...

Israel weighs extending detention of sick Palestinian teen

Jan. 10, 2022 13:12 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is considering whether to extend the detention of a 17-year-old Palestinian with a rare neuromuscular disorder who has been held without charge for nearly a year in what authorities refer to as administrative detention, his father said Monday. The use of...

Palestinian prisoner ends hunger strike in deal with Israel

Jan. 04, 2022 13:33 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian prisoner who has been on hunger strike for over 140 days to protest being imprisoned without charge agreed Tuesday to end his fast after reaching a deal with Israel to be released next month, his lawyer said. Hisham Abu Hawash, a 40-year-old father of...

French tourist jailed in Iran begins hunger strike

Dec. 27, 2021 11:49 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — A French tourist jailed in Iran since last year has begun a hunger strike to protest against mistreatment in prison, according to his sister and his lawyer. Benjamin Brière, 36, was arrested in May 2020 after taking pictures in a desert area where photography is...

Palestinians freed after hunger strikes have lifelong damage

Dec. 10, 2021 06:00 AM EST

SILAT AL-DHAHR, West Bank (AP) — A year after being released from an Israeli prison following a 103-day hunger strike, Maher al-Akhras is barely able to walk. Frequent bouts of dizziness and sensitivity to noise mean he can neither enjoy social occasions nor return to work on his ancestral farm...

Israel return ex-prisoner weeks after ending hunger strike

Dec. 05, 2021 13:11 PM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Israeli authorities freed a prominent Palestinian prisoner on Sunday, two weeks after striking a release deal that ended his marathon 131-day hunger strike, said a prisoner rights group. Kayed Fasfous, 32, had remained in an Israeli hospital...

Jailed former president of ex-Soviet Georgia faces court

Nov. 29, 2021 08:30 AM EST

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — The imprisoned former president of ex-Soviet republic Georgia appeared in court Monday on charges of abuse of office, proceedings that triggered scuffles between his supporters and police. Mikheil Saakashvili, who served as president in 2008-13,...

Two Palestinians end hunger strike after deal with Israel

Nov. 22, 2021 14:57 PM EST

Two Palestinian hunger strikers, including one who went without food for 131 days, on Monday suspended their strikes against Israel’s controversial policy of detaining them without charge after reaching a deal that will allow them to go free in the coming months, a prisoner rights group...

Jailed Georgian ex-president to end 7-week hunger strike

Nov. 19, 2021 13:10 PM EST

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — A lawyer for Mikheil Saakashvili said Friday that the imprisoned former Georgian president has agreed to end a seven-week hunger strike that has caused him neurological damage. Nika Gvaramia also said Saakashvili has agreed to be transferred from...

Georgia: Hunger-striking Saakashvili passes out in prison

Nov. 18, 2021 18:04 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Georgia's imprisoned former president, Mikheil Saakashvili, who has been on a hunger strike for seven weeks, fell and lost consciousness Thursday, his lawyer said. Lawyer Beka Basilaia said he had been visiting Saakashvili in prison when he collapsed....