Latest Political imprisonment News

Ex-Argentine officer faces trial in Miami in massacre case

Jun. 24, 2022 18:23 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A former Argentine navy officer goes on trial Monday in Miami for his alleged role in a 1972 massacre of political prisoners in his homeland. Roberto Guillermo Bravo, who has lived in the U.S. for decades, is the only former Argentine military officer accused of taking...

Dissident artist, rapper sentenced to prison in Cuba

Jun. 24, 2022 15:39 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Two members of a loose-knit group of dissident artists have been sentenced to prison in Cuba, the country's prosecutor's office said Friday. Maikel Castillo was sentenced to nine years for attacks and defamation against the country's institutions and Luis Manuel Otero...

UN expert: Myanmar's pledge for clean polls 'preposterous'

Jun. 23, 2022 04:22 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Military-ruled Myanmar's promise of free and fair elections next year is “preposterous,” a U.N. expert said Thursday as he warned the international community not to fall for the army regime's propaganda to legitimize its rule. Tom Andrews, the U.N....

Myanmar's Suu Kyi celebrates birthday with cake in court

Jun. 20, 2022 13:25 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Although detained by Myanmar’s military government on a slew of charges, ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi was able to hold a small birthday celebration during a court appearance Monday, a legal official said. Suu Kyi, whose elected government was overthrown by the...

Russian opposition leader confirms prison move

Jun. 15, 2022 12:56 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Opposition politician Alexei Navalny confirmed Wednesday that he was transferred to another prison and in quarantine. Navalny wrote on the Telegram messaging app that he was moved to the maximum security IK-6 prison in the Vladimir region village of Melekhovo, about...

Cambodian court convicts lawyer, dozens of others of treason

Jun. 14, 2022 21:25 PM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A Cambodian-American lawyer and dozens of members of a now-dissolved opposition party were convicted of treason Tuesday in a trial that is part of efforts to tame opposition to the long-running rule of Prime Minister Hun Sen. Lawyer Theary Seng and most...

US sanctions 93 Nicaraguan officials for crackdown

Jun. 13, 2022 16:00 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.S. State Department imposed visa restrictions Monday on 93 more Nicaraguan officials for their role in supporting the regime of President Daniel Ortega. Ortega jailed dozens of opposition figures in order to win a fourth consecutive term in Nov. 7...

Cambodian leader asks Myanmar to reconsider foes' executions

Jun. 11, 2022 08:18 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia’s prime minister urged military-ruled Myanmar to reconsider the death sentences against four political opponents, suggesting that executing them will draw strong international condemnation and complicate efforts to restore peace to the strife-torn nation. ...

Russia's Navalny loses appeal on terrorist, extremist label

Jun. 07, 2022 11:01 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Tuesday lost an appeal contesting the decision by penitentiary officials to label him as “inclined to commit crimes of a terrorist or extremist nature.” Navalny, who has been behind bars since January 2021,...

Myanmar says it will carry out first executions in decades

Jun. 03, 2022 15:10 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar’s military-installed government announced Friday that it will execute a former lawmaker from ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party and a veteran pro-democracy activist convicted of violating the country’s Counter-Terrorism Law, local media reported Friday. ...