Latest Political imprisonment News

Changing prisoner count could boost cities' political power

Nov. 28, 2021 12:09 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s urban centers could gain more political power under a new state policy that changes how prisoners are counted when it comes to drawing maps for congressional and legislative districts. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Sunday that...

EU urged not to forget Belarus as bloc prepares sanctions

Nov. 24, 2021 12:20 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya appealed Wednesday to the European Union not to forget the plight of ordinary citizens and political prisoners in the former Soviet country. Tsikhanouskaya's plea came as the EU prepares new sanctions in...

Families say Nicaragua prison conditions deteriorating

Nov. 20, 2021 13:37 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Relatives of political figures held prisoner in Nicaragua since a series of arrests ahead of this month's presidential election expressed concern Saturday about the declining health of the inmates and called for their immediate release. The...

Myanmar court sentences arrested politicians to 75-90 years

Nov. 09, 2021 20:10 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Myanmar sentenced two members of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi's political party to 90 years and 75 years in prison on Tuesday after finding them guilty of corruption, their lawyer said. The sentences appeared to be the most severe so far for...

ACLU: Nevada risks violating 'prison gerrymandering' law

Nov. 05, 2021 15:27 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — American Civil Liberties Union attorneys said if Nevada redraws its political maps without reallocating thousands of inmates to their pre-prison addresses, they will be in violation of a 2019 state law. The threat of a lawsuit and organization's...

'Prison gerrymandering' endures in Nevada, despite law

Oct. 30, 2021 11:14 AM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Incomplete demographic information that Nevada prison officials provided lawmakers preparing to redraw the state's political maps is prompting questions and frustration two years after the Legislature passed a law to count incarcerated residents in their home...

S Koreans send off former President Roh in small funeral

Oct. 30, 2021 04:28 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Dozens of relatives and dignitaries gathered in South Korea’s capital on Saturday to pay their final respects to former President Roh Tae-woo, a key participant in a 1979 military coup who later won a landmark democratic election before his political career ended...

Myanmar court gives Suu Kyi confidante 20-year prison term

Oct. 29, 2021 09:48 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Myanmar found a close colleague of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi guilty of treason and sentenced him Friday to 20 years in prison, a member of their political party said. Local media also reported the court’s decision. The sentence given...

Myanmar military uses systematic torture across country

Oct. 28, 2021 09:56 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The soldiers in rural Myanmar twisted the young man’s skin with pliers and kicked him in the chest until he couldn’t breathe. Then they taunted him about his family until his heart ached, too: “Your mom,” they jeered, “cannot save you anymore.” ...

AP: Myanmar military uses systematic torture across country

Oct. 28, 2021 01:24 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The soldiers in rural Myanmar twisted the young man’s skin with pliers and kicked him in the chest until he couldn’t breathe. Then they taunted him about his family until his heart ached, too: “Your mom,” they jeered, “cannot save you anymore.” ...