Political imprisonment

September 22, 2020 - 1:40 pm
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Authorities in Belarus, that's seen six weeks of protests against the country's authoritarian president after a disputed election, have opened more than 250 criminal cases against political opponents, activists and protesters, a Belarusian human rights group said Tuesday...
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Prime ministers of central Europe's Visegrad Group Mateusz Morawiecki, second left, of Poland, Viktor Orban, second right, of Hungary, Igor Matovic, left, of Slovakia and Czech Republic's Andrej Babis, right, gather for talks in Lublin, Poland, on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. In preparation for European Union summit this month, the meeting is to discuss situation in Belarus, ties with Russia and fighting COVID-19. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
September 11, 2020 - 1:13 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The prime ministers of four central European countries said Friday that a new election should be held in Belarus to allow the country's voters to decide the course of its future. “We all agree that Belarus should hold free elections so that the Belarusian nation can on its own...
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September 01, 2020 - 11:10 am
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Trump administration said Tuesday that Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro should not be praised for releasing a few political opponents ahead of a congressional election, when many more opposition activists remain in jail. “Restoring constitutional rights that were...
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A man wearing a face mask amid the COVID-19 pandemic passes a mural of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Analysts say that in recent months the pandemic has helped suck away the opposition’s scanty momentum and bolster Maduro’s already strong hand. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
August 31, 2020 - 7:19 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Venezuelan government said Monday that it had pardoned more than 100 people, including dozens of political opponents who are in prison, have taken refuge in foreign embassies in Caracas or fled the country. The move comes ahead of congressional elections set for Dec. 6...
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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, center, wearing a protective face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, attends an Afghan Loya Jirga meeting in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. The traditional council opened Friday in the Afghan capital to decide the release of a final 400 Taliban - the last hurdle to the start of negotiations between Kabul’s political leadership and the Taliban in keeping with a peace deal the United States signed with the insurgent movement in February. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
August 07, 2020 - 11:06 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A traditional council met Friday in Kabul to decide whether to release a final 400 Taliban prisoners, the last hurdle to negotiations between Afghanistan’s political leadership and the Taliban under a peace deal the insurgents signed with the United States earlier this...
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A car believed to be carrying a longtime chief of the violent Basque separatist group ETA known by the alias Josu Ternera drives out La Sante Prison Thursday, 30 July, 2020, in Paris, France, to be held under house arrest with an electronic monitoring bracelet. Josu Ternera was arrested in May 2019 after 17-years on the run. ETA killed more than 850 people during its decades-long violent campaign to create an independent state in northern Spain and southern France. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)
July 30, 2020 - 8:01 am
PARIS (AP) — A longtime chief of the violent Basque separatist group ETA was freed Thursday from a French prison, swapping a jail cell for house arrest in Paris with an electronic monitoring bracelet. José Antonio Urruticoetxea Bengoetxea, known by the alias Josu Ternera, will only be able to leave...
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FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2015 file photo, a Muslim Brotherhood member waves his hand from a defendants cage in a courtroom in Torah prison, southern Cairo, Egypt. A leading human rights group says the coronavirus has struck several Egyptian prisons and killed several detainees, as authorities seek to stifle news of the virus’s spread behind bars. Human Rights Watch, released an extensive report Monday, July 20, 2020 documenting multiple cases of detainees who died after experiencing virus symptoms without being tested or receiving adequate medical treatment. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)
July 20, 2020 - 11:52 pm
CAIRO (AP) — The coronavirus has infected people inside several Egyptian prisons and killed at least 14 detainees, as authorities seek to stifle news of the spread of the virus behind bars, a leading human rights watchdog said Monday. Human Rights Watch released a report based on letters smuggled...
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Belarusians attend a meeting in support of Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, candidate for the presidential election, in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday July 19, 2020. The presidential election in Belarus is scheduled for August 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
July 19, 2020 - 1:52 pm
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarus saw its largest opposition demonstration in years as about 5,000 people rallied Sunday to support a candidate challenging Belarus’ longtime authoritarian leader in next month’s presidential vote. President Alexander Lukashenko is expected to easily win a sixth term in...
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President Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Saturday, July 11, 2020. Trump was returning from a visit to nearby Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
July 13, 2020 - 5:54 am
Presidential politics move fast. What we’re watching heading into a new week on the 2020 campaign: Days to general election: 113 ___ THE NARRATIVE These are among the darkest days of President Donald Trump's presidency. Coronavirus infections are exploding, the economic recovery is in jeopardy and...
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July 06, 2020 - 7:15 pm
CAIRO (AP) — An American medical student detained without trial in an Egyptian prison for nearly 500 days has been freed and returned to the United States, the U.S. State Department said on Monday. The release of Mohamed Amashah, a dual Egyptian-American citizen from Jersey City, New Jersey,...
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