Political imprisonment

Prisoner Franklin Perez, 29, hugs his son and his mother Lidia in his home after he was released to house arrest, in Managua, Nicaragua, Friday, April 5, 2019. Perez is among the 50 people released Friday who had been jailed for protesting against President Daniel Ortega's government. However charges were not dropped against the demonstrators. Instead they were for the most part transferred to a form of house arrest, short of the unrestricted freedom that the opposition has demanded. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga)
April 06, 2019 - 1:00 am
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua on Friday released another 50 people jailed for protesting against President Daniel Ortega's government, bringing the number freed since late February to about 200 in a unilateral action separate from a broader deal covering hundreds considered political...
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March 07, 2019 - 11:36 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A hard-line cleric once thought to be a possible successor to Iran's supreme leader was appointed head of the Islamic Republic's judiciary Thursday, sparking concern from rights activists over his involvement in the execution of thousands in the 1980s. Ebrahim...
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Brazil's Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva attend the wake of his 7-year-old grandson Arthur, who died of meningitis on Friday, in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil, Saturday, March 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)
March 02, 2019 - 3:21 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva left prison Saturday to attend his 7-year-old grandson's funeral, taking advantage of his temporary release to reiterate his innocence before political leaders and relatives who had gathered to mourn. Da Silva, who is...
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Alex Vanegas, center, who had been imprisoned by the government of President Daniel Ortega for protesting against the regime, is released by prison authorities, in Managua, Nicaragua, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. Ortega's government has released dozens of people arrested in a last year's crackdown on street protests, just hours before talks between the government and opponents are scheduled to begin. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga)
February 27, 2019 - 8:42 pm
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Representatives of President Daniel Ortega and the opposition sat down face-to-face in a restart of long-stalled talks on resolving Nicaragua's political crisis Wednesday, shortly after authorities released dozens of people arrested in last year's crackdown on anti-...
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Catalan regional Vice-President, Oriol Junqueras, center, next to Catalan former Cabinet member Raul Romeva, left, during the trial at the Spanish Supreme Court in Madrid, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. Spain is bracing for the nation's most sensitive trial in four decades of democracy this week, with a dozen Catalan separatists facing charges including rebellion over a failed secession bid in 2017. (J.J. Guillen/Pool via AP)
February 14, 2019 - 8:32 am
MADRID (AP) — A former Catalan official accused by Spanish prosecutors of leading a violent rebellion to create an independent republic testified at a top court in Madrid on Thursday that he considers himself "a political prisoner." Oriol Junqueras, who was the vice president of the Catalan Cabinet...
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Kevin Downing, Paul Manafort's defense attorney, right, walks to the entrance of federal court on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 in Washington. At left is attorney Tim Wang, another member of the defense team for Manafort. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)
February 13, 2019 - 9:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort intentionally lied to investigators and a federal grand jury in the special counsel's Russia probe, a judge ruled Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson's decision was another loss for Manafort, a once-wealthy political...
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Opposition leader Juan Guaido, who has declared himself the interim president of Venezuela, speaks during a press conference on the steps of the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. Germany, Spain, France, the U.K. and Sweden have announced that they are recognizing Guaido as the country's interim president and are urging him to hold a new presidential election. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
February 04, 2019 - 3:57 pm
MADRID (AP) — The Latest on Venezuela's political crisis (all times local): 9:50 p.m. The interim government challenging Venezuelan socialist Nicolas Maduro says it will hold an international conference to seek emergency humanitarian assistance at the headquarters of the Organization of American...
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FILE - In this March 13, 2009, file photo, Zalmay Khalilzad, special adviser on reconciliation, speaks during a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan. Abdul Ghani Baradar, a co-founder of the Taliban has been appointed head of the group’s political office in Qatar as it holds negotiations with the United States over ending the 17-year-old Afghan war, a Taliban spokesman said Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. He remained in the custody of Pakistan for eight years and was freed in October 2018 on request from the U.S. envoy Khalilzad, who has been tasked by the administration of President Donald Trump since September to find a negotiated conclusion to conflict, which would end the U.S.'s longest military engagement in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, File)
January 25, 2019 - 2:47 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A co-founder of the Taliban who was released from prison in Pakistan in October has been appointed head of the group's political office in Qatar as it negotiates with the United States over ending the 17-year-old Afghan war, the Taliban said Friday. Abdul Ghani Baradar, a...
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FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2018 file photo, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi addresses a joint press conference with Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz at the federal chancellery in Vienna, Austria. Amnesty International said in a statement Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, that Egyptian authorities have detained at least 113 people in 2018 for peacefully expressing their views, saying the country has become more dangerous than at any time in recent history for anyone openly criticizing the government. The London-based rights group said those who dared criticize the government in 2018 were sent to prison, often held in solitary confinement or subjected to forced disappearances. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, File)
January 24, 2019 - 1:18 pm
CAIRO (AP) — Amnesty International said Thursday that Egyptian authorities detained at least 113 people in 2018 for peacefully expressing their views, saying the country has become more dangerous than at any time in recent history for anyone openly criticizing the government. In a statement, the...
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Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi, right, receives the presidential sash from outgoing president Joseph Kabila after being sworn in in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Thursday Jan. 24, 2019. Tshisekedi won an election that raised numerous concerns about voting irregularities amongst observers as the country chose a successor to longtime President Kabila. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
January 24, 2019 - 9:50 am
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's new President Felix Tshisekedi made news as soon as he was sworn into office on Thursday by announcing he would release all political prisoners and by praising his father, the late opposition icon Etienne, calling him "president" to cheers from the crowd. The 55-year-...
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