Political imprisonment

December 11, 2018 - 12:12 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is demanding answers from Cuba about eight detainees it says are political prisoners held by the communist government. In an open letter to Cuba's foreign minister released on Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Cuba had refused to respond to...
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FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 file photo, former Rwanda presidential candidate Diane Rwigara is escorted by policemen to a court where she denied charges of insurrection and forgery that she says are linked to her criticism of the government's human rights record. As she waits for a judge to pronounce her fate on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, the Rwandan opposition leader accused of inciting insurrection and forgery says no amount of pressure will silence her. (AP Photo, File)
December 05, 2018 - 5:01 am
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — The Rwandan opposition leader who awaits judgment on charges of inciting insurrection and forgery after challenging the longtime president in last year's election says no amount of pressure will silence her. Speaking to The Associated Press ahead of her court appearance on...
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FILE - In this March 23, 2018 file photo, Catalan presidential candidate Jordi Turull walks past Spanish police officers as he arrives to the Supreme Court after a break for lunch in Madrid. Spanish authorities said on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, that Turull and Jordi Sanchez, both leaders of Catalonia’s separatist movement who have spent the last year in prison, are starting a hunger strike. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)
December 01, 2018 - 7:56 am
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Two leaders of Catalonia's separatist movement who have spent the last year in prison started a hunger strike on Saturday to protest what they claim is the unfair treatment by Spanish courts. Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Turull, regional lawmakers in northeastern Catalonia, said...
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Demonstrators hold up a poster of Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart, during a protest in support of Catalonian politicians and leaders of two civil society groups who have been jailed on charges of sedition in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Oct. 16. 2018. Politicians, rights groups and citizens across Catalonia are calling for the release of jailed separatists as they mark one year since two prominent pro-independence activists, Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart, leaders of two civil society groups _ ANC and Omnium Cultural, respectively _ were put in pre-trial detention. Banners reads in Catalan "one year of shame, on year of dignity" (AP Photo/Emilio morenatti)
October 16, 2018 - 4:39 pm
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Politicians and human rights groups urged the Spanish government Tuesday to release imprisoned separatists facing rebellion and other charges from the Catalonia region's push for independence, including two activists put into pre-trial detention a year ago. Catalan regional...
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In this April 2, 2007 file photo, Bangladeshi police escort Tarique Rahman, to Dhaka Court, in Dhaka. A Bangladeshi tribunal has sentenced 19 people to death and 19 others to life in prison for a deadly attack at a political rally of then-opposition leader and now Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The tribunal in Dhaka delivered a verdict Wednesday on nearly 50 cases stemming from the grenade attack 14 years ago that killed two dozen people and wounded hundreds. Two former Cabinet ministers were condemned to death. Jailed former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's son Tarique Rahman received a life sentence. Eleven defendants were given six months to two years in prison. (AP Photo/Pavel Rahman, File)
October 10, 2018 - 4:20 am
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A Bangladeshi tribunal sentenced 19 people to death and the opposition's heir-apparent to life imprisonment Wednesday for a deadly 2004 attack at a political rally of then-opposition leader and current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Judge Shahed Nuruddin delivered the...
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Staff members of jailed councilman Fernando Alberto Alban Salazar embrace outside the Bolivarian National Security Service (SEBIN) headquarters in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018. Venezuela's Attorney General Tarek William Saab said Monday that Salazar, who was arrested on suspicion of involvement in a failed assassination attempt on President Nicolas Maduro, has died of suicide. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
October 09, 2018 - 12:33 am
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The disputed jailhouse death of an opposition councilman arrested on allegations of plotting to kill President Nicolas Maduro has triggered alarm among many Venezuelans and swift condemnation from several foreign dignitaries. Venezuela's government said on Monday that...
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FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 5, 2011 file photo, Rwandan opposition leader Victoire Ingabire wears handcuffs as she listens to the judge during the her trial in Kigali, Rwanda. Ingabire, one of Rwanda's most prominent opposition leaders, walked free on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 after the government approved the early release of more than 2,100 prisoners with little explanation. (AP Photo/Shant Fabricatorian, File)
September 15, 2018 - 10:38 am
KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — A prominent Rwandan opposition leader walked free on Saturday after the government approved the early release of more than 2,100 prisoners with little explanation. Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza's release surprised many because it is unusual for longtime President Paul Kagame to...
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Australian filmmaker James Ricketson speaks from a prisoner van outside Phnom Penh Municipal Court, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. The 69-year-old Australian is at the court to hear his verdict Friday on a charge of violating national security that carries up to 10 years in prison. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)
August 31, 2018 - 2:11 am
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — An Australian filmmaker arrested after flying a drone to photograph a Cambodian opposition party rally last year was convicted of spying and sentenced to six years in prison Friday. James Ricketson had faced up to 10 years in prison. Almost two dozen jailed critics or...
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In this Aug. 29, 2018, file photo, Australian filmmaker James Ricketson, right, is helped off a prisoner truck upon his arrival at Phnom Penh Municipal Court in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Ricketson is on trial in Cambodia on charges of endangering national security by flying a drone over an opposition party rally last year. Closing arguments in the trial are expected Wednesday. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith, File)
August 31, 2018 - 2:07 am
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The Latest on an Australian filmmaker's trial in Cambodia on a national security charge (all times local): 12:45 p.m. Australia's new Prime Minister Scott Morrison says his government will be supportive of a filmmaker convicted of spying in Cambodia. James Ricketson was...
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July 26, 2018 - 10:32 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Foreign Ministry says a woman who was detained in the United States on charges of being a Russian agent is a political prisoner and must be released promptly. The Russian government previously objected to Maria Butina's arrest this month, but its characterization of her as a...
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