Political imprisonment

A prisoner walks outside the gate of Insein prison as he was released, Tuesday, April. 17, 2018, Yangon, Myanmar. Myanmar President Win Myint has granted amnesty to more than 8,500 prisoners, reportedly including at least three dozen political prisoners. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw)
April 17, 2018 - 4:37 am
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar President Win Myint has granted amnesty to more than 8,500 prisoners, reportedly including at least three dozen political prisoners. The amnesty, announced Tuesday, coincided with Myanmar's traditional New Year. It was granted to 8,490 Myanmar citizens and 51...
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Activist Nguyen Van Tuc, center, stands trial in Thai Binh, Vietnam, Tuesday, April 10, 2018. Tuc was sentenced to 13 years in prison after being convicted of attempting to overthrow the government. (The Duyen/ Vietnam News Agency via AP)
April 10, 2018 - 7:21 am
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A court in northern Vietnam sentenced a dissident to 13 years in prison on Tuesday after finding him guilty of attempting to overthrow the government. He was the seventh activist to be jailed in the past week as Communist authorities step up a crackdown on dissent. The...
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Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont smiles when giving a press statement after he was released on bail from the prison in Neumuenster, northern Germany, Friday, April 6, 2018. (Carsten Rehder /dpa via AP)
April 06, 2018 - 10:00 am
NEUMUENSTER, Germany (AP) — Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont walked out of a German prison Friday after posting 75,000 euros ($92,000) bail, demanding that Spanish authorities release fellow Catalan separatists and open a dialogue on his region's future. Puigdemont was detained by police in...
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Journalist stand outside the prison in Neumuenster, northern Germany, Friday, April 6, 2018 where former Catalonian leader Carles Puigdemont is expected to be released on bail later the day after he was detained in March. (Carsten Rehder/dpa via AP)
April 06, 2018 - 8:15 am
NEUMUENSTER, Germany (AP) — The Latest on the Catalonia crisis (all times local): 2:15 p.m. Former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont is calling on Spanish authorities to open a dialogue with Catalan politicians. Following his release on bail from a German prison, Puigdemont also called for the...
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FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2017 file photo ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont takes the podium at a gathering to watch the election results for Spain's Catalonia region at the Square Meeting Center in Brussels. The lawyer for fugitive former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont says that he is being held by German police. Jaume Alonso-Cuevillas has confirmed to The Associated Press that German police stopped Puigdemont on Sunday, March 25, 2018 when he was crossing the border from Denmark. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo,file)
March 25, 2018 - 2:44 pm
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Five months after going on the run from Spanish authorities, Catalonia's former president was detained in Germany on an international warrant Sunday by highway police after the ardent separatist crossed the border with Denmark. Carles Puigdemont's capture, aided by Spanish...
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In this Jan. 17, 2018 file photo. Mike S. , right, arriving to courtroom ahead of the start of the trial in Dresden, Germany. The German court on Wednesday March 7, 2018 sentenced eight Germans to between four and ten years of prison for forming a far-right terrorist organization, attempted murder and carrying out bombing attacks on asylum-seeker facilities and left-wing political targets. (Sebastian Kahnert/dpa via AP,file)
March 07, 2018 - 9:42 am
BERLIN (AP) — A German court on Wednesday sentenced eight Germans to between four and ten years in prison for forming a far-right terrorist organization, attempted murder and carrying out bomb attacks on asylum-seeker facilities and left-wing political targets. The Dresden regional court said in...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 file photo, Manchester City coach Josep Guardiola looks on during their Champions League group F soccer match against Shakhtar Donetsk at the Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv, Ukraine. The English Football Association on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 has charged Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola for promoting a political message by wearing a ribbon to support of imprisoned and ousted pro-independence Catalan politicians. Guardiola was born in Catalonia and is revered in the region because of his links with Barcelona's soccer team, as both a player and coach.(AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, file)
February 23, 2018 - 12:13 pm
LONDON (AP) — The English Football Association has charged Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola for promoting a political message by wearing a ribbon in support of imprisoned and ousted pro-independence Catalan politicians. Guardiola was born in Catalonia and is revered in the region because of...
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February 20, 2018 - 12:36 pm
MALE, Maldives (AP) — Maldives' parliament on Tuesday approved a 30-day extension of a state of emergency declared by the president to strengthen his power, ignoring a plea from regional power India not to extend it. The extension of the emergency, first declared earlier this month after the...
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In this picture taken on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, exiled former Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky poses for a portrait for the Associated Press during an interview in London. Russian oligarch-turned-dissident Mikhail Khodorkovsky says he’s not interested in replacing Vladimir Putin as president. Khodorkovsky told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday that he might line up behind TV star Ksenia Sobchak in next month’s presidential election _ or he might just cast a spoiled ballot.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
February 16, 2018 - 1:18 pm
LONDON (AP) — He once was Russia's richest man, and then for 10 years its most famous prisoner. Now Mikhail Khodorkovsky wants to try a new mantle: godfather of Russian democracy. Khodorkovsky is playing a long game, looking well past the Russian presidential election on March 18 that is guaranteed...
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Maldives policemen clear the area of supreme court after the government declared a 15-day state of emergency in Male, Maldives, early Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. The Maldives government declared a 15-day state of emergency Monday as the political crisis deepened in the Indian Ocean nation amid an increasingly bitter standoff between the president and the Supreme Court. Hours after the emergency was declared, soldiers forced their way into the Supreme Court building, where the judges were believed to be taking shelter, said Ahmed Maloof, an opposition member of Parliament. (AP Photo/Mohamed Sharuhaan)
February 06, 2018 - 1:03 pm
MALE, Maldives (AP) — Three Maldives Supreme Court justices on Tuesday annulled their own order to free a group of imprisoned opposition politicians after two of the court's justices were arrested amid a political crisis in the Indian Ocean archipelago nation. The new ruling came as President...
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