Political imprisonment

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 05, 2018 - 7:23 pm
MALE, Maldives (AP) — The Latest on turmoil in the Maldives after the Supreme Court ordered the release of a group of political prisoners (all times local): 5:15 a.m. Police in the Maldives have announced the arrest of two of the country's four supreme court justices amid a political crisis. The...
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In this late Sunday, Feb.4, 2018 photo, Maldivian opposition supporters shout slogans during a protest as they the urge the government to obey a Supreme Court order to release and retry political prisoners, including an ex-president in Male, Maldives. The political crisis in the Maldives deepened Monday, as the government of the island nation said it would not obey a Supreme Court order to free a group of imprisoned opposition leaders. Placards in Divehi language from left, to right, read, "protect the citizens , carry out the supreme court's order, free political prisoners and to uphold justice". (AP Photo/ Mohamed Sharuhaan)
February 05, 2018 - 11:31 am
MALE, Maldives (AP) — 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. A surprise Supreme Court ruling last week ordering the release of...
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Maldivian president Yameen Abdul Gayoom, center, surrounded by his body guards arrives to address his supporters in Male, Maldives, Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. President Yameen said Saturday that he was willing to hold an early presidential election to allow voters to decide who they want to lead the Indian Ocean archipelago, as political unrest continued to grow after a court ordered the release and retrial of political prisoners.(AP Photo/Mohamed Sharuhaan)
February 03, 2018 - 7:38 pm
MALE, Maldives (AP) — The president of the Maldives said he's willing to hold an early presidential election to allow voters to decide who they want to lead the Indian Ocean archipelago, as political unrest continued to grow after a court ordered the release and retrial of political prisoners...
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Maldivian opposition supporters scuffle with security forces officers during a protest demanding the release of political prisoners in Male, Maldives, Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. The exiled former president of the Maldives said Friday that the government must abide by a Supreme Court ruling to free a group of political prisoners, hours after clashes erupted in the Indian Ocean archipelago's capital in the wake of the surprise verdict. (AP Photo/Mohamed Sharuhaan)
February 02, 2018 - 7:44 pm
MALE, Maldives (AP) — The exiled former leader of the Maldives said he will mount a fresh challenge for the presidency this year after his conviction for abducting a judge was overturned by the country's Supreme Court. Government opponents in the archipelago nation's capital mounted a second...
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January 17, 2018 - 9:43 am
BURAYU, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's top opposition figure and hundreds of others were released from prison on Wednesday as part of the government's recent pledge to release detained politicians and "widen the democratic space for all." Merara Gudina led the Oromo Federalist Congress party and was...
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Cliven Bundy walks out of federal court with his wife Carol on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Las Vegas, after a judge dismissed criminal charges against him and his sons accused of leading an armed uprising against federal authorities in 2014. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)
January 08, 2018 - 7:22 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada rancher accused of leading an armed standoff that stopped federal agents from rounding up his cattle in 2014 walked out of a courthouse in Las Vegas a free and defiant man Monday, declaring that his fight against U.S. authority is not over. Cliven Bundy emerged to...
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FILE- In this Thursday, March 17, 2016 file photo Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn speaks to The Associated Press at his office in the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In a surprise move, Ethiopia's leader on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, has announced plans to drop charges against political prisoners and close a notorious prison camp in what he calls an effort to "widen the democratic space for all". (AP Photo/Michael Tewelde, File)
January 03, 2018 - 11:43 am
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — In a surprise move, Ethiopia's leader on Wednesday announced plans to drop charges against political prisoners and close a notorious prison camp in what he called an effort to "widen the democratic space for all." This is the first time the government has acknowledged...
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, right, speaks to prisoners who were released by separatists in the town of Kramatorsk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017. Ukrainian authorities and separatist rebels in the country's east have conducted a massive exchange of prisoners, the largest ever trade of captives since the start of the conflict. (Mikhail Palinchak, Presidential Press Service Pool Photo via AP)
December 27, 2017 - 4:00 pm
HORLIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian authorities and Russian-backed separatist rebels conducted a massive prisoner exchange Wednesday, the largest such trade of captives since the start of an armed conflict in the country's east and a sign of visible progress in the implementation of a 2015 peace...
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December 26, 2017 - 6:15 am
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia has extradited a Kurdish political activist who sought asylum in Serbia after fleeing Turkey where he was sentenced to 15 years in prison, a lawyer said Tuesday. Cevdet Ayaz was taken away Monday afternoon from a center for foreigners where he was staying after his...
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December 25, 2017 - 4:30 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Ukrainian authorities and separatist rebels have agreed on a major prisoner exchange. Separatist leaders and a Ukrainian government representative said in televised comments on Monday that they would exchange prisoners on Wednesday. They spoke after a meeting in Moscow mediated by the...
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