Political imprisonment

FILE - In this May 15, 2008 file photo, Yon Goicoechea speaks before accepting the Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty in New York. Venezuela's government has released two prominent opposition activists it has held for more than a year without trial, one of them a Spanish citizen, as President Nicolas Maduro looks to ease international pressure following months of unrest. Goicoechea and Delson Guarate were freed late Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, from a Caracas jail, but continue to be bound by restrictions on their movement and speech, according to lawyers’ co-op Foro Penal. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
November 04, 2017 - 12:10 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's government has released two prominent opposition activists it has held for more than a year without trial, one of them a Spanish citizen, as President Nicolas Maduro looks to ease international pressure following months of unrest. Yon Goicoechea and Delson...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017 file photo, ousted Catalan President Carles Puigdemont smiles after a press conference in Brussels. Puigdemont says he is ready to run for re-election in December and would be prepared to run his campaign from Belgium, where he is in hiding. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys, File)
November 03, 2017 - 3:24 pm
MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the Spain-Catalonia political crisis (all times local): 8:15 p.m. A Spanish judge has issued an international arrest warrant for ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four aides who have been last seen in Brussels. National Court investigating judge Carmen Lamela...
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October 26, 2017 - 5:17 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The democratic opposition and political prisoners in Venezuela have won the European Union's Sakharov Prize for human rights. The European Parliament said Thursday that it wanted to reward the courage of students and politicians fighting for freedom in the face of a repressive...
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Pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong, center left, and Nathan Law, center right, walk out of the Court of Final Appeal Hong Kong, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. Hong Kong's highest court freed the pro-democracy activists on bail pending an appeal of their prison sentences after they were convicted of sparking massive protests in 2014. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
October 24, 2017 - 7:05 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's highest court freed pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong and Nathan Law on bail Tuesday pending an appeal of their prison sentences after they were convicted of sparking massive protests in 2014. The pair were imprisoned after the justice secretary succeeded in getting...
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October 24, 2017 - 6:25 am
MOSCOW (AP) — A 35-year-old Russian celebrity TV host who wants to become a presidential candidate opened her first news conference on Tuesday by demanding the release of all political prisoners. Ksenia Sobchak announced her presidential bid last week, arguing that Russia has grown tired of its...
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Holding signs reading in Catalan 'freedom', people gather to protest against the National Court's decision to imprison civil society leaders without bail, in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. Protesters were gathering for a fresh round of demonstrations in Barcelona Tuesday to demand the release of two leaders of Catalonia's pro-independence movement who were jailed in a sedition probe. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
October 17, 2017 - 6:07 pm
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain's top court ruled Tuesday that an independence referendum in Catalonia was unconstitutional, adding weight to government efforts to block the region from breaking away from the rest of the country but not persuading demonstrators demanding the release of two jailed...
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A statue of Venezuelan hero Simon Bolivar with a mask made with the Venezuelan flag is seen at Chacao square in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017. The head of Venezuela's opposition-controlled congress made an emotional plea for opponents of President Maduro to remain mobilized on the streets to capitalize growing international pressure on the embattled socialist. (AP Photo/Wil Riera)
August 06, 2017 - 10:44 am
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Ruling party chief Diosdado Cabello said Venezuelan troops quashed a "terrorist" attack at a military base Sunday, shortly after a small group of men dressed in fatigues released a video declaring themselves in rebellion. Cabello reported on Twitter that troops quickly...
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Venezuelan General Prosecutor Luisa Ortega Diaz, third left, is surrounded by loyal employees of the General Prosecutor's office, as she was barred from entering her office by security forces, outside of the General Prosecutor headquarters in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017. Security forces surrounded the entrance ahead of a session of the newly-installed constitutional assembly in which the pro-government body is expected to debate the onetime loyalist turned arch critic's removal. (AP Photo/Wil Riera)
August 06, 2017 - 12:37 am
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez was returned home to serve his sentence under house arrest, days after being hauled back to prison in the middle of the night in a move that drew international condemnation. The activist's wife Lilian Tintori said in a message on...
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Pope Francis exchanges his skull-cap with a faithful as he arrives for his weekly general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)
August 04, 2017 - 8:40 am
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Latest on Venezuela's political crisis over installation of a special assembly to rewrite the constitution (all times local): 8:35 a.m. Pope Francis is inviting the faithful worldwide to pray for Venezuela and its people, and the Vatican is urging the government to...
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An anti-government demonstrator waves a flag against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro during a vigil in honor of those who have been killed during clashes between security forces and demonstrators in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, July 31, 2017. Many analysts believe Sunday's vote for a newly elected assembly that will rewrite Venezuela’s constitution will catalyze yet more disturbances in a country that has seen four months of street protests in which at least 125 people have died. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
August 01, 2017 - 8:52 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on the political situation in Venezuela (all times local): 8:50 p.m. The White House is condemning what it calls "the Maduro dictatorship" over the arrests of two top opposition leaders in Venezuela before dawn Tuesday. Opposition leaders Leopoldo Lopez and...
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