Political imprisonment

November 30, 2017 - 1:56 am
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A Vietnamese appeals court upheld a blogger's 10-year prison sentence for Facebook posts alleged to be anti-state propaganda, her lawyer said Thursday, in the second tough sentence imposed on dissidents in a week that drew a rebuke from the U.S government. Nguyen Ngoc Nhu...
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November 29, 2017 - 12:17 pm
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Negotiators say an agreement has been reached for the release by year's end of hundreds of people held prisoner in the war between Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed separatists. Representatives of Russia, Ukraine and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe...
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November 27, 2017 - 9:48 pm
BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese court has sentenced to five years in prison a Taiwanese activist who conducted online lectures on Taiwan's democratization and managed a fund for families of political prisoners in China. The Yueyang City Intermediate People's Court in central China handed down the sentence...
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FILE - In this Monday April 20, 2015 file photo, supporters celebrate with opposition leader Musallam al-Barrack in Kuwait City after his release on bail ahead of a final decision on charges he insulted the country's ruler. A lawyer said Monday Nov. 27, 2017, that a Kuwaiti appeals court has sentenced al-Barrack to seven more years in prison, after being freed on another conviction in April this year. (AP Photo, File)
November 27, 2017 - 10:46 am
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — A leading opposition figure, three serving lawmakers and dozens of others in Kuwait were sentenced to prison on Monday over protesters storming parliament in 2011, with one lawyer saying police had already begun rounding up those convicted to take them to prison. The decision by...
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Dimitris Koufodinas, 59, smiles as he leaves Korydallos prison in western Athens, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017. Koufodinas, the gunman for the now-defunct Greek extremist group November 17, has been granted a 48-hour furlough from an Athens jail, fueling a political debate on prison sentencing and law and order in Greece. (Yannis Kotsiaris/InTime News via AP)
November 09, 2017 - 3:44 pm
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A convicted gunman for an extreme left-wing group who once was Greece's most-wanted terrorist was granted a 48-hour furlough from an Athens prison Thursday, fueling a political debate on prison sentencing and law and order. Dimitris Koufodinas, 59, is serving life for...
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Visitors from Catalonia and some Warsaw residents hold a protest in support of Catalan separatists in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
November 04, 2017 - 4:56 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the crisis over regional lawmakers in Catalonia voting to declare independence from Spain (all times local): 8:30 p.m. Several thousand people marched in Spain's Basque Country to protest the Spanish government's takeover of Catalonia's affairs to impede the region's...
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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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