Political imprisonment

FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2018 file photo, Nikola Gruevski, Macedonia's former prime minister, looks on in parliament in the capital, Skopje. A criminal court in North Macedonia has sentenced  former conservative prime minister Nikola Gruevski to 1 1/2 years in prison, and handed suspended sentences to six other party members and supporters for orchestrating violence in 2013, it was reported on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski, File)
September 29, 2020 - 11:54 am
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — A criminal court in North Macedonia has sentenced former conservative prime minister Nikola Gruevski to 1 1/2 years in prison, and handed suspended sentences to six other party members and supporters for orchestrating violence in 2013. Gruevski, who was granted...
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September 22, 2020 - 1:40 pm
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Authorities in Belarus, that's seen six weeks of protests against the country's authoritarian president after a disputed election, have opened more than 250 criminal cases against political opponents, activists and protesters, a Belarusian human rights group said Tuesday...
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FILE - In this Thursday Oct. 24, 2019 file photo, Jawar Mohammed speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at his house in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Ethiopia's most prominent opposition figure, Jawar Mohammed, and 23 other people have been charged with terrorism-related offenses, telecom fraud and other criminal activities, the attorney general's office announced Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene, File)
September 19, 2020 - 10:19 am
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia has charged its most prominent opposition figure, Jawar Mohammed, and 23 others with terrorism-related offenses, telecom fraud and other crimes, the attorney general’s office announced Saturday. They could face life in prison if convicted. They will appear in...
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FILE - In this July 29, 2020 file photo, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey speaks during a news conference in Montgomery, Ala. Ivey announced plans Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020 to move forward with state leasing of three privately built mega prisons that would begin construction next year, in what she described as a step toward overhauling an understaffed and violence-plagued prison system beset by years of federal criticism. (AP Photo/Kim Chandler, File)
September 03, 2020 - 6:50 pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's governor announced plans Thursday to move forward with state leasing of three privately built mega prisons that would begin construction next year, in what she described as a step toward overhauling an understaffed and violence-plagued prison system beset by years...
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September 01, 2020 - 11:10 am
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Trump administration said Tuesday that Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro should not be praised for releasing a few political opponents ahead of a congressional election, when many more opposition activists remain in jail. “Restoring constitutional rights that were...
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A man wearing a face mask amid the COVID-19 pandemic passes a mural of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Analysts say that in recent months the pandemic has helped suck away the opposition’s scanty momentum and bolster Maduro’s already strong hand. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
August 31, 2020 - 7:19 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Venezuelan government said Monday that it had pardoned more than 100 people, including dozens of political opponents who are in prison, have taken refuge in foreign embassies in Caracas or fled the country. The move comes ahead of congressional elections set for Dec. 6...
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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, center, wearing a protective face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, attends an Afghan Loya Jirga meeting in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. The traditional council opened Friday in the Afghan capital to decide the release of a final 400 Taliban - the last hurdle to the start of negotiations between Kabul’s political leadership and the Taliban in keeping with a peace deal the United States signed with the insurgent movement in February. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
August 07, 2020 - 11:06 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A traditional council met Friday in Kabul to decide whether to release a final 400 Taliban prisoners, the last hurdle to negotiations between Afghanistan’s political leadership and the Taliban under a peace deal the insurgents signed with the United States earlier this...
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A car believed to be carrying a longtime chief of the violent Basque separatist group ETA known by the alias Josu Ternera drives out La Sante Prison Thursday, 30 July, 2020, in Paris, France, to be held under house arrest with an electronic monitoring bracelet. Josu Ternera was arrested in May 2019 after 17-years on the run. ETA killed more than 850 people during its decades-long violent campaign to create an independent state in northern Spain and southern France. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)
July 30, 2020 - 8:01 am
PARIS (AP) — A longtime chief of the violent Basque separatist group ETA was freed Thursday from a French prison, swapping a jail cell for house arrest in Paris with an electronic monitoring bracelet. José Antonio Urruticoetxea Bengoetxea, known by the alias Josu Ternera, will only be able to leave...
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FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2015 file photo, a Muslim Brotherhood member waves his hand from a defendants cage in a courtroom in Torah prison, southern Cairo, Egypt. A leading human rights group says the coronavirus has struck several Egyptian prisons and killed several detainees, as authorities seek to stifle news of the virus’s spread behind bars. Human Rights Watch, released an extensive report Monday, July 20, 2020 documenting multiple cases of detainees who died after experiencing virus symptoms without being tested or receiving adequate medical treatment. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)
July 20, 2020 - 11:52 pm
CAIRO (AP) — The coronavirus has infected people inside several Egyptian prisons and killed at least 14 detainees, as authorities seek to stifle news of the spread of the virus behind bars, a leading human rights watchdog said Monday. Human Rights Watch released a report based on letters smuggled...
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Belarusians attend a meeting in support of Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, candidate for the presidential election, in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday July 19, 2020. The presidential election in Belarus is scheduled for August 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
July 19, 2020 - 1:52 pm
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarus saw its largest opposition demonstration in years as about 5,000 people rallied Sunday to support a candidate challenging Belarus’ longtime authoritarian leader in next month’s presidential vote. President Alexander Lukashenko is expected to easily win a sixth term in...
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