Political imprisonment

A steward runs after two people that invaded the pitch during the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
July 16, 2018 - 3:21 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Two of the four protesters who barged onto the field at the World Cup final in Moscow have been sentenced to 15 days in jail. The protesters, members of the Pussy Riot punk collective, ran onto the pitch at Luzhniki Stadium dressed as police officers during the second half of Sunday's...
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Liu Xia, the widow of Chinese Nobel dissident Liu Xiaobo, gestures she arrives at the Helsinki International Airport in Vantaa, Finland, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. China on Tuesday allowed Liu Xia to fly to Berlin, ending an eight-year house arrest that had drawn intense international criticism and turned the 57-year old poet _ who reluctantly followed her husband into politics two decades ago _ into a tragic icon known around the world. (Jussi Nukari/ Lehtikuva via AP)
July 10, 2018 - 9:32 pm
BERLIN (AP) — In the fall of 2010, Liu Xia traveled to a prison in northeast China to tell her husband, dissident intellectual Liu Xiaobo, that he had just been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. That was the last time she left home as a free woman. Until now. China allowed her to leave the country...
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In this Nov. 16, 2011, file photo, dozens of Kuwaitis briefly storm Kuwait's parliament building as hundreds of others protested outside in Kuwait City, Kuwait. Kuwait's highest court on Sunday ordered an opposition leader and several lawmakers imprisoned for 3½ years over the 2011 storming of parliament during the country's Arab Spring protests. (AP Photo/Nasser Waggi, File)
July 08, 2018 - 7:27 am
KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait's highest court on Sunday ordered an opposition leader and two lawmakers imprisoned for 3 ½ years over the 2011 storming of parliament amid that year's Arab Spring protests, in a case involving nearly 70 politicians, activists and others. Over a dozen people received...
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June 29, 2018 - 1:13 pm
MADRID (AP) — Spain's government says it will allow its nine high-profile Catalan separatists in custody to be moved to prisons closer to their homes in northeastern Catalonia. Government spokeswoman Isabel Celaa says Friday that the "path is clear to move" the prisoners, after the judge...
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FILE - In this March 16, 2016, file photo, American student Otto Warmbier, center, is escorted at the Supreme Court in Pyongyang, North Korea. President Donald Trump had previously condemned the cruelty of North Korea’s government, but after his historic summit on Tuesday with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Trump seemed to play down the severity of human rights violations in North Korea. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin, File)
June 13, 2018 - 5:26 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — It was just months ago when President Donald Trump used his first State of the Union address to condemn the cruelty of North Korea's government. But after his historic summit on Tuesday with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, whom he described as "very smart" and having a "...
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North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, center, is escorted by his security delegation as he visits Marina Bay in Singapore, Monday, June 11, 2018, ahead of Kim's summit with U.S. President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Yong Teck Lim)
June 11, 2018 - 11:09 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said it himself to Congress and the American people: "No regime has oppressed its own citizens more totally or brutally than the cruel dictatorship in North Korea." But when it comes to human rights, don't expect Trump to hold Kim Jong Un's feet to the fire...
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In this Saturday, June 9, 2018, photo, a World War II cannon is decorated with flowers to honor the historic meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
June 10, 2018 - 6:09 am
SINGAPORE (AP) — A new surveillance camera was installed and restaurants closed on Singapore's Sentosa Island, a popular tropical getaway thrust into the spotlight ahead of a summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Located a quarter mile (400 meters) off the coast...
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FILE - In this April 5, 2018, file photo, prominent human rights lawyer Nguyen Van Dai stands trial in Hanoi, Vietnam. Vietnamese authorities released from prison and expelled Dai and another dissident, both of whom were sent to Germany, a pro-democracy group said. (Lam Khanh/ Vietnam News Agency via AP, File)
June 08, 2018 - 8:09 am
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese authorities released from prison and expelled a prominent human rights lawyer and another dissident, both of whom were sent to Germany, a pro-democracy group said. The Brotherhood for Democracy said on its Facebook page that lawyer Nguyen Van Dai and Le Thu Ha...
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Political prisoners wave at their relatives that are waiting for their release outside the Heliciode prison in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, June 1, 2018. Venezuelan officials said they are releasing 39 jailed activists who government opponents consider to be political prisoners in a gesture aimed at uniting the fractured nation.(AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
June 01, 2018 - 4:43 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Dozens of activists in Venezuela who government opponents consider political prisoners were released from jail Friday in what authorities called a gesture aimed at uniting the fractured nation, officials said. Among the 39 prisoners set free under strict conditions are...
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May 29, 2018 - 9:12 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is estimating that 80,000 to 120,000 political prisoners are being held in prison camps in North Korea. That's according to the State Department's annual report on international religious freedom. It says some of the prisoners are being held for religious...
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