Political imprisonment

Opposition leader Merara Gudina, centre, walks with his supporters after his release, in Burayu, Ethiopia, Wednesday, Jan. 17 2018. Ethiopia's top opposition figure and hundreds of others were released from prison on Wednesday as part of the government's recent pledge to free detained politicians and "widen the democratic space for all" after the worst anti-government protests in a quarter-century. Gudina led the Oromo Federalist Congress party and was arrested a year ago under the country's state of emergency after he returned from Europe, where he had briefed European lawmakers on widespread and sometimes deadly anti-government protests. (AP Photo/Elias Meseret)
January 17, 2018 - 10:58 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 free detained politicians and "widen the democratic space for all" after the worst anti-government protests in a quarter-century...
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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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December 27, 2017 - 12:38 pm
ZAITSEVE, 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 the conflict and a sign of visible progress in the implementation of a 2015 peace deal. Separatists from the...
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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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Supporters wave Catalonia flags during an event of the political platform 'Junts per Catalunya' to mark the official start of the electoral campaign for the Catalan regional election in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. Campaigning officially begins at midnight Monday, and in the hours before that moment Catalan pro-independence groups hope to stage protests in front of town halls across the region against the Supreme Court's decision on the detained separatists. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
December 04, 2017 - 6:58 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — The latest on the crisis in Catalonia (all times local): 12:55 a.m. The head of Catalonia's leading party in favor of remaining a part of Spain says a big turnout in upcoming elections will be key to stifling the region's secession movement. Ines Arrimadas of the center-right...
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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 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 - 11:06 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 - 9:34 am
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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