Political imprisonment - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Political imprisonment US: Venezuela crisis worsening, wants to prevent new Syria UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States called Wednesday's first-ever U.N. Security Council consultations on Venezuela because the crisis is getting worse and the Trump administration wants to prevent another conflict like Syria, North Korea or South Sudan, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said. Venezuelan Ambassador Rafael Ramirez strongly rejected the U.S. b... Wed, 17 May 2017 22:43:00 GMT 2017-05-17T22:43:00Z US: Syria is burning bodies to hide proof of mass killings WASHINGTON (AP) — In a move aimed at ratcheting up pressure on Russia to push the Syrian government into peace talks with rebels, the United States has accused Syria of executing thousands of imprisoned political opponents and burning their bodies in a crematorium to hide the evidence. But the decision to release newly declassified information supporting ... Tue, 16 May 2017 11:08:00 GMT 2017-05-16T11:08:00Z Venezuela formally notifies OAS it will leave amid protests CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela formally notified the Organization of American States on Friday of its intention to leave the regional body amid sometimes violent protests at home and international calls for its embattled government to hold delayed elections and release prisoners. Venezuelan interim ambassador Carmen Velasquez submitted a letter annou... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 03:14:00 GMT 2017-04-29T03:14:00Z The Latest: Peru's leader criticizes turmoil in Venezuela CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 6:20 p.m. Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski is criticizing the turmoil in Venezuela, where three weeks of anti-government protests have produced at least 20 deaths and dozens of arrests. In a message broadcast on Peru's... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 23:22:00 GMT 2017-04-21T23:22:00Z Yahoo accused of mismanaging fund for dissidents in China SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A lawsuit accused Yahoo of breaking a financial promise it made to Chinese dissidents almost a decade ago as penance for helping the Chinese government find and jail other activists. The complaint, filed Tuesday in a Washington, D.C., federal court by a group of Chinese dissidents, contends that Yahoo mismanaged a $17 million fund set... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 04:18:00 GMT 2017-04-12T04:18:00Z 2 ex-Christie aides sentenced in bridge traffic revenge plot NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Two former aides to Republican Gov. Chris Christie were sentenced to prison on Wednesday for creating a colossal traffic jam at the George Washington Bridge for political revenge, a scandal that sank Christie's White House campaign and was attributed by the judge to a venomous climate inside state government. Bill Baroni, Christie's ap... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:39:00 GMT 2017-03-29T23:39:00Z China attacks US racial tensions, police brutality in report BEIJING (AP) — China assailed what it called America's "terrible human rights problems," in its annual report on rights abuses in the United States, citing police brutality, high levels of incarceration, racial prejudice and money politics. The report issued Thursday by the Information Office of the State Council is a tit-for-tat response to the U.S. Stat... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 03:40:00 GMT 2017-03-10T03:40:00Z AP Interview: Russian protester decries prison conditions MOSCOW (AP) — Newly free after more than a year in prison, Russian opposition activist Ildar Dadin described beatings and other harsh treatment he says that he endured behind bars. He said that it drove him to thoughts of suicide, but that he overcame the despair through belief in his own integrity. Dadin, 34, was released Feb. 26 from a prison in souther... Sun, 05 Mar 2017 10:49:00 GMT 2017-03-05T10:49:00Z US says free expression, association on decline worldwide WASHINGTON (AP) — Basic freedoms of expression and association are on the decline around the world, the United States said Friday in a report that warned of worsening conditions for opposition groups and human rights activists. In a departure from past practice, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declined to announce the report in-person or to speak about i... Fri, 03 Mar 2017 19:42:00 GMT 2017-03-03T19:42:00Z Russian investigators search leading journalist's apartment MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's top investigative agency searched the apartment of a prominent opposition journalist Tuesday in what Amnesty International said was a "deeply alarming" development. Zoya Svetova wrote on her blog that investigators deceived her by saying they came to give her a summons and then elbowed their way into her Moscow apartment. Several officers of the Federa... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 23:19:00 GMT 2017-02-28T23:19:00Z US vice president visits former Nazi concentration camp DACHAU, Germany (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence paid a somber visit to the site of the Dachau concentration camp on Sunday, walking along the grounds where tens of thousands of people were killed during World War II. Pence was joined by his wife, Karen, and the couple's 23-year-old daughter, Charlotte, as they toured the exhibits at the former conce... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:42:00 GMT 2017-02-20T00:42:00Z Gambia's new president commits to end human rights abuses BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — As Gambia enters a new era of democracy, President Adama Barrow has reiterated his commitment to ending human rights abuses in the country. "Orders have already been given for all those detained without trial to be released," he said Saturday before thousands of Gambians who gathered at Independence Stadium Saturday to witness his official inauguration ... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:35:00 GMT 2017-02-19T16:35:00Z Throngs cheer new president's triumphant return to Gambia BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — President Adama Barrow returned triumphantly to Gambia on Thursday, nearly two months after winning an election disputed by the country's longtime dictator, to the cheers of hundreds of thousands who jammed the roads in welcome. "That's my president!" the crowds cried, eager to see Barrow fulfill the promise of democratic reforms and... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 21:07:00 GMT 2017-01-26T21:07:00Z Ex-Israeli president exits prison after 5-year rape sentence JERUSALEM (AP) — Former Israeli President Moshe Katsav walked free from prison on Wednesday, winning early release five years after he was put behind bars for rape in a landmark case that disgraced the country's political system but also delivered a key victory for women's rights. Katsav exited the Maasiyahu prison in central Israel, accompanied by his wi... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 16:00:00 GMT 2016-12-21T16:00:00Z China, Norway to resume talks on free trade as ties warm BEIJING (AP) — Beijing and Norway will resume talks on a free-trade deal, China said Tuesday, as part of normalizing ties six years after Beijing froze out the Scandinavian country over the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to an imprisoned Chinese dissident. The two sides agreed to restart negotiations after Norway "made important and explicit statements... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 10:21:00 GMT 2016-12-20T10:21:00Z 11 more political prisoners released in Gambia BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — In Gambia, 11 more people who were jailed for peacefully protesting have now been released on bail, said a human rights group. They were the last of those arrested after demonstrations in April and May of this year. Their release comes a week after Gambia's longtime ruler lost elections and agreed to step aside after 22 years in power. ... Thu, 08 Dec 2016 18:19:00 GMT 2016-12-08T18:19:00Z Dissidents urge Trump to press China on human rights WASHINGTON (AP) — Exiled Chinese dissidents on Wednesday urged President-elect Donald Trump to champion human rights in China and recognize self-governing Taiwan as "a full democratic country." Several former political prisoners spoke before at congressional commission days after Trump spoke by phone with Taiwan's president in defiance of decades of diplomatic convention. Th... Wed, 07 Dec 2016 21:50:00 GMT 2016-12-07T21:50:00Z Venezuela opposition skips planned meeting with government CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's opposition walked away from a meeting with the government Tuesday, endangering ongoing talks aimed at diffusing the country's political crisis. Opposition spokesman Jesus Torrealba said that the coalition opted not to attend Tuesday's sit-down because the government has not made any concessions more than a month into the mediation effort... Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:34:00 GMT 2016-12-07T00:34:00Z Top Gambian opposition leader, 18 others out of prison BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — A top Gambian opposition politician and 18 other protesters were released from prison after an appeals court granted them bail on Monday, just days after strongman ruler Yahya Jammeh agreed to step aside after losing the presidential election. The ruling prompted people in the courtroom to stand and sing the national anthem. Ousainou... Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:44:00 GMT 2016-12-05T22:44:00Z The Latest: No tears shed by Miami exiles for Castro funeral SANTIAGO, Cuba (AP) — The Latest on the interment of Fidel Castro in Santiago, Cuba (all times local): 11:10 a.m. Cuban exile Armando Garcia was at the Versailles restaurant in Miami's Little Havana on Sunday when Fidel Castro was being interred in the island's eastern city of Santiago. Regulars sipped espressos and s... Sun, 04 Dec 2016 16:35:00 GMT 2016-12-04T16:35:00Z AP INTERVIEW: Leader promises 'a new Gambia' after upset win YUNDUM, Gambia (AP) — Gambia's newly elected president on Saturday vowed to free all political prisoners and urged exiles who fled the 22-year reign of Yahya Jammeh to return from abroad and help him reform the tiny West African country. "A new Gambia is born," Adama Barrow said in an interview with The Associated Press the day after his upset election wi... Sat, 03 Dec 2016 17:59:00 GMT 2016-12-03T17:59:00Z Trump aides say Cuban government will have to change WASHINGTON (AP) — The Cuban government must move toward enacting greater freedoms for its people and giving Americans something in return if it wants to keep warmer U.S. relations initiated by President Barack Obama, top aides to President-elect Donald Trump said Sunday. The comments by Trump advisers Kellyanne Conway and Reince Priebus followed the death... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:01:00 GMT 2016-11-28T00:01:00Z Iran sentences son of dissident cleric to 6 years in prison TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian semi-official Tasnim news agency is reporting that the son of late dissident cleric Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri has been defrocked and sentenced to six years in prison. The Sunday report says Iran's Special Clerical Court sentenced Ahmad Montazeri to six years in prison for publishing a tape recording carrying the voi... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 12:59:00 GMT 2016-11-27T12:59:00Z