Political imprisonment

Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, former Russian prisoner, attends his press conference in Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. After five years of being locked up in a Russian prison Sentsov was one of the 35 freed Ukrainian prisoners. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
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September 10, 2019 - 12:15 pm
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — A film director who was included in a major prisoner exchange between Ukraine and Russia spoke out Tuesday on behalf of suspected political detainees in Russia, promising to advocate for both fellow Ukrainians and Russians behind bars. Oleg Sentsov, 43, was freed after...
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William Castillo, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela, talk about the situation of human rights in Venezuela, during the 41th session of the Human Rights Council, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, July 05, 2019. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)
July 05, 2019 - 1:06 pm
GENEVA (AP) — A top Venezuelan diplomat on Friday blasted what he called the "biased vision" of a report by the U.N. human rights chief chronicling torture, sexual abuse and extrajudicial killings in the country, and demanded it be "corrected." Deputy Foreign Minister William Castillo insisted the...
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From left, Ukraine's Yakov Veremeychik, Maxim Goryainov, Dmitry Veliki, Eduard Mikheev, who were held in separatist captivity, talk to media at the National airport "Minsk", Belarus, Friday, June 28, 2019. Four Ukrainian nationals have been released and handed over to the Ukrainian government. Ukrainian politician Viktor Medvedvchuk is at right. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
June 28, 2019 - 11:17 am
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Four Ukrainian nationals on Friday were released after spending years in separatist captivity and handed over to the Ukrainian government in a rare gesture of good will. The prisoner release, originally announced on Thursday, was completed on Friday when the four men were...
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U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, right, poses for a photo with Venezuela's self proclaimed President Juan Guaido, left, and other opposition lawmakers, on the steps of the national assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, June 21, 2019. The United Nations' top human rights official is visiting Venezuela amid heightened international pressure on President Nicolás Maduro. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
June 21, 2019 - 1:43 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The United Nations' top human rights official met Friday in Caracas with Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who is locked in a prolonged struggle with President Nicolás Maduro for control of the crisis-wracked country. Emerging from the meeting, Guaidó said he spoke...
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People look at a big TV screen showing the trial at Spain's Supreme Court happening Madrid on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, as they gather in downtown Barcelona, Spain. A dozen politicians and activists on trial for their failed bid in 2017 to carve out an independent Catalan republic in northeastern Spain will deliver their final statements Wednesday as four months of hearings draw to an end. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
June 12, 2019 - 1:13 pm
MADRID (AP) — The trial against Catalan separatists at Spain's Supreme Court wrapped up on Wednesday, with the defendants saying in their final statements that they were exercising their democratic rights when they held a banned referendum on breaking away from Spain, and denying charges of...
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FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2019 file photo, Univision's Jorge Ramos shows a video he says his crew shot the previous day showing Venezuelan youth picking food scraps out of the back of a garbage truck in Caracas, during an interview at a hotel in Caracas, Venezuela. The Univision television network said Thursday, May 30, that it has recovered the video of a contentious interview with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro that was confiscated after he cut it short, angered by critical questions from journalist Jorge Ramos. (AP Photo, File)
May 30, 2019 - 10:20 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Univision television network said Thursday that it has recovered the video of a contentious interview with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro that was confiscated after he cut it short, angered by critical questions from journalist Jorge Ramos. Ramos said the recovery...
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In this Oct. 17, 2018 photo, provided by the Nicaraguan National Police, prisoners detained and imprisoned during the recent uprisings against the government of President Daniel Ortega, are shown to the press in Managua, Nicaragua. At left is Eddy Antonio Montes Praslin, who was killed on Thursday, May 16, 2019, by a bullet in a prison north of the capital amid disturbances that left six prison officials injured, Nicaragua's interior ministry said. (Nicaraguan National Police via AP)
May 17, 2019 - 9:17 pm
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Seventeen people who were arrested in previous anti-government protests were wounded in a prison disturbance in which a 57-year-old Nicaraguan-American dual national was shot dead, a lawyer for several inmates said Friday. Attorney Yonarqui Martínez also said three student...
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Ugandan pop star and opposition figure Bobi Wine, whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, greets his followers as he arrives home after being released from prison on bail in Kampala, Uganda Thursday, May 2, 2019. Wine was freed on bail Thursday after spending three nights in a maximum-security prison after being charged with disobeying statutory authority and facing trial over staging a street protest in July against a tax on social media. (AP Photo/Ronald Kabuubi)
May 02, 2019 - 3:10 pm
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan pop star and opposition figure Bobi Wine was freed on bail Thursday after spending three nights in a maximum-security prison. The lawmaker, whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, is charged with disobeying statutory authority. He faces trial over staging a street...
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Election officials start counting ballots at the polling station after the second round of presidential elections in Mariinka, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, April 21, 2019. Ukrainians voted on Sunday in a presidential runoff as the nation's incumbent leader struggles to fend off a strong challenge by a comedian who denounces corruption and plays the role of president in a TV sitcom. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)
April 22, 2019 - 1:14 am
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The latest on Ukraine's presidential runoff: (all times local): 3:55 a.m. With just over half of Ukraine's polling stations reporting, a comedian whose only political experience consists of playing a president on TV is cruising toward a landslide victory in Sunday's...
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April 19, 2019 - 2:54 pm
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — A lawyer for Congo opposition leader Moise Katumbi says a court has annulled his three-year prison sentence, enabling him to return from exile in Belgium. The Court of Cassation, or supreme court of appeals, made the judgment Friday, saying that Katumbi can enter Congo a free...
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