April 11, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
Experts from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) voiced concern on Thursday about the lack of medical treatment to two political prisoners in Iran who are at risk of dying in detention. The experts have urged the Iranian government to provide medical care to the two ...[read more]
October 18, 2013
by Jason Kellam
Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Friday that Ethiopian police investigators routinely use torture and other coercive methods to obtain statements and confessions from detainees in Addis Ababa's Maekelawi detention center. The Maekelawi detention center is used to house the country's political ...[read more]
September 4, 2013
by Max Slater
Romanian prosecutors on Tuesday charged Communist-era prison commander Alexander Visinescu with genocide. Visinescu, the former chief of the Ramnicu Sarat prison under Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu faces genocide charges for beating and starving political prisoners between 1956 and 1963, ...[read more]
August 6, 2013
by G. Redd
The Ivory Coast Head of State granted bail on Monday to 14 allies of former president Laurent Ggabo in a publicized effort to reach peace. The Ggabo supporters were jailed in 2010 for inciting violence after their party, the Popular Front (FPI), disputed the election results. The opposition party ...[read more]
August 5, 2013
by Theresa Donovan
Amnesty International (AI) on Monday called for Cuba to release five prisoners whom the group has called "prisoners of conscience." AI reported that the five prisoners are indicative of the continuing repression of speech that exists in the country. Cuba denies holding political prisoners and has ...[read more]
April 16, 2013
by Peter Snyder
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad issued a decree Tuesday reducing prison terms by three quarters for some members of rebel forces. The decree, announced by the state news agency SANA, has been condemned by activists for doing nothing to free thousands of political prisoners arrested by the Syrian ...[read more]
February 9, 2013
by Julie Deisher
Amnesty International (AI) lauded Myanmar's government on Friday for its decision to form a committee to review political prisoner cases. The committee will determine whether to grant amnesty to Myanmar's political prisoners, many of whom were allegedly falsely charged or convicted of a serious ...[read more]
January 14, 2013
by Sarah Posner
The government of Georgia freed 190 people considered by parliament to be political prisoners on Sunday under an amnesty agreement. The amnesty was opposed by President Mikhail Saakashvili and has intensified a power struggle within the country. Many of the prisoners who were released were ...[read more]
January 6, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
Dissident groups, such as the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation, said Sunday that the Cuban government imprisoned more than 6,000 political activists last year. This is more than 2,000 more than were arrested in 2011. Most prisoners are released within a few days, but ...[read more]
November 19, 2012
by Brandon Gatto
The government of Myanmar on Monday began releasing a number of political prisoners at the same time US President Barack Obama arrived for a historic visit to the former dictatorship. Specifically, 66 prisoners were to be freed in conjunction with the first trip to the country made by any sitting ...[read more]

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