February 18, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
The detention of Azeri human rights activist Leyla Yunus, held without trial since July, will be extended an additional five months, her lawyer said Wednesday. Yunus is the head of the Baku-based Institute for Peace and Democracy. She is detained on charges of treason, espionage and tax evasion. ...[read more]
February 6, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
Amnesty International (AI) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) sent a joint letter to the chairman of the Myanmar Prisoners of Conscience Affairs Committee on Friday to address concerns over the establishment of the committee and to offer recommendations. The government committee was reconstituted in ...[read more]
February 4, 2015
by Zachariah Rivenbark
01/29/2015: US lawmakers introduced bill to end Cuba travel restrictions 01/12/2015: Cuba released 53 political prisoners 01/05/2015: Cuba rights group reported record number of dissident detentions 12/17/2014: Obama announced Cuba policy changes 06/30/2014: BNP Paribas reported to pay ...[read more]
February 4, 2015
by Sarah Steers
After Fidel Castro's authoritarian regime took control of Cuba in 1959, the US responded in 1960 by imposing a trade embargo- a prohibition against commercial, financial and economic dealings with Cuba enforced over time by a minimum of six statutes. In 1961, the US severed diplomatic relations ...[read more]
January 12, 2015
by Addison Morris
Cuba has released 53 political prisoners as part of last month's historic agreement between US and Cuba, US officials said Monday. The release of the prisoners, primarily opposition figures, was a condition of the policy changes that seek to assuage relations between the two countries after ...[read more]
November 6, 2014
by Peter Snyder
Envoys from the US and UK strongly criticized the Egyptian government Wednesday during a session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Remarks by the two nations came during the Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) a regular review process, which all UN member states undergo. ...[read more]
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]

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