Political imprisonment

Catalan politician Oriol Junqueras, centre, arrives at the Parliament of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. The imprisoned leader of the Catalan separatist ERC party Oriol Junqueras and five other former regional Cabinet members who pushed ahead with an illegal independence declaration for Catalonia in 2017 are brought out of prison for the first time to testify at a regional parliamentary committee. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
January 28, 2020 - 1:40 am
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The former vice-president of Catalonia returned as a prisoner to the regional parliament in Barcelona on the Tuesday, the first time he had been there since he was imprisoned for his role in the failed 2017 secession attempt from the rest of Spain. Oriol Junqueras and five...
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December 28, 2019 - 6:01 am
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Kyiv expects to swap prisoners with Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Saturday. The exchange was brokered by the Russian and Ukrainian presidents at peace talks in Paris earlier this month. Zelenskiy and Russian...
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FILE - In this Saturday, June 9, 2018 file photo, Uzbekistan's President Shavkat Mirziyoyev speaks to Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in Qingdao, China. Uzbeks head to the polls to vote in parliamentary elections on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, for the first time since Shavkat Mirziyoev has been president following the death of long-time leader Islam Karimov. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
December 22, 2019 - 5:20 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Voters in the Central Asian nation of Uzbekistan are choosing a new parliament in an election that presents no genuine opposition. The vote is the first parliamentary election since the death of longtime strongman leader Ismail Karimov three years ago. But the five parties in Sunday's...
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FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2019, file photo visitors hold up patriotic slogans including "Cheer for China", "My China Dream" near an I Heart China art installation in Beijing. Chinese leaders have long been sensitive about their communist country’s international image. Now, they are battling back, investing in diplomacy and a courtship of hearts and minds, just as the United States digs in on the Trump administration’s “America First” mindset. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
December 20, 2019 - 10:50 am
GENEVA (AP) — Chinese leaders have long been sensitive about their communist country’s international image. Now, they are battling back — investing in diplomacy and a courtship of hearts and minds, just as the United States digs in on the Trump administration’s “America First” mindset. A trade war...
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Natalia Nikonorova, a representative of Russia-backed rebels in Donetsk, right, and Vladislav Deinego, a representative of Russia-backed rebels in Luhanskleft, look at each other during a news conference after peace talks for Ukraine, in Minsk, Belarus, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. Ukraine and Russia-backed separatist rebels have failed to reach agreement on a prisoner exchange during another round of talks on the conflict in eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
December 18, 2019 - 12:06 pm
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Ukraine and Russia-backed separatists failed to reach an agreement on a prisoner exchange Wednesday after several hours of tense talks on the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Representatives of Ukraine, Russia and the separatist rebel met in the Belarusian capital Minsk to discuss...
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Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, left, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, third left and Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, attend a joint news conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Monday Dec. 9, 2019. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy met for the first time Monday at a summit in Paris to try to end five years of war between Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed separatists. (Charles Platiau/Pool via AP)
December 10, 2019 - 7:32 am
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine and Russia on Tuesday both hailed the outcome of peace talks in Paris even though they failed to solve the core issues blocking the resolution of the five-year separatist conflict in Ukraine's east. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr...
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Keiko Fujimori, right, is embraced by her husband Mark Vito Villanela after she was released from Santa Mónica women's prison in Lima, Peru, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. The Constitutional Tribunal narrowly approved a habeas corpus request to free Fujimori from detention while she is investigated for alleged accusations she accepted money from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.(AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
November 29, 2019 - 6:14 pm
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Once-powerful opposition leader and two-time Peruvian presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori has left prison to the cheers of her supporters and criticism by opponents who called it another blow for impunity for the corrupt. Smiling broadly, the daughter of jailed ex-President...
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Suriname's President Desi Bouterse, left, shakes hands with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang before a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. (Florence Lo/Pool Photo via AP)
November 29, 2019 - 2:58 pm
PARAMARIBO, Suriname (AP) — A court in the South American country of Suriname has convicted President Desi Bouterse in the 1982 killings of 15 prominent political opponents and sentenced him to 20 years in prison. The decision marks the end of a historic trial that began in 2007, the same year that...
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November 29, 2019 - 11:31 am
PARAMARIBO, Suriname (AP) — A court in the South American country of Suriname has convicted President Desi Bouterse in the 1982 killings of 15 political opponents and sentenced him to 20 years in prison. A panel of three judges issued its decision on Friday following a trial that had dragged on for...
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Father Edwin Roman attempts to convince the police to allow relatives of imprisoned and dead anti-government demonstrators to enter the San Miguel Arcangel Church in Masaya, Nicaragua, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. The relatives have started a hunger strike to demand the freedom of their relatives, jailed for protesting against the government of President Daniel Ortega. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga)
November 18, 2019 - 1:26 pm
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Sixteen Nicaraguan opposition activists, including 13 social leaders who were arrested as they tried to deliver water to hunger strikers protesting the incarceration of relatives they say are political prisoners, were charged Monday with allegedly transporting weapons. The...
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