Brittney Griner Trial Likely to End in Conviction, Experts Say

Courts in Russia heavily favor the prosecution, experts said, pointing to a prisoner swap as perhaps the W.N.B.A. star’s best chance to come home.

#basketball, #griner-brittney, #political-prisoners, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

I’m Held Hostage in Iran. President Biden, End This Nightmare.

Iran will release its captives only if offered sufficient incentives. Critics reject this solution without providing viable alternatives.

#evin-prison, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #iran, #iranian-americans, #political-prisoners

‘Not in This for the Money’: Why Some Families Sue North Korea

Families whose relatives have been abducted or imprisoned by North Korea are seeking to hold the country financially accountable despite the long odds of collecting money from the isolated nation.

#kim-jong-un, #north-korea, #political-prisoners, #south-korea, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #warmbier-cindy, #warmbier-fred, #warmbier-otto-frederick-1994

She Spoke Out Against Vietnam’s Plans for Coal. Then She Was Arrested.

The prosecution of Vietnam’s most prominent environmental activist, as well as others, has cast doubt on the country’s commitment to cut coal.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #coal, #energy-and-power, #political-prisoners, #vietnam

Philippines Struggles to Save Monument of Heroes Museum

Organizers at the Monument of Heroes in the Philippines are racing to preserve documents related to the Marcos regime before the dictator’s son takes office.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #marcos-ferdinand-e, #marcos-ferdinand-jr, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #museums, #new-peoples-army, #philippines, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #torture

Thousands Swept Up as Kremlin Clamps Down on War Criticism

The arrests are a stark gauge of how the Kremlin has intensified repression of critics. At least 50 people now face years-long prison sentences.

#freedom-of-the-press, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #political-prisoners, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

Brittney Griner’s Supporters Have a New Strategy to Free Her: Make Noise

Those close to Griner pursued a strategy of silence after her detention in Russia in February, hoping to avoid politicizing her case. Now they are amping up public pressure, with some of it aimed at President Biden.

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How Russia Uses Show Trials to Punish Putin’s Enemies

Moscow may label the Azov fighters who defended the Mariupol steel plant as terrorists — raising the prospect of a high-profile trial. The Kremlin has a long tradition of using the courts for political goals.

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How Maria Alyokhina of Pussy Riot Escaped From Russia

After more than a decade of activism, Maria Alyokhina disguised herself as a food courier to evade the police — and a widening crackdown by President Vladimir Putin.

#alyokhina-maria, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #fugitives, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #iceland, #kjartansson-ragnar, #lithuania, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #pop-and-rock-music, #pussy-riot, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

Anti-Putin Russians Are Leaving, With a Push From the Kremlin

Many Russians who are designated “foreign agents” by the government view it as another form of repression that makes living in the country, or returning to it, untenable.

#political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

Brittney Griner Was ‘Wrongfully Detained’, U.S. Government Says

The State Department went public with its push to negotiate Griner’s release from custody in Russia, where she has been held on drug charges since February.

#basketball, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #griner-brittney, #hashish, #phoenix-mercury, #political-prisoners, #richardson-bill, #united-states-international-relations, #womens-national-basketball-assn

In Egypt’s Big Ramadan TV Drama, the President Is the Hero

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi says “The Choice” tells the truth about his rise. Critics say it’s a rewriting of recent history from an industry increasingly cowed under his rule.

#aboul-fotouh-abdel-moneim, #actors-and-actresses, #egypt, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #middle-east-and-north-africa-unrest-2010, #morsi-mohamed, #muslim-brotherhood-egypt, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #ramadan, #sisi-abdel-fattah-el, #television

Aung San Suu Kyi Found Guilty in Myanmar Ahead of Biden Summit

The elected civilian leader, who was detained in a military coup last year, was sentenced to five years in prison in a corruption trial that was closed to the public.

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Spurred by Putin, Russians Turn on One Another Over the War

Citizens are denouncing one another, illustrating how the war is feeding paranoia and polarization in Russian society.

#education-k-12, #federal-security-service, #moscow-russia, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Rwandan Court Declines to Extend Sentence for Paul Rusesabagina

Mr. Rusesabagina, who inspired the movie “Hotel Rwanda” and later lived in exile in the United States, had been given a 25-year term in a case condemned by human-rights groups.

#kagame-paul, #political-prisoners, #rusesabagina-paul, #rwanda, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Myanmar Junta Holding 10,000 Political Prisoners

Most are held in deplorable conditions and face certain conviction at trial. Rights groups say the Southeast Asian nation now has the worst human rights conditions in the region.

#assistance-assn-for-political-prisoners, #aung-san-suu-kyi, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #detainees, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #myanmar, #national-league-for-democracy-myanmar, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #prisons-and-prisoners, #torture, #win-myint

The Battle for the Mural — and the Future of Belarus

It started as an act of graffiti at a playground in Minsk. It turned into a remarkable campaign of defiance against an increasingly totalitarian regime.

#belarus, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #elections, #graffiti, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #minsk-belarus, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

U.S. Officials Meet With Brittney Griner in Russia

Some former hostages question whether the family should remain silent, saying pressure campaigns can work.

#basketball, #griner-brittney, #houston-tex, #phoenix-mercury, #political-prisoners, #rezaian-jason, #russia, #womens-national-basketball-assn, #zaghari-ratcliffe-nazanin

Aleksei Navalny Found Guilty of Fraud by Russian Court

Despite already being behind bars, Mr. Navalny has been urging Russians to protest the war in Ukraine, making him even more of a liability for the country’s president.

#anti-corruption-foundation, #navalny-aleksei-a, #political-prisoners, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

Back in U.K., Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe Urges Iran to Release Others

Ms. Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian charity worker held for six years in Tehran, said “freedom will never be complete” until all detainees were allowed to leave.

#great-britain, #iran, #political-prisoners, #ratcliffe-richard, #zaghari-ratcliffe-nazanin

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe to Fly Home From Iran, U.K. Lawmaker Says

The arrest and detention of the British-Iranian charity worker in 2016 roiled relations between Britain and Iran and was denounced by rights groups.

#great-britain, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #iran, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #ratcliffe-richard, #thomson-reuters-foundation, #zaghari-ratcliffe-nazanin

Navalny Faces 15 More Years in Prison as New Trial Starts in Russia

Aleksei A. Navalny, the jailed Russian opposition leader, faces charges of embezzlement and contempt of court that could extend his time in jail by 15 years.

#corruption-institutional, #navalny-aleksei-a, #political-prisoners, #prisons-and-prisoners, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

U.S. Blocks $130 Million in Aid for Egypt Over Rights Abuses

The Middle Eastern ally continues to buy billions of dollars worth of military equipment from the United States.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #egypt, #foreign-aid, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #political-prisoners, #sisi-abdel-fattah-el, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations

US Charges 4 Belarus Officials With Piracy in Forced Landing of Ryanair Jet

The forced landing of a Ryanair flight in Minsk last May prompted international investigations over accusations that a bomb hoax was manufactured to arrest a journalist.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #manhattan-nyc, #minsk-belarus, #political-prisoners, #protasevich-roman, #ryanair-holdings-plc

U.S. Charges 4 Belarus Officials With Piracy in Forced Landing of Jet

The forced landing of a Ryanair flight in Minsk last May prompted international investigations over accusations that a bomb hoax was manufactured to arrest a journalist.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #manhattan-nyc, #minsk-belarus, #political-prisoners, #protasevich-roman, #ryanair-holdings-plc

Aras Amiri Has Returned to the U.K. After Being Jailed in Iran

Aras Amiri, an arts worker employed by the British Council, was arrested in March 2018 on espionage charges. She was acquitted in August and flew back to Britain earlier this week.

#amiri-aras, #british-council, #evin-prison, #iran, #iranian-americans, #moore-gilbert-kylie, #namazi-baquer, #namazi-siamak, #political-prisoners, #raisi-ebrahim, #zaghari-ratcliffe-nazanin

Saudi Princess Is Released From Jail After 3 Years

The Saudi government has not said why it detained or released Princess Basmah bint Saud, a daughter of a former king who has been a vociferous critic of the country’s authorities.

#basmah-bint-saud, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #political-prisoners, #royal-families, #salman-king-of-saudi-arabia, #saudi-arabia

Chinese Activists Face Subversion Charges for Weekend Gathering

A weekend get-together in 2019 offered Beijing a chance to deliver a blow to the “rights defense” movement. Now, two key participants face the prospect of years in prison.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #ding-jiaxi, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #xi-jinping, #xu-zhiyong

Jawar Mohammed to Be Released From Prison by Ethiopian President

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed declared the amnesty on Orthodox Christmas and offered to start a dialogue with some opponents after 14 months of war.

#ahmed-abiy, #ethiopia, #mohammed-jawar, #political-prisoners, #tigray-peoples-liberation-front, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Egypt Sentences 3 Human Rights Activists to Prison

The verdicts suggested that the government has not scaled back its crackdown on dissent.

#egypt, #political-prisoners

‘Health Defenders’ Jailed in Iran Wanted to Sue Supreme Leader Over Covid

Two lawyers and a civil rights activist who were outspoken about Iran’s chaotic response to the pandemic and delays in its vaccine rollout are on trial now, charged with threatening national security.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #iran, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #tehran-iran

‘I Didn’t Look Like a Human’: Journalist Tells of Myanmar Torture

When Ko Aung Kyaw erased his cellphone contacts to protect his sources, he knew his interrogators would make him pay a horrific price. He did it anyway.

#aung-kyaw, #content-type-personal-profile, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #freedom-of-the-press, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #interrogations, #myanmar, #political-prisoners, #prisons-and-prisoners, #torture

What I Will Tell You When You Ask Why My Son Is in Prison

Alaa is a political prisoner in Egypt because he dared to dream of another world.

#egypt, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #political-prisoners, #prisons-and-prisoners, #sisi-abdel-fattah-el, #torture, #united-states-international-relations

Belarus Opposition Leader Is Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison

The activist Sergei Tikhanovsky planned to challenge the country’s authoritarian leader, Aleksandr G. Lukashenko, in a presidential election last year. But he was arrested before the vote.

#belarus, #elections, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #political-prisoners, #tikhanovskaya-svetlana, #tikhanovsky-sergei

Hong Kong Court Sentences Jimmy Lai to Prison Over Tiananmen Vigil

The former media mogul and other prominent pro-democracy activists were previously convicted of inciting others to take part in an unauthorized assembly.

#apple-daily, #chow-hang-tung, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #ho-gwyneth-1990, #hong-kong, #lai-jimmy, #lee-cheuk-yan, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government

As Muratov Accepts Nobel, Legacy of His Russian Predecessors Recedes

Dmitri A. Muratov is only the third Russian to win the Nobel Peace Prize, after Andrei D. Sakharov and Mikhail S. Gorbachev. The openness they championed is under assault.

#cold-war-era, #duterte-rodrigo, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #freedom-of-the-press, #gorbachev-mikhail-s, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #memorial, #muratov-dmitri-a, #navalny-aleksei-a, #nobel-prizes, #novaya-gazeta, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #ressa-maria, #russia, #ussr-former-soviet-union

Ahead of Biden’s Democracy Summit, China Says: We’re Also a Democracy

Beijing argues that its system represents a distinctive form of democracy, one that has dealt better than the West with challenges like the pandemic.

#china, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #communist-party-of-china, #elections, #freedom-of-the-press, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #olympic-games-2022, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

Trying to Blur Memories of the Gulag, Russia Targets a Rights Group

Prosecutors are trying to shut down Memorial International, Russia’s most prominent human rights group, as the Kremlin moves to control the historical narrative of the Soviet Union.

#freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #memorial, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ussr-former-soviet-union

Sudan’s Military Agrees to Reinstate Civilian Prime Minister, Mediator Says

The deal to reinstate Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, announced by a mediator, was reached hours before a planned new wave of protests against the Oct. 25 coup.

#al-burhan-abdel-fattah, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #hamdok-abdalla, #khartoum-sudan, #political-prisoners, #sudan

Venezuelan Opposition Risks an Election Challenge to Maduro

With little hope of a fair vote, opposition candidates take a desperate risk to gain any edge against Venezuela’s entrenched autocrat, Nicolás Maduro.

#chavez-hugo, #content-type-personal-profile, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #elections, #guaido-juan, #maduro-nicolas, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #venezuela, #voting-and-voters

Raúl Rivero, Disenchanted Poet of the Cuban Revolution, Dies at 75

A leading journalistic voice who broke with the Castro regime, he gained wide recognition for his protests, was jailed as a dissident and went into exile.

#censorship, #cuba, #deaths-obituaries, #freedom-of-the-press, #news-and-news-media, #poetry-and-poets, #political-prisoners, #rivero-raul, #writing-and-writers

U.S. Journalist Danny Fenster Is Freed From Myanmar Prison

The release was a rare positive development in the country, which has been torn apart by violence since a February coup.

#coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #fenster-danny, #min-aung-hlaing, #myanmar, #political-prisoners, #richardson-bill

American Journalist Held in Myanmar Faces 2 New Charges

Prosecutors filed charges of terrorism and sedition against the journalist Danny Fenster, who once worked at a hard-hitting news outlet hated by Myanmar’s governing military.

#defense-and-military-forces, #fenster-danny, #min-aung-hlaing, #myanmar, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government

Veteran U.S. Diplomat Comes Under Criticism for a Trip to Myanmar

Bill Richardson, a former ambassador to the U.N., said that he had held “productive” talks with the general who led the February coup. Rights activists said he gave the junta an air of legitimacy.

#aung-san-suu-kyi, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #min-aung-hlaing, #myanmar, #political-prisoners, #richardson-bill

Uyghurs Seek Emotional Help as Families in China Suffer

As Uyghurs grapple with the emotional trauma of their families suffering back in Xinjiang, some are overcoming a cultural stigma to seek out counseling.

#anxiety-and-stress, #china, #depression-mental, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #mental-health-and-disorders, #muslims-and-islam, #political-prisoners, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #xinjiang-china

For His Father and His Son, Ai Weiwei Is Determined to Leave a Trace

The Chinese dissident artist writes a memoir of family, exile and the inseparability of art and politics.

#ai-weiwei, #books-and-literature, #china, #content-type-personal-profile, #political-prisoners

Aung San Suu Kyi to Defend Herself in Myanmar ‘Show Trial’

The United Nations has described the charges against the former leader as politically motivated. If convicted, she could face a maximum of 102 years in prison.

#assn-of-southeast-asian-nations, #aung-san-suu-kyi, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #min-aung-hlaing, #myanmar, #national-league-for-democracy-myanmar, #naypyidaw-myanmar, #political-prisoners

Egypt’s Leader Ends State of Emergency, Says It’s No Longer Needed

The move by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi theoretically rolls back sweeping powers the government wielded in the name of fighting terrorism, but critics called it a cosmetic change.

#bahgat-hossam, #egypt, #egyptian-initiative-for-personal-rights, #foreign-aid, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #sisi-abdel-fattah-el

Long Arm of Russian Law Reaches Obscure Siberian Church

The arrest of the leader of a small religious group reveals that Russian repression reaches even to the depths of the Siberian forest.

#doomsday, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #navalny-aleksei-a, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #siberia, #vissarion

Russia Strengthens Its Internet Censorship Powers

Quietly built over two years, the Kremlin’s censorship infrastructure gives it sweeping power to block sites. Many fear a new age of digital isolation.

#censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #enterprise-computing, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #roskomnadzor, #russia, #social-media, #telephones-and-telecommunications, #twitter, #youtube-com