Posts Tagged ‘ political prisoners ’

Angola: Seventeen book club members convicted, sentenced to jail

March 30, 2016
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Killeen Daily Herald    

"A group of 17 political activists known as the Luanda Book Club have been sentenced to jail after being convicted of plotting to overthrow Angola's government, local media reported on Tuesday. The group was arrested at a 2015 meeting where they met to discuss Gene Sharp's 1993 book 'From Dictatorship to Democracy, A Conceptual Framework for Liberation.' State prosecutors say they were planning a coup, independent news website Rede Angola reported." (03/29/16)

http://kdhnews.com/news/world/angola-book-club-members-convicted-sentenced-to-jail/article_113d7f42-1899-5a09-95a8-a14e6360898e.html  

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Azerbaijan: Court frees rights activist after two years

March 29, 2016
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Bismarck Tribune    

"A court in Azerbaijan has ordered the release of a human rights activist who spent the last two years in jail. Intigam Aliyev was convicted last year of economic crimes that critics have dismissed as retaliation for his work. His lawyer, Fariz Namazly, said the Supreme Court of this former Soviet republic issued a ruling Monday converting Aliyev's seven-year prison sentence into a five-year conditional one, meaning his immediate release." (03/28/16)

http://bismarcktribune.com/news/world/azerbaijan-frees-rights-activist-after-years-in-prison/article_f48a2e9c-10ae-5d9a-b573-81caad750109.html  

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Overseas Chinese activists say families are being targeted over letter to Xi Jinping

March 28, 2016
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Sydney Morning Herald [Australia]    

"The publication of an incendiary open letter calling for the resignation of President Xi Jinping has triggered widening reprisals from China's security apparatus in an apparent attempt to find those responsible. In a demonstration of the increasing lengths Mr Xi is taking to crush dissent, the mainland-based relatives of two prominent overseas Communist Party critics have been detained in connection to the broadening investigation this past week. ... It remains unclear who authored the open letter, which surfaced first in early March on overseas-Chinese website Canyu on the eve of China's annual National People's Congress. The letter, signed 'Loyal Communist Party Members,' also briefly appeared on the website of state-controlled Wujie News, before being swiftly taken down."

http://www.smh.com.au/world/overseas-activists-say-families-are-being-targeted-over-letter-to-xi-jinping-20160328-gnshm8.html  

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Dear Ross Ulbricht

March 27, 2016
posted by

Jeffrey Tucker Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey A Tucker  

"As the innovator of an online market that operated outside political constraints, and even with the use of private money, you were ahead of your time. And you have experienced what so many other visionaries in history have experienced. Prison is too often the fate of those principled and brave enough to see a future of freedom beyond the regime of the moment. It should not be this way. In so many ways, your life right now is a stand-in for every dreamer in the world who has run afoul of the reactionary spirit of the powers that be." (03/25/16)

https://fee.org/articles/dear-ross-ulbricht-a-letter-on-his-32nd-birthday/  

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UK: Man arrested over Brussels attacks tweets

March 24, 2016
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Yahoo! News Yahoo! News    

"A British man who sparked outrage on Twitter with a message about confronting a Muslim woman over the Brussels attacks has been arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred, London police said Thursday. 'I confronted a Muslim woman yesterday in Croydon. I asked her to explain Brussels. She said 'Nothing to do with me.' A mealy mouthed reply,' the man, named by British media as PR executive Matthew Doyle, said in the original tweet posted on Wednesday. ... A police spokeswoman told AFP: 'A 46-year-old man was arrested at his home address in Croydon on Wednesday, 23 March on suspicion of inciting racial hatred on social media.'" (03/24/16)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/briton-arrested-over-brussels-attacks-tweets-113725186.html  

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The significance of Ross and Lyn Ulbricht

March 2, 2016
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C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Ryan Calhoun  

"Ross Ulbricht has taken a stand against the leviathan state. His actions represented the greatest opposition to the Drug War in its history, and they have provided millions with the motivation and incentive for a new and subversive kind of radicalism that captures individuals' interests directly. It engages rather than explains. Rather than lecturing it meets people face to face as equal partners and as equal opponents to an oppressive government regime. What an insult it is to Ross and to Lyn to ignore this most spontaneous form of activism." (03/01/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/43700  

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China: Four abducted Hong Kong booksellers appear on regime TV as political prisoners

February 29, 2016
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"Four of the five Hong Kong booksellers who went missing in October have appeared on Chinese television, saying they were detained for 'illegal book trading' in mainland China. The five booksellers -- including a British and a Swedish national -- had been linked to a Hong Kong publisher and bookstore that specialised in scandalous books on the private lives and power struggles of China's Communist party leaders. The disappearances have prompted fears that mainland Chinese authorities may be using shadowy tactics that erode the 'one country, two systems' formula under which Hong Kong has been governed since its return to China from British rule in 1997." (02/29/16)

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/29/four-detained-hong-kong-booksellers-chinese-tv  

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Military prison blocks political prisoner Chelsea Manning from reading material about prison censorship

February 22, 2016
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Chelsea Manning Electronic Frontier Foundation    

"EFF was dismayed to learn last week that the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks (USDB) at Fort Leavenworth has refused to provide inmate Chelsea Manning with printouts of EFF blog posts and other materials related to prisoner censorship. Worse yet, it appears that the reason is ostensibly to protect EFF's copyrights. Manning is serving a 35-year sentence for her role in the release of military and diplomatic documents to Wikileaks. A volunteer from her support network attempted to send her a series of articles EFF wrote last year about our work defending the rights of inmates to maintain an online presence." (02/22/16)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/02/military-prison-blocks-chelsea-manning-reading-eff-blog-posts  

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Sweden: Lawyers ask court to overturn Assange arrest warrant

February 22, 2016
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Wikileaks Independent [UK]    

"Lawyers have made a formal request to a Swedish court to overturn Julian Assange's arrest warrant in a rape case [sic]. The journalist has spent more than three years hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy in London after his appeal against extradition failed in the UK courts. Thomas Olsson, one of Assange's lawyers, said in a statement: 'We consider that there have arisen a number of new circumstances which mean there is reason to review the earlier decision.'" (02/22/16)

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/swedish-lawyers-ask-court-to-overturn-julian-assanges-arrest-warrant-a6889041.html  

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Uganda: Opposition leader Besigye abucted by police

February 22, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"Tensions after Uganda's elections, criticized by international observers as being undemocratic, ratcheted up on Monday when police arrested President Yoweri Museveni's main challenger. Kizza Besigye was arrested as he tried to leave his home where he had been confined under house arrest. Associated Press journalists saw police push him into the back of a blacked-out van and taken away to a police station in a rural area outside the capital." (02/22/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/ugandas-opposition-leader-arrested-leave-home-37105731  

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Snowden, Ulbricht and the myth of a fair trial

February 22, 2016
posted by

Darryl W Perry Free Press Publication
by Darryl W Perry  

"The government response of 'you won't be tortured' should be enough to cause anyone to take a closer look at the so-called justice system. One could certainly look at the large number of people who have been exonerated in the United States and see that official misconduct, a guilty plea, and/or false confession were involved in the vast majority of exoneration cases. This goes to show that the judicial system is more concerned with a conviction than justice. One of the more high profile cases highlighting this infatuation with conviction over justice, is the case of Ross Ulbright, sentenced life in prison in 2015 for having created and operated the Silk Road online marketplace." [text, Flash audio or MP3] (02/21/16)

http://fpp.cc/snowden-ulbricht-and-the-myth-of-a-fair-trial/  

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India: Lawyers rough up student arrested for “sedition,” attack his supporters

February 17, 2016
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Toronto Star [Canada]    

"Dozens of lawyers, many with links to India's ruling nationalist party, on Wednesday attacked protesters who have been demanding the release of a university student leader arrested under colonial-era sedition laws. The clashes began shortly before a court hearing for Kanhaiya Kumar, the president of the students' union at the country's premier Jawaharlal Nehru University. The left-leaning campus leader has been in prison since Friday over his participation in events where anti-India slogans were allegedly shouted. ... The attacks and Kumar's arrest highlighted allegations of increasing of intolerance in India since Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party came to power in 2014." (02/17/16)

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2016/02/17/lawyers-rough-up-indian-student-arrested-for-sedition.html  

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Israel: Regime troops detain WaPo journalists

February 16, 2016
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Houston Chronicle Houston Chronicle    

"The Washington Post's bureau chief in Jerusalem says he was briefly detained by Israeli border police while reporting in east Jerusalem. William Booth says he was interviewing Palestinians at Damascus Gate, an entrance to Jerusalem's Old City, when he and his translator were arrested Tuesday. ... Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says the journalists were questioned in connection to an unspecified 'incident' and quickly released after it was clear they were not involved." (02/16/16)

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/crime/article/Israel-briefly-detains-Washington-Post-journalists-6833250.php  

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Bahrain: Four US reporters arrested on uprising’s anniversary

February 16, 2016
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Seattle Times    

"Bahrain has arrested four American journalists covering the anniversary of its 2011 uprising amid a long crackdown on dissent in the tiny Gulf nation, witnesses said Monday. Police said they detained four Americans for providing 'false information that they were tourists,' while also alleging one took part in an attack on its officers." (02/15/16)

http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/witnesses-say-4-american-journalists-arrested-in-bahrain/  

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When in Rome: “Criminal consequences” for Assange’s tormentors?

February 8, 2016
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"Prior to this ruling, Assange's persecutors might have been able to plausibly claim legal uncertainty as an extenuating circumstance. That defense is no longer available. Assange's continued confinement after the ruling constitutes the knowing and intentional commission of several prosecutable war crimes." (02/06/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/4595  

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Assange says he’ll accept arrest if UN rules against him

February 4, 2016
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Wikileaks USA Today    

"WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Thursday that he would allow British officials to arrest him if a United Nations panel rules against him in a case against the United Kingdom and Sweden about his detention in London. ... The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention is expected to announce Friday its verdict on whether Assange is being detained illegally, according to media reports. The decision comes more than 16 months after the man filed a complaint with the panel about his detention. ... Assange noted that if the panel rules in his favor, he expects the return of his passport and 'the termination of further attempts to arrest me.'" (02/04/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/02/03/julian-assange-will-accept-arrest/79800340/  

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Uganda: General charged, jailed after criticizing long-ruling president

February 2, 2016
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Reuters    

"A Ugandan general arrested after criticizing President Yoweri Museveni and voicing support for the opposition was charged in a military court on Tuesday and sent to a maximum security prison, according to his lawyer. Museveni aims to extend his 30-year-old rule and is facing perhaps his toughest challenge yet ahead of an election on Feb. 18 which pits him against veteran opposition leader Kizza Besigye and his ally-turned-rival, Amama Mbabazi. ... General David Sejusa, 61, was charged with being absent from the army without official leave and participating in politics in violation of army laws, Ladislas Rwakafuzi, one of his lawyers, told Reuters on Tuesday." (02/02/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-uganda-politics-idUSKCN0VB1Q3  

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UK: Court rules Terrorism Act incompatible with human rights in Miranda abduction case

January 20, 2016
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"A key clause in the Terrorism Act 2000 is incompatible with the European convention on human rights, the master of the rolls, Lord Dyson, has declared as part of a court of appeal judgment. The decision came in the case of David Miranda, who was [abducted] at Heathrow airport in 2013 for carrying files related to information obtained by the US whistleblower Edward Snowden. ... However, the judges concluded that the police decision to [abduct] Miranda, the partner of the former Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, at Heathrow was lawful." (01/19/16)

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/19/terrorism-act-incompatible-with-human-rights-court-rules-in-david-miranda-case  

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In appeal, US political prisoner Ross Ulbricht’s defense focuses on corrupt feds

January 15, 2016
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Wired    

"It's been nearly a year since a jury determined that Ross Ulbricht had created and run the anonymous black market for drugs known as the Silk Road, a conviction that resulted in a life sentence without parole. Today his defense team finally had their chance to contest that outcome, and with it, one more chance to free the 31-year-old man who's become the face of the Dark Web. ... That appeal includes a long list of what it describes as improprieties and abuses in Ulbricht's investigation and trial. Its most powerful argument: That the court erroneously suppressed information about federal agents investigating the Silk Road who used their positions to steal bitcoins from the site and even attempted to extort money from Ulbricht." (01/14/16)

http://www.wired.com/2016/01/ross-ulbrichts-defense-focuses-on-corrupt-feds-in-silk-road-appeal/  

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Saudi Arabia: Regime thugs abduct activist, daughter

January 13, 2016
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Al Jazeera Al Jazeera America    

"Saudi authorities have detained Samar Badawi, a human rights activist known for championing women's rights, according to local activists. Badawi's former husband and brother are serving prison terms for their activism. Amnesty International, one of the groups which reported Badawi's detention on Tuesday, called it 'the latest example of Saudi Arabia's utter contempt for its human rights obligations and provides further damning proof of the authorities’ intent to suppress all signs of peaceful dissent.' Badawi taken with her 2-year-old daughter to a police center in Jeddah, local activists told Amnesty." (01/13/16)

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2016/1/13/Activists-say-saudi-arabia-detains-samar-badawi.html  

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China: Lawyer gets suspended sentence in online speech case

December 23, 2015
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Altoona Mirror    

"After months behind bars, one of China's most prominent human rights lawyers left a detention center Tuesday after receiving a suspended prison sentence in a case involving online comments critical of the ruling Communist Party. The court convicted Pu Zhiqiang on charges of disturbing public order and inciting ethnic hatred, and sentenced him to three years in prison but said the sentence will be suspended for three years." (12/22/15)

http://altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/1004927/Chinese-lawyer-gets-suspended-sentence-in-online-speech-case.html?isap=1&nav=760  

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North Korea: Canadian pastor sentenced to life, hard labor

December 17, 2015
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Barre Montpelier Times Argus    

"North Korea's Supreme Court sentenced a Canadian pastor to life in prison with hard labor on Wednesday for what it called crimes against the state. Hyeon Soo Lim, who pastors the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Toronto, was given the sentence after a 90-minute trial. ... In July, Lim appeared at a news conference organized by North Korean authorities in Pyongyang and admitted to plotting to overthrow the North Korean state. Other foreigners detained in North Korea and then released have said they were coerced into making similar statements and confessing guilt during their detention. Lim's relatives and colleagues have said he traveled on Jan. 31 on a regular humanitarian mission to North Korea where he supports a nursing home, a nursery and an orphanage. They said Lim, who is in his early 60s, has made more than 100 trips to North Korea since 1997 and that his trips were about helping people and were not political." (12/17/15)

http://www.timesargus.com/article/20151217/NEWS04/151219655  

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Venezuela: Maduro vows to fight congress, won’t release political prisoners

December 9, 2015
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Source: Miami Herald

"Expectations that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro might emerge more cooperative and chastised after his ruling party was pummeled in Sunday’s legislative race didn’t last long. On Tuesday night, a combative Maduro vowed to fight the legislature at every step, saying he would not allow the release of 'political prisoners' like Leopoldo Lopez and Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma, and wouldn't allow the legislature to dismantle the country's international cooperation plans that have been key to keeping regional support. He also asked for the resignation of his entire cabinet as he said the Bolivarian Revolution needed to assume a war-footing against the new legislature, which will take power Jan. 5." (12/09/15)

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/venezuela/article48776545.html

 

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Secret Service agent sentenced to six years for Silk Road crimes

December 9, 2015
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United Press International United Press International    

"The Department of Justice announced a Secret Service agent was sentenced to nearly six years in prison for money laundering and obstruction of justice related to a larger Silk Road investigation. Shaun W. Bridges, 33, of Laurel, Md., received a prison sentence of 71 months Monday in San Francisco after pleading guilty to one count of money laundering and one count of obstructing justice. He was a former member of the Baltimore Silk Road Task Force, a multi-agency group investigating illegal activity on the Silk Road covert online marketplace often used to sell drugs." [editor's note: Of course that whole "task force" consists entirely of criminals, most of whom will never be punished for their crimes, including but not limited to the abduction of Ross Ulbricht; Bridges just got in trouble for working freelance in addition to his official thug life activities - TLK] (12/08/15)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2015/12/08/Secret-Service-agent-sentenced-to-6-years-for-Silk-Road-crimes/7871449575631/  

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Venezuela: Triumphant opposition looks to free prisoners

December 7, 2015
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Reuters    

"Triumphant opposition leaders vowed on Monday to use their new majority in Venezuela's legislature to free jailed opponents of the Socialist government, but also promised not to go after political foes. The Democratic Unity coalition won more than twice the number of National Assembly seats as the Socialists in Sunday's vote that punished President Nicolas Maduro's government for deep economic and social crisis in the oil-producing country." (12/07/15)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-election-idUSKBN0TP03Y20151207  

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