Tag: Political Prisoners

Vladimir Bukovsky, Revered Soviet Dissident and Putin Critic, Dies at 76

Vladimir K. Bukovsky, a revered Soviet dissident who, after his release from the gulag, spent the second half of his life in Britain, denouncing President Vladimir V. Putin with the same fervor he had directed at the Kremlin’s Communist leaders, died on Sunday in Cambridge, England. He was 76. His death, at Addenbrookes Hospital, was […]

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In China, FIFA’s Focus Is Soccer, Not Human Rights

SHANGHAI — FIFA, the international body governing global soccer, has come under heavy criticism in recent years for awarding two World Cups in a row to authoritarian countries, Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022. Stung by criticism and scandal related to those decisions, the organization responded by requiring human rights reviews to be part […]

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When the Urge to Write Is a Life Sentence

The Turkish novelist and journalist Ahmet Altan is serving a life sentence in prison in his home country, allowed to see his children only occasionally and his writing, in theory, limited to short notes to his family and lawyers. Earlier this month, however, Other Press published the English translation of his memoir, “I Will Never […]

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Abiy Ahmed Won the Nobel Peace Prize. Now He Needs to Earn It.

Some honors come too late; others too early. Others still risk scuttling the efforts they are rewarding. Last week Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for, the Nobel committee said, “his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighboring Eritrea” and starting “important reforms that give many citizens […]

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Egypt Kidnaps Even Those It Is Detaining

ImageAnti-government protesters in Cairo on Sept. 21.CreditNariman El-Mofty/Associated Press CAIRO — My last text exchange with the Egyptian activist and software programmer Alaa Abd El Fattah was Saturday morning, less than 24 hours before he was kidnapped by government security agents. We shared messages about our personal relationships and made a plan to spend Monday […]

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Iran Holds Our Families Hostage

President Hassan Rouhani of Iran is in New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly. Before his departure from Iran, he complained about the “unjust and oppressive actions” that have been carried out against Iran and described his visit to the General Assembly as “an opportunity to state and explain the views of nations, […]

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For the Incarcerated, Drawing is a Lifeline

Valentino Dixon served more than 26 years in prison for a murder in Buffalo, although another man had publicly confessed to the crime. Encouraged by his uncle to use his childhood artistic talent to help cope with his incarceration, Mr. Dixon began drawing, up to 10 hours a day, for the last 20 years he […]

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Three Australians Are Being Held in Iran, Government Says

Three citizens of Australia are being held in Iran, the Australian government said on Wednesday, confirming the detentions as frictions remain high between Tehran and Western nations over the imperiled 2015 accord limiting its nuclear program. The Australian government said it was providing consular assistance to the families of those detained, and it reminded travelers […]

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World Bank to Investigate if China Loan Funded Muslim Detention Camps

WASHINGTON — The World Bank is investigating whether a $50 million loan it granted in 2015 for an education project in China’s Xinjiang region has been used to fund Muslim detention camps. The review comes amid growing global concern that China has detained one million or more Muslim Uighurs and placed them in “re-education” camps […]

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Australian Writer Yang Hengjun Charged with Spying in China

SYDNEY, Australia — Yang Hengjun, a well-known Australian writer and democracy activist detained by the Chinese authorities in January, has been formally charged with spying, Australian officials said Tuesday, intensifying tensions over Beijing’s treatment of its critics. Mr. Hengjun’s lawyer, Rob Stary, said that his client had been charged with “a single act of espionage,” […]

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Sidney Rittenberg, Idealistic American Aide to Mao Who Evolved to Counsel Capitalists, Dies at 98

Sidney Rittenberg, an American soldier-linguist who stayed in China for 35 years after World War II as an adviser and political prisoner of the Communist Revolution, and later made millions as a counselor of Western capitalists exploiting booming Chinese markets, died on Saturday in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 98. The family confirmed the death in […]

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China Acknowledges Holding an Employee of Britain’s Hong Kong Consulate

HONG KONG — The Chinese government acknowledged Wednesday that it was holding an employee of Britain’s consulate in Hong Kong who had disappeared in early August, a case that raised fears of political applications of Chinese law to combat a monthslong protest movement. The employee, Simon Cheng, was detained while Hong Kong is in the […]

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A Journey to Explore What ‘Victory’ Looks Like in a Shattered Syria

DOUMA, Syria — Picking our way around the ruins of the Damascus suburb of Douma, it took a little while to realize what was missing. There were women carrying groceries, old men droning by on motorbikes and skinny children heaving jugs of water home. But there were few young men. They had died in the […]

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China: Free Our Parents From Concentration Camps

Video A million ethnic minority Uighurs have been detained in “re-education camps.” Here, three young people share their stories.CreditCreditThe New York Times In the video Op-Ed above, three Chinese citizens whose parents disappeared demand their release from China’s “re-education camps.” The government is estimated to have detained over one million people. The goal: to force […]

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‘Retake Hong Kong’: A Movement, a Slogan and an Identity Crisis

HONG KONG — He has been locked up for more than a year in a secluded island jail, but the bespectacled 28-year-old inmate, Edward Leung, is the closest thing Hong Kong’s tumultuous and leaderless protest movement has to a guiding light. He coined the protesters’ most widely chanted and, for China, most subversive slogan; he […]

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Wife of American Imprisoned in Iran Cites ASAP Rocky in Plea for Trump’s Help

WASHINGTON — The wife of an American held for three years in an Iranian prison appealed to President Trump on Thursday to help secure her husband’s release, invoking Mr. Trump’s recent assistance to another detainee navigating a foreign justice system: ASAP Rocky. The wife, Hua Qu, said she has seen no progress on the case […]

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Is Putin Burning Out?

ImageCreditSputnik/Reuters With demonstrations that won’t stop, and arrests reaching 1,000 in a single day, Moscow is buzzing about a surge of political activism. Having been disappointed so often in the past, of course, Russian democrats know not to get their hopes up: President Vladimir Putin remains firmly in charge. Yet his footing is less sure. […]

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Fears of Navalny Poisoning Are Rooted in Previous Attacks on Kremlin Foes

MOSCOW — The hospital treating the Russian opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny sent him back to prison on Monday, despite the strenuous objection of his doctor, who said he had apparently been poisoned with a “toxic agent” in the wake of some of the largest anti-Kremlin protests held in Moscow for years. The doctor, Anastasy […]

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A Koch Executive’s Harassment in China Adds to Fears Among Visitors

A Koch Industries executive was told he could not leave China. An ex-diplomat who helped organize a technology forum in Beijing was hassled by authorities who wanted to question him. An industry group developed contingency plans, in case its offices were raided and computer servers were seized. Business executives, Washington officials and other frequent visitors […]

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North Korea Accuses Expelled Australian Student of Spying

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said on Saturday that Alek Sigley, the Australian student whom it deported this past week, had been a spy who admitted to “systematically” collecting information about the isolated country, with a state news agency reporting that he had been “caught red-handed.” Mr. Sigley, 29, a graduate student in Korean […]

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Saudi Arabia Granted Women the Right to Drive. A Year on, It’s Still Complicated.

Saudi Arabia granted women the right to drive one year ago, a historic move that cracked open a window to new freedoms for women who have long lived under repressive laws. The measure was enacted by the country’s de facto leader, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who also eased other restrictions on women, leading some […]

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Mohamed Morsi’s Slow-Motion Death Sentence

Mohamed Morsi was not supposed to be Egypt’s first civilian president. During a term in office that lasted just one year, Egyptians would jokingly refer to him as the “spare tire,” because he was a last-minute replacement for the preferred candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt’s first presidential election after the Jan. 25, 2011, […]

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Saudi Youth Sentenced to Prison Instead of Death, Rights Group Says

BEIRUT, Lebanon — A Saudi teenager who faced possible execution for acts he was accused of committing as a child has been handed a 12-year prison sentence instead, a human rights group that has been monitoring his case said on Sunday. Last year the Saudi public prosecutor’s office sought a death sentence for Murtaja Qureiris, […]

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