Category: prisoners

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Protests in Maldives amid stress to release prisoners

Hundreds of people have rallied in the Maldives’ capital, Male, urging President Abdulla Yameen to comply with a court ruling ordering the release of several jailed opposition leaders. Protesters sang and danced outside an opposition campaign hall on Friday, chanting slogans such as “respect the constitution” and “enforce the Supreme Court ruling now”. The landmark…

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Israa Jaabis: Israel neglecting prisoner’s scientific need

“I feel scared when I look at my face in the mirror, so imagine what others must feel when they look at me.” Those are the words of Israa Jaabis, a 33-year-old Palestinian mother from Jerusalem, who has been languishing in Hasharon, the only Israeli prison for Palestinian female prisoners. She is accused by Israel of attempted…

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Ethiopia’s resolution on ‘political prisoners’ in context

On January 3, the Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn made two major announcements: his government will release political prisoners and close down a notorious detention centre at the heart of Ethiopia’s capital, widely known as a torture chamber for dissidents and government opponents. Desalegn announced the decision as part of a wider package of reforms…

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Why did Ethiopia come to a resolution to liberate political prisoners?

Earlier this month, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn announced plans to release political prisoners in a surprise move the government says aims to “foster national reconciliation”. The prime minister also declared that the government would close the Maekelawi detention facility in Addis Ababa, which has been considered “one of the country’s most notorious police stations” since its…

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Ethiopia to pardon political prisoners, shut detention center

Ethiopia has announced plans to release political prisoners and shut an infamous prison in the capital, Addis Ababa, in a surprise move the government says aims to “foster national reconciliation”. The office of the Ethiopian prime minister said charges would be dropped against politicians currently being prosecuted, while political prisoners who are imprisoned will receive pardons,…

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Ukraine, pro-Russian rebels swap various of prisoners

Ukraine and Russia-backed separatists have conducted a mass prisoner swap, marking the largest such deal since the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine broke out in 2014. The captives – who include activists and journalists – were exchanged on Wednesday near the town of Horlivka, northeast of Donetsk. Under the terms of the agreement, 74 Ukrainian…