Tag Archives: political prisoners

Cuba: Opposition activist Eduardo Cardet sentenced to three years in prison

Source: PanAm Post

"Another Cuban dissident has been sentenced to prison — this time for three years. National Coordinator of the Christian Liberation Movement Eduardo Cardet has been sentenced to prison, according to his wife Yaimaris Vecino. The ruling is based on charges of manipulating information without taking into account the defense's witnesses’ testimonies, she said." (03/21/17)


Censorship in Catalonia

Source: spiked
by Jacob Furedi

"When Nicola Sturgeon announced her intention this week to hold another referendum on Scottish independence, it was met by many with a sigh and a roll of the eyes. Whether or not indyref2 actually happens, we know that, at the very least, we'll be talking about it for years to come. Mention independence in Catalonia, however, and you could be arrested. This was the fate of Joan Coma, a pro-independence Catalan councillor from a small village an hour's drive north of Barcelona. He faces an eight-year prison sentence for saying, 'To make an omelette you must break some eggs,' while discussing Catalan independence from Spain. The Spanish authorities claim this could be interpreted as a call for political violence." (03/16/17)


The lynching of Lynne Stewart (1939-2017)

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

"Convicted felon Lynne Stewart passed away on Tuesday. She was a noted criminal defense attorney in New York City who federal officials prosecuted, convicted, and punished for supporting terrorism. It was a bogus charge, one that perfectly reflects the extent to which the U.S. national-national security state has warped the mindsets, principles, and values of people within the federal government and also within the private sector, especially the mainstream press." (03/09/17)


Cuba: Libertarian activists sent to the gulag

Source: Libertarian Party of Nevada

"The civil rights and human rights case regarding the two jailed Cuban libertarian activists just took a dark turn. As of this afternoon, Mises Cuba reports that Ubaldo Herrera Hernandez and Manuel Velazquez Visea are incarcerated in Cuba's infamous Melena II prison. Various human rights groups have documented conditions at Melena II, and it's Cuba's equivalent of the Gulag in Soviet Russia and the labor camps in North Korea. Four Libertarian state parties (Nevada, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, and Indiana) and the Libertarian Party of Spain (P-LIB) have published denunciations of the Cuban government and the Communist Party of Cuba, and these parties are calling for the immediate and safe release of the political prisoners." [hat tip — Zach Foster] (02/22/17)


New Zealand: High Court rules for rendition of Dotcom and co-defendants to US

Source: New Zealand Herald [New Zealand]

"Kim Dotcom and his three co-accused are eligible for extradition to the US, the High Court has ruled in a decision just released. The US Government has been seeking to extradite Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato to face trial on 13 counts, including allegations of conspiracy to commit racketeering; copyright infringement; money laundering and wire fraud since 2012. In the High Court finding released today, Justice Murray Gilbert upheld a decision by the District Court that there were grounds for the quartet to be extradited. But the judge has also supported an argument made by Dotcom's legal team that he and his former Megaupload colleagues cannot be extradited on copyright infringement grounds." (02/20/17)


Omar Abdel Rahman, 1938-2017

Source: New York Times

"Omar Abdel Rahman, the blind Islamic cleric whose fulminating sermons inspired violent fundamentalist movements in Egypt and, an American court found, a 1993 plot for a bombing rampage in New York, died on Saturday at a federal prison near Raleigh, N.C., where he was serving a life sentence. He was 78. Greg Norton, a spokesman for the prison, the Butner Federal Correctional Complex, confirmed the death, saying the cause was complications of diabetes and coronary artery disease." (02/18/17)


Kenya: Regime jails doctors' union representatives as impasse over strike deepens

Source: Washington Post

"A Kenyan court Monday imprisoned seven top officials from the doctors' union after they refused to call off strike that has paralyzed the nation's health system for the past two months. With more than 5,000 doctors striking, the already dilapidated public health system has all but collapsed and private hospitals have been inundated. … The doctors have halted all talks with the government pending the release of their officials." (02/13/17)


Syria: 13,000 people hanged in secret at prison, Amnesty says

Source: CNN

"Thousands of people have been hanged at a Syrian prison in a secret crackdown on dissent by the regime of Bashar al-Assad, a report by Amnesty International has alleged. The human rights group says up to 13,000 people have been executed at Saydnaya prison north of the capital Damascus in a 'hidden' campaign authorized by senior regime figures. … Most of those hanged were civilians 'believed to be opposed to the government,' the report found." (02/07/17)


Zimbabwe: Pastor faces 20 years for organizing anti-Mugabe protests

Source: Fox News

"The Zimbabwe pastor who fled to the United States after launching the popular #ThisFlag protest movement faces up to 20 years in prison for organizing protests against President Robert Mugabe in New York. Evan Mawarire was arrested at Harare International Airport on his return home Wednesday. He is yet to appear in court. Mawarire has been charged with subverting a constitutionally elected government, which carries up to 20 years in prison." (02/02/17)


Assange: "Ball in government's court" on whether he goes to US to face charges

Source: Press Gazette [UK]

"WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has said the ball is in America's court when pressed on whether his offer to go to the United States now that Chelsea Manning is being released still stands. … He appeared to be suggesting that the next move in the long-running saga would be a tactical one, but that it was not his to make. He did not rule out going to the United States 'under certain circumstances.'" [editor's note: Presumably that next move would be the US actually charging him with something (or unsealing an already existing secret indictment). In order to start talking about extradition, there would need to be something to extradite him OVER – TLK] (01/30/17)