Tag Archives: political prisoners

US: Former political prisoner Barrett Brown arrested, apparently for talking to media

Source: The Intercept

“Award-winning journalist Barrett Brown was re-arrested and taken into custody Thursday, the day before he was scheduled to be interviewed for a PBS documentary. Brown quickly became a symbol of the attack on press freedom after he was arrested in 2012 for reporting he did on the hacked emails of intelligence-contracting firms. … Faced with the possibility of 100 years in prison, Brown pleaded guilty in 2014 to two charges related to obstruction of justice and threatening an FBI agent, and was sentenced to five years and 3 months. … He was released in November. … According to his mother, who spoke with Brown by phone after his arrest, Brown believes the reason for his re-arrest was a failure to obtain ‘permission’ to give interviews to media organizations.” (04/27/17)


Turkey: Regime announces plan to abduct more on suspicion of disloyalty to Erdogan

Source: International Business Times [India]

“Turkey issued detention orders for around 3,224 people on Tuesday over their alleged links to a failed coup attempted in July last year. Reports state that more than a thousand people have already been detained by authorities for their suspected association with US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Turkey blames for the coup, NTV reported. … The fresh round of detentions came 10 days after voters in Turkey backed Erdogan in a referendum to reform its constitution to give sweeping powers to the Turkish president.” (04/26/17)


Israel: Regime punishes hunger-striking prisoners

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“Israeli prison officials have cracked down on Palestinian prisoners after more than 1,100 political detainees launched an open-ended hunger strike on Monday. The Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs released a statement on Monday saying that Israeli Prison Service (IPS) officials had forcibly moved hunger-striking prisoners to different sections of Israeli jails, confiscated clothes and personal belongings and placed leading figures in solitary confinement. Imprisoned Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti, Karim Younis and Mahmoud Abu Srour were moved from Hadarim prison to solitary confinement in Jalama prison on Monday evening, according to the Prisoners’ Affairs committee. Barghouthi is to be ‘prosecuted in a discipline court’ as punishment for his op-ed published by the New York Times on Monday, where he described the daily struggle of Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons and the ambition behind the hunger strike, the statement said. Israeli prison officials reportedly accused Barghouthi of using his wife to ‘smuggle’ the article out of prison and to the New York Times.” (04/17/17)


Egypt: Regime frees US charity worker held for three years in pretrial detention

Source: Washington Post

“An Egyptian court on Saturday acquitted a U.S. charity worker who had spent almost three years in pretrial detention for her work with a charity helping street children. Police arrested Aya Hijazi, her husband and six others in May 2014 on charges of abusing children in her care and engaging in human trafficking, kidnapping, sexual exploitation and torture. Human rights groups said the charges were fabricated. Her detention came as part of a broader crackdown that has neutered independent civil society in Egypt.” (04/16/17)


Russia: Regime releases opposition leader Alexei Navalny from jail

Source: Deutsche Welle

“Russian authorities on Monday released opposition leader Alexei Navalny after [he finished] serving a 15-day sentence for his involvement in anti-corruption protests that shook the country last month. After members of the press waited for his release at the jail where he was being detained, Navalny’s campaign manager announced that he had been transferred to another detention center and released there, away from media. … Despite a ban on running for the presidency, Navalny’s campaign organizers have sought to reverse the restriction by showing the damage caused by not allowing him to participate is a greater risk than allowing him to do so.” (04/10/17)


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)