Political Prisoner

Magistrate Maria Lourdes Afiuni who cross Venezuela's Hugo Chavez freed

Maria Lourdes Afiuni leaves her Caracas home after being freed from house arrest. Photo: AFP

Venezuelan authorities freed a judge who was arrested in 2009 after then-president Hugo Chavez objected to one of her rulings. Her case became a cause célèbre for the opposition and international human rights groups.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 8:53am

Myanmar frees dozens of political prisoners in amnesty

Political prisoner Kyaw Zin Min talks to reporters after his release in front of Insein prison in Yangon. Photo: Reuters

Myanmar yesterday pardoned dozens of political prisoners, activists said, a day after the European Union agreed to end almost all sanctions against the former pariah state. At least 59 political prisoners were included in the latest amnesty, Bo Kyi of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) said.

24 Apr 2013 - 3:21am

Myanmar activist told to return jail uniform four years after being freed

Win Tin on the day he was freed from prison in 2008. Photo: AFP

More than four years after he was freed by the junta, Myanmar's longest-serving political prisoner has been ordered to return the uniform he was wearing on the day of his release. Veteran democracy activist Win Tin, 83, who spent almost two decades in jail for his political activities, said that he no longer had the blue shirt and sarong-like longyi, and was refusing to repay the cost of about US$2.

11 Apr 2013 - 2:22am

Nobel peace prize winner's harsh sentence demeans Beijing

The deprivations of a jail sentence are not limited to the prisoner. Families also pay the price, emotionally and materially, especially for the sins of the father, if he is the breadwinner. Sadly, society can turn the screw with prejudice and discrimination. But extrajudicial retribution directed at the spouse of a prisoner takes it to another level that makes a villain of the state, too.

10 Dec 2012 - 1:28am 4 comments

Bahrain pro-democracy prisoner, Mohammed Mushaima, dies in custody of sickle-cell anaemia

A Bahraini jailed for taking part in anti-government protests last year died in custody yesterday after being taken to hospital for treatment of a hereditary disease, the interior ministry said.

3 Oct 2012 - 4:15am

Campaign urges rights action

More than 250 people have signed an open letter urging a UN chief to press China to improve human rights and release political prisoners and activists.

14 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Independence Day marked by prisoner release

A special amnesty freeing thousands of prisoners at the weekend marked festivities for Independence Day today.

Members of Vietnam's central highlands ethnic groups participated in the celebrations, showcasing costumes, dances and wine-drinking rituals.

2 Sep 2002 - 12:00am

'Free prisoners' appeal

Members of the April 5th Action Group staged a protest outside Beijing's Liaison Office in Happy Valley urging the release of political prisoners on the mainland.

28 Dec 2000 - 12:00am

Welcome gesture

Reports that South Korea may be planning the release of 242 prisoners of conscience, including 17 aged over 70, will go a long way in enhancing the country's international reputation.

1 Feb 1999 - 12:00am

Sir Leon makes bold call for democracy in China

SIR Leon Brittan, the European Union's Trade Commissioner, yesterday issued a bold call for democratic reform in China, demanding better human rights and an effective legal system.

Sir Leon claimed moves by Beijing to free its economy would have to be accompanied by democratic reform.

6 Jul 1995 - 12:00am

Amnesty reports ongoing abuses

CHINA has continued to exercise extensive powers of arbitrary arrest and detention, says the annual global human rights report to be released by Amnesty International today.

Citing evidence from informed sources, the report by the London-based watchdog says widespread arrests of suspected government opponents continued throughout last year.

7 Jul 1994 - 12:00am

List falls short of US demands

A LIST of political prisoners given by China to United States Secretary of State Warren Christopher in Beijing last month has fallen far short of Washington's demands for information on the jailed dissidents.

5 Apr 1994 - 12:00am

Prisoners political pawns

DESPITE recent releases of a handful of political prisoners, political repression is increasing across China, the human rights group Asia Watch said yesterday.

21 Feb 1994 - 12:00am