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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…

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