Prominent Ethiopian opposition leader Merera Gudina was freed from jail yesterday (17 January) after the government dropped charges against him as part of a wider prisoner amnesty, state media reported.
Kosovo has illegally arrested one third of the parliamentary opposition. On Thursday (21 January) the European Parliament will discuss a draft resolution on Kosovo, which does not even mention the arrests, writes Andrea Lorenzo Capussela.
The EU is ready to suspend sanctions against Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, in a shift following the release of the country's last political prisoners, European sources told AFP today (9 October).
Opposition leader Alexander Milinkevich warned that there were all signs visible that President Alexander Lukashenko, known as 'Europe's last dictator', would use a blast on the Minsk metro to "tighten the screws" on opposition parties.