About: political prisoners

Global Europe 12-10-2021

Navalny says prison has changed his status to ‘terrorist’

Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said on Monday (11 October) that a prison commission had designated him an extremist and a terrorist, but officially no longer regarded him as an escape risk.
Politics 27-05-2021

Spanish government mulls pardon for jailed Catalan separatists

Spain's government is considering pardoning 12 Catalan separatist politicians sentenced in 2017 for their role in holding an illegal independence referendum in the region, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has confirmed. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.
Europe's East 22-05-2021

Belarus opposition activist dies in prison

A Belarusian political activist has died in jail where he was serving time for participating in the demonstrations that rocked the ex-Soviet country last year after a disputed presidential election, local media reported.
Freedom of thought 18-01-2018

Ethiopia frees prominent opposition leader

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.
Med & South 20-01-2016

Will the European Parliament defend Kosovo’s democracy?

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. 
Europe's East 09-10-2015

EU mulls suspension of Belarus sanctions

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).
Europe's East 14-04-2011

Belarus blast augurs hard times for opposition

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.