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Turkmen President Pardons Hundreds Of Inmates

May 30, 2019           |                                       

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov has pardoned 764 inmates on the occasion of a religious holiday, according to state media reports. Berdymukhammedov on May 29 was quoted as saying that the pardons marked the Night of Revelation, an important stage during the holy month of Ramadan, which is currently being observed by Muslims around the world. […]

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An American doctor who conducted several medical and mental health evaluations of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange inside Ecuador’s Embassy in London over the last two years says that she believes she was spied on and that the confidentiality of her doctor-patient relationship with Assange was violated. Dr. Sondra Crosby, an associate professor of medicine and […]

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While Julian Assange languishes in south London’s maximum security Belmarsh Prison, a British court is weighing his fate. The 48-year-old Australian founder of Wikileaks is serving time for the minor crime of jumping bail by taking asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden. His fear at the time was that the […]

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Early next month, the UK will be examined by the United Nations Committee against Torture, an expert body that monitors implementation of a key human rights treaty: the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. A major focus of the review is likely to be the dire situation in prisons […]

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Chelsea Manning held in solitary confinement for more than two weeks By Kevin Reed 25 March 2019 The World Socialist Web Site and the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) are playing a leading role in organizing opposition to the imprisonment of Chelsea Manning and the persecution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Meetings and rallies are currently […]

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Tajikistan Urged To Release 'Seriously Ill' Activist Who Says Guards Beat Him

March 20, 2019           |                                       

Human Rights Watch and eight other rights groups have urged the Tajik government to immediately release a gravely ill political activist who claims to have been tortured. During a visit on March 9, Muhammadali Hayit showed his wife “injuries on his forehead and stomach that he said were caused by beatings from prison officials to […]

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Marty Gottesfeld is a reminder of the Justice Department’s determination to silence truthtellers, writes John Kiriakou. By John Kiriakou Special to Consortium News Last year I wrote about a whistleblower from New England who took direct action to save a child’s life and who paid for it with his freedom. Marty Gottesfeld is now serving […]

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Barack Obama campaigned on the promise to close the Pentagon-operated prison at Guantánamo Bay. Donald Trump, on the other hand, campaigned to fill the prison base back up. From the January day 17 years ago when the first prisoners arrived until today, two things have remained remarkably consistent: The prison at Guantánamo Bay remains open […]

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Azerbaijani Blogger Released From Jail After Serving Two Years

March 2, 2019           |                                       

The Azerbaijani anti-corruption blogger Mehman Huseynov is free after fully serving a two-year prison sentence in a case that sparked international outrage and critics said was politically motivated. Huseynov was released from prison on March 2, RFE/RL’s Azerbaijani Service reported. Huseynov was convicted of libel for saying he had been mistreated by police in January […]

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Photo Source The White House Nazareth. Israel’s decision to withhold part of the taxes it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority and plunge it deeper into crisis starkly illustrates the hypocrisies and deceptions at the core of the two governments’ relationship. Under the terms of what are now the quarter century-old Oslo accords, Israel […]

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'Welcome To Hell': Life In A Notorious Russian Women’s Prison

February 24, 2019           |                                       

From kittens tossed into blazing furnaces to prisoners losing fingers slaving for hours at sewing machines in a rat-infested sweatshop, IK-14 prison for women in Russia’s central region of Mordovia is one of the most dreaded female correctional facilities in the country. Such is the notoriety of the prison, women condemned to serve there often […]

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Iranians Gather In Central Tehran To Mark 40th Anniversary Of 1979 Revolution

February 11, 2019           |                                       

Iran is marking the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution that ended the monarchy and heralded the start of four decades of clerical rule. Hundreds of thousands of people were expected to attend government-orchestrated demonstrations in Tehran and other cities to commemorate February 11, 1979, when followers of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini ousted a U.S.-backed […]

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The United States, by all metrics, has one of the cruelest prison systems in the world. In addition to having 25 percent of the world’s prison population (with just 5 percent of the world’s people), U.S. prisons use tortuous solitary confinement, tolerate widespread sexual violence, host massive racial disparities, and routinely abuse children, among other […]

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On Saturday morning, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., arrived at the Metropolitan Detention Center in New York City to demand answers. Hundreds of people incarcerated at the federal detention facility in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn have been living without heat, light, telephone access, and lawyers for the past week, as the region endured arctic […]

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives to meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May in London, England, on March 7, 2018. Photo: Dan Kitwood /Getty Images Last week, Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority announced 2019 as the “Year of Entertainment” in the kingdom. With a $64 billion budget granted by Crown Prince Mohammed bin […]

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