Prisoner rights

June 26, 2019 - 5:25 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — New claims of abuse and torture have been made in an American court against military and police forces led by Sri Lanka's former defense secretary. The lawsuit says government officials repeatedly tortured and raped political opponents, in some cases branding them with hot metal...
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FILE - This April 20, 2019, photo shows the Adelanto Detention Center in Adelanto, Calif., a desert community northeast of Los Angeles. The Homeland Security Department's internal watchdog says rotting food, moldy and dilapidated bathrooms and agency practices at immigration detention facilities may violate detainees' rights. In the Adelanto detention facility, inspectors found nooses in detainee cells, the segregation of certain detainees in an overly restrictive way and inadequate medical care, the report said. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
June 06, 2019 - 3:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department's internal watchdog says rotting food, moldy and dilapidated bathrooms and agency practices at immigration detention facilities may violate detainees' rights. The Office of Inspector General made unannounced visits to four facilities in California...
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FILE - American John Walker Lindh is seen in this undated file photo obtained Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2002, from a religious school where he studied for five months in Bannu, 304 kilometers (190 miles) southwest of Islamabad, Pakistan. Lindh, the young Californian who became known as the American Taliban after he was captured by U.S. forces in the invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, is set to go free Thursday, May 23, 2019, after nearly two decades in prison. (AP Photo, File)
May 22, 2019 - 2:54 pm
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — John Walker Lindh, the young Californian who became known as the American Taliban after he was captured by U.S. forces in the invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, is set to go free after nearly two decades in prison. But conditions imposed recently on Lindh's release, slated...
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May 20, 2019 - 8:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two former CIA contractors who designed the harsh interrogation program used after the Sept. 11 attacks are being summoned to testify before the military tribunal at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Psychologists James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen were among a dozen approved...
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FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2016 file photo, Sameer Ahmed, a Kashmiri man allegedly beaten up by Indian soldiers at Khrew village, recovers at a local hospital in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir. A prominent rights group in Indian-controlled Kashmir is advocating United Nations to establish a commission of inquiry to probe endemic use of torture by government forces who have faced decades long anti-India uprising in the disputed region. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin, File)
May 20, 2019 - 5:58 am
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — A prominent rights group in Indian-controlled Kashmir is advocating for the United Nations to establish a commission of inquiry to investigate what it calls the endemic use of torture by government forces amid a decades-long anti-India uprising in the disputed region. The...
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FILE - In this April 15, 2019 photo, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., takes part in a Fox News town-hall style event in Bethlehem, Pa. Democratic presidential contenders are facing a new debate over whether criminals in prison -- even notorious ones like the Boston Marathon bomber -- should be able to win back their right to vote. Sanders says they should, calling voting “inherent to our democracy _ yes, even for terrible people.” Many of his 2020 Democratic presidential rivals aren’t so sure, and at least one opposes it outright. Sanders himself acknowledged that he was essentially writing an attack ad for Republicans to use against him through his support for the issue. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
April 24, 2019 - 11:13 am
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is going further than even some advocates of a criminal justice overhaul have in calling for prisoners to have the right to vote. Restoring voting rights to convicted felons released from prison has become a prime Democratic cause. Activists see...
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CORRECTS SPELLING OF LAST NAME TO HURT, NOT HUNT - FILE - In this Feb. 1964 file photo, Henry Montgomery, flanked by two deputies, awaits the verdict in his trial for the murder of Deputy Sheriff Charles H. Hurt in Baton Rouge, La. A three-member board will hear the case of Henry Montgomery on Thursday, April 11, 2019. The 72-year-old Montgomery was convicted of killing Hurt in 1963. Montgomery was 17 at the time. (John Boss/The Advocate via AP, File)
April 11, 2019 - 12:58 pm
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana inmate whose case led to a landmark Supreme Court ruling extending the hope of freedom to juvenile offenders sentenced to life without the possibility of parole was again denied that freedom on Thursday after more than five decades in prison. A three-member board...
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Crimeia Alice Schmidt de Almeida attends a women's seminar at Sao Paulo's municipal chamber on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. Almeida was detained by the Brazilian army in 1972 when she was 8-months pregnant and a tortured. Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has asked the defense ministry to organize commemorations of the country's two decade-long military dictatorship that began on March 31, 1964. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)
March 26, 2019 - 11:15 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro's call to commemorate the anniversary of Brazil's 1964 military coup is causing discomfort in Latin America's largest nation, with social groups organizing protests and the federal prosecutors' office saying the call "deserves social and...
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Oyub Titiev, the head of a Chechnya branch of the prominent human rights group Memorial, stands behind bars in court before a hearing in Shali, Russia, Monday, March 18, 2019. Oyub Titiyev was detained in January 2018 and charged with drug possession in what has been largely perceived as a vendetta against this rare critic of the Chechen government. The court is due to issue its verdict Monday. (AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev)
March 18, 2019 - 12:59 pm
KURCHALOY, Russia (AP) — A court in Russia's province of Chechnya has sentenced a prominent rights activist to four years in prison on drug charges widely seen as an effort by the authorities to stifle a critical voice. The court in Chechnya's city of Shali sentenced Oyub Titiyev to four years in...
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French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, left, speaks with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, center, and Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, right, during a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the EU Council building in Brussels, Monday, March 18, 2019. EU foreign ministers hold talks with their Chinese counterpart as the bloc seeks to establish a new strategic balance with the Asian economic giant. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
March 18, 2019 - 6:39 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO and the European Union are condemning Russia's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula five years after Moscow declared the region Russian territory. NATO allies said in a statement Monday that "we strongly condemn this act, which we do not and will not recognize." They...
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