Navalny probably moved to prison camp, says lawyer

Lawyer says move would violate the law, adding that Navalny’s relatives have not been informed of his whereabouts. Jailed Russian opposition politician Alexey Navalny has been moved to an undisclosed detention centre outside Moscow that may be a prison camp, according to his lawyer and a member of a rights organisation. Navalny, a prominent critic […]

In Pictures: Ecuador prison riots leave dozens dead

Ecuador on Wednesday raised the death toll from riots in four jails to 79, including 18 prisoners who were found dismembered at one site, one of the bloodiest outbreaks of prison violence in the country’s history. But even as authorities said they had regained control following the initial riots, the head of Ecuador’s national police […]

Ecuador increases death toll in prison riots to 79

The number of inmates killed in riots at three separate prisons in Ecuador this week has increased to 79, authorities said on Wednesday, after they regained control of the facilities. Hundreds of police officers and military personnel were deployed after coordinated fights between rival gangs broke out in the prisons’ maximum-security wings on Monday night. […]

Supporters of jailed Georgia politician rally outside prison

Hundreds protest in Rustavi, expressing solidarity with opposition leader Melia a day after his arrest. Hundreds of supporters of Georgia’s jailed opposition leader have rallied outside the prison with the political crisis in the country showing few signs of abating. Georgia has been in the grip of a crisis since parliamentary elections in October last […]

China targets Uighurs with more prosecutions, prison terms: HRW

China has increased its prosecution of Muslim minorities in Xinjiang, handing out longer jail terms, an HRW report has found. China has dramatically increased its prosecution of Muslim minorities in Xinjiang through the formal court system, handing out long prison terms for dubious charges such as “picking quarrels” and giving gifts to overseas relatives, a […]

Biden to call Saudi Arabia’s King Salman about Khashoggi report

Report warns the imminent release of ‘explosive’ US intelligence document could entangle one of the king’s sons. President Joe Biden is expected to call Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud on Wednesday, ahead of the scheduled release of a US intelligence report detailing the disappearance and murder of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Citing a […]

More than 50 dead and dozens injured in prison riots in Ecuador

Officials said gun and knife battles between rival gangs erupted on Monday night in three different prisons in the country. Prisons in Ecuador were on high alert after more than 50 people were killed and dozens of others injured in three prison riots, police said on Tuesday. According to authorities, riots erupted in prisons located […]

Russian Court Orders Opposition Leader Navalny to Stay in Prison

MOSCOW — A Russian court on Saturday rejected an appeal by the opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny, clearing the way for his possible transfer to the country’s penal colony system. The ruling was expected. Russian officials had signaled since before Mr. Navalny returned from Germany, where he was being treated for a near-lethal poisoning with […]

Prisoner exchange between Israel and Syria underway: State media

Two Syrians should be released in return for a young Israeli woman in swap mediated by Russia. A prisoner swap between Syria and Israel, mediated by Russia, is under way. Damascus is securing the release of two Syrians held in Israel in exchange for releasing an Israeli woman who entered Syria by mistake, Syria’s official […]

Opinion | The Cost of Calling My Mom From Prison

But Securus doesn’t exactly play fair, either. The company charges us egregious fees to put money into our prepaid phone accounts: My brother refills mine for me, and gets charged several dollars for every $50 he puts in — the maximum he can transfer in a single transaction. It’s my money, earned from freelancing, but […]

Biden administration weighing shutting of Guantanamo Bay prison

The offshore jail symbolises the excesses of the US ‘war on terror’ because of harsh interrogation methods and torture. The Biden administration has launched a formal review of the future of the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, reviving the Obama-era goal of closing the notorious facility, a White House official said on Friday. Aides […]

Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul released from prison

Prominent women’s rights activist, who campaigned for women’s right to drive and to end kingdom’s male guardianship system, spent more than 1,000 days in prison. Prominent women’s rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul has been released from a Saudi prison on Wednesday after nearly three years behind bars, her sister said in a Twitter post. “Loujain is […]

St Louis jail riot prompts calls for better prison COVID measures

An inmate revolt at a Saint Louis jail criticised for the conditions under which inmates are housed has caused advocates and legislators to call for increased protections for inmates as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. More than 100 inmates took over two units of the City Justice Center (CJC), a city-run jail, at about 2:30am (7:30GMT) […]

Saudi Arabia frees two jailed Saudi Americans after 307 days

Saudi Arabia has temporarily released two Saudi Americans who were jailed on alleged “terrorism-related” charges after more than 300 days of detention amid a stark change in US policy towards the kingdom. Salah al-Haider, the son of a leading women’s rights activist and Bader al-Ibrahim, a writer and doctor, were set free on Thursday pending […]

Russian Activist Navalny Sentenced to More Than 2 Years in Prison

The prosecution called for three and a half years in prison for Mr. Navalny, minus the amount of time he spent under house arrest related to the case, which was about a year. The prosecutor, Yekaterina Frolova, said Mr. Navalny was guilty of “systematic violations of obligations placed on him by the court.” Mr. Navalny […]

Biden and prison reforms – a soft target?

In his first executive order on criminal justice, United States President Joe Biden addressed the thorny issue of private prisons. Framing his January 25 order as part of a commitment to “racial equity”, the president wants to halt the renewal of widely reviled private prison contracts by the federal government. Biden proclaimed this as a […]

Tibetan Who Spoke Out for Language Rights Is Freed From Chinese Prison

A Tibetan businessman has been released from prison in China after completing a five-year sentence for “inciting separatism” by campaigning for Tibetan language education, including in interviews with The New York Times, his lawyer said on Friday. The businessman, Tashi Wangchuk, returned to Yushu, his hometown in the northwestern province of Qinghai, and was staying […]

31 Guards Suspended at a Women’s Prison Plagued by Sexual Violence

For Trimeka Rollins’s daughter, who is 24 and transgender, New Jersey’s only women’s prison was supposed to be a haven. She had been shuffled from one men’s prison to another, facing abuse at both, her mother said, before finally being transferred in November to the state’s only lockup for women, Edna Mahan Correctional Facility. “We […]

‘Tribal justice’ in Palestine outflanks official legal system

Occupied West Bank – Going home after seven years in an Israeli jail was bittersweet for Mohammed Ennabi. Several months into his sentence in 2009, his father killed another Palestinian in a brawl. While neither Ennabi nor his siblings were connected to the crime or convicted in a court of law, the entire family was […]

Egypt incarcerating prisoners in inhumane conditions: Amnesty

Rights group says thousands held for years in overcrowded prisons with abysmal conditions; given unhealthy food. Amnesty International decried Egyptian prison conditions on Monday, 10 years after the Arab Spring revolution began in the country. Thousands continue to be held for months or years under often inhumane conditions in overcrowded prisons, according to a report […]

Palestinian prisoner dies in Israeli jail of unknown causes

Palestinian advocacy group says Maher Saasa received a COVID-19 vaccine one day before his death but the cause of death is still unknown. A Palestinian prisoner in an Israeli jail has died in unclear circumstances, according to two Palestinian prisoners’ advocacy groups. The Prisoners Commission and the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) said Maher Deeb Saasa, […]

Former Coach Sentenced to Over 10 Years in Prison for Raping Star Speedskater

A former national speedskating coach in South Korea was sentenced on Thursday to more than a decade in prison on charges of raping an Olympic athlete. The coach, Cho Jae-beom, was accused of rape in 2019 by Shim Suk-hee, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in short-track speedskating who said he had sexually assaulted her repeatedly […]

Indigenous man faces up to 10 years in prison for Facebook posts

An Indigenous man faces up to 10 years in prison over “threats” allegedly made on social media at the height of the Black Lives Matter protests that swept across the United States last year, drawing outrage from activists and observers who say the case is part of a “heavy-handed” law enforcement response to the protest […]

Alexey Navalny timeline: From poisoning to prison

Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny was taken into custody in Russia on Monday for 30 days pending further court hearings. He was arrested the night before at a Moscow airport, having returned after spending several months in Germany recovering from an alleged poisoning attack, which he blames on Russian authorities. Western powers have called on Russia […]