Amnesty strips Navalny of ‘prisoner of conscience’ status

Prominent rights group steps back from status having reviewed the Kremlin foe’s earlier ‘hateful’ comments. Amnesty International has stripped Alexey Navalny of the “prisoner of conscience” status it had given him, saying some of the Kremlin critic’s past comments were akin to hate speech. In a statement sent to Al Jazeera on Wednesday, the rights […]

Palestinian political prisoner Marwan Barghouti for president?

Palestinian politician Marwan Barghouti, who is seen as the leader of the First and Second Intifada, is serving five life sentences in an Israeli prison. His intention to run for president in the upcoming Palestinian elections has shaken the Palestinian political scene. If he runs and wins, as recent polls have suggested he might, his victory could reshape […]

Israel Secretly Agrees to Fund Vaccines for Syria as Part of Prisoner Swap

JERUSALEM — When a young Israeli woman was released from detention in Syria this week, after having been arrested for crossing illegally into Syria, the official story was that she had been the beneficiary of a straightforward prisoner swap. In return for her freedom, the Israeli government announced, she had been exchanged for two Syrian […]

Israel and Syria Complete a Prisoner Swap, Mediated by Russia

JERUSALEM — Israel and Syria have fought several wars, never had diplomatic relations, and still contest the sovereignty of a tract of land, the Golan Heights, that was seized by Israel from Syria in 1967. But on Thursday, the two countries shared a rare moment of indirect cooperation, participating in a Russian-mediated prisoner swap that […]

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 […]

Timeline: Aung San Suu Kyi, political prisoner to leader

Al Jazeera breaks down Aung San Suu Kyi’s journey, from being the daughter of an independence hero to a political leader. Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s de facto leader, has been detained along with President Win Myint and other senior members of the National League for Democracy (NLD) party in the capital, Naypyidaw. Al Jazeera […]

Yemen’s warring sides resume prisoner exchange talks in Jordan

Houthi rebels, Saudi-backed gov’t resume fresh UN-backed negotiations in Amman months after huge prisoner exchange. Yemen’s warring sides have begun fresh United Nations-backed negotiations in Jordan on a prisoner exchange, according to officials. Sunday’s meeting in Amman between the Saudi-backed government and the Houthi rebels, who have been at war for almost six years, came […]

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, […]

Populist, Prisoner, President: A Convicted Kidnapper Wins Kyrgyzstan Election

MOSCOW — A populist politician and convicted kidnapper won a landslide victory on Sunday in a snap presidential election in Kyrgyzstan triggered by a popular uprising against the previous government. Sadyr Japarov, the winning candidate, got nearly 80 percent of the vote, according to the central electoral commission of the mountainous country, the only democracy […]

Azerbaijani prisoner released by Armenia alleges torture

Baku, Azerbaijan – Dilgam Asgarov’s mother is buried in Kalbajar district, the region in Azerbaijan where he was born. As a young man, still grieving and in pain, he used to visit her grave frequently. But in the early 1990s, when Armenia-backed forces captured the area as part of a bloody war with Azerbaijan over […]

Libya’s warring sides begin prisoner exchange

First UN-brokered prisoner exchange comes as part of ceasefire deal inked two months ago in Geneva. Libya’s rivals have kicked off a UN-brokered prisoner exchange, which was part of a ceasefire agreement they inked more than two months ago in Geneva, the United Nations and Libyan officials have said. The exchange of a first batch […]

Yemen’s warring sides complete largest prisoner swap in 5 years #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

More than 1,000 people released following prisoner exchange between government and Houthi fighters. Yemen’s warring parties have completed the largest prisoner-swap in the country’s five-year war, with rebels releasing fighters affiliated with influential pro-government armed groups. More than 1,000 people were released and transported to their homes over the two-day exchange – completed on Friday […]