Ales Bjaljatski addressing the Polish senate in 2014.
A co-laureate of the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize, the founder of the human rights centre Viasna is the fourth person in the history of the Nobel to receive this award while in prison.
Memorial board members Yan Rachinsky and Oleg Orlov speaking to journalists in Moscow.
Memorial embodies resistance to the radical evil of modern totalitarianism.
Imprisoned Belarusian activist Ales Bialiatski is one of three Nobel peace prize winners. Here, receiving a prize for his work in 2020.
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Imprisoned Belarus activist Ales Bialiatski, Russian human rights organisation Memorial and the Center for Civil Liberties in Ukraine have shared the award.
The 1965 killings in Indonesia not only led to the death and imprisonment of many, but also forced survivors to shoulder knowledge of this history through silence, acceptance, and resilience.
Saudi Arabian crown prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud welcomes British prime minister Boris Johnson in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on March 16 2022.
An energy crisis means the world is less likely to call out Saudi Arabia’s human rights abuses, an expert argues.
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Police may not have been justified in making arrests over breach of the peace and public order.
Detail of a photo of Lilian Ngoyi making a speech in 1960.
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The pioneering role she played, and the sacrifices she made, extended well beyond the famous 1956 Women’s March.
Activists including Myanmar citizens protest in Tokyo on July 26, 2022, against Myanmar’s recent execution of four prisoners
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Myanmar’s military junta is losing some control over the country, but its execution of four high-profile leaders and prisoners sends a warning to Myanmar citizens and the rest of the world.
“We Will Never Be Frightened”: Young demonstrators holding a banner during a protest in Yangon yesterday.
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This week’s executions have reminded the world about what’s happening under the generals. It’s time for Australian policy to change
One year after the military coup, a possible return to executions threatens the lives of dozens of political prisoners.
At the Amna Suraka museum in Iraq, exhibits show the torture that was carried out in the cells.
Interviews with former torturers in Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq reveal what it takes to be a torturer – which could help explain how to reduce the number of people who get tortured around the world.
Police arrest a protester at a Moscow rally in support of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny, who fell ill while in prison and is now hospitalized.
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There’s not much the world can do to stop authoritarian rulers from persecuting their political opponents, as shown by the standoff over Russian dissident Alexei Navalny, who is ill and imprisoned.
Released prisoners sit in a bus outside Ankara, Turkey – while government critics remain behind bars due to Turkey’s sweeping terror laws.
To stem the spread of COVID-19, Turkey is releasing 90,000 prison inmates. Not on the list for release: tens of thousands of academics, journalists and others the regime sees as political threats.
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Written from prison, the new book of poems by the writer, academic and activist shows her fire but also her deep love for Uganda.
Cuban dissident Jose Daniel Ferrer was a US ally in Cuba during the Obama-era restoration of diplomatic and economic ties with the Island.
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The US is demanding the ‘immediate’ release of a Cuban activist jailed since Oct. 1. But allegations of violence and fraud suggest the charges against José Daniel Ferrer are criminal, not political.
Reuters reporters Wa Lone (left) and Kyaw Soe Oo, leaving prison in Myanmar on Tuesday.
The influential military is still in a position to veto reforms, making the repeal of repressive laws difficult.
Umkhonto weSizwe founder Nelson Mandela, receives military training at an Algerian FLN camp in Morocco, 1962.
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The Algerian revolution had a profound effect on both Mandela and Fanon’s thinking about colonisation, oppression and freedom.
Unpopular authoritarian leaders like Nicolás Maduro depend on military backing to stay in power.
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Venezuela has freed 79 political prisoners in recent months, to global plaudits. But the hard-line regime has also charged 100 military officials with conspiracy. Does President Maduro fear overthrow?
Protests are taking place in Ethiopia’s Amhara region an opposition stronghold.
Ethiopia’s recent upheavals could potentially destabilise the entire Horn of Africa.
Andimba (Herman) Toivo Ya Toivo remained loyal to what made him the personification of the desire to live in an independent country governed by, and for, its people.