Cuba frees at least 35 political prisoners: Dissidents

At least 35 Cuban political prisoners have been released in the last two days, dissident leaders said on Thursday, as Cuba moves towards normalizing ties with the United States.

Cuba frees eight more political prisoners, dissidents say

Cuba has freed eight more detainees, dissidents said on Thursday, as Havana begins to release 53 people the United States considers political prisoners as part of an agreement aimed at ending decades of hostility between the two nations.

Madagascar pardons five political prisoners after reconciliation talks

Madagascar`s President Hery Rajaonarimampianina on Wednesday pardoned five political prisoners who had got stiff prison sentences for allegedly plotting against his predecessor, who took power in a coup.

Myanmar says it will release more than 3,000 prisoners

Myanmar pledged on Tuesday to release thousands of prisoners, a move announced just over a month before it hosts an East Asia summit that U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders are expected to attend.

Myanmar to free remaining political prisoners Tuesday

Myanmar Tuesday announced the release of all remaining political prisoners on the last day of 2013.

Myanmar frees 44 political prisoners

President Thein Sein has pledged to release all prisoners of conscience in Myanmar by the end of the year.

Myanmar still enlists boy soldiers despite reforms

Political prisoners have been freed, censorship has been abolished and, the government promises, the days of child soldiers are over.

Myanmar set to release dozens of political prisoners: Panel member

Myanmar may release scores of political prisoners this month to fulfil a promise by its reformist president to free prisoners of conscience by the end of this year, a member of a state-appointed panel said on Wednesday.

Myanmar frees 56 political prisoners: Officials

Myanmar on Tuesday began freeing dozens of its remaining detained activists, officials said, after the country vowed to release all prisoners of conscience by the end of the year.

Myanmar Prez Thein Sein asked to free 250 political prisoners

Lawmakers are asking Myanmar President Thein Sein to free nearly 250 political prisoners.

US welcomes Myanmar decision on political prisoner

The United States has welcomed the Myanmar government`s announcement for the formation of a committee on political prisoners.

Myanmar to grant amnesty to political prisoners

The Myanmar government will scrutinize the political prisoners incarcerated in prisons throughout the country in order to grant them liberty soon, a media report said Thursday.

Survivor reveals horrors of torturous North Korean prison camps

The horrific living conditions in North Korea’s labor camps, which are believed to hold up over 100,000 of political prisoners, have been revealed.

WB asked to amend law deeming Maoists political prisoners

India`s home ministry has asked the West Bengal government to amend a law that grants political prisoner status to Maoists in the state as it had countrywide implications, official sources said.

Myanmar activists say 87 political prisoners freed

Activists in Myanmar are welcoming the release of nearly 90 political prisoners as part of a larger govt amnesty.

‘Bahrain to mull ways to improve rights record’

The UN Human Rights Council says in its highly-anticipated review of the Gulf kingdom`s record that Bahrain will consider 176 recommendations submitted by other nations.

Obama praises release of political prisoners in Myanmar

US President Barack Obama on Friday
praised the release of political prisoners in Myanmar, terming
it substantial step forward for democratic reform.

Syria releases 552 political prisoners

It is second group of prisoners to be released in a week under Arab League plan meant to stop Syrian govt crackdown on dissent.

Up to 200,000 political prisoners in N Korea: UN

A UN envoy noted that some of the prisoners are being held just for being relatives of other detainees.

Myanmar Prez grants amnesty to 6,359 prisoners

The Myanmar state-run radio and television Tuesday announced the release of 6,359 prisoners from Wednesday under an amnesty ordered by the country`s President.