Jailed Bahrain activist on hunger strike

Jailed Bahrain activist on hunger strike

A prominent Bahraini activist jailed for life for his role in anti-government protests has been on hunger strike for two weeks to protest the treatment of prisoners, campaigners said Thursday.

Palestinians slam Israel for refusing talks with hunger strikers

Palestinians slam Israel for refusing talks with hunger strikers

Palestinian leaders on Wednesday denounced Israel's refusal to negotiate with Palestinians on hunger strike in Israeli jails, warning of a ‘new intifada’ if any of them die.

Sudan rebels free 127 prisoners captured in fighting

Sudan rebels free 127 prisoners captured in fighting

A prominent Sudanese rebel group has released 127 prisoners it had captured in fighting with government forces, most of them soldiers, the military said on Sunday.

Egyptian president pardons 82 jailed 'youths'

Egyptian president pardons 82 jailed 'youths'

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Thursday pardoned 82 "youths" including a prominent advocate of Islamic reform, following calls to free prisoners swept up in a crackdown, his spokesman said.

Indian police gun down escaped Islamist prisoners

Indian police gun down escaped Islamist prisoners

Indian police gunned down eight Islamists Monday after they escaped from a high-security jail by slitting the throat of a prison guard and scaling the walls with tied-up bedsheets.

Turkey to release 38,000 jailed for pre-coup crimes

Turkey to release 38,000 jailed for pre-coup crimes

Turkey on Wednesday said it would free 38,000 prisoners not linked to the failed coup in a move apparently aimed at releasing pressure on prisons filled to bursting with suspects from the putsch.

Hundreds of Palestinians held by Israel end hunger strike

Hundreds of Palestinians held by Israel end hunger strike

More than 300 Palestinian prisoners on Saturday halted a hunger strike after Israel prison authorities agreed to end ‘humiliating’ body searches and return recently transferred prisoners ...

Yemen's warring sides swap 194 prisoners in Taiz

Yemen's warring sides swap 194 prisoners in Taiz

Houthi and pro-government forces exchanged nearly 200 prisoners in Taiz in central Yemen on Saturday, the largest such swap to take place in the embattled city ...

Emir pardons 15 Filipinos

Emir pardons 15 Filipinos

Fifteen Filipinos were among a number of prisoners pardoned by HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan, according to the Philippine Embassy in Doha.

Bahrain jailbreak sparks manhunt

Bahrain jailbreak sparks manhunt

Bahraini security forces launched a manhunt on Saturday after a reported 20 prisoners broke out of a jail on the island of Muharraq, site of the Gulf state's main airport.

Play time for prisoners

Play time for prisoners

Prisoners participate in a tug-of-war during an event to celebrate Sinhalese and Tamil New Year at the Welikada Prison complex in Colombo yesterday.

Obama presents plan to close Guantanamo prison

Obama presents plan to close Guantanamo prison

President Barack Obama presented a long-awaited roadmap to close the controversial US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, saying it was time to shutter a facility that betrayed US interests and values.