Myanmar’s ousted civilian leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, has been transferred from house arrest to prison and is being held in solitary confinement, according to a spokesman for the military junta that seized power last year. Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been convicted on half a dozenContinue Reading

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — A senior official in Sri Lanka accused of barging into prisons and abusing political prisoners just as the island nation’s government was downplaying concerns about worsening human rights conditions resigned on Wednesday, officials said. The accusations of abuse made against Lohan Ratwatte, the state minister forContinue Reading

When the Vietnamese government decided in 2016 to cut the use of coal in its next energy plan, it followed the advice of an unusual source: one of the country’s most prominent environmentalists. Nguy Thi Khanh was vocal about what the government had to do: she said it had toContinue Reading

A court in Belarus on Friday sentenced a Russian law student whose boyfriend is a prominent dissident to six years in a penal colony, nearly a year after the country’s authorities diverted a commercial flight to Minsk in order to arrest them. In a statement, the Belarusian court said itContinue Reading

When Karen Shainyan opened his Facebook page one recent day, it was overflowing with messages reading “Congratulations!”, as if it were his birthday. There were also expressions of sympathy. It took Mr. Shainyan, a Russian gay rights advocate and a journalist, a moment to digest the mixed messages: The KremlinContinue Reading

CAIRO — At the height of the traditional Ramadan TV season, big-budget, star-studded shows captivate millions of Egyptians every night of the holy month with high drama and low comedy. But one episode of the most politically charged show stood out. The government-produced hit series “The Choice 3” purports toContinue Reading

A court sentenced Myanmar’s ousted civilian leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, to five years in prison on Wednesday after finding her guilty of corruption for accepting about $1.3 million in gold bars and cash from a close political ally. The conviction was based largely on the testimony of theContinue Reading

When Rosario Ibarra de Piedra’s 21-year-old son was arrested at an antigovernment rally in Mexico in 1975, he disappeared for good. She spent most of her life searching for him — and while her search was unsuccessful, it led to a political career, and to her eventual emergence as theContinue Reading

One of the last times Brittney Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and seven-time All Star center for the women’s professional basketball team in Phoenix, appeared in public, it was on a Russian airport security video. She wore a Black Lives for Peace sweatshirt and rolled her luggage through security,Continue Reading

A Russian court sentenced Aleksei A. Navalny to nine years in a high-security prison on Tuesday, imposing a new punishment on the imprisoned opposition leader at a time when the war in Ukraine has made him even more of a liability for President Vladimir V. Putin. Prosecutors had claimed thatContinue Reading