Buzurgmehr Yorov is a prominent human rights lawyer who was arrested in September 2015 and is serving 28 years in prison for his representation of opposition leaders.
Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee is a writer and political activist serving a six year sentence for charges related to an unpublished story she wrote criticizing the practice of stoning in Iran.
Mohamed al-Bambary is a Sahrawi journalist and human rights defender currently serving 6 years in prison as a result of his journalism.
Ilgar Mammadov is an Azerbaijani opposition leader who was sentenced to seven years in prison on charges of organizing mass disorder and resisting arrest after he criticized the government’s handling of demonstrations and unrest in the countryside.
On April 17, 2018, Freedom Now and Dechert LLP filed a petition with the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on behalf of Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee.
Freedom Now welcomes the release of human rights defender and religious freedom activist Gaybullo Jalilov from wrongful detention in Uzbekistan.
For four long years, Mohammed Shaikh Ould Mohammed Ould Mkhaitir has been stuck in limbo in his home country of Mauritania, uncertain if he would face the death penalty for publishing a simple blog post. And although execution is off the table, his life is still in danger.
December 8 is the 25th anniversary of Uzbekistan adopting its constitution, a document which guarantees the country’s citizens the freedoms of speech, thought, expression, opinion, association, and assembly. President Mirziyoyev should use the opportunity of Constitution Day to continue guiding his country towards a brighter future.