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.
Tom Byabagamba, Frank Rusagara, and François Kabayiza are former Rwandan military officers. They are currently imprisoned for criticizing the Rwandan government.
Mohamed al-Bambary is a Sahrawi media activist currently serving 6 years in prison as a result of his journalism.
Mohammed Shaikh Ould Mohammed Ould Mkhaitir is a blogger who was arrested in January 2014 and sentenced to death for apostasy. Although his sentence was commuted, he remains in “administrative detention” in an undisclosed location.
On the evening of May 19 a deadly riot broke out at a maximum security prison in the Vahdat district of Tajikstan. The prison holds numerous political prisoners, including members of the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan political party and businessman and opposition politician Zayd Saidov
Freedom Now joined a team of international observers to monitor a trial in Tbilisi, Georgia regarding the murder of a human rights defender.
Rwanda has amply demonstrated its capacity to overcome tragedy, to hold human rights violators accountable, and build a stronger, more resilient society. As it marks twenty-five years since unconscionable violence consumed the country, Rwanda should ensure that respects the rights of all its citizens, especially those who exercise their freedom of expression.
Although they are both in Tehran, Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee and Arash Sadeghi are not together. The married couple has spent the last five Valentine’s Days apart, separated by 30 miles and prison bars.