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Mohammed Shaikh Ould Mohammed Ould MkhaitirMauritania

Mohammed Shaikh Ould Mohammed Ould Mkhaitir, 29, is a blogger currently facing a death sentence on charges of apostasy.

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Ilgar MammadovAzerbaijan

Ilgar Mammadov, 44, 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. Before his […]

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Eskinder Nega

Eskinder NegaEthiopia

Eskinder Nega, 46, is a prominent Ethiopian journalist who was convicted and sentenced to 18 years in prison on treason and terrorism charges. Prior his current detention, Mr. Nega was a widely published independent journalist and a well-known critic of […]

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Abdulhadi Alkhawaja Pitcure

Abdulhadi al-KhawajaBahrain

Mr. Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, 54, is a prominent human rights defender convicted and sentenced to life in prison on June 22, 2011 for financing and participating in terrorism to overthrow the government, as well as spying for a foreign country […]

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NguyenHoangQuocHung

Nguyen Hoang Quoc HungVietnam

Nguyen Hoang Quoc Hung is a labor activists detained in Vietnam since February 2010 for organizing workers. He is serving a nine year prison sentence.

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Jun 20
2017

UN Member States and NGOs Discuss Improving Civil Society Engagement at the UN

On June 19, UN Member States and civil society organizations gathered at UN Headquarters to discuss the UN Committee on NGOs and how to improve the process for accrediting NGOs with consultative status.

Jun 12
2017

Freedom Now Highlights Imprisonment of Tajik Lawyers at UN Human Rights Council

On June 12, 2017, Freedom Now’s Executive Director Maran Turner participated in the 35th UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. She delivered remarks to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers on the imprisonment of lawyers in Tajikistan.

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Apr 24
2017

A Victory for Transparency at the UN

On April 19, the UN Economic and Social Council approved a resolution to webcast all public meetings of its subsidiary body, the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations. The vote was a major victory for civil society.

Apr 7
2017

Pursuing Justice for Political Prisoners

On March 31, 2017, Freedom Now’s Legal Director, Kate Barth, participated in a panel discussion at Vanier College on Pursuing Justice for Political Prisoners. A video of the discussion is included.

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Honorary Co-Chairs

The Honourable Mohamed Nasheed

The Most Reverend Desmond M. Tutu

As the honorary co-chairs of Freedom Now, it is our pleasure to welcome you. Freedom Now is an exceptional organization whose dynamic vision and commitment to freeing prisoners of conscience is changing our world for the better.

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