Shakthika Sathkumara is an award-winning author facing up to 12 years in prison on charges related to a short story he published on Facebook.
Loujain Alhathloul is a prominent women’s rights activist currently imprisoned by Saudi Arabia. She faces numerous charges related to her activism and remains in pre-trial detention.
Buzurgmehr Yorov is a prominent human rights lawyer who was arrested in September 2015 and is serving 22 years in prison for his representation of opposition leaders.
Tom Byabagamba and Frank Rusagara are former Rwandan military officers. They are serving a 15 year prison sentence for criticizing the Rwandan government.
On May 29, 2020, Freedom Now and Hogan Lovells US LLP filed a petition with the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on behalf of Turkmen student Omruzak Omarkuliev.
The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has issued an opinion finding the Government of Vietnam to be in contravention of its international human rights obligations for the detention of blogger Phan Kim Khanh.
Journalist Mohamed al-Bambary has been imprisoned in Morocco since August 2015. His case is illustrative of the restrictions Morocco places on freedom of expression and association in Western Sahara.
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.