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Mohamed NasheedMaldives

Mohamed Nasheed, 48, is an activist, journalist, and politician who served as the first democratically elected president of the Maldives. After being ousted in a coup in 2012, Mr. Nasheed continued his pro-democracy activism and was sentenced to 13 years in prison on politically-motivated terrorism charges.

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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 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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Apr 26

Freedom Now joins 18 other organizations in calling on President Obama to press Vietnam to release imprisoned activists

Prominent human rights organizations call on President Obama to raise the issue of imprisoned activists when he visits Vietnam next month.

Joint Letter to President Obama on VietnamApril 26, 2016

Apr 22

Sport For Rights: Letters to Pharrell Williams, Enrique Iglesias & Chris Brown ahead of their peformance at the Formula One European Grand Prix in Baku

The Sport for Rights Campaign sent three letters to Pharrell Williams, Enrique Iglesias and Chris Brown ahead of their peformance at the Formula One European Grand Prix in Baku

Sport for Rights letter to Pharrell WilliamsNovember 30, 1999

Sport for Rights letter to Enrique IglesiasNovember 30, 1999

Sport for Rights letter to Chris BrownNovember 30, 1999

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Apr 20

China: Lawyer Gao Zhisheng Spends His 52nd Birthday Under House Arrest

Gao will turn 52 years old today, six of those past years spent under some form of detention or another, hundreds of those past days spent beaten and tortured, all of that time away from his wife and two children. The international community must keep up pressure for not only Gao’s release, but the release of the dozens of lawyers still imprisoned.

Mar 31

Vietnam: Pro-Democracy Activist Enters the Ninth Year of His Eight Year Sentence

Democracy activist Father Ly was sentenced to 8 years in prison on March 30, 2007. He still has not been released.

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The Most Reverend Desmond M. Tutu

As the honorary chair of Freedom Now, it is my 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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