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Mohamed Ould Cheikh Ould MkhaitirMauritania

Mohamed Ould Cheikh 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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Doan Huy Chuong and Nguyen Hoang Quoc HungVietnam

Doan Huy Chuong, 30, and Nguyen Hoang Quoc Hung, 34, are labor activists detained in Vietnam since February 2010 for organizing workers at a shoe factory. Mr. Doan and Ms. Hanh are serving […]

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Oct 20

Letter to the Members of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Board on the Working Conditions of Civil Society in Azerbaijan

In light of the upcoming review of Azerbaijan’s status in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative in October, the undersigned organisations call on the EITI Board to suspend Azerbaijan from participation in EITI.

Letter to the EITI Board on Civil Society in AzerbaijanOctober 20, 2016

Sep 13

Coalition of NGO, Diaspora Groups Support Ethiopia Human Rights Resolution

The undersigned civil society organizations applaud U.S. Representatives Chris Smith, Keith Ellison and Mike Coffman for introducing the House Resolution entitled “Supporting human rights and encouraging inclusive governance in Ethiopia.”

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Sep 8

A New Era for Uzbekistan?

The death of Islam Karimov signals a new era for Uzbekistan and hope for thousands of wrongfully imprisoned individuals.

Jun 20

Freedom Now Participates in the 32nd UN Human Rights Council

In June 2016, Executive Director Maran Turner participated in the 32nd UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Honorary Chair

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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