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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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May 26
2016

Azerbaijan: Quash conviction of journalist Khadija Ismayilova

On May 26, human rights organizations, journalists, and others will gather in front of the White House as part of a global campaign to highlight the ongoing repression of civil society and independent voices in Azerbaijan.

Joint Statement on Rally to Call for Conviction of Khadija Ismayilova to be QuashedMay 26, 2016

A joint statement by Amnesty International USA, ARTICLE 19, Belarusan-American Association, Committee to Protect Journalists , Crude Accountability, Freedom House, Freedom Now, International Women’s Media Foundation, McCain Institute for International Leadership, and Reporters Without Borders

May 25
2016

Media Release: Azerbaijani Journalist Khadija Ismayilova Released from Prison

Freedom Now is pleased to announce that journalist Khadija Ismayilova was released from prison today after nearly 18 months of wrongful imprisonment.

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May 24
2016

Vietnam: US Must Emphasize Human Rights in New Partnership

The US must make clear that a cozy relationship and the gains friendship might bring to Vietnam are contingent upon the nation demonstrating its newly-declared respect for human rights; Vietnam must make its promises in actions as well as words.

Apr 20
2016

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.

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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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