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Buzurgmehr YorovTajikistan

Buzurgmehr Yorov is a prominent human rights lawyer who was arrested in September 2015 and is serving 28 years in prison for his representation of opposition leaders.

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Tom Byabagamba, Frank Rusagara, and François KabayizaRwanda

Tom Byabagamba, Frank Rusagara, and François Kabayiza are former Rwandan military officers. They are currently imprisoned for criticizing the Rwandan government.

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Mohamed al-BambaryMorocco

Mohamed al-Bambary is a Sahrawi media activist currently serving 6 years in prison as a result of his journalism.

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Mohammed Shaikh Ould Mohammed Ould MkhaitirMauritania

Mohammed Shaikh Ould Mohammed Ould Mkhaitir is a blogger who was arrested in January 2014 and sentenced to death for apostasy. Although his sentence was commuted, he remains in “administrative detention” in an undisclosed location.

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Jun 21

Mauritania: Joint Letter to President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz regarding Imprisoned Blogger Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir

President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz Islamic Republic of Mauritania Ministère du Secrétariat Général à la Présidence Nouakchott, Mauritania   Your Excellency, We, the undersigned nongovernmental organizations, urge you to ensure the immediate release of Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir, who is […]

Jun 3

Tajikistan: UN Declares Detention of Lawyer Buzurgmehr Yorov in Violation of International Law

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention issued an opinion finding the detention of lawyer Buzurgmehr Yorov by the Government of Tajikistan to be in violation of international law and called for his immediate release.

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Apr 1

Rwanda: Release Former Military Officers

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.

Feb 14

Iran: Imprisoned for a Diary Entry, A Couple Remains Apart

Although they are both in Tehran, Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee and Arash Sadeghi are not together. The married couple has spent the last five Valentine’s Days apart, separated by 30 miles and prison bars.

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