Mohamed Nasheed, 47, 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.
Eskinder Nega, 45, 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 […]
Today, the legal team of former President Mohamed Nasheed released Opinion No. 33/2015 (The Maldives) of the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, finding President Nasheed’s detention in violation of international law.
Freedom Now released a letter sent by a dozen Nobel Peace Prize Laureates to President Barack Obama on September 2, 2015, urging him to call publicly for the release of Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia.
Months after President Obama’s trip to Ethiopia, four Zone 9 bloggers are still in prison facing lengthy sentences
On July 20, the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) voted to grant Freedom Now special consultative NGO status. The vote was the culmination of a six year application process unnecessarily prolonged by petty politics.
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