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Mohamed NasheedMaldives

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.

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Eskinder Nega

Eskinder NegaEthiopia

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 […]

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Abdulhadi al-KhawajaBahrain

Mr. Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, 52, 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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Jun 30

Media Release: Law Students Call on Azerbaijan to Release Jailed Lawyer Intigam Aliyev

More than 50 law students called on the Azerbaijan government to release Mr. Aliyev and allow him to continue his human rights work.

Jun 18

Media Release: Members of U.S. Congress call for action on long detained prisoners of conscience in Indonesia

Today, six members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry raising the continued detention of peaceful activists in Indonesia.

Lantos Commission Letter to Secretary KerryJune 18, 2015

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Jun 23

A Tale of Two Maldives

The imprisonment of the former president is a tragic commentary on Maldivian democracy.

Apr 17

PEN American Center Honors Courageous Journalist and Highlights Human Rights in Azerbaijan

PEN American Center will be honoring jailed Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova with the 2015 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award. This prestigious award is a recognition of her tireless work to combat corruption and defend freedom of expression in Azerbaijan.

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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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