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.
Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee is a writer and political activist serving a six year sentence for charges related to an unpublished story she wrote criticizing the practice of stoning in Iran.
Mohamed al-Bambary is a Sahrawi media activist currently serving 6 years in prison as a result of his journalism.
Freedom Now welcomes the release of opposition politician Ilgar Mammadov from wrongful detention in Azerbaijan. Mammadov was granted conditional release on August 13 by the Sheki Court of Appeals after serving five and a half years of a seven year prison sentence.
Freedom Now joins 11 organizations in calling on diplomats and representatives of international organizations to press Tajik authorities to unconditionally set aside the conviction of journalist Khayrullo Mirsaidov.
Azerbaijan celebrates the centennial of its progressive, democratic legacy at a time when the government has rejected democratic principles and engaged in a sustained crackdown on human rights.
For four long years, Mohammed Shaikh Ould Mohammed Ould Mkhaitir has been stuck in limbo in his home country of Mauritania, uncertain if he would face the death penalty for publishing a simple blog post. And although execution is off the table, his life is still in danger.