Shakthika Sathkumara is an award-winning author facing up to 12 years in prison on charges related to a short story he published on Facebook.
Loujain Alhathloul is a prominent women’s rights activist currently imprisoned by Saudi Arabia. She faces numerous charges related to her activism and remains in pre-trial detention.
Buzurgmehr Yorov is a prominent human rights lawyer who was arrested in September 2015 and is serving 22 years in prison for his representation of opposition leaders.
Tom Byabagamba and Frank Rusagara are former Rwandan military officers. They are serving a 15 year prison sentence for criticizing the Rwandan government.
The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention issued an opinion finding the detention of eleven members of the opposition Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan by the Government of Tajikistan to be in violation of international law and called for their immediate release.
Freedom Now welcomes the release of fisherman Aramais Avakyan from wrongful detention in Uzbekistan.
Journalist Mohamed al-Bambary has been imprisoned in Morocco since August 2015. His case is illustrative of the restrictions Morocco places on freedom of expression and association in Western Sahara.
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.