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 […]
Freedom Now is pleased to announce that Papuan activist Filep Samuel Karma was released from prison today, four years before the end of his 15 year sentence.
Freedom Now welcomes today’s release of Arif Yunus to house arrest. An academic and activist, Mr. Yunus was convicted of politically motivated charges in August and sentenced to seven years in prison. His wife and co-defendant, Leyla Yunus, was sentenced to eight and one half years and still remains in prison.
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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