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Rasul JafarovAzerbaijan

Rasul Jafarov, 30, is a human rights activist in Azerbaijan who is serving a six and one-half years sentence on charges of tax evasion, illegal business activities, and abuse of authority for his work exposing rights abuses in Azerbaijan – especially the politically motivated imprisonment of journalists, activists, and opposition leaders.

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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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Doan Huy Chuong and Nguyen Hoang Quoc HungVietnam

Doan Huy Chuong, 28, and Nguyen Hoang Quoc Hung, 32, are labor activists detained in Vietnam since February 2010 for organizing workers at a shoe factory. Mr. Doan and Ms. Hanh are serving […]

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Apr 17

Prominent Rights Groups Issue Letter to Secretary Kerry On Ethiopia Comments

We are deeply troubled over the comments made by Under Secretary Wendy Sherman yesterday in Addis Ababa. The Under Secretary’s unfortunate statement calling Ethiopia a democracy puts the United States government on record as endorsing a government that systematically suppresses the fundamental rights of its citizens.

Apr 17

Rasul Jafarov’s Conviction: the Latest Human Rights Violation in Azerbaijan

The Sport for Rights coalition resolutely condemns yesterday’s sentencing of Rasul Jafarov, a prominent Azerbaijani human rights defender, to 6.5 years in prison on politically motivated charges. The coalition calls for his immediate release.

Rasul Jafarov’s Conviction - the Latest Human Rights Violation in AzerbaijanApril 17, 2015

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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.

Mar 30

Vietnam: Father Ly’s family demands release after eight-year sentence finished

Eight years ago, the Vietnamese government sentenced my uncle, the widely-respected Roman Catholic Priest and pro-democracy activist Father Thadeus Nguyen Van Ly, to eight years in prison. All of these years later, and even after spending the last eight years […]

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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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