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Mohamed NasheedMaldives

Mohamed Nasheed, 48, 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, 46, 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, 54, 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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Jan 11
2016

Freedom Now Publishes Report on The Maldives Urging US to Impose Targeted Financial Sanctions & Travel Bans on Serious Human Rights Abusers

Today, Freedom Now, launched its report Moving From Condemnation to Action: The Case for the United States to Impose Targeted Financial Sanctions and Travel Bans on Serious Human Rights Abusers in the Maldives.

Dec 11
2015

RFE/RL Announces Khadija Ismayilova Investigative Journalism Fellowship

‚ÄčThe Khadija Ismayilova Investigative Journalism Fellowship is a living tribute to Khadija Ismayilova, an award-winning Azeri journalist, who was imprisoned by authorities on December 5, 2014 and sentenced to 7.5 years in jail in an attempt to silence her.

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Jan 15
2016

Mauritania: One Year Since Anti-Slavery Activists Sentenced for Peaceful Demonstration

Today marks one year since the Mauritanian government sentenced three peaceful activists to serve prison sentences for daring to speak out against the deplorable practice of slavery.

Sep 25
2015

Months After President Obama’s Visit, Ethiopia’s Journalists Are Still in Prison

Months after President Obama’s trip to Ethiopia, four Zone 9 bloggers are still in prison facing lengthy sentences

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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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