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Ilgar MammadovAzerbaijan

Ilgar Mammadov, 44, is an Azerbaijani opposition leader who was sentenced to seven years in prison on charges of organizing mass disorder and resisting arrest after he criticized the government’s handling of demonstrations and unrest in the countryside. Before his […]

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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 Alkhawaja Pitcure

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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Jun 6

Vietnamese Activist Father Ly Released From Prison

Washington, D.C. – Freedom Now is pleased to announce the release of democracy activist Father Thadeus Nguyen Van Ly from prison after nine years of wrongful imprisonment. Father Ly was serving an eight year sentence related to his affiliation with […]

May 26

Azerbaijan: Quash conviction of journalist Khadija Ismayilova

On May 26, human rights organizations, journalists, and others will gather in front of the White House as part of a global campaign to highlight the ongoing repression of civil society and independent voices in Azerbaijan.

Joint Statement on Rally to Call for Conviction of Khadija Ismayilova to be QuashedMay 26, 2016

A joint statement by Amnesty International USA, ARTICLE 19, Belarusan-American Association, Committee to Protect Journalists , Crude Accountability, Freedom House, Freedom Now, International Women’s Media Foundation, McCain Institute for International Leadership, and Reporters Without Borders

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Jun 20

Freedom Now Participates in the 32nd UN Human Rights Council

In June 2016, Executive Director Maran Turner participated in the 32nd UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.

May 27

Freedom Now Joins Call for UN to Reform Accreditation Process

Freedom Now joined over 230 NGOs from 45 countries to call on the UN to adopt an NGO accreditation process that is transparent, non-discriminatory, and apolitical.

ECOSOC NGO Committee Reform LetterMay 23, 2016

Letter from over 230 NGOs to the UN calling for reform of the accreditation process

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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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