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Mohamed NasheedMaldives

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.

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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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Sep 3
2015

Media Release: President Nasheed’s International Lawyers, Amal Clooney and Jared Genser, to Visit Maldives Next Week

Two members of former President Nasheed’s international legal team, Amal Clooney and Jared Genser, will travel to the Maldives next week to visit President Nasheed in Maafushi Jail, where he is currently being held.

Sep 1
2015

Media Release: Sport for Rights Coalition Condemns Sentencing of Journalist Khadija Ismayilova

The Sport for Rights coalition, of which Freedom Now is a member, strongly condemns the sentencing of Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova to a staggering 7.5 years in jail.

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Jul 23
2015

A Victory for Civil Society at the UN

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.

Jun 23
2015

A Tale of Two Maldives

The imprisonment of the former president is a tragic commentary on Maldivian democracy.

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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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