Shakthika Sathkumara is an award-winning author facing up to 12 years in prison on charges related to a short story he published on Facebook.
Loujain Alhathloul is a prominent women’s rights activist currently imprisoned by Saudi Arabia. She faces numerous charges related to her activism and remains in pre-trial detention.
Buzurgmehr Yorov is a prominent human rights lawyer who was arrested in September 2015 and is serving 22 years in prison for his representation of opposition leaders.
Tom Byabagamba and Frank Rusagara are former Rwandan military officers. They are serving a 15 year prison sentence for criticizing the Rwandan government.
Freedom Now welcomes the release of journalist Afgan Mukhtarli from wrongful detention in Azerbaijan. Mukhtarli was released after serving 33 months on fabricated charges believed to be related to his journalism.
Freedom Now partner Dechert LLP was presented with the Pro Bono Award at the 2020 LexisNexis Legal Awards for its work on the case of Mohammed Ould Mkhaitir, a Mauritanian blogger sentenced to death for apostasy.
Journalist Mohamed al-Bambary has been imprisoned in Morocco since August 2015. His case is illustrative of the restrictions Morocco places on freedom of expression and association in Western Sahara.
Rwanda has amply demonstrated its capacity to overcome tragedy, to hold human rights violators accountable, and build a stronger, more resilient society. As it marks twenty-five years since unconscionable violence consumed the country, Rwanda should ensure that respects the rights of all its citizens, especially those who exercise their freedom of expression.