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Liu XiaoboChina

  2010 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo, 59, is a Chinese scholar and renowned dissident who was sentenced to 11 years in prison for “inciting subversion of state power” on December 25, 2009, for his role in drafting Charter […]

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Eskinder Nega

Eskinder NegaEthiopia

Eskinder Nega, 43, is a prominent Ethiopian journalist who was convicted and sentenced to 18 years in prison on terrorism charges. Prior to his detention, Mr. Nega was a widely published independent journalist and a well-known critic of Prime Minister [...]

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Abdulhadi Alkhawaja Pitcure

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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Dilmurod Saidov

Dilmurod SaidovUzbekistan

Dilmurod Saidov, 51, is a prominent Uzbek journalist and human rights activist who has been wrongly detained in Uzbekistan since 2009 on fabricated extortion and forgery charges. Prior to his detention, his articles appeared in many local newspapers, and were […]

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Doan Huy Chuong, Do Thi Minh Hanh, and Nguyen Doan Quoc HungVietnam

Doan Huy Chuong, 28, Do Thi Minh Hanh, 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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Mar 31

The Ordeal of China’s Liu Xia

The Wall Street Journal
March 30, 2014
By: Desmond M. Tutu and Jared Genser

With the death in custody on March 14 of Chinese dissident Cao Shunli after extended denial of medical care, the world needs to turn its attention to Liu Xia —the wife of Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo —who is at serious risk of suffering the same fate [...]

Mar 17

Sad News: we mourn the passing of Lapiro de Mbanga

It is with a heavy heart that I share sad news with you. Former Freedom Now client – and my friend – Lapiro de Mbanga died yesterday in Buffalo, New York [...]

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Mar 13

Crisis in Ukraine, But What About the Other Authoritarian State in Europe?

The rapid collapse of the Yanukovych regime in Ukraine and the international crisis now unfolding in the region once again highlights the inherent instability of authoritarian regimes that disregard the legitimate aspirations of their own people. Too often, independent voices […]

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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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