Hilal Mammadov, 55, is an Azerbaijani editor and minority rights activist who was arrested on June 21, 2012 and sentenced to five years in prison on fabricated charges. The government charged Mr. Mammadov—an active member of the ethnically Iranian Talysh minority group [...]
Eskinder Nega, 44, 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 Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s government; as a result of his writings, the Ethiopian government has detained Mr. Nega at least eight times since 1993 [...]
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 [...]
Dilmurod Saidov, 52, 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 […]
Washington, D.C.: Today, Freedom Now joined 40 other human rights and civil society organizations in a letter to Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn expressing grave concern at the continued targeting of journalists and bloggers on terrorism charges. The letter, also joined by organizations such as Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, the PEN American Center, and the Committee to Protect Journalists, highlighted the recent terror charges laid against seven bloggers associated with the Zone 9 website (one in absentia) and three independent journalists in Ethiopia.
Washington, D.C.: Freedom Now is pleased to announce that the Vietnamese labor rights activist Ms. Do Thi Minh Hanh has been released from prison almost three years before the end of her seven-year sentence. Her early release yesterday occurred after considerable international attention to her case and a coordinated effort by international and Vietnamese human rights groups. However, while Ms. Do has been freed, her colleagues Mr. Doan Huy Chuong and Mr. Nguyen Doan Quoc Hung remain in prison.
Salijon Abdurakhmanov, one of Uzbekistan’s most prominent imprisoned journalists, turned 64 today–his sixth birthday spent behind prison walls because of his independent reporting in one of the world’s most repressive states. Abdurakhmanov’s case is a constant reminder of Uzbekistan’s abysmal record on free press and fair trial rights. If the United States genuinely hopes to bolster such values abroad [...]
For the next six months, the Azerbaijani government will chair an institution tasked with developing and implementing respect for fundamental human rights—the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers. Its assumption of this role, however, coincides with a continuous and intensifying […]
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