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Diane and Adeline RwigaraRwanda

Diane Rwigara is a Rwandan businesswoman and former presidential candidate on trial, along with her mother, for a variety of alleged national security offenses. She faces up to 15 years in prison, if convicted.

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Buzurgmehr YorovTajikistan

Buzurgmehr Yorov is a prominent human rights lawyer who was arrested in September 2015 and is serving 28 years in prison for his representation of opposition leaders.

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Golrokh Ebrahimi IraeeIran

Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee is a writer and political activist serving a six year sentence for charges related to an unpublished story she wrote criticizing the practice of stoning in Iran.

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Mohamed al-BambaryMorocco

Mohamed al-Bambary is a Sahrawi media activist currently serving 6 years in prison as a result of his journalism.

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Oct 5

Rwanda: Diane and Adeline Rwigara Granted Provisional Release

Freedom Now welcomes the decision of the Rwandan High Court to grant provisional release to former presidential candidate Diane Rwigara and her mother, Adeline Rwigara.

Sep 21

Rwanda: Freedom Now Files Petition with UN on behalf of Diane and Adeline Rwigara

On September 21, 2018, Freedom Now and Dechert LLP filed a petition with the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on behalf of former presidential candidate Diane Rwigara and her mother, Adeline Rwigara

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May 24

Azerbaijan: An Anniversary Overshadowed by Human Rights Violations

Azerbaijan celebrates the centennial of its progressive, democratic legacy at a time when the government has rejected democratic principles and engaged in a sustained crackdown on human rights.

Jan 2

Mauritania: Four Years Since Arrest, a Blogger’s Life Remains in Danger

For four long years, Mohammed Shaikh Ould Mohammed Ould Mkhaitir has been stuck in limbo in his home country of Mauritania, uncertain if he would face the death penalty for publishing a simple blog post. And although execution is off the table, his life is still in danger.

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