Rasul Jafarov, 30, is a human rights activist in Azerbaijan who was arrested on charges of tax evasion, illegal business activities, and abuse of authority for his work exposing rights abuses in Azerbaijan – especially the politically motivated imprisonment of journalists, activists, and opposition leaders [...]
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 […]
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 [...]
Today, eight U.S. Senators wrote to Uzbek President Islam Karimov and raised the continued imprisonment of journalists and activists in Uzbekistan. Following-up on letters from June 2013 and May 2014, the initiative lead by Senator Richard J. Durbin (D-IL) highlights the imprisonment of five individual prisoners of conscience who are serving long sentences in response to their peaceful activities: Akzam Turgunov, Dilmurod Saidov, Salijon Abdurakhmanov, Muhammad Bekjanov, and Bobomurod Razzokov [...]
Calling for the release of Uzbek journalists and activists.
October 10, 2014 For Immediate Release New York – Brussels – Geneva – Paris: In an open letter that Nobel Peace Prize Laureates together with major human-rights organizations addressed to the United Nations and the European Union today called for […]
Urging action for the release of Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo
With the rise of the Arab Spring in 2011, authoritarian governments around the world responded by rolling-back civic space; in Azerbaijan, a country situated at the crossroads of Eurasia, the government has continued to silence independent voices instead of addressing the legitimate concerns of peaceful protesters and dissidents. Now, the government in Baku has ensnared the very human rights defenders and lawyers who seek to protect the rights of others.
Last week, Washington D.C. hosted the US-Africa Leaders Summit, where over 50 African heads of state discussed important issues ranging from public health to trade and development. I was honored to participate in a parallel civil society conference that highlighted the challenges faced by civic leaders on the continent, including the all too prevalent crack-down on free expression.
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.