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Rasul JafarovAzerbaijan

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 […]

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Eskinder Nega

Eskinder NegaEthiopia

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 […]

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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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Doan Huy Chuong and Nguyen Hoang Quoc HungVietnam

Doan Huy Chuong, 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 19

Media Release: Azerbaijani Civil Society Leader Bashir Sulemanli Released from Prison

Washington, D.C.: Freedom Now is pleased to announce that Azerbaijani civil society leader Bashir Sulemanli has been released from prison almost two years before the end of his three and one-half year sentence. President Ilham Aliyev pardoned Mr. Sulemanli ahead of the Novruz holiday, which celebrates the coming of spring. His early release occurred after considerable international attention to his case. However, while Mr. Sulemanli has been released, his colleague, Anar Mammadli remains in prison.

Photo of Azerbaijani Civil Society Leader Bashir SulemanliMarch 19, 2015

Feb 16

Advocates Petition UN to Intervene on Jailed Ethiopian Bloggers’ Behalf

Despite early, high-level condemnation of the arrests of independent journalists and bloggers in Ethiopia nine months ago, international attention has waned as the pre-trial proceedings have dragged-on. The government’s continued detention of three independent journalists and six members of the Zone 9 blogging collective is not only an outrageous attack on the press – it is also illegal and unconscionable.

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Mar 26

On the Eve of President Karimov’s Re-Election, Thousands Remain Behind Bars

As the old saying goes, there are only two certainties in life: death and taxes. The people of Uzbekistan can add a third item to that list: the re-election of President Islam Karimov. The 30 million people of this Central […]

Feb 20

Bahrain: Four Years of Silence for Abdulhadi al-Khawaja

Four years ago this month in 2011, nearly 6,000 people took to the streets of Bahrain to demand political and constitutional reform and social justice. It was the beginning of the Arab Spring, a period of swift, turbulent change. And […]

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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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