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Mohamed NasheedMaldives

Mohamed Nasheed, 47, is an activist, journalist, and politician who served as the first democratically elected president of the Maldives. After being ousted in a coup in 2012, Mr. Nasheed continued his pro-democracy activism and was sentenced to 13 years in prison on politically-motivated terrorism charges.

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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 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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Oct 9

Media Release: International Bar Association Honors Azerbaijani Lawyer Intigam Aliyev with 2015 Human Rights Award

Today, the International Bar Association presented jailed Azerbaijani lawyer Intigam Aliyev with its 2015 Human Rights Award.

Oct 5

UN Finds Detention of Former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed in Violation of International Law; Urges His Immediate Release

Today, the legal team of former President Mohamed Nasheed released Opinion No. 33/2015 (The Maldives) of the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, finding President Nasheed’s detention in violation of international law.

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Sep 25

Months After President Obama’s Visit, Ethiopia’s Journalists Are Still in Prison

Months after President Obama’s trip to Ethiopia, four Zone 9 bloggers are still in prison facing lengthy sentences

Jul 23

A Victory for Civil Society at the UN

On July 20, the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) voted to grant Freedom Now special consultative NGO status. The vote was the culmination of a six year application process unnecessarily prolonged by petty politics.

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Honorary Chair

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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