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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 22 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Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee is a writer and political activist serving a six year sentence for charges related to an unpublished story she wrote criticizing the practice of stoning in Iran.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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Nov 16

Report: Legal Persecution: Vietnam’s Use of Law as a Weapon Against Civil Society

A new report by Freedom Now and American University’s Washington College of Law paints an alarming picture of the state of human rights in Vietnam and illustrates a trend of de jureand de facto repression which appears to be worsening.

Legal Persecution: Vietnam’s Use of Law as a Weapon Against Civil SocietyNovember 16, 2018

Legal Persecution: Vietnam's Use of Law as a Weapon Against Civil SocietyNovember 16, 2018

Nov 8

Mauritania: Blogger still detained one year after court decision quashing his death sentence

Freedom Now and 31 NGOs call for authorities in Mauritania to promptly and safely release Mohamed Mkhaïtir, who remains in detention despite an appeal court’s decision one year ago to commute his death sentence

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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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