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.
Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee is a writer and political activist serving a six year sentence for charges related to an unpublished story she wrote criticizing the practice of stoning in Iran.
Tom Byabagamba, Frank Rusagara, and François Kabayiza are former Rwandan military officers. They are currently imprisoned for criticizing the Rwandan government.
Mohamed al-Bambary is a Sahrawi media activist currently serving 6 years in prison as a result of his journalism.
Mohammed Shaikh Ould Mohammed Ould Mkhaitir is a blogger who was arrested in January 2014 and sentenced to death for apostasy. Although his sentence was commuted, he remains in “administrative detention” in an undisclosed location.
Freedom Now welcomes today’s decision by the Rwandan High Court to acquit Diane and Adeline Rwigara of all charges against them. The two women had been arbitrarily detained for more than a year on politically motivated charges.
Freedom Now is pleased to announce the release of online activist Nguyen Huu Quoc Duy from arbitrary detention in Vietnam. Nguyen was released on November 21, 2018 upon completing a three year prison sentence related to criticisms he made of the Vietnamese government on Facebook.
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.
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.