Loujain al-Hathloul is a prominent women’s rights activist currently imprisoned by Saudi Arabia. She faces numerous charges related to her activism and remains in pre-trial detention.
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.
Tom Byabagamba, Frank Rusagara, and François Kabayiza are former Rwandan military officers. They are currently imprisoned for criticizing the Rwandan government.
Freedom Now is pleased to announce Serikzhan Bilash was released from house arrest on August 16, 2019. Bilash was arrested in March 2019 and faced seven years in prison over his advocacy regarding detention camps in China.
The trial of Kazakh human rights activist Serikzhan Bilash is set to resume on August 16, 2019. Bilash is charged with incitement to social, national, generic, racial, class or religious discord under Article 174(1) of the Kazakh Criminal Code. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison.
Rwanda has amply demonstrated its capacity to overcome tragedy, to hold human rights violators accountable, and build a stronger, more resilient society. As it marks twenty-five years since unconscionable violence consumed the country, Rwanda should ensure that respects the rights of all its citizens, especially those who exercise their freedom of expression.
Although they are both in Tehran, Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee and Arash Sadeghi are not together. The married couple has spent the last five Valentine’s Days apart, separated by 30 miles and prison bars.