Abdulhadi al-Khawaja is a prominent human rights defender sentenced to life in prison in June 2011 for allegedly financing and participating in terrorism to overthrow the government, as well as spying for a foreign country
Germain Rukuki is a human rights defender arrested in July 2017 and serving a 32 year prison sentence for his work to abolish torture in Burundi.
Chief Ebrima Manneh was a senior reporter for the Banjul, Gambia-based Daily Observer. He was arrested by the Gambian National Intelligence Agency on July 7, 2006, and has since been held incommunicado.
G.N. Saibaba is an academic, community leader, and minority rights activist serving a life sentence on terrorism-related charges.
Youcef Nadarkhani is a Christian pastor serving a 10 year prison sentence for national security-related charges.
Mohamed al-Bambary is a Sahrawi media activist currently serving 6 years in prison as a result of his journalism.
Tom Byabagamba and Frank Rusagara are former Rwandan military officers. They are serving a 15 year prison sentence for criticizing the Rwandan government.
Jacqueline Umuhoza is a dual Rwandan and Ugandan national facing charges of treason and espionage.
Loujain Alhathloul 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.
Shakthika Sathkumara is an award-winning author facing up to 12 years in prison on charges related to a short story he published on Facebook.
Mahmadali Hayit is the deputy chairman of the opposition Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan. He is currently serving a life sentence on fabricated charges of conspiring to overthrow the Tajik government.
11 senior opposition leaders are serving sentences of 14 years to life in prison for their association with a banned political party.
Zayd Saidov is a well-known businessman and former Tajikistan government official. He was arrested in May 2013 and is currently serving a 29 year sentence on charges designed to disrupt his creation of an opposition party.
Daler Sharipov is a freelance journalist serving a one year prison sentence for writing a series of articles about religious extremism.
Buzurgmehr Yorov is a prominent human rights lawyer who was arrested in September 2015 and is serving 22 years in prison for his representation of opposition leaders.
Gulgeldy Annaniyazov is a political dissident and human rights activist who has been detained in Turkmenistan since 2008, when he returned to the country after six years in Norway as a political refugee
Omruzak Omarkuliev is a student serving a 20 year sentence on unknown charges in Turkmenistan.
Vietnam has consistently targeted journalists, bloggers, and religious minorities, including the five cases profiled here.