• Abdulhadi al-KhawajaBahrain

    Mr. Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, 54, 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 […]

  • Lewis MedjoCameroon

    Lewis Medjo is a Cameroonian journalist currently serving a two year sentence for defamation. He served as managing editor of the weekly newspaper La Détente Libre until his detention. Mr. Medjo is known for his reporting on human rights and […]

  • Gao ZhishengChina

    Gao Zhisheng is one of China’s most prominent human rights lawyers who has been repeatedly detained by the Chinese government since 2006.

  • Andualem Aragie, et al.Ethiopia

    Andualem Aragie Walle, 43, is a prominent opposition politician currently serving a life sentence in Ethiopia for terrorism charges. Prior to his arrest, Mr. Aragie served as the Vice President and Press Secretary for Unity for Democracy and Justice (UDJ), […]

  • Eskinder NegaEthiopia

    Eskinder Nega, 46, 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 […]

  • Chief Ebrima MannehThe Gambia

    Chief Ebrima Manneh, 37, 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. The Gambian government refuses to divulge the […]

  • Baquer and Siamak NamaziIran

    Baquer and Siamak Namazi are a father and son currently imprisoned in Iran on the charges of “collusion with an enemy state.”

  • Abdolfattah SoltaniIran

    Abdolfattah Soltani, 62, is an imprisoned Iranian human rights lawyer and a founding member of the Centre for Human Rights Defenders (CHRD). The CHRD, which was founded in 2002 by leading human rights advocates in Iran, including Nobel Peace Prize […]

  • IRA-MauritaniaMauritania

    Three members of the anti-slavery organization IRA-Mauritania are serving sentences up to 15 years for participating in a peaceful protest.

  • Mohammed Shaikh Ould Mohammed Ould MkhaitirMauritania

    Mohammed Shaikh Ould Mohammed Ould Mkhaitir, 29, is a blogger currently facing a death sentence on charges of apostasy.

  • Tom Byabagamba, Frank Rusagara, and François KabayizaRwanda

    Tom Byabagamba, Frank Rusagara, and François Kabayiza are former Rwandan military officers. They are currently imprisoned for criticizing the Rwandan government.

  • Mahmadali HayitTajikistan

    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.

  • Shukhrat KudratovTajikistan

    Shukhrat Kudratov is a prominent Tajik human rights lawyer currently serving a three year and eight month prison sentence for alleged bribery and fraud, charges which likely result from his human rights work.

  • Zayd SaidovTajikistan

    Zayd Saidov, 58, 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.

  • Gulgeldy AnnaniyazovTurkmenistan

    Gulgeldy Annaniyazov, 55, 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 […]

  • Cases in UzbekistanUzbekistan

    Since 2005, the authorities in Uzbekistan have imprisoned hundreds of journalists, political opposition leaders, grassroots activists, human rights defenders, and lawyers. Contained are six illustrative cases.

  • Nguyen Hoang Quoc HungVietnam

    Nguyen Hoang Quoc Hung is a labor activists detained in Vietnam since February 2010 for organizing workers. He is serving a nine year prison sentence.

  • Nguyen Huu Quoc DuyVietnam

    Nguyen Huu Quoc Duy is an online activist currently serving a 3 year sentence for criticizing the Vietnamese government on Facebook.