• 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 […]

  • 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 three 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.