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    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 […]

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    Zaw Zaw Latt and Pwint Phyu LattBurma

    Zaw Zaw Latt and Pwint Phyu Latt are Muslim interfaith activists based in Burma. They are currently serving a sentence of four years hard labor for alleged crimes related to their activism.

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    Cases in ChinaPeople's Republic of China

    2010 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo, 60, is a Chinese scholar and renowned dissident who was sentenced to 11 years in prison for “inciting subversion of state power” on December 25, 2009, for his role in drafting Charter 08 […]

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    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 Nega

    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    Behnam EbrahimzadehIran

    Behnam Ebrahimzadeh is a labor rights and child rights’ activist currently serving a 7 year sentence in Iran for communicating with the UN

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    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 Soltani

    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 […]

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

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    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.

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    Tom Byabagamba and Frank RusagaraRwanda

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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 Annaniyazov

    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 […]

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    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.

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    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.

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    Father Thadeus Nguyen Van LyVietnam

    Father Ly, 69, is a Vietnamese Roman Catholic priest and activist who was rearrested by the Vietnamese government on July 25, 2011, ending one-year and four-months of temporary medical parole […]

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    Mohamed al-BambaryWestern Sahara

    Mohamed al-Bambary, 46, is a Sahrawi journalist and human rights defender currently serving 6 years in prison as a result of his journalism.