• Abdulhadi al-KhawajaBahrain

    Mr. 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

  • 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.

  • Cases in Ethiopia

    Ethiopia has continually used its anti-terrorism laws to punish critics and imprison opposition leaders. Contained are three representative cases.

  • Chief Ebrima MannehThe Gambia

    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.

  • 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 is an imprisoned Iranian human rights lawyer and a founding member of the Centre for Human Rights Defenders. He is serving a 13 year sentence on national security related charges

  • Issa AmroIsrael

    Issa Amro is one of the most prominent Palestinian human rights defender known for advocating non-violent resistance to the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories. He is currently on trial before a military tribunal on a broad slate of charges related to his activism.

  • 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 is a blogger who faced a death sentence on charges of apostasy.

  • Mohamed al-BambaryMorocco

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

  • 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.

  • Cases in Tajikistan

    Since 2015, Tajikistan has initiated a large-scale crackdown focused largely on discrediting and dismantling any viable political opposition. Contained are four representative cases.

  • Gulgeldy AnnaniyazovTurkmenistan

    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

  • Cases in Uzbekistan

    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.

  • Father Thadeus Nguyen Van LyVietnam

    Father Ly is a Vietnamese Roman Catholic priest and activist who is currently under house arrest for his pro-democracy activities