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
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.
Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee is a writer and political activist serving a six year sentence for charges related to an unpublished story she wrote criticizing the practice of stoning in Iran.
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
Mohammed Shaikh Ould Mohammed Ould Mkhaitir is a blogger who faced a death sentence on charges of apostasy.
Mohamed al-Bambary is a Sahrawi media activist currently serving 6 years in prison as a result of his journalism.
Tom Byabagamba, Frank Rusagara, and François Kabayiza are former Rwandan military officers. They are currently imprisoned for criticizing the Rwandan government.
Diane Rwigara is a Rwandan businesswoman, women’s rights activist, and politician on trial, along with her mother, for a variety of alleged national security offenses. She faces up to 15 years in prison, if convicted.
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.
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.
Buzurgmehr Yorov is a prominent human rights lawyer who was arrested in September 2015 and is serving 28 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
Aramais Avakyan is a fisherman and practicing Christian wrongly detained since September 2015. He is serving a seven year sentence on fabricated charges related to membership in an Islamic extremist organization.
Nguyen Hoang Quoc Hung is a labor activist detained in Vietnam since February 2010 for organizing workers. He is serving a nine year prison sentence.
Nguyen Huu Quoc Duy is an online activist currently serving a 3 year sentence for criticizing the Vietnamese government on Facebook.
Father Ly is a Vietnamese Roman Catholic priest and activist who is currently under house arrest for his pro-democracy activities