Ilgar Mammadov is an Azerbaijani opposition leader who was sentenced to seven years in prison on charges of organizing mass disorder and resisting arrest after he criticized the government’s handling of demonstrations and unrest in the countryside.
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 Zhisheng is one of China’s most prominent human rights lawyers who has been repeatedly detained by the Chinese government since 2006.
Ethiopia has continually used its anti-terrorism laws to punish critics and imprison opposition leaders. Contained are three representative cases.
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 Namazi are a father and son currently imprisoned in Iran on the charges of “collusion with an enemy state.”
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 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.
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 Mkhaitir is a blogger who faced a death sentence on charges of apostasy.
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 Kabayiza are former Rwandan military officers. They are currently imprisoned for criticizing the Rwandan government.
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 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
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 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 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