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
Yonatan Tesfaye is an opposition politician serving a three year sentence on terrorism-related charges. He is one of many opposition politicians caught in the Ethiopian government’s most recent crackdown on civil society that began in November 2015 with the Oromo protests.
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Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee is a writer and political activist serving a six year sentence for charges related to an unpublished story she wrote criticizing the practice of stoning in Iran.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
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.
Two members of the anti-slavery organization IRA-Mauritania are imprisoned 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 three 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 two 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