• Cases in Azerbaijan

    Since 2011, the authorities in Azerbaijan have imprisoned over 100 journalists, political opposition leaders, grassroots activists, human rights defenders, and lawyers.

  • Zmister BandarenkaBelarus

    Mr. Bandarenka, 48, is a journalist, civil society leader, and member of the political opposition in Belarus. Authorities arrested Mr. Bandarenka during the post election crackdown in December 2010 […]

  • Iryna KhalipBelarus

    Ms. Khalip (born 12 November 1967) is a Belarusian journalist and the wife of imprisoned opposition leader Andrei Sannikov. Police arrested Ms. Khalip as she and her husband traveled to a hospital following the post-election crackdown on December 19, 2010. […]

  • Andrei SannikovBelarus

    Mr. Sannikov, 58, is a former diplomat and the most prominent member of the opposition in Belarus. Authorities beat and arrested Mr. Sannikov, along with his wife Iryna Khalip, after they attended a demonstration on December 19, 2010 […]

  • Mikalai StatkevichBelarus

    Mikalai Statkevich, 58, is a politician and former presidential candidate, who has been wrongfully detained as a result of his peaceful struggle for free and fair elections in Belarus. Prior to his arrest, Mr. Statkevich played an active role in […]

  • Nyi Nyi AungBurma

    Nyi Nyi Aung (Kyaw Zaw Lwin) is a Burmese-born American citizen (born 28 October 1969) and democracy activist detained by the Burmese junta on September 3, 2009. On March 18, 2010, after a sustained campaign by Freedom Now, the Burmese […]

  • Zaw Zaw Latt and Pwint Phyu LattBurma

    Zaw Zaw Latt and Pwint Phyu Latt are Muslim interfaith activists based in Burma. They were sentenced to four years hard labor for alleged crimes related to their activism.

  • Aung San Suu KyiBurma

    Aung San Suu Kyi (born 19 June 1945) is the General Secretary of Burma’s National League for Democracy (NLD) and a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. As the face of the pro-democracy movement in Burma, Ms. Suu Kyi embodies the peaceful […]

  • Lapiro de MbangaCameroon

    Lapiro de Mbanga, a.k.a “Ndinga Man” or “Guitar Man”, (born 3 November 1957) was a popular singer-songwriter and political activist who was wrongfully imprisoned in Cameroon in 2008. On April 8, 2011, Mr. Mbanga was released from detention after serving […]

  • Lewis MedjoCameroon

    Lewis Medjo is a Cameroonian journalist twice arrested and imprisoned for his reporting on human rights abuses and corruption. He serves as managing editor of the weekly newspaper La Détente Libre. Mr. Medjo is known for his reporting on human […]

  • Chen KeguiChina

    Chen Kegui, 33, is the nephew of renowned Chinese legal activist Chen Guangcheng and was sentenced to three years and three months in prison on charges of “intentionally inflicting injuries.” It is widely understood that the Chinese government arrested and […]

  • Liu XiaoboChina

    2010 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo was 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.

  • Dr. Yang JianliChina

    Dr. Yang Jianli (born 1963) is a scholar and democracy activist who was imprisoned by the Chinese government in April 2002 for espionage and illegal entry. He was freed on April 27, 2007. Dr. Yang, a Chinese citizen, is internationally […]

  • Oscar Elias BiscetCuba

    Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet (born 20 July 1961) is a doctor and noted advocate for human rights and democratic freedom in Cuba. He was serving a 25 year prison sentence for allegedly committing crimes against the sovereignty and integrity of […]

  • Filep Samuel KarmaIndonesia

    Mr. Filep Samuel Karma, 55, is a prominent Papuan political activist and former Indonesian civil servant who was sentenced to 15 years in prison for raising a banned flag at a 2004 political rally. Mr. Karma was arrested on December […]

  • Dr. Saad Eddin IbrahimEgypt

    Dr. Saad Eddin Ibrahim (born 3 December 1938) is an internationally renowned sociologist and democracy and human-rights advocate who was arrested on June 30, 2000 and originally sentenced to seven years imprisonment for criticizing the Egyptian government. Dr. Ibrahim was […]

  • Zone 9 BloggersEthiopia

    In April 2014, six bloggers associated with the online group called “Zone 9” were arrested and are currently on trial for violations of the country’s much-criticized Anti-Terror Proclamation. Detained along with the Zone 9 Bloggers are three journalists who were […]

  • Behnam EbrahimzadehIran

    Behnam Ebrahimzadeh is a labor rights and child rights’ activist sentenced to 7 years in prison in Iran for communicating with the UN

  • Nasrin SotoudehIran

    Nasrin Sotoudeh, 50, is an Iranian journalist, human rights activist, and lawyer. On September 4, 2010 authorities arrested Ms. Sotoudeh on charges including “propaganda against the state.” On September 18, 2013, she was released early from prison after serving three years in prison […]

  • Ramazan YesergepovKazakhstan

    Ramazan Yesergepov, born 30 April 1956, was the Chief Editor and founder of the Alma-Ata Info newspaper, a leading Kazakh investigative journalist and labor rights advocate. Mr. Yesergepov, who was trained as an engineer and enjoyed a successful business career […]

  • Mohamed NasheedMaldives

    Mohamed Nasheed, 48, is an activist, journalist, and politician who served as the first democratically elected president of the Maldives. After being ousted in a coup in 2012, Mr. Nasheed continued his pro-democracy activism and was sentenced to 13 years in prison on politically-motivated terrorism charges.

  • IRA-MauritaniaMauritania

    Biram Dah Abeid (pictured), Brahim Bilal Ramdane, and Djiby Sow are anti-slavery activists imprisoned in Mauritania for conducting 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.

  • Chakib Alkhayari (a.k.a. El-Khiari)Morocco

    Chakib Alkhayari (a.k.a. El-Khiari) is a Moroccan journalist and human rights activist who was wrongfully imprisoned in Morocco on February 17, 2009. After a royal pardon, he was released on April 14, 2011. Mr. Alkhayari is the founder and president […]

  • Saed JadadOman

    Saed Jadad, 50, is a prominent Omani human rights activist and blogger who was imprisoned for 9 months as a result of an open letter his public criticism of the Omani government. Prior to his imprisonment, Mr. Jadad documented human rights violations […]

  • Ayub MasihPakistan

    Ayub Masih was arrested in 1996 for allegedly violating Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. On August 15, 2002, after a sustained campaign by Freedom Now, the Supreme Court of Pakistan reversed Mr. Masih’s conviction, acquitted him of all charges, and released him […]

  • Dr. Luis Williams Pollo RiveraPeru

    Dr. Luis Williams Pollo Rivera, 65, died in arbitrary detention on February 12, 2012. Dr. Pollo was a surgeon who specialized in traumatology and orthopedics in Peru. He was serving a 10 year prison sentence for allegedly rendering support to […]

  • Mohammed al-AjamiQatar

    Mohammed al-Ajami is a Qatari poet sentenced to a 15 year sentence on charges of incitement to overthrow the government and insulting the Emir of Qatar.

  • Saidati MukakibibiRwanda

    Ms. Saidati Mukakibibi, 51, was a journalist for the independent, Kinyarwanda-language newspaper, Umurabyo, in Rwanda. Rwandan authorities arrested Ms. Mukakibibi in July 2010 […]

  • Agnes Uwimana NkusiRwanda

    Ms. Agnes Uwimana Nkusi, 32, was the editor of the independent Kinyarwanda-language newspaper, Umurabyo, in Rwanda. Rwandan authorities arrested Ms. Uwimana in July 2010 […]

  • Muhannad Al-HassaniSyria

    Muhannad Al-Hassani is a human rights lawyer and activist who was wrongfully imprisoned in 2009. He is president of the Syrian Human Rights Organization.  On June 2, 2011, the Syrian government released Mr. Al-Hassani. Known as a “softspoken lawyer,” Mr. […]

  • Haitham Al-MalehSyria

    Haitham Al-Maleh (born 1931) is a human rights lawyer and activist, who was wrongly imprisoned in Syria for “spreading false news that could weaken the national morale.” He previously served as a judge in Syria for ten years and as […]

  • Annakurban Amanklychev and Sapardurdy KhadzhievTurkmenistan

    Annakurban Amanklychev (7 February 1971) and Sapardurdy Khadzhiev (born 15 August 1959) are independent journalists and human rights advocates in Turkmenistan. They were arrested in 2006 […]