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Feb 16, 2017

Vietnamese Labor Activist Doan Huy Chuong Released from Prison

Freedom Now is pleased to announce that Vietnamese labor rights activist Doan Huy Chuong has been released from prison after the conclusion of his unjust seven-year sentence. However, while Mr. Doan has been freed, his colleague, Nguyen Hoang Quoc Hung, remains in prison.

Dec 14, 2016

Freedom Now To Protest Hanukkah Party Co-Hosted by Embassy of Azerbaijan and Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations

On Wednesday December 14th, Freedom Now and other human rights organizations will gather in front of the Trump International Hotel at 11th & Pennsylvania Avenues from 3:30-4:30 pm to highlight the continued repression of civil society and independent voices in Azerbaijan.

Dec 6, 2016

Azerbaijan: Stop Crackdown on Freedom of Expression

Freedom Now joins 18 international organizations in calling for Azerbaijan to respect freedom of expression

Nov 23, 2016

Mauritania: 10 Anti-Slavery Activists Released from Prison

Freedom Now is pleased to announce the release of 10 anti-slavery activists in Mauritania. A total of 13 activists had been detained since June 2016 and were serving prison sentences between three and 15 years for their involvement in anti-government protests. On November 18, an appeals court acquitted three activists of the charges and reduced the sentences of seven more.

Nov 14, 2016

Freedom Now calls on Mauritania to release blogger who faces death penalty

Freedom Now joins three organizations in asking President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz to secure the release of blogger Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed Mkhaitir.

Nov 3, 2016

President Mohamed Nasheed joins Archbishop Desmond Tutu as Honorary Co-Chair of Freedom Now

Freedom Now is delighted to announce the appointment of President Mohamed Nasheed to its Board of Directors. The former president of the Maldives and prisoner of conscience will join Archbishop Desmond Tutu as Honorary Co-Chair.

Oct 31, 2016

Uzbek Activist Bobomurod Razzakov Released from Prison

Washington, D.C. – Freedom Now is pleased to announce the release of human rights activist and farmer Bobomurod Razzakov after three years of wrongful imprisonment. Mr. Razzakov was serving a four year sentence related to his involvement with Uzbekistan’s only […]

Oct 31, 2016

Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Requires Significant Reforms from Azerbaijan

Freedom Now joins 17 international NGOs in welcoming the decision by the EITI not to restore Azerbaijan’s status in the Initiative, but calls for further steps to address civil society crackdown.

Oct 20, 2016

Letter to the Members of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Board on the Working Conditions of Civil Society in Azerbaijan

In light of the upcoming review of Azerbaijan’s status in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative in October, the undersigned organisations call on the EITI Board to suspend Azerbaijan from participation in EITI.

Letter to the EITI Board on Civil Society in AzerbaijanOctober 20, 2016

Sep 13, 2016

Coalition of NGO, Diaspora Groups Support Ethiopia Human Rights Resolution

The undersigned civil society organizations applaud U.S. Representatives Chris Smith, Keith Ellison and Mike Coffman for introducing the House Resolution entitled “Supporting human rights and encouraging inclusive governance in Ethiopia.”

Sep 1, 2016

Omani Blogger Saed Jadad Released from Prison

Freedom Now is pleased to announce the release of human rights activist and blogger Saed Jadad after 9 months in prison.

Aug 18, 2016

Azerbaijan: Renewed Human Rights Crackdown Ahead of Referendum

Less than six weeks ahead of a constitutional referendum, the Azerbaijani authorities have unleashed a new wave of repression to silence critical voices. Members of the Sport for Rights coalition condemn this renewed crackdown, and call on the Azerbaijani authorities to take immediate steps to improve the human rights situation in the country, starting with the release of political prisoners.

Jul 13, 2016
Jun 6, 2016

Vietnamese Activist Father Ly Released From Prison

Washington, D.C. – Freedom Now is pleased to announce the release of democracy activist Father Thadeus Nguyen Van Ly from prison after nine years of wrongful imprisonment. Father Ly was serving an eight year sentence related to his affiliation with […]

May 26, 2016

Azerbaijan: Quash conviction of journalist Khadija Ismayilova

On May 26, human rights organizations, journalists, and others will gather in front of the White House as part of a global campaign to highlight the ongoing repression of civil society and independent voices in Azerbaijan.

Joint Statement on Rally to Call for Conviction of Khadija Ismayilova to be QuashedMay 26, 2016

A joint statement by Amnesty International USA, ARTICLE 19, Belarusan-American Association, Committee to Protect Journalists , Crude Accountability, Freedom House, Freedom Now, International Women’s Media Foundation, McCain Institute for International Leadership, and Reporters Without Borders

May 25, 2016

Media Release: Azerbaijani Journalist Khadija Ismayilova Released from Prison

Freedom Now is pleased to announce that journalist Khadija Ismayilova was released from prison today after nearly 18 months of wrongful imprisonment.

May 18, 2016

Media Release: Mauritanian Anti-Slavery Activists Released

Freedom Now is delighted to announce yesterday’s release of anti-slavery activists Biram Dah Abeid and Brahim Bilal Ramdane after 18 months of wrongful imprisonment.

May 3, 2016

Sport for Rights: Azerbaijan: Independent Media Under Unprecedented Attack

Azerbaijan’s independent media is under greater attack than ever before. The undersigned members of the Sport for Rights coalition condemn the Azerbaijani authorities’ relentless crackdown on the independent media and other critical voices.

Apr 26, 2016

Freedom Now joins 18 other organizations in calling on President Obama to press Vietnam to release imprisoned activists

Prominent human rights organizations call on President Obama to raise the issue of imprisoned activists when he visits Vietnam next month.

Joint Letter to President Obama on VietnamApril 26, 2016

Apr 22, 2016

Sport For Rights: Letters to Pharrell Williams, Enrique Iglesias & Chris Brown ahead of their peformance at the Formula One European Grand Prix in Baku

The Sport for Rights Campaign sent three letters to Pharrell Williams, Enrique Iglesias and Chris Brown ahead of their peformance at the Formula One European Grand Prix in Baku

Sport for Rights letter to Pharrell WilliamsNovember 30, 1999

Sport for Rights letter to Enrique IglesiasNovember 30, 1999

Sport for Rights letter to Chris BrownNovember 30, 1999

Apr 19, 2016

Media Release: Human Rights Defenders Leyla and Arif Yunus Leaves Azerbaijan for the Netherlands

Freedom Now is pleased to announce that today Azerbaijani human rights defenders Leyla and Arif Yunus were finally allowed to travel out of the country and have arrived in the Netherlands.

Apr 8, 2016

US Senate Adopts Resolution Calling for Release of Mohamed Nasheed

The US Senate unanimously adopted a resolution urging the Government of the Maldives to reverse the injustice of former President Mohamed Nasheed’s conviction without due process and to release all political prisoners in the country.

Mar 28, 2016

Media Release: Azerbaijani Human Rights Lawyer Intigam Aliyev Released from Prison

Freedom Now is delighted to announce today’s release of Intigam Aliyev after nearly two years of imprisonment.

Mar 24, 2016

Media Release: UN Human Rights Council Adopts Resolution on Human Rights Defenders

Today, the UN Human Rights Council adopted by vote of 33 to 6, with 8 abstentions, a landmark resolution on the protection of human rights defenders. Freedom Now welcomes the adoption of this resolution and looks forward to its implementation.

Mar 18, 2016

Media Release: 15 Azerbaijani Prisoners of Conscience Released

Freedom Now is very happy to announce that 15 prisoners of conscience have been released in Azerbaijan this week.

Mar 18, 2016

Joint Statement from the Sport for Rights Campaign on Release of Azerbaijani Prisoners

Members of the Sport for Rights coalition, express our relief over the release of 15 political prisoners in Azerbaijan, but reiterate our call for the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners.

Mar 16, 2016

Media Release: Qatari Poet Mohammed al-Ajami Released from Prison

Freedom Now is pleased to announce that yesterday the Government of Qatar released poet Mohammed al-Ajami, after four years of imprisonment.

Feb 25, 2016

Qatar: Release unfairly imprisoned poet Mohammed al-‘Ajami

On the third anniversary of the unfair 15 year prison sentence handed down to the Qatari poet, Mohammed al-‘Ajami, the human rights bodies Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain, Amnesty International, English PEN, Freedom Now, PEN International and Split This Rock renew longstanding calls for his immediate and unconditional release.

Jan 11, 2016

Freedom Now Publishes Report on The Maldives Urging US to Impose Targeted Financial Sanctions & Travel Bans on Serious Human Rights Abusers

Today, Freedom Now, launched its report Moving From Condemnation to Action: The Case for the United States to Impose Targeted Financial Sanctions and Travel Bans on Serious Human Rights Abusers in the Maldives.

Dec 11, 2015

RFE/RL Announces Khadija Ismayilova Investigative Journalism Fellowship

​The Khadija Ismayilova Investigative Journalism Fellowship is a living tribute to Khadija Ismayilova, an award-winning Azeri journalist, who was imprisoned by authorities on December 5, 2014 and sentenced to 7.5 years in jail in an attempt to silence her.

Dec 9, 2015

Freedom Now Welcomes Release of Azerbaijani Activist Leyla Yunus

Freedom Now welcomes today’s release of Leyla Yunus and the commutation of her sentence to five years probation.

Dec 4, 2015

Anniversary of journalist Khadija Ismayilova’s arrest highlights Azerbaijani regime’s unprecedented repression in 2015

On the eve of the anniversary of the arrest of journalist Khadija Ismayilova, members of the Sport for Rights coalition and the Civic Solidarity Platform underscore the unprecedented nature of the repression that has taken place in Azerbaijan in the year that has passed.

Nov 19, 2015

Media Release: Papuan Activist Filep Karma Released from Prison

Freedom Now is pleased to announce that Papuan activist Filep Samuel Karma was released from prison today, four years before the end of his 15 year sentence.

Nov 12, 2015

Freedom Now Welcomes Release of Azerbaijani Activist Arif Yunus to House Arrest

Freedom Now welcomes today’s release of Arif Yunus to house arrest. An academic and activist, Mr. Yunus was convicted of politically motivated charges in August and sentenced to seven years in prison. His wife and co-defendant, Leyla Yunus, was sentenced to eight and one half years and still remains in prison.

Nov 6, 2015

Woodley & McGillivary Recognized for Pro Bono Work on Behalf of Imprisoned Vietnamese Labor Activists

Freedom Now partner Woodley & McGillivary was awarded the 2015 Frances Perkins Award for pro bono work related to the case of Vietnamese labor activists Doan Huy Chuong, Nguyen Hoang Quoc Hung, and Do Thi Minh Hanh

Nov 3, 2015

Media Release: Freedom Now Asks Special Rapporteur to Inquire About Health of Imprisoned Mauritanian Activist Biram Dah Abeid

Freedom Now has sent a formal communication to the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, regarding Mauritania’s denial of medical care to imprisoned activist Biram Dah Abeid.

Oct 22, 2015

Letter to President Joko Widodo Regarding Papuan Activist Filep Karma

Freedom Now’s letter to Indonesian President Joko Widodo regarding the case of imprisoned Papuan activist Filep Karma

Letter to President Joko Widodo regarding Filep KarmaOctober 22, 2015

Oct 20, 2015

Media Release: 12 Nobel Peace Laureates Urge UK Prime Minister to Call for Release of Liu Xiaobo and Wife Liu Xia

Today, Freedom Now released a letter sent by a dozen Nobel Peace Prize Laureates to the Prime Minister on September 2, 2015, urging him to call publicly for the release of Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia.

Oct 19, 2015

Media Release: Ethiopian Bloggers Acquitted of Terrorism Charges, Three Released from Prison

Five Zone 9 bloggers were acquitted of terrorism charges and three were released from prison on Saturday, October 17.

Oct 9, 2015

Media Release: International Bar Association Honors Azerbaijani Lawyer Intigam Aliyev with 2015 Human Rights Award

Today, the International Bar Association presented jailed Azerbaijani lawyer Intigam Aliyev with its 2015 Human Rights Award.

Oct 5, 2015

UN Finds Detention of Former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed in Violation of International Law; Urges His Immediate Release

Today, the legal team of former President Mohamed Nasheed released Opinion No. 33/2015 (The Maldives) of the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, finding President Nasheed’s detention in violation of international law.

Sep 23, 2015

Media Release: A Dozen Nobel Peace Laureates Urge President Obama to Call for Release of Fellow Laureate Liu Xiaobo and Wife Liu Xia

Freedom Now released a letter sent by a dozen Nobel Peace Prize Laureates to President Barack Obama on September 2, 2015, urging him to call publicly for the release of Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia.

Sep 3, 2015

Media Release: President Nasheed’s International Lawyers, Amal Clooney and Jared Genser, to Visit Maldives Next Week

Two members of former President Nasheed’s international legal team, Amal Clooney and Jared Genser, will travel to the Maldives next week to visit President Nasheed in Maafushi Jail, where he is currently being held.

Sep 1, 2015

Media Release: Sport for Rights Coalition Condemns Sentencing of Journalist Khadija Ismayilova

The Sport for Rights coalition, of which Freedom Now is a member, strongly condemns the sentencing of Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova to a staggering 7.5 years in jail.

Aug 24, 2015

Media Release: Belarusian Politician Mikalai Statkevich Released From Prison

Freedom Now welcomes the release of Belarusian politician Mikalai Statkevich and calls on Belarus to respect fundamental human rights.

Aug 13, 2015

Media Release: Freedom Now Condemns Sentencing of Leyla and Arif Yunus

Freedom Now strongly condemns today’s sentencing of Leyla Yunus, a prominent Azerbaijani human rights defender and activist, to eight and one-half years in prison and her husband Arif Yunus, an academic and activist, to seven years in prison. The charges brought against the couple were clearly politically motivated and we call for their immediate release.

Aug 5, 2015

Media Release: Freedom Now Welcomes Release of Chen Kegui, Nephew of Blind Activist Chen Guangcheng

On July 29, 2015, the Chinese government released Chen Kegui, the nephew of renowned blind barefoot Chinese lawyer Chen Guangcheng. Freedom Now welcomes the release and urges the Chinese government to provide required medical care.

Jul 23, 2015

Statements in Support of Freedom Now’s Application for UN Consultative Status

Statements from the U.S., the European, and Albania in support of Freedom Now’s application for UN consultative status.

Jul 20, 2015

Media Release: UN Grants Freedom Now Consultative Status

Today, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations officially awarded – by vote – Freedom Now special consultative NGO status.

Jul 9, 2015

Media Release: Five Ethiopian Bloggers, Journalists Released from Prison

Freedom Now and the Ethiopia Human Rights Project are very happy to announce that five individuals associated with the Zone 9 blogger group have been released from prison in Ethiopia.

Jul 8, 2015

Media Release: 16 U.S. Senators Call on Azerbaijan to Release Prisoners of Conscience

16 U.S. Senators have written to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev expressing their concern about the diminishing space for civil society and the harassment of activists in Azerbaijan.

US Senate Letter to President AliyevJuly 8, 2015

Jun 30, 2015

Media Release: Law Students Call on Azerbaijan to Release Jailed Lawyer Intigam Aliyev

More than 50 law students called on the Azerbaijan government to release Mr. Aliyev and allow him to continue his human rights work.

Jun 18, 2015

Media Release: Members of U.S. Congress call for action on long detained prisoners of conscience in Indonesia

Today, six members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry raising the continued detention of peaceful activists in Indonesia.

Lantos Commission Letter to Secretary KerryJune 18, 2015

Jun 18, 2015

Organizations Call on Lady Gaga to Speak Out for Azerbaijani Political Prisoners after European Games Performance

We are writing to you as members of the Sport for Rights campaign, which has been working to raise human rights violations in Azerbaijan in the context of the European Games. We are deeply disappointed by your decision to perform at the opening ceremony of the games amidst the worst human rights crackdown to date in Azerbaijan, and ask you to consider our appeal to help right this very public wrong.

Sport for Rights letter to Lady GagaJune 18, 2015

Jun 15, 2015

Media Release: Azerbaijani Journalist Emin Huseynov Departs Azerbaijan, Ends 10 Month Legal Limbo

Freedom Now is pleased to announce that Azerbaijani journalist and human rights activist Emin Huseynov safely left Azerbaijan Saturday, after spending 10 months sheltered at the Swiss embassy in Baku. Mr. Huseynov departed Azerbaijan by plane with Switzerland’s foreign minister Didier Burkhalter, who was attending the opening ceremonies of the European Olympic Games.

Jun 1, 2015

Media Release: UN NGO Committee Rejects Freedom Now’s Application for Consultative Status

On May 29, 2015, the UN Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) officially rejected Freedom Now’s application for NGO consultative status.

May 12, 2015

Report: Unprecedented Crackdown on Civil Society in Azerbaijan Ahead of European Olympic Games

In recent years, Azerbaijani authorities have intensified a crackdown on civil society and devastated critical voices, without regard for domestic or international law. This crackdown is in stark contrast to the polished image of a modern and prosperous European state that President Ilham Aliyev has presented to outside observers.

Breaking Point in Azerbaijan: Promotion and glamour abroad, Repression and imprisonment at homeMay 12, 2015

Apr 17, 2015

Prominent Rights Groups Issue Letter to Secretary Kerry On Ethiopia Comments

We are deeply troubled over the comments made by Under Secretary Wendy Sherman yesterday in Addis Ababa. The Under Secretary’s unfortunate statement calling Ethiopia a democracy puts the United States government on record as endorsing a government that systematically suppresses the fundamental rights of its citizens.

Apr 17, 2015

Rasul Jafarov’s Conviction: the Latest Human Rights Violation in Azerbaijan

The Sport for Rights coalition resolutely condemns yesterday’s sentencing of Rasul Jafarov, a prominent Azerbaijani human rights defender, to 6.5 years in prison on politically motivated charges. The coalition calls for his immediate release.

Rasul Jafarov’s Conviction - the Latest Human Rights Violation in AzerbaijanApril 17, 2015

Apr 14, 2015

Open Letter Regarding the Human Rights Situation in Azerbaijan

We the undersigned are alarmed by the deteriorating human rights situation in Azerbaijan. Arrests and detentions of journalists, civil society and human rights activists, religious believers, and opposition figures have multiplied; Azerbaijan now has twice as many political prisoners as […]

Apr 14, 2015

Human Rights Groups and Former Diplomats Call for Action on Azerbaijan

We are alarmed by the deteriorating human rights situation in Azerbaijan. Arrests and detentions of journalists, civil society and human rights activists, religious believers, and opposition figures have multiplied; Azerbaijan now has twice as many political prisoners as Russia and Belarus combined.

Mar 19, 2015

Media Release: Azerbaijani Civil Society Leader Bashir Sulemanli Released from Prison

Washington, D.C.: Freedom Now is pleased to announce that Azerbaijani civil society leader Bashir Sulemanli has been released from prison almost two years before the end of his three and one-half year sentence. President Ilham Aliyev pardoned Mr. Sulemanli ahead of the Novruz holiday, which celebrates the coming of spring. His early release occurred after considerable international attention to his case. However, while Mr. Sulemanli has been released, his colleague, Anar Mammadli remains in prison.

Photo of Azerbaijani Civil Society Leader Bashir SulemanliMarch 19, 2015

Feb 16, 2015

Advocates Petition UN to Intervene on Jailed Ethiopian Bloggers’ Behalf

Despite early, high-level condemnation of the arrests of independent journalists and bloggers in Ethiopia nine months ago, international attention has waned as the pre-trial proceedings have dragged-on. The government’s continued detention of three independent journalists and six members of the Zone 9 blogging collective is not only an outrageous attack on the press – it is also illegal and unconscionable.

Nov 24, 2014

Eight U.S. Senators call for release of Uzbek journalists and activists

Today, eight U.S. Senators wrote to Uzbek President Islam Karimov and raised the continued imprisonment of journalists and activists in Uzbekistan. Following-up on letters from June 2013 and May 2014, the initiative lead by Senator Richard J. Durbin (D-IL) highlights the imprisonment of five individual prisoners of conscience who are serving long sentences in response to their peaceful activities: Akzam Turgunov, Dilmurod Saidov, Salijon Abdurakhmanov, Muhammad Bekjanov, and Bobomurod Razzokov […]

Letter from Eight U.S. SenatorsNovember 24, 2014

Calling for the release of Uzbek journalists and activists.

Oct 10, 2014

Nobel Laureates and Human Rights Groups Urge World Leaders to Act for the Freedom of 2010 Laureate Liu Xiaobo

October 10, 2014 For Immediate Release New York – Brussels – Geneva – Paris: In an open letter that Nobel Peace Prize Laureates together with major human-rights organizations addressed to the United Nations and the European Union today called for […]

Letter to UN and European Union from Nobel Laureates and Human Rights GroupsOctober 10, 2014

Urging action for the release of Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo

Aug 13, 2014

Media Release: Gao Zhisheng Tortured in Custody; Wife Pleads for U.S. Help to Get Him Urgent Medical Care

Washington, D.C.: On August 7, 2014, Chinese authorities released renowned Chinese human-rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng. He is now staying with his wife’s sister in Xinjiang, under a round-the-clock watch by Chinese security officials. Since his release, the family has now learned some terrible details about how he was treated in prison. From the time of his reappearance in Shaya prison in December 2011, Gao was held in a small cell, with minimal light […]

Jul 24, 2014

Media Release: 41 Organizations Call for Release of Detained Ethiopian Journalists and Bloggers

Washington, D.C.: Today, Freedom Now joined 40 other human rights and civil society organizations in a letter to Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn expressing grave concern at the continued targeting of journalists and bloggers on terrorism charges. The letter, also joined by organizations such as Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, the PEN American Center, and the Committee to Protect Journalists, highlighted the recent terror charges laid against seven bloggers associated with the Zone 9 website (one in absentia) and three independent journalists in Ethiopia.

Letter to PM Hailemariam Desalegn - 7.24.14November 30, 1999

Jun 27, 2014

For Immediate Release: Vietnamese Labor Activist Do Thi Minh Hanh Released from Prison

Washington, D.C.: Freedom Now is pleased to announce that the Vietnamese labor rights activist Ms. Do Thi Minh Hanh has been released from prison almost three years before the end of her seven-year sentence. Her early release yesterday occurred after considerable international attention to her case and a coordinated effort by international and Vietnamese human rights groups. However, while Ms. Do has been freed, her colleagues Mr. Doan Huy Chuong and Mr. Nguyen Doan Quoc Hung remain in prison.

Jun 24, 2014

Media Advisory: Blind “Barefoot” Chinese Lawyer Chen Guangcheng to Make Public UN Decision on the Detention of His Nephew Chen Kegui

On Wednesday June 25th, at 1 pm EST, Freedom Now will participate in a press conference at the House Triangle with Chen Guangcheng to release Opinion No. 2/2014 of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention regarding Chen Kegui’s case […]

Jun 18, 2014

Rwandan Editor Agnes Uwimana-Nkusi Released after Four Years of Wrongful Imprisonment

Today, Agnes Uwimana-Nkusi, editor of Umurabyo, an independent Kinyarwanda-language newspaper in Rwanda was released after serving four years in prison for “undermining national security” and “defamation” of Rwandan President Paul Kagame.

Mar 17, 2014

Sad News: we mourn the passing of Lapiro de Mbanga

It is with a heavy heart that I share sad news with you. Former Freedom Now client – and my friend – Lapiro de Mbanga died yesterday in Buffalo, New York […]

Feb 13, 2014

For Immediate Release: Uzbek President Islam Karimov’s Trip to Czech Republic Indefinitely Postponed Following Criticism by International Human Rights Organizations

Washington DC: Today, Uzbek President Islam Karimov postponed his controversial visit to the Czech Republic to meet with Czech President Miloš Zeman following international criticism from human rights groups, including Freedom Now, labor unions, and investors. While the trip has not been cancelled, no new date for the trip has been scheduled. Czech officials report that President Karimov postponed the trip after many Czech ministers, including Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, were unavailable to meet with the Uzbek delegation […]

Feb 12, 2014

Reply to Czech Republic President Miloš Zeman on the upcoming visit of Uzbek President Islam Karimov

Dear President Zeman, Thank you for your quick response to our letter voicing our deep concern over your invitation of Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov for an official visit this month. You make three points, which we address here: First, Václav […]

Feb 10, 2014

For Immediate Release: Members of Congress Call for the Release of Imprisoned Vietnamese Labor Activists

Today, eleven members of the House of Representatives joined a public letter to Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang calling for the release of three imprisoned labor rights activists. Among the signatories are Representatives Frank Wolf and James McGovern, the Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, and Representative Chris Van Hollen, who adopted the case as part of the Commission’s Defending Freedoms Project […]

Letter from 11 members of the U.S. House of RepresentativesJanuary 10, 2014

Expressing concern about the imprisonment and mistreatment of Doan Huy Chuong, Do Thi Minh Hanh, and Nguyen Doan Quoc Hung and calling on Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang to release the three labor activists.

Feb 10, 2014

Freedom Now Partners with Central European University on a Project to Help Prisoners of Conscience

Freedom Now is delighted to announce that it will be a Passion Project Partner with the School of Public Policy (SPP) at Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary. The Passion Project program is the culmination of an effort to […]

Feb 10, 2014

Open letter to Czech Republic President Miloš Zeman on the upcoming visit of Uzbek President Islam Karimov

Dear President Zeman, We are writing to express our surprise and deep concern that you have invited Uzbekistan’s president, Islam Karimov, on an official visit to Prague on February 20-22, 2014. As the leader of one of the most repressive […]

Dec 23, 2013

Uzbekistan: Free Human Rights Defender Gaybullo Jalilov and All Prisoners of Conscience

December 23, 2013
International Human Rights Committee Blog (American Bar Association)
By: Patrick Griffith

Earlier this month, on December 10, rights activists around the world celebrated International Human Rights Day, which commemorates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Although the UDHR was passed by the UN General Assembly 65 years ago, its promise remains unfulfilled in states like Uzbekistan, where the government continues to persecute its own citizens for peacefully exercising their fundamental human rights.

Dec 13, 2013

Time for Serious Approach to Vietnam Human Rights

December 13, 2013
The Diplomat
By: Jared Genser and Greg McGillivary

During his fourth trip to Asia as Secretary of State this week, John Kerry is visiting Vietnam to “highlight the dramatic transformation in the bilateral relationship” between Washington and Hanoi. Indeed, in addition to security cooperation, bilateral trade has been thriving, up almost 60 percent in the past five years to $25 billion annually. Since the bilateral trade agreement of 2001, the United States has swiftly become Vietnam’s largest market for exports. Now, both countries are participating in negotiations on the massive Trans Pacific Partnership multilateral trade deal. Less promising, however, is the increasingly harsh reality of ongoing human rights abuses by the Vietnamese government.

Dec 5, 2013

United Nations Declares Continued Detention of Gulgeldy Annaniyazov Arbitrary; Calls for Release

Washington D.C.: In response to a petition filed by Freedom Now, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (Working Group) issued an opinion finding the detention of political activist Gulgeldy Annaniyazov by the Government of Turkmenistan a violation of […]

Opinion of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention December 5, 2013

Finding Gulgeldy Annaniyazov's imprisonment in violation of international law and calling for his immediate release.

Oct 17, 2013

For Immediate Release: Jailed Ethiopian Journalists challenge use of terror laws to silence dissent

Two Ethiopian journalists imprisoned under Ethiopia’s anti-terror laws have appealed to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights arguing that their conviction and imprisonment for alleged terrorist activity violates their right to freedom of expression and to a fair trial […]

Sep 18, 2013

Freedom Now Welcomes Release of Iranian Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh

Freedom Now is excited to welcome the early release of human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh from arbitrary detention in Iran. Prior to her arrest, Ms. Sotoudeh was a prominent human rights advocate and lawyer working to advance women’s and children’s […]

Sep 3, 2013

Ethiopia’s Anti-Terrorism Proclamation and the right to freedom of expression

August 30, 2013
AfricLaw
By: Patrick Griffith

On Wednesday 17 July 2013, members of the European Parliament’s Sub-committee on Human Rights visited Ethiopia and urged the government to release journalists and opposition activists imprisoned under the country’s Anti-Terrorism Proclamation No. 652/2009 (Anti-Terror Proclamation)[…]

Jul 25, 2013

Letter From Ethiopia’s Gulag

July 24, 2013
The New York Times
By: Eskinder Nega

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — I AM jailed, with around 200 other inmates, in a wide hall that looks like a warehouse. For all of us, there are only three toilets. Most of the inmates sleep on the floor, which has never been swept. About 1,000 prisoners share the small open space here at Kaliti Prison. One can guess our fate if a communicable disease breaks out […]

Jul 16, 2013

Media Release: Freedom Now Founder Jared Genser to be Presented American Bar Association’s International Human Rights Award

Washington, D.C.: Freedom Now is delighted to announce that its Founder and Board Member Jared Genser has been selected to receive the 2013 American Bar Association Section of Litigation’s International Human Rights Award. “The Award is being presented for Jared’s extraordinary contributions to the rule of law, access to justice, and human rights,” said William R. Bay, Chairman of the ABA Section of Litigation. “His work on behalf of human rights has been a beacon of light in some of the world’s darkest places,” he added […]

Jul 2, 2013

How J-Lo Can Atone

July 2, 2013
The Wall Street Journal

By: Sohrab Ahmari

Another day, another American celeb shamed for entertaining a foreign dictator. This time it was the artist formerly known as Jennifer Lopez, who on Saturday performed for Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, the ruler of Turkmenistan […]

Jun 26, 2013

For Immediate Release: Freedom Now Welcomes Letter by 12 U.S. Senators Calling for the Release of Three Human Rights Defenders Unjustly Imprisoned in Uzbekistan

Washington, DC: Today, a bi-partisan group of 12 United States Senators, led by Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Mark Kirk (R-IL), called on President Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan to release three human rights defenders unjustly imprisoned in Uzbekistan. Other signatories […]

Letter from 12 US SenatorsJune 26, 2013

Calling on President Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan to release three human rights defenders unjustly imprisoned in Uzbekistan.

May 15, 2013

Kerry’s Ethiopia Opportunity

The Wall Street Journal Europe
By: Martin Schibbye and Patrick Griffith

This month, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to attend the 21st African Union (AU) summit. The message he brings will speak volumes about the future of American engagement on the continent […]

May 7, 2013

Turkmenistan: Consultations Pose Test of EU’s Resolve

EurasiaNet
By Mirakmal Niyazmatov

Later this May, European Union officials will meet a delegation from Turkmenistan during annual human rights consultations. President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov’s authoritarian regime in Ashgabat is one of the most repressive in the world, yet the meeting poses perhaps the biggest test for the EU side […]

May 3, 2013

For Immediate Release: Ruling by Ethiopia’s Supreme Court in Eskinder Nega Case Another Missed Opportunity

Today, Freedom Now, Amnesty International, CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, the Committee to Free Eskinder Nega, the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, English PEN, the International Press Institute, the International Women’s Media Foundation, Media Legal Defence Initiative, the National Press Club, PEN American Center, PEN Canada, and the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, condemned the decision by the Ethiopian Supreme Court upholding the 18-year sentence imposed against independent journalist and blogger Eskinder Nega. “By upholding the sentence, the Ethiopian government has missed yet another opportunity to respect its freely undertaken obligations under international law,” the groups said. “This failure is particularly striking in light of today’s World Press Freedom Day celebrations.” […]

Apr 1, 2013

For Immediate Release: UN Finds Imprisonment of Ethiopian Journalist Eskinder Nega Arbitrary under International Law and Calls for Immediate Release

In an opinion released today by Freedom Now, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention found the Government of Ethiopia’s continued detention of independent Ethiopian journalist and blogger Eskinder Nega a violation of international law. The panel of five independent experts from four continents held that the government violated Mr. Nega’s rights to free expression and due process. The UN Working Group called for his immediate release […]

Opinion of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary DetentionApril 1, 2013

Finding Eskinder Nega's imprisonment in violation of international law and calling for his immediate release.

Apr 1, 2013

Prisoners of Conscience in Ethiopia

AlJazeera
By Birtukan Mideksa

Although Ethiopia has its first new prime minister in 17 years – so far, the government has failed to right a long history of wrongs. With prisoners of conscience still languishing in its prisons, Ethiopia must receive the clear message – especially from allies like the United States – that continued human rights violations will not be tolerated […]

Mar 13, 2013

Freedom Now welcomes letter by 13 Members of the European Parliament calling for release of imprisoned Jehovah’s Witness conscientious objectors in Turkmenistan

Freedom Now welcomes the attached letter by 13 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to the President of Turkmenistan urging him to release members of the Jehovah’s Witness faith who have been imprisoned in his country for refusing to serve in the military because of their religion. […]

Letter from 13 Members of the European ParliamentMarch 1, 2013

Calling for the release of Jehovah's Witnesses imprisoned in Turkmenistan for conscientious objection.

Mar 4, 2013

Four Steps to Ensuring Human Rights Prevail in Iran

Nasrin Sotoudeh may not yet be an international household name — but she deserves to be. An Iranian political prisoner now in her third year of imprisonment (much of which has been spent in solitary confinement in the notorious Evin prison), she is the embodiment of the struggle for human rights in Iran and the symbol of the Iranian regime’s massive domestic repression […]

Mar 1, 2013

UN Finds Continued Detention of Vietnamese Labor Activists Arbitrary Under International Law

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has found the continued detention of three Vietnamese labor organizers, Doan Huy Chuong, Do Thi Minh Hanh, and Doan Quoc Hung, to be a violation of international law […]

Opinion of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary DetentionMarch 1, 2013

Finding Doan Huy Chuong, Do Thi Minh Hanh, and Doan Quoc Hung's imprisonment in violation of international law and calling for their immediate release.

Mar 1, 2013

Maksat Kakabaev and Murad Ovezov released after more than two years in detention

Freedom Now is happy to report that Turkmen singers Maksat Kakabaev (MaRo) and Murad Ovezov have been released from prison. The two popular singers were released as part of an amnesty celebrating National Flag Day. They each served approximately two years of a seven and five-year sentence, respectively […]

Feb 22, 2013

Freedom Now and Hogan Lovells Welcome the Release of Annakurban Amanklychev and Sapardurdy Khadzhiev in Turkmenistan

Washington, DC – Turkmenistan released prisoners of conscience Annakurban Amanklychev and Sapardurdy Khadzhiev from prison on February 16, 2013 […]

Feb 8, 2013

Media Release: Freedom Now welcomes letter by 24 members of the European Parliament calling for the release of prisoners of conscience in Turkmenistan

Washington, D.C.: Today, Freedom Now welcomes the attached letter by 24 Members of the European Parliament to the Turkmen Ambassador in Brussels calling for the release of prisoners of conscience in Turkmenistan. The letter highlights the continued unannounced detention of […]

Letter from 24 Members of European ParliamentFebruary 8, 2013

Calling for the release of prisoners of conscience in Turkmenistan.

Feb 5, 2013

Freedom Now Welcomes the Nomination of Father Ly and the Most Venerable Thich Quang Do of Vietnam for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize

Washington, DC: Freedom Now welcomes the nomination by U.S. Representatives Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) of Father Thadeus Nguyen Van Ly and the Most Venerable Thich Quang Do of Vietnam for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize. The nomination […]

Letter from Members of the U.S. House or RepresentativesFebruary 1, 2013

Nominating Father Ly and the Most Venerable Thich Quang Do of Vietnam for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize.

Feb 5, 2013

For Immediate Release: Member of European Parliament nominates Abdulhadi al-Khawaja and his daughters, Zainab and Maryam al-Khawaja of Bahrain for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize

Washington, DC: Portuguese Member of European Parliament Ana Gomes nominates Bahraini human rights defender Abdulhadi al-Khawaja and his daughters, Zainab and Maryam al-Khawaja for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize for their commitment to pursuing peaceful democratic reforms and respect for […]

Letter Nominating Mr. al-Khawaja and his family for the 2013 Nobel Peace PrizeFebruary 5, 2013

Member of European Parliament Ana Gomes nominates Abdulhadi al-Khawaja and his daughters, Maryam and Zainab, for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize.

Jan 17, 2013

Don’t be misguided on Turkmenistan

In October, Veronika Szente Goldston of Human Rights Watch wrote that the European Parliament must “send a clear message that enhanced relations with the European Union must go hand in hand with concrete improvements in human rights” when it considers whether to support a partnership and co-operation agreement (PCA) with Turkmenistan […]

Jan 7, 2013

For Immediate Release: Freedom Now condemns decision by Bahrain’s Court of Cassation to uphold sentence of life imprisonment for human rights defender Abdulhadi al-Khawaja.

Washington, DC: Today, Bahrain’s highest court upheld convictions against 13 activists, including human rights defender Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, for their roles in peaceful anti-government demonstrations in Bahrain. The Court of Cassation upheld Mr. al-Khawaja’s sentence of life imprisonment […]

Dec 21, 2012

Americans Stand Up to Europe’s Last Dictator. Will Europe?

12/21/2012
The Huffington Post
By: Sohrab Ahmari

The death of North Korea’s psychopathic dictator, Kim Jong-Il, once again refocused international attention on the hermit kingdom. In Europe, the news was not exactly greeted with high hopes for democratic development in the (inaptly named) Democratic People’s Republic of Korea […]

Dec 18, 2012

For Immediate Release: 16 Members of the European Parliament Call for the Release of Imprisoned Ethiopian Journalist Eskinder Nega

Washington, D.C.: Today, 16 members of the European Parliament issued a public letter to Ethiopian Prime Minster Hailemariam Desalegn expressing their grave concern regarding the continued detention of imprisoned journalist and blogger Eskinder Nega.

Arrested in 2011 and detained without access to an attorney for nearly two months, Mr. Nega was sentenced to 18 years in prison under the country’s broad 2009 Anti-Terrorism Proclamation on July 13, 2012. Mr. Nega’s arrest and prosecution came after he wrote online articles and spoke publicly about the possibility of an Arab Spring-like movement taking place in Ethiopia. After his sentencing, the government initiated proceedings to seize his assets, including the home still used by his wife and young son. An appeal hearing in the case is scheduled for Wednesday, December 19th.

Letter from 16 Members of the European ParliamentDecember 18, 2012

Calling for the release of Eskinder Nega.

Dec 17, 2012

Uzbekistan: Where law is now a tool of repression

Twenty years ago this week, Uzbekistan adopted its first constitution as an independent republic creating the legislative framework for human rights and democracy. Yet, two-decades later, the democratic government and individual liberties enshrined in the Uzbek constitution bear little resemblance […]

Dec 10, 2012

Celebrate Human Rights Day

Today, on the anniversary of the United Nation’s (UN) adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), we celebrate the fundamental freedoms enshrined in that declaration and continue our work to ensure that all people are able to exercise these rights without fear of persecution or arrest […]

Dec 6, 2012

Uzbekistan: Free Political Prisoners on Constitution Day

The Uzbek government should unconditionally release all of its political prisoners on the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the country’s constitution on December 8, 2012, human rights groups said today. Freeing the country’s many political prisoners would demonstrate a genuine commitment to Uzbekistan’s much-touted reform process, the groups said. […]

Nov 20, 2012

For Immediate Release: Freedom Now Files Petition to United Nations on Behalf of Jehovah’s Witness Conscientious Objectors Imprisoned in Turkmenistan

Washington, D.C.: Today, Freedom Now filed a petition on behalf of jailed Jehovah’s Witnesses Juma Nazarov, Navruz Nasyrlaev, Zafar Abdullaev, and Mahmud Hudaybergenov, with the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. Freedom Now is seeking an opinion from the Working Group that the Turkmen government’s detention of Messrs. Nazarov, Nasyrlaev, Abdullaev, and Hudaybergenov is in violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights […]

Petition to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary DetentionNovember 20, 2012

On behalf of Juma Nazarov, Navruz Nasyrlaev, Zafar Abdullaev, and Mahmud Hudaybergenov.

Oct 11, 2012

For Immediate Release: UN Petition filed on behalf of imprisoned Vietnamese labor organizers to obtain opinion that their ongoing detention violates international law

Washington, D.C.: Today, the law firm Woodley & McGillivary, in consultation with Freedom Now, submitted a petition to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on behalf of imprisoned Vietnamese labor organizers Doan Huy Chuong, Do Thi Minh Hanh, and Nguyen Hoang Quoc Hung. […]

Petition to UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention October 11, 2012

Filed by Woodley & McGillivary in consultation with Freedom Now.

Oct 11, 2012

Joint letter on freedom of expression and association in Ethiopia

Washington, DC: Today, the below letter was sent to Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn by 29 media and human rights organizations, including Freedom Now, calling on him to remove arbitrary restrictions on the rights of freedom of expression and association in Ethiopia […]

Sep 4, 2012

For Immediate Release: Abdulhadi al-Khawaja sentenced to life in prison in retrial, imprisonment declared in violation of international law by United Nations

Today, the Government of Bahrain sentenced prominent human rights defender Abdulhadi al-Khawaja to life in prison following a retrial of his case in civilian court on security-related charges. In response to a petition filed by Freedom Now, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention issued an opinion in its most recent session that the Bahraini government’s detention of Mr. al-Khawaja is arbitrary and a violation of international law. The UN Working Group—an independent panel of human rights experts from around the world – calls on the Bahrain government to release Mr. al-Khawaja.

Opinion of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary DetentionSeptember 4, 2012

Finding Abdulhadi al-Khawaja's imprisonment in violation of international law and calling for his immediate release.

Jul 17, 2012

For Immediate Release: Freedom Now files petition to United Nations on behalf of Eskinder Nega to obtain opinion that his ongoing detention violates international law

Washington, D.C.: Today, Freedom Now filed a petition on behalf of jailed Ethiopian journalist and blogger Eskinder Nega with the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. Freedom Now seeks a legal opinion from the Working Group that the Ethiopian government’s detention of Mr. Nega is in violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights […]

Petition to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on behalf of Eskinder NegaJuly 17, 2012

Submitted by Freedom Now on behalf of Eskinder Nega.

Jul 13, 2012

For Immediate Release: Freedom Now Condemns 18-Year Prison Sentence For Ethiopian Journalist and Blogger Eskinder Nega

Washington, DC: Today, the Ethiopian government sentenced journalist and blogger Eskinder Nega to 18 years in prison on terrorism charges after he published articles and publicly commented on the possibility of an Arab Spring-like movement occurring in Ethiopia […]

Jun 27, 2012

Ethiopia Convicts Eskinder Nega for “Terrorism”

Today the below statement was issued by 10 media and human rights organizations, including Freedom Now, Amnesty International, the Committee to Protect Journalists, Human Rights Watch, Media Legal Defence Initiative, and the PEN American Center, condemning the conviction of Ethiopian journalist and blogger Eskinder Nega on terrorism charges […]

Jun 25, 2012

Azerbaijan: Freedom of Expression Situation Worsens in Aftermath of Eurovision

The International Partnership Group for Azerbaijan (IPGA) expresses its deep concern regarding the alarming state of freedom of expression in Azerbaijan, which has significantly worsened in the weeks since the Eurovision Song Contest was held in Baku in May 2012 […]

Jun 4, 2012

For Immediate Release: Freedom Now Welcomes Bakhtiyar Hajiyev’s Release from Prison in Azerbaijan

Today, the Supreme Court of Azerbaijan ordered that Bakhtiyar Hajiyev be released nine months before the completion of his sentence. The court released Mr. Hajiyev early for good behavior; however, the release is conditional and he may not leave the country for nine months […]

May 29, 2012

For Immediate Release: Salijon Abdurakhmanov turns 62 years old in prison

While we were celebrating Memorial Day this past Monday, Mr. Salijon Abdurakhmanov, an outspoken journalist from Uzbekistan, spent his 62nd birthday in prison colony 64/61 in Karshi city far away from his family and friends. Mr. Abdurakhmanov is an independent journalist known for his […]

May 25, 2012

Why Eurovision song contest should not be held in Azerbaijan

It should be about the performances. But, it isn’t. It’s European politics at its most flamboyant. And this show has been a curious reflection of regional politics since 1956.

May 24, 2012

Turkmenistan: How Berdymukhamedov Can Send a Substantive Reform Message

This election year, Americans are reminded and fatigued at how the campaign season drives rifts between various groups in the country. Wouldn’t you love instead to live in a nation where the President is so universally beloved, he is elected with a 97 percent majority?

May 15, 2012

Media Release: Freedom Now Welcomes Call of Five U.S. Senators for release of Azerbaijani Democracy Activist Bakhtiyar Hajiyev

Today, a bipartisan group of five United States Senators, led by Senators Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) request that President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan help facilitate the release of imprisoned democracy activist Bakhtiyar Hajiyev.

Letter from 5 United States Senators May 15, 2012

Urging Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to immediately release imprisoned democracy activist Bakhtiyar Hajiyev.

May 14, 2012

Media Release: 28 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives Call on the International Ice Hockey Federation to Move Its 2014 World Championship from Minsk, Belarus

Washington, D.C.: Today, a bipartisan group of 28 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, lead by Reps. Mike Quigley (D-IL) and John Shimkus (R-IL), urged the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) to move its 2014 World Championship from Minsk, Belarus. In the letter, attached, the members pointed to the “heightened crackdown on freedom of expression and association since the 2010 presidential election” and noted that…

Letter from 28 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives May 14, 2012

Urging the International Ice Hockey Federation to Move Its 2014 World Championships from Minks, Belarus.

May 3, 2012

For Immediate Release: Dilmurod Saidov Visited in Prison by Family for his 50th Birthday

Washington, DC: Freedom Now has learned that prominent Uzbek journalist and human rights activist Dilmurod Saidov received a family visit on April 27, 2012 at special facility #36 where he is serving a twelve and a half year prison sentence. […]

May 3, 2012

World Press Freedom Day 2012

May 3, 2012: Today, we celebrate World Press Freedom Day. We recognize the work of journalists, including our clients, who risk their personal safety and freedom to deliver news and shine a light on problems in their communities. World Press […]

Apr 26, 2012

Ferghana News Op-ed by Program Attorney Patrick Griffith drawing attention to the government of Uzbekistan’s wrongful imprisonment of human rights defenders Dilmurod Saidov, Akzam Turgunov, and Gaybullo Jalilov.

Uzbekistan: 50th birthday in prison Today, Dilmurod Saidov is spending his 50th birthday in a prison work camp in Navoi, Uzbekistan. Over the course of the last year, the international community has watched, and debated, as relations between Uzbekistan and the […]

Apr 21, 2012

CNN Oped by Executive Director Maran Turner calling shame on Formula 1 race headed for Bahrain April 22 and calling for immediate release of Abdulhadi al-Khawaja

Bahrain’s Formula 1 is an insult to country’s democratic reformers (CNN) — “Unified: One nation in celebration” is the jubilant slogan of this year’s Formula 1 Grand Prix in Bahrain. The irony could not be harsher: while sports fans look […]

Apr 20, 2012

For Immediate Release: U.S. Senators Call for Release of Freedom Now Client Abdulhadi al-Khawaja

Today, four members of the United States Senate, including Senators Richard Durbin (D-Il), Robert Casey (D-PE), Marco Rubio (R-Fl), and Ron Wyden (D-OR) requested Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa to release longtime human rights advocate Abdulhadi al-Khawaja […]

Letter from US SenateApril 20, 2012

Calling on Bahrain's Prime Minister al-Khalifa to release Mr. Abdulhadi al-Khawaja on urgent humanitarian grounds.

Apr 16, 2012

For Immediate Release: Andrei Sannikov and Zmister Bandarenka Pardoned in Belarus after nearly 16 months in detention

On Saturday April 14, imprisoned Belarusian opposition leader and former diplomat Andrei Sannikov was released from prison under a pardon. The following day, April 15, Mr. Sannikov’s former campaign aide, Zmister Bandarenka, was also released from prison. It is unclear if their early releases are subject to any restrictions.

Feb 16, 2012

United Nation’s Finds Lapiro de Mbanga’s Imprisonment in Violation of International Law

Washington, DC: In response to a petition filed by Freedom Now and lawyers with the law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has issued an opinion that the detention of Pierre Rodger Lambo Sandjo (a.ka. Lapiro de Mbanga) by the Government of Cameroon was arbitrary and a violation of international law.

Opinion of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary DetentionFebruary 16, 2012

Finding the detention of Mr. Mbanga a violation of international law.

Feb 16, 2012

Freedom Now calls on the King of Bahrain to release Abdulhadi Alkhawaja

On February 8, Mr. Abdulhadi Alkhawaja launched an open hunger strike to demand his release. Since that time, Mr. Alkhawaja’s health has deteriorated rapidly and it is believed that his condition is severe enough to be life threatening.

Letter to King of BahrainFebruary 16, 2012

Submitted by Freedom Now calling for Abdulhadi Alkhawaja's release from prison.

Feb 14, 2012

Dr. Luis Williams Pollo Rivera dies at 65

Freedom Now mourns the passing of Dr. Luis Williams Pollo Rivera, who died February 12 from a heart attack. Dr. Pollo was a medical doctor arbitrarily imprisoned by Peruvian authorities since August 2003. Dr. Pollo’s funeral will be held today in Peru.

Dr. Luis Williams Pollo Rivera dies at 65 February 14, 2012

Jan 27, 2012

Philadelphia Inquirer Op-ed by Executive Director Maran Turner arguing that the United States should use its deepening relationship with Uzbekistan to promote human rights and advocate for the release of political prisoners.

See “Human rights or security: A false choice”.

Human rights or security: A false choiceJanuary 27, 2012

Philadelphia Inquirer Op-ed by Executive Director Maran Turner arguing that the United States should use its deepening relationship with Uzbekistan to promote human rights.

Jan 27, 2012

United Nation’s Finds Akzam Turgunov’s Imprisonment in Violation of International Law

Washington, D.C.: In response to a petition filed by Freedom Now, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has issued an opinion that the detention of Akzam Turgunov by the Government of Uzbekistan is arbitrary and a violation of international law. The UN Working Group—an independent panel of human rights experts from around the world calls for his release.

Opinion of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary DetentionJanuary 27, 2012

Finding the detention of Mr. Turgunov a violation of international law.

Dec 30, 2011

Media Release: UN Declares Detention of Imprisoned Iranian Lawyer Arbitrary; Calls for Immediate Release

London: Today, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Shirin Ebadi and Freedom Now released Opinion No. 21/2011 of the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. In the opinion, the United Nations body declares that the detention of lawyer and human rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh is a violation of Iran’s obligations under international law and calls for her immediate release. Ms. Sotoudeh is serving six years in prison for her work for the Center for Human Rights Defenders, which was founded by Ms. Ebadi.

Behind the Islamic Republic's BlusterDecember 30, 2011

Wall Street Journal op-ed by Shirin Ebadi.

Opinion of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention December 30, 2011

Finding the detention of Ms. Sotoudeh a violation of international law.

Dec 22, 2011

The Washington Post op-ed by Irina Bogdanova commenting on the plight of her brother, Andrei Sannikov, who is a political prisoner in Belarus.

See, “Imprisoned in Belarus.”

Imprisoned in BelarusDecember 22, 2011

The Washington Post op-ed by Irina Bogdanova commenting on the plight of her brother, Andrei Sannikov, who is a political prisoner in Belarus.

Dec 20, 2011

Media Release: Zmister Bandarenka’s International Legal Team Files Petition to the United Nations to Obtain Opinion that His Imprisonment Violates International Law

Washington, D.C.: Today, Zmister Bandarenka’s pro bono international legal team, which includes Freedom Now and lawyers with the international law firm Hogan Lovells, filed a petition to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on behalf of the imprisoned Belarusian opposition leader. The team hopes to obtain an opinion from the UN Working Group that the Government of Belarus’ detention of Mr. Bandarenka is in violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Dec 18, 2011

Václav Havel 1936-2011

Freedom Now joins people around the world in mourning the passing of former Czech President, playwright, and dissident Václav Havel. Havel served as Freedom Now’s honorary co-chair since 2006, imbuing our work with the moral urgency of his personality.

Nov 16, 2011

United Nations Finds Filep Karma’s Imprisonment in Violation of International Law

Washington, DC: The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has issued its opinion that the Government of Indonesia is in violation of international law by detaining Filep Karma. The Working Group calls on the Government of Indonesia to immediately […]

Opinion of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary DetentionNovember 16, 2011

Nov 14, 2011

Press Release: Freedom Now joins the United Nations and Thomson Reuters in launching the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Document Search website

See “Press Release: Freedom Now joins the United Nations and Thomson Reuters in launching the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Document Search website.”

Press Release: UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Document Search websiteNovember 14, 2011

Freedom Now is excited to announce the launch of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Document Search website – a free to use searchable database of legal case opinions. This searchable database is a joint pro bono effort between The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Freedom Now, and Thomson Reuters.

Oct 28, 2011

United Nations Finds Muhannad Al-Hassani’s Imprisonment in Violation of International Law

Washington, DC: The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention finds Muhannad Al-Hassani’s imprisonment in violation of international law. Mr. Al-Hassani was released from prison as part of a general amnesty by the Syrian government on June 2, 2011. The Syrian […]

Opinion of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary DetentionOctober 28, 2011

Sep 28, 2011

Freedom Now joins 19 other organizations in calling on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to stand behind past statements and hold Uzbekistan accountable for its gross human rights violations.

See “Joint letter to Secretary Clinton.”

Joint Letter to Secretary ClintonSeptember 27, 2011

Joint letter from Freedom Now and 19 other organizations calling on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to stand behind past statements and hold Uzbekistan accountable for its gross human rights violations.

Sep 19, 2011

Press Release: Freedom Now files Petition to United Nations on behalf of Abdulhadi Alkhawaja

See “Press Release: Freedom Now files Petition to United Nations on behalf of Abdulhadi Alkhawaja.”

Press Release: Freedom Now files Petition to United Nations on behalf of Abdulhadi Alkhawaja September 19, 2011

On September 19, 2011, Freedom Now filed an urgent action petition with the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on behalf of Abdulhadi Alkhawaja. Freedom Now hopes to obtain a legal opinion from the Working Group that the Bahraini government’s detention of Mr. Alkhawaja is in violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Sep 8, 2011

Patrick Griffith of Freedom Now and Steve Swerdlow of Human Rights Watch call on the United States to reinforce the message that it supports a democratic Uzbekistan that respects the rights of all Uzbek citizens during talks with the Uzbek Deputy Foreign Minister in Washington.

See “Some Straight Talk for a Washington Visitor.”

Some Straight Talk for a Washington VisitorSeptember 8, 2011

Huffington Post op-ed by Patrick Griffith of Freedom Now and Steve Swerdlow of Human Rights Watch calling on the United States to reinforce the message that it supports a democratic Uzbekistan that respects the rights of all its citizens during talks with the Uzbek Deputy Foreign Minister in Washington.

Aug 24, 2011

Press Release: Freedom Now Hails Call of 16 Members of the U.S. Senate to U.S. Secretary of State to Advocate for the Release of the Renowned Human Rights Advocate Father Nguyen Van Ly

A bipartisan group of 16 members of the United States Senate, led by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) called for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to urge the Vietnamese government to release longtime human rights advocate Father Thadeus Nguyen Van Ly.

Letter from 16 members of the U.S. SenateAugust 24, 2011

Urging U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to engage personally with the Government of Vietnam on behalf of Father Ly.

Aug 22, 2011

Press Release: Freedom Now Welcomes Call of 26 Members of U.S. House for Release of Renowned Human Rights Advocate Filep Karma

A bipartisan group of 26 members of the United States House of Representatives, led by Reps. Joseph Pitts (R-PA) and James Moran (D-VA) requested that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia release Papuan human-rights advocate Filep Karma.

Jul 26, 2011

Prominent Vietnamese Human Rights Advocate Father Thadeus Nguyen Van Ly Arrested

Washington, D.C.: Yesterday, the Government of Vietnam arrested Father Thadeus Nguyen Van Ly, a 65 year-old Catholic priest and prominent pro-democracy advocate. Authorities arrested Father Ly at 2:30 p.m. at his home in Hue, ending one-year and four-months of temporary medical parole. Father Ly continues to be in very ill health. He has suffered three strokes and has been under medical care for a brain tumor.

Jun 29, 2011

NPR Interview with Freedom Now President Jared Genser highlights imprisonment of Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja.

Listen to “When Regimes Don’t Let Lawyers Do Their Jobs.”

When Regimes Don't Let Lawyers Do Their JobsJune 28, 2011

NPR Interview with Freedom Now President Jared Genser about Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja's case.

Jun 29, 2011

NPR Interview with Maryum Al-Khawaja highlights imprisonment of Freedom Now client Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja and his history of opposition to the Bahraini government

Listen to “Bahraini Sentence to Life, Daughter Speaks Out.”

Bahraini Sentenced to Life, Daughter Speaks OutJune 28, 2011

Maryum Al-Khawaja, daughter of Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, speaks to NPR about her father's case.

Jun 3, 2011

Muhannad Al-Hassani Released From Prison

Washington, D.C.: It was confirmed today that the Government of Syria released prisoner of conscience Muhannad Al-Hassani from his wrongful imprisonment. Mr. Al-Hassani’s release was part of a general amnesty release on June 2, 2011. The government had held Mr. Al-Hassani since July 28, 2009, when the Syrian General Intelligence Service arrested him for “weakening national sentiment.”

Freedom Now Press Release June 3, 2011

Announcing the release of Muhannad Al-Hassani

May 20, 2011

Washington Post highlights imprisonment of Freedom Now client Andrei Sannikov and urges Obama Administration to press for release of political prisoners

See “A chance to deal Belarus’s dictator a blow.”

A chance to deal Belarus’s dictator a blowMay 18, 2011

Washington Post highlights imprisonment of Freedom Now client Andrei Sannikov and urges Obama Administration to press for release of political prisoners.

May 19, 2011

Members of the German Parliament Call on Chancellor Merkel to Raise the Cases of Freedom Now Client Akzam Turgunov and 12 Other Imprisoned Human Rights Defenders with the Government of Uzbekistan

Washington, D.C.: Today, a group of 4 members of the German Bundestag, the national Parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany, urged German Chancellor Angela Merkel to raise the cases of Freedom Now client Azkam Turgunov and 12 other imprisoned human rights defenders in her government’s interactions with Uzbekistan.

Letter (English) by Members of the Bundestag, Germany's ParliamentMay 19, 2011

Urging Chancellor Angela Merkel to Raise the Cases of Akzam Turgunov and 12 Other Imprisoned Human Rights Defenders.

Letter (German) by Members of the Bundestag, Germany's ParliamentMay 19, 2011

Urging Chancellor Angela Merkel to Raise the Cases of Akzam Turgunov and 12 Other Imprisoned Human Rights Defenders.

Apr 8, 2011

Lapiro de Mbanga Released From Prison

Washington, DC: Today, the Cameroonian government released musician and social activist Lapiro de Mbanga from New Bell prison, known in Cameroon as “hell on earth” because of its notoriously harsh conditions and overcrowding.

“We are relieved that the Cameroonian government has finally ended Lapiro’s unjust imprisonment and has released him,” said Maran Turner, Executive Director of Freedom Now. “After three years in prison, he can finally be at home with his family. I call on the government to cease its harassment of Lapiro and his family and allow him to continue to inspire the Cameroonian people with his music.”

Mar 23, 2011

Freedom Now Executive Director Maran Turner Delivers Keynote Address at Cape Breton University’s Annual Human Security Forum

See “Freedom Now Executive Delivers Keynote at CBU Conference.”

Freedom Now Executive Delivers Keynote at CBU ConferenceMarch 23, 2011

Caper Times Editorial by Lucy MacDonald.

Mar 11, 2011

Cuban Government Releases Renowned Human Rights Advocate Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet Gonzalez

Havana, Cuba / Washington, D.C. / Miami, FL: Óscar Elías Biscet González’s release from prison in Cuba today is celebrated by the Lawton Foundation for Human Rights and Freedom Now, who are joined by supporters of human rights and democracy around the world. Dr. Biscet, a noted advocate for human rights and democratic freedoms in his native Cuba, had been arrested in late 2002 for merely exercising basic civil liberties, convicted on sham charges, and was serving a 25-year prison sentence.

Mar 9, 2011

Syrian Government Releases 80-Year Old Human Rights Lawyer and Activist Haitham Al-Maleh

Washington, D.C.: Today, the Government of Syria released prisoner of conscience Haitham Al-Maleh, an 80-year old Syrian human rights lawyer and activist, from his wrongful imprisonment. The government had held Mr. Al-Maleh since October 14, 2009, when it arrested and charged him with “spreading false news that could weaken the national morale.” Mr. Al-Maleh’s friend and fellow human rights lawyer, Muhannad Al-Hassani, however, remains in prison after being arrested on similar charges on July 28, 2009.

Mar 8, 2011

Zimbabwe Judge Dismisses Charges Against 39 of 45 Accused of Treason for Watching Videos of Egypt and Tunisia Protests, Six Held for Trial on March 21st

See “Zimbabwe: No Bail for Gwisai.”

Zimbabwe: No Bail for Gwisai March 7, 2011

The Herald article by Tendai Rupapa reporting that Zimbabwe Judge Dismisses Charges Against 39 of 45 Accused of Treason for Watching Videos of Egypt and Tunisia Protests, Six Held for Trial on March 21st.

Mar 1, 2011

Growing Concern Over Civil Society Crackdown in Zimbabwe – High Commissioner for Human Rights Issues Statement and Special Rapporteur on Torture Responds to Freedom Now’s Request for Help

GENEVA (1 March 2011) – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed deep concern Tuesday about the continuing illegal detention and reported ill-treatment of 45 members of civil society in Zimbabwe, who have allegedly been charged with treason for discussing events in Egypt and Tunisia. She also called for their speedy release.

Feb 28, 2011

Freedom Now Retained by Zimbabwean Human Rights Activists Charged with Treason by Unity Government: Immediate Appeal Filed to UN Special Rapporteur on Torture

Washington – Freedom Now announced today it has been retained by Munyaradzi Gwisai and 44 other human-rights activists, who have been charged with treason by the unity government of Zimbabwe, to serve as their international counsel. It immediately filed a petition to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, on their behalf.

Feb 26, 2011

Washington Post Op-Ed by former Freedom Now client Dr. Nguyen Dan Que commenting on the attack against a U.S. diplomat in Vietnam after the diplomat attempted to visit former Freedom Now client Father Thadeus Nguyen Van Ly

See “Attack on a Diplomat Shows Vietnam’s Contempt for Human Rights.”

Attack on a Diplomat Shows Vietnam’s Contempt for Human Rights February 26, 2011

Washington Post Op-Ed by former Freedom Now client Nguyen Dan Que commenting on the attack against a U.S. diplomat in Vietnam after the diplomat attempted to visit former Freedom Now client Father Thadeus Nguyen Van Ly.

Feb 16, 2011

EurasiaNet Op-Ed by Patrick Griffith calling on the United States to stand up for democracy in Uzbekistan during Annual Bilateral Consultations in Tashkent

See “Uzbekistan: Washington Must Stand Up for Democracy.”

Uzbekistan: Washington Must Stand Up for Democracy February 16, 2011

EurasiaNet op-ed by Patrick Griffith Calling on the United States to stand up for democracy in Uzbekistan during Annual Bilateral Consultations in Tashkent.

Feb 16, 2011

Irrawaddy Op-Ed by Jared Genser Refuting Claims of Real Democratic Reform in Burma and Calling on the International Community to Support the Legitimate Aspirations of the Burmese People

See “A Tale of Two Burmas”

A Tale of Two BurmasFebruary 16, 2011

Refuting claims of real democratic reform in Burma and calling on the international community to support the legitimate aspirations of the Burmese People.

Feb 11, 2011

Cuban Human Rights Advocate Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet Gonzalez Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Washington, D.C. – Freedom Now and the Lawton Foundation for Human Rights are pleased to announce the nomination of Dr. Óscar Elías Biscet González for the Nobel Peace Prize by the Prime Minister of Hungary, members of the Parliament of Canada, members of the United States Congress, members of the European Parliament, members of the British House of Lords, and a leading member of another government.

Feb 3, 2011

United Nations Declares Syria’s Detention of Haitham Al-Maleh a Violation of International Law, Calls for Immediate Release

The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention publicly released its opinion that the Government of Syria is in violation of international law by arresting and continuing to detain Haitham Al-Maleh. This opinion comes in response to a petition filed by Mr. Al-Maleh’s son, Iyas Maleh, who has retained Freedom Now and Hogan Lovells LLP as international pro bono counsel for his father. In its opinion, the Working Group calls on the Government of Syria to immediately release the human rights lawyer.

Dec 2, 2010

EurasiaNet Op-Ed by Freedom Now Executive Director Maran Turner calling on OSCE nations to address human rights in Central Asia during the Head of State Summit in Astana.

See “Kazakhstan: Central Asian States Should Fulfill OSCE-Mandated Rights Commitments.”

Kazakhstan: Central Asian States Should Fulfill OSCE-Mandated Rights CommitmentsDecember 1, 2010

EurasiaNet Op-Ed by Maran Turner calling on OSCE member states to address human rights in Central Asia.

Nov 19, 2010

Blogger Emin Milli Released from Prison in Azerbaijan

November 19, 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Maran Turner +1 646-596-5064 mturner@freedom-now.org Washington, D.C.: The Azerbaijani government released Emin Milli (Abdullayev), an Azeri human rights activist and social media blogger, from his wrongful imprisonment today. The government had wrongfully detained […]

Nov 18, 2010

VIDEO BLOGGER ADNAN HAJIZADE RELEASED FROM PRISON IN AZERBAIJAN; Emin Milli Remains Illegally Imprisoned

November 18, 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Maran Turner +1 646-596-5064 mturner@freedom-now.org Washington, D.C.: The Azerbaijani government released Adnan Hajizade, an Azeri human rights activist and social media blogger, from his imprisonment today. The government has wrongfully detained Adnan along […]

Nov 15, 2010

The Times Op-Ed by Jared Genser calling on the international community to support Aung San Suu Kyi and the people of Burma

See “Now We Must All Stand With The Lady.”

Now We Must Stand With The Lady November 15, 2010

The Times Op-Ed by Jared Genser calling on the international community to support Aung San Suu Kyi and the people of Burma.

Nov 13, 2010

AUNG SAN SUU KYI RELEASED FROM HOUSE ARREST

MEDIA RELEASE For Immediate Release November 13, 2010 Contact: Jared Genser +1 (202) 320-4135 jgenser@freedom-now.org Washington, D.C.: Today, the Burmese junta released Daw Aung San Suu Kyi from her illegal house arrest. The junta has detained Suu Kyi for 15 […]

Nov 5, 2010

BURMA APPROACHES NOVEMBER 7, 2010 “ELECTION”

FIRST TEST FOR THE JUNTA WILL BE WHETHER IT FREES AUNG SAN SUU KYI ON NOVEMBER 13TH MEDIA ADVISORY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 4, 2010 Contact: Jared Genser +1 202.320.4135 jgenser@freedom-now.org Washington, D.C. – On Sunday November 7, 2010, Burma […]

Nov 1, 2010

Nov. 16, 2010: Lapiro de Mbanga, live from prison & Freedom Now Executive Director, Maran Turner, to speak

Join us in NYC, November 16, 2010: a conversation with Lapiro de Mbanga LIVE from prison in Cameroon. (Preview @ http://tiny.cc/xod7b). Freedom Now Executive Director, Maran Turner, to speak.

Nov 1, 2010

Join Us Dec. 1 for Freedom Now’s Top Chef Viewing Party Fundraiser!

It will be a Top Chef All Stars Viewing Party with Master Chef Spike Mendelsohn at We, The Pizza from 9-11 pm tonight (December 1). Why so late? We’re watching Chef Spike Mendelsohn compete on the premiere of Bravo’s Top […]

Freedom Now Fundraiser November 9, 2010

Join us! December 1st for a premier-watching, pizza-eating evening with Master Chef Spike Mendelsohn @ We, the Pizza

Oct 25, 2010

Marking 15 of the Last 21 years that Aung San Suu Kyi has languished under house arrest

See, “A charade the U.S. can’t play.”

A charade the U.S. can’t playOctober 25, 2010

Los Angeles Times Op-Ed by Jared Genser.

Oct 4, 2010

Countdown to Freedom: Aung San Suu Kyi Must Be Released On November 13, 2010

Washington, D.C. – Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi, General Secretary of the National League for Democracy and the world’s only imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, should be released immediately and unconditionally from her illegal house arrest; however, she must, under Burmese law, be released on November 13, 2010.

Oct 1, 2010

Profile of Campaign to Secure Release of Nyi Nyi Aung

See “I’m an American,” Washingtonian Magazine, October 2010.

"I'm an American"October 1, 2010

Washingtonian article by Marisa M. Kashino.

Aug 17, 2010

Former Freedom Now Client Lewis Medjo Restarts La Détente Libre

On August 17, 2010, former Freedom Now client Lewis Medjo began republishing his newspaper, La Détente Libre, just three months after being freed from Cameroon’s New Bell Prison. The publication, which the Cameroonian government shut down, was known for its […]

Jun 16, 2010

Update on Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma

On June 16, 2010, Freedom Now announced the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention had issued Opinion No. 12/2010 finding her to be held in violation of international law.

Press Release and OpinionMay 7, 2010

Freedom Now announced the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention issued Opinion No. 12/2010 finding Aung San Suu Kyi to be held in violation of international law.

Jun 7, 2010

Freedom Now President Jared Genser Wins Humanitarian Award

Freedom Now President Jared Genser was awarded the 2010 Charles Bronfman Prize for his efforts on behalf of prisoners of conscience worldwide in his capacity as founder and president of Freedom Now. The Charles Bronfman Prize is a humanitarian award […]