Joint Statement on the Alarming Situation in Kazakhstan

Joint Statement on the Alarming Situation in Kazakhstan

We, the undersigned members of the Civic Solidarity Platform (CSP) and other NGOs are extremely concerned about the tense situation in Kazakhstan. In the light of rapidly evolving events, we urge all protesters to refrain from the use of violence and the authorities...
Sri Lanka: Poet Ahnaf Jazeem Released on Bail

Sri Lanka: Poet Ahnaf Jazeem Released on Bail

Washington, D.C. – Freedom Now welcomes reports that Sri Lankan poet Ahnaf Jazeem has been released on bail after 19 months in pre-trial detention. Jazeem was arrested in May 2020 under the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act on charges related to his poetry. “The...
Kazakhstan: Azamat Umbetaliyev Released from Prison

Kazakhstan: Azamat Umbetaliyev Released from Prison

Washington, D.C. – Freedom Now welcomes the release of Azamat Umbetaliyev from wrongful detention in Kazakhstan. Umbetaliyev, one of eight men convicted for being members of a religious WhatsApp group, was released on probation on December 6, 2021 after serving three...