Join the movement. Stand with political prisoners. Help #SetThemFree.

Every day, governments introduce restrictive laws and policies that shrink civic space and people’s ability to live free and meaningful lives.

In many countries around the world, countless men and women are unjustly imprisoned for defending and promoting fundamental freedoms and equality for all.

#SetThemFree is a GLOBAL campaign to build solidarity with those behind bars.

Our voices are harder to ignore when we speak out as ONE.

Together, we can raise awareness, mobilize others, and engage with stakeholders to achieve their RELEASE.

"If one day, the People will to live, then they must learn to break their chains themselves." - Ahmed Douma

SPOTLIGHT

AZERBAIJAN

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With rich natural resources, Azerbaijan has been economically growing. This rapid economic growth comes with numerous costs: corruption and violations of fundamental human rights. To date, authorities have prosecuted more than 100 democratic activists, independent journalists, and critical social media users with false politically motivated charges such as drug possession, tax evasion, illegal entrepreneurship, and even treason. 

 CUBA

Since Raul Castro assumed power from his older brother Fidel in 2006, Cuba’s democratic space has unfortunately remained limited and restrictive. The government uses arbitrary arrests and other repressive tactics to intimidate human rights activists and journalists seeking to promote democratic values, increase pluralism, and stand up to Cuba’s totalitarian rule.

 ETHIOPIA

Protesters call on the Ethiopian government to respect human rights, Washington DC, USA, 23 September 2006 The banner says: Respect human rights in Ethiopia

Ethiopia is Africa's oldest independent country and the second largest by population. The country has a unique cultural heritage, being the home of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church - one of the oldest Christian churches - and a monarchy that ended in the coup of 1974.

VENEZUELA

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Today, Venezuela has more than 100 political prisoners and many more that have fled the country to avoid arrest.  Many of them face charges with no proof or evidence nor have had the benefit of due processes. The Venezuelan government has continued to tighten its control over public space by issuing a resolution authorizing the Armed Forces to maintain “public order” and “social peace” during “public meetings and demonstrations.” 

 

 TIME TO ACT

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The international community is united in its condemnation of the human rights abuses being perpetrated against activists and they need your support. It's time to stand together in support of democracy activists who have been unjustly imprisoned.

PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE are individuals who have been jailed because of their political, religious beliefs, ethnic origin, sex, color, language, national or social origin, economic status, or sexual orientation.

They are also mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, friends, neighbors, mentors, and colleagues.

They are like ANY OF US who care about human rights and democracy for all.

AND THEY NEED OUR HELP.

Get to know the stories of 25 prisoners, and scroll through their profiles below. 

 

Yoelkis Rosabal Flores

Yoelkis Rosabal Flores

CUBA / Arrested May 2014

Yoelkis is a member of the Unión Patriótica de Cuba (UNPACU) and two other young activists were detained by police for staging a protest calling for the release of student and fellow UNPACU member  Yohannes Arce Sarmiento.

He was charged with “public disorder” and sentenced to four years of jail.

Reinier Rodríguez Mendoza

Reinier Rodríguez Mendoza

CUBA / Sentenced August 2015

Reinier participated in a number of public civic activities in Havana calling for greater respect for human rights. He was subsequently arrested by authorities for his public activism.

Reinier was charged with “pre-criminal dangerousness” and sentenced to two years of jail.

 

Ricardo Pelier Frómeta

Ricardo Pelier Frómeta

CUBA / Detained May 2014

Ricardo is a member of Unión Patriótica de Cuba (UNPACU) and was arrested in May 2014 by state security after they violently entered the home of his friend Yoelkis Rosabal Flores. The young men had staged a peaceful protest to call for the release of fellow UNPACU activist Yohannes Arce Sarmiento, who was detained at the time.

Ricardo was charged with “public disorder” and sentenced to three years of jail.

Jordys Manuel Dosil Fong

Jordys Manuel Dosil Fong

CUBA / Sentenced August 2015

Jordys was detained after he attended a peaceful public protest in the Parque Central de la Habana. He was charged with “pre-criminal dangerousness” and subsequently sentenced to three years of imprisonment.

Mario Ronaide Figueroa Diéguez

Mario Ronaide Figueroa Diéguez

CUBA / Sentenced December 2, 2014

A member of Unión Patriótica de Cuba (UNPACU), Mario was charged with “public disorder” and sentenced to three years imprisonment on December 2, 2014. He is serving his sentence in the Prisión Aguadores in Santiago, Cuba.

 

María del Carmen Cala Aguilera

María del Carmen Cala Aguilera

CUBA / Detained April 2015

Based in Holguín, Cuba, Maria del Carmen was an active member of Cuba’s all-female Ladies in White group for about five years prior to her imprisonment.  Ms. Calá was accused of  “attack” after she insulted the doctor responsible for the death of her son, who died as a result of medical negligence.

She has been charged with “attack” by government authorities, and is awaiting her court conviction.

Reeyot Alemu

Reeyot Alemu

ETHIOPIA / Detained June 21, 2011

Has been set free on July 9, 2015!

Reeyot Alemu, a journalist who regularly contributed to weekly newspaper Féteh and a high school English teacher, was arrested on June 21, 2011. The authorities attempted to silence her with the anti-terrorism law and the criminal code.

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Asemamaw Hailegiorgis

Asemamaw Hailegiorgis

ETHIOPIA / Detained April 25, 2014

Has been set free on July 9, 2015!

Asemamaw Hailegiorgis, a journalist with information technology background, was arrested on April 25, 2014.

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Tesfalem Weldeyes

Tesfalem Weldeyes

ETHIOPIA / Detained April 25, 2014

Has been set free on July 9, 2015!

Tesfalem Weldeyes, a journalist who worked as a freelancer for Addis Standard and many other Ethiopian media, was arrested on April 25, 2014.

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Edom Kassaye

Edom Kassaye

ETHIOPIA / Detained April 25, 2014

Has been set free on July 9, 2015!

Edom Kassaye is a journalist who had served as a reporter for various media since 2008. Along with other Zone 9 bloggers and journalists who aim to spread awareness of human rights violations, she was imprisoned on April 25, 2014 with charges of terrorism.

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Zelalem Kibret

Zelalem Kibret

ETHIOPIA / Detained April 25, 2014

Has been set free on July 8, 2015!

Zelalem Kibret is a lawyer and a lecturer at Ambo University who co-founded Zone 9. On April 25, 2014, he was arrested with charges of terrorism along with other Zone 9 bloggers and journalists who aim to spread awareness of human rights violations.

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Mahlet Fantahun

Mahlet Fantahun

ETHIOPIA / Detained April 25, 2014

Has been set free on July 9, 2015!

Mahlet Fantahun, a former database administrator in Ministry of Health in Addis Ababa and a co-founder of Zone 9, was arrested on April 25, 2014.

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Atnaf Berahane

Atnaf Berahane

ETHIOPIA / Detained April 25, 2014

Has been set free on October 16, 2015!

UPDATE October 16, 2015:  After 539 days in prison, Atnaf Berhane was released from jail.  The Ethiopian Federal High Court the blogger of terrorism charges that were lodged against him in connection with his online activism.

Atnaf Berahane, an IT specialist, blogger, human right activist and co-founder of a bloggers’ organization called Zone 9, was arrested and charged with terrorism-related activities on April 25, 2014.

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Befikadu Hailu

Befikadu Hailu

ETHIOPIA / Detained April 25, 2014

Has been set free on October 21, 2015!

UPDATE October 16, 2015: Befekadu Hailu was acquitted of terrorism charges, but still faces the charge of inciting violence  under the criminal code.  On October 21 he was set free on bail t

Befikadu Hailu, an IT specialist, and a diligent blogger of Zone 9, was arrested on April 25, 2014 along with other Zone 9 bloggers and journalists who aim to spread awareness of human rights violations.

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Nathnael Feleke

Nathnael Feleke

ETHIOPIA / Detained April 25, 2014

Has been set free on October 16, 2015!

UPDATE October 16, 2015:  After 539 days in prison, Natnael Feleke was released from jail.  The Ethiopian Federal High Court the blogger of terrorism charges that were lodged against him in connection with his online activism.

Nathnael Feleke, an economist who worked for Construction and Business Bank in Addis Ababa and a co-founder of Zone 9, was detained on April 25, 2014. He was arrested with other bloggers and journalists who aim to spread awareness of human rights violations.

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Abel Wabela

Abel Wabela

ETHIOPIA / Detained April 25, 2014

Has been set free on October 16, 2015!

UPDATE October 16, 2015:  After 539 days in prison, Abel Wabela was released from jail.  The Ethiopian Federal High Court the blogger of terrorism charges that were lodged against him in connection with his online activism.

Abel Wabela, one of the co-founders of a bloggers’ organization called Zone 9, was imprisoned on April 25, 2014, along with other Zone 9 bloggers and journalists who aim to spread awareness of human rights violations.

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Daniel Ceballos

Daniel Ceballos

VENEZUELA / Detained March 19, 2014



UPDATE: After being under house arrest for one year, Daniel Ceballos was rearrested on August 25, 2016, and he remains imprisoned.

Daniel Ceballos, human rights activist and former mayor of San Cristóbal in Táchira was suspended and dismissed by the Venezuelan Supreme Court for contempt of court for failing to prosecute participants in Venezuelan peaceful protests in 2014. His charges include rebellion and conspiracy. He is currently going under a judicial process to receive the final decision on his sentence.

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Antonio Ledezma

Antonio Ledezma

VENEZUELA / Detained February 19, 2015

Mayor of Caracas, Antonio Ledezma was arrested in his office on accusations of a coup attempt. Having with excessive force by the police, he was charged with supporting groups plotting to use violent acts to destabilize the country, conspiracy and staging a US-funded attempted coup against President Nicolas Maduro. He was accused, and is awaiting a preliminary hearing and then go to trial and be sentenced.

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Rosmit Mantilla

Rosmit Mantilla

VENEZUELA / Detained since May 2, 2014

UPDATE: You can send a letter to the government of Venezuela urging them to release Rosmit Mantilla here. Mantilla was a student studying Communications in Caracas, Venezuela, but in 2014, was arbitrarily arrested due to his activities promoting the equal rights of the LGBTI community. He is the first openly gay politician to have been elected to the National Assembly of Venezuela, as well as a member of the Voluntad Popular party. Like Mantilla, Renzo Prieto and Gilberto Sojo were also elected to the National Assembly in the 2015 elections, but are still unfairly jailed due to charges stemming from Venezuela’s 2014 protests.

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Leopoldo Lopez

Leopoldo Lopez

VENEZUELA / Detained February 18, 2014

UPDATE:

On August 12, 2016, a Venezuelan appellate court decided to uphold the baseless 14-year sentence that Lopez was given for charges of conspiracy, public incitement, arson and damage to public property. However, the allegations and charges against Lopez have been criticized by the international community, which has agreed that he is a political prisoner of conscience, and has been denied a fair trial. The Court of Appeals in Caracas has even “ignored” the lead prosecutor of the original case, Franklin Nieves, and his confession of being “pressured to falsely charge” Lopez, according to the Human Rights Foundation. Despite the support for his release, Lopez remains detained in relation to the 2014 prodemocracy protests that challenged Venezuelan President Maduro’s authoritarian regime.

 

On August 18, 2016, Lopez’s Facebook page shared a picture of the court’s formal notification of their ruling, as well as updates of encouragement from him to the Venezuelan people. Since his imprisonment began in 2014, Lopez has been denied visits from his wife, Lilian Tintori, and family, who are often humiliated with invasive visiting procedures when trying to see him. His requests for legal representation have been denied, and he’s endured inhumane prison treatment. The rigged trials, and harsh sentence are a gross violation of Lopez’s right to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association.

 

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Yeimi Varela

Yeimi Varela

VENEZUELA / Detained May 1, 2014

Yeimi Varela was the security person in the office of the Venezuelan human rights organizations A Worlds Without Censorship and Human and Free. After taking part in anti-government protests in 2014, the office in Caracas was raided by the SEBIN (Bolivarian Intelligence Service), and he was arbitrarily detained and accused of conspiracy and possession of explosives.  He was accused, and is awaiting to go to the trial and then be sentenced.

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Le Quoc Quan

Le Quoc Quan

VIETNAM / Detained in 2007

Le Quoc Quan has been set free on June 27, 2015!

He was the founder of the Quan and Brothers law firm, which provided legal aid to factory workers and poor people in Vietnam. He was first arrested in March 2007 upon his return to Vietnam after completing a five month fellowship in Washington, DC. He was released in June 2007 only to be arrested again in December, nine days after the BBC published his article criticizing the retention of Article 4 of Vietnam’s Constitution, which makes the Communist Party preeminent in national political life. In October 2013, the Hanoi People’s Court sentenced him to 30 months imprisonment.

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Liu Xiaobo

Liu Xiaobo

CHINA / Detained December 8, 2008

Liu Xiaobo of China is a renowned literary critic, writer, and political activist who played a leading role in organizing the Charter 08 Manifesto, which called for greater political reforms in China. Charter 08 was signed by over 350 Chinese intellectuals and civic leaders. On December 8, 2008, before the formal release of Charter 08, he was arrested and police arrived at his home in Beijing and confiscates computers and other materials. He is a recipient of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize and the 2009 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award. Charged with spreading a message to subvert the country and authority he was sentenced for 11 years in prison.

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Mikalai Statkevich

Mikalai Statkevich

BELARUS / Detained May 26, 2012

Mikalai Statkevich ran as an opposition presidential candidate in 2010. He was arrested after attending a peaceful post-election demonstration against election fraud in Minsk. In May 2011, he was sentenced to six years imprisonment for organizing mass disorder. At trial, no proof of violent attacks during the demonstration were presented.

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Intigam Aliyev

Intigam Aliyev

AZERBAIJAN / Detained August 8, 2014

UPDATE: On July 14, 2015, 95 lawyers from 24 countries released a public letter to President Aliyev urging for the immediate and unconditional release of Intigam and highlighting the deteriorating health of lawyer. On July 21, the Court of Appeals rejected Intigam’s appeal request.

On April 22, 2015 a court in Azerbaijan, sentenced Intigam Aliyev, Azerbaijan’s leading human rights lawyer, to seven years and six months in prison on politically motivated charges of tax evasion, illegal business activities, embezzlement, and abuse of authority. Aliyev is a lawyer and chair of the Legal Education Society, which litigated human rights cases in domestic courts. In his closing statement to the court, Aliyev said: “Arrests can take away our freedom, but not our desire for freedom. Our arrest continues our struggle for freedom.”

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Seymur Hazi (Haziyev)

Seymur Hazi (Haziyev)

AZERBAIJAN / Detained August 29, 2014

Seymur Hazi (or Haziyev) an Azerbaijani journalist, a reporter for the newspaper Azadliq, a leading anchor for opposition satellite Azerbaijan Saati (Azerbaijani Hour) TV program and a senior politician with the Front Party of Azerbaijan. He is accused of hooliganism. Authorities said that while waiting for a bus on his way to work, Hazi attacked and beat a Baku resident. In January, 2015 he was sentenced to five years in jail.

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Khadija Ismayilova

Khadija Ismayilova

AZERBAIJAN / Detained December 5, 2014

UPDATE: On September 1, 2015, Khadija was sentenced to 7 years and 6 months in prison.

Khadija Ismayilova, an investigative journalist who reported high-level corruption allegations against President Ilham Aliev and his family, has been imprisoned since December 5, 2014.  In addition to human rights violations, she reported on business dealings by the Aliyev family involving construction projects connected to the Eurovision Song Contest, which Baku hosted in 2012.  She has been convicted of criminal libel in a closed trial and charged with embezzlement, tax evasion and other crimes.  Ismayilova is a recipient of the 2015 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award.

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Rasul Jafarov

Rasul Jafarov

 AZERBAIJAN / Detained August 2, 2014

Lawyer, chairman of the Human Rights Council, and prominent human rights defender in Azerbaijan, Rasul Jafarov was arrested for coordinating the “Sing for Democracy” campaign, which used the Eurovision Song Contest as a platform to improve human rights awareness in Azerbaijan. During the Contest, “Sing for Democracy” attracted significant international attention to human rights violations in Azerbaijan. On April 16, 2015, Baku’s Grave Crimes Court convicted Jafarov on a range of charges of tax evasion, abuse of power, illegal business activities, and embezzlement. The court sentenced him to six and a half years in prison.

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Anar Mammadli

Anar Mammadli

AZERBAIJAN / Detained December 16, 2013

Founder of the Baku-based Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Center, which promotes democratic institutions and civil and political rights. Anar Mammadli was arrested for repeatedly criticizing the conduct of elections by the authorities in Azerbaijan while observing and monitoring elections held on October 9, 2013. He was sentenced in May 2014 by the Court on Grave Crimes to five and a half years in prison.

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Ilgar Mammadov

Ilgar Mammadov

AZERBAIJAN / Detained February 6, 2013

Ilgar Mammadov, a leader of the Republicans Alternative Movement, was arrested shortly after traveling to the northern town of Ismayilli, where citizens were protesting alleged repression by the local governor.  Mammadov was widely considered a likely candidate for the presidential elections in October 2013.  His arrest came months prior to the elections.  The European Court of Human Rights issued its finding that Mammadov’s detention violated human rights provisions, and the Court ordered Azerbaijan authorities to pay compensation to Mammadov.  However, Mammadov remains in prison to date.

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Rauf Mirgadirov

Rauf Mirgadirov

AZERBAIJAN / Detained April 19, 2014

Rauf Mirkadyrov, who had been part of efforts to build “citizen diplomacy” between Azerbaijan and Armenia, two countries still technically at war because of the ongoing Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and dispute, was imprisoned on espionage charges.  When arrested, Mirkadyrov was a journalist, based in Ankara, Turkey, working for the Baku-based daily, Zerkalo (Mirror).  His articles and op-eds were often critical of both the Azerbaijani authorities and the Turkish government.  His deportation from Turkey and arrest in Azerbaijan took place a few days after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s visit to Baku.

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Yadigar Sadiqov

Yadigar Sadiqov

AZERBAIJAN / Detained June 2013

Yadigar Sadiqov is a leading member of the opposition Musavat party in Azerbaijan. He was arrested months prior to the presidential election that was held on October 9, 2013. He was accused of hitting a man with a mobile phone; he denies the allegation and his lawyer has highlighted large gaps in the prosecution case. In January 2014, he was sentenced to six years in prison.

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Tofiq Yaqublu

Tofiq Yaqublu

AZERBAIJAN / Detained January 24, 2013

Tofiq Yaqublu is an Azerbaijani journalist and columnist for the leading independent daily Yeni Musavat and a deputy head of the opposition Musavat party. He was arrested in January 2013 in connection with anti-government protests in the northern town of Ismayilli while he was covering the protests and interviewing local residents about the causes of riots in the town. He was convicted of organizing mass disorder. He was sentence to five-years in jail.

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Arif Yunus

Arif Yunus

AZERBAIJAN / Detained August 5, 2014

UPDATE: On November 12, 2015  The Baku Court of Appeals granted Yunus’s release. Before leaving the courthouse, he was required to sign a document that bars him from leaving Baku. The request for Arif Yunus’s release was based on results of a medical examination conducted by German physicians that said his extremely high blood pressure could cause a heart attack.

Arif Yunus is an Azeri scholar and independent activist, and also husband of Leyla Yunus. She is the founding director of the Peace and Democracy Institute and a vocal critic of Azerbaijan’s human rights record, prior to her arrest she had been working on a project documenting political prisoners in the country.

Arif Yunus was arrested due to his work defending the rights of victims of torture and political prisoners, as well as his work towards finding peaceful solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. He has been charged with treason and fraud.

After a year of detention, Arif’s first preliminary hearing was held on July 15th in anticipation of his July 27th trial. The judge refused his petitions to sit beside his lawyer and for all charges against him to be dropped. Both his lawyer and his wife, Leyla, highlighted his deteriorating health and the possibly cancerous tumor growing in his head that have received no medical attention during his detention.

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Leyla Yunus

Leyla Yunus

AZERBAIJAN / Detained July 30, 2014

UPDATE: On December 9th, 2015 Leyla Yunus has been released on house arrest and five years’ parole.

Leyla Yunus, director of the Institute for Peace and Democracy, was arrested for her involvement in projects aimed at improving people-to-people dialogue between intellectuals and community leaders in Azerbaijan and Armenia, against the background of the unresolved conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. She has been charged with treason and tax evasion. Her institute, founded in 1995, focused on combating politically motivated prosecutions, corruption, violence against women, and unlawful house evictions. She remains in pre-trial detention.

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Abduljalil Al-Singace

Abduljalil Al-Singace

BAHRAIN / Detained March 17, 2011

Abduljalil Al-Singace is a Bahraini human rights activist, engineer, and blogger. He maintained a blog called Al-Faseelah, which was critical of the lack of freedom in Bahrain. He was arrested on March 17, 2011 for the second time and was sentenced to life in prison in a military court trial with the charge of “plotting to overthrow the government.” Mr. Al-Singace is currently suffering from a number of health problems related to torture and ill-treatment in prison.

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Sheikh Abdullah Isa Al-Mahroos

Sheikh Abdullah Isa Al-Mahroos

BAHRAIN / Detained August 13, 2010

Sheikh Abdullah Isa Al-Mahroos is a religious leader and the vice president of Al-Zahraa Society of Orphans. He was arrested on April 1, 2011 during an early morning house raid. During his arrest, he was subjected to beatings in front of his family and was blindfolded and handcuffed while still wearing his nightclothes. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison on charges of conspiring against the government and plotting to overthrow the regime.  His has suffered from a number of beatings and torture while in prison.

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Zeynab Jalalian

Zeynab Jalalian

IRAN / Detained in July 2007

Zeynab Jalalian is an Iranian political activist, member of the ethnic group in the Middle East, Kurdish. According to her family she was arrested in July 2007. On 26 November 2009 the Supreme Court confirmed her death sentence on charges of “moharebeh (enmity with God),” and “cooperation with Party For Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK)”, which she denies. That was the day before, Zeynab wrote a letter in which she claimed to have been tortured. Her death sentence has now been commuted to life imprisonment.

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Abdulhadi Al Khawaja

Abdulhadi Al Khawaja

BAHRAIN / Detained April 9, 2011

Abdulhadi Al Khawaja is former president and co-founder of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR). On April 9, 2011, Al-Khawaja was arrested and tried following pro-democracy protests in the Bahraini uprising. In June that year he was sentenced to life imprisonment. He suffers from a number of medical conditions because of his treatment in detention. He was charged with “organizing and managing a terrorist organization” and an “attempt to overthrow the Government by force and in liaison with a terrorist organization working for a foreign country.”

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Nabeel Rajab

Nabeel Rajab

BAHRAIN / DETAINED June 13, 2016

Nabeel Rajab is a prominent human rights defender and president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR). On June 13, 2016, Bahrain authorities arrested and detained Nabeel once more. During the raid, authorities also seized the activist’s electronic devices without explanation. Nabeel’s health has continued to deteriorate in jail due to denial of medical services. It came to light that Rajab’s charges were related to his tweets that criticized the use of torture in Bahraini prisons. Though Rajab’s trial was originally scheduled for September 5, 2016, it has been postponed to October 6, 2016. New charges have also been pressed against Rajab in relation to the letter he wrote from jail that was published in the New York Times.

Rajab was first arrested in October 2014 on charges with “with insulting the Ministries of Interior and Defense” relating to a series of tweets in which he accused Bahraini security forces of cooperating with the Islamic State. He was released on bail, but on April 2, 2015, was again arrested on new charges for tweets he posted about torture practices in Jau prison. Nabeel was accused of insulting a statutory body (by denouncing acts of torture in Jaw prison) and spreading rumors during wartime (by criticizing Bahrain’s involvement in the current conflict in Yemen). While Rajab was released on a pardon from the King of Bahrain in this situation, the government’s harassment of him, as well as other members of his organization and civil society, continues to escalade.
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Ahmed Douma

Ahmed Douma

EGYPT / Detained December 3, 2013

Ahmed Douma was a leading figure in the pro-democracy revolution that forced former President Hosni Mubarak to step down.  In December 2013, he was arrested at his home, following a protest organized by the No Military Trials for Civilians campaign in defiance of a new restrictive protest law. The protests was violently dispersed by the police. He was convicted of rioting, inciting violence and attacking security forces. Within days he was sentenced for his participation in illegal protests under the new protest law. In February 2015, the Cairo Criminal Court sentenced him to life imprisonment.

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Ilgar Mammadov

Ilgar Mammadov

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AZERBAIJAN / Detained February 6, 2013

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UPDATE: Ilgar lost his petition to acquit with Court of Appeals in April 2016 and was stripped of his right to be elected in MP in May 2016.

Ilgar Mammadov, a leader of the Republicans Alternative Movement, was arrested shortly after traveling to the northern town of Ismayilli, where citizens were protesting alleged repression by the local governor.  Mammadov was widely considered a likely candidate for the presidential elections in October 2013.  His arrest came months prior to the elections.  The European Court of Human Rights issued its finding that Mammadov’s detention violated human rights provisions, and the Court ordered Azerbaijan authorities to pay compensation to Mammadov.  However, Mammadov remains in prison to date.

 

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