In a new video series, we speak with the families and friends of eight political prisoners in Azerbaijan, China, and Venezuela to learn more about their cases and what life is like after they’ve been unjustly taken from their communities.
Jiang Tianyong and “709” Prisoners
Meet Jiang Tianyong—a human rights lawyer who was forcibly disappeared for 199 days and held for a year without trial for his work. We spoke with his wife to learn more about his unjust imprisonment and what life is like for the families of human rights defenders in China.
Meet Gilber Caro—a former parliamentarian with the Venezuela National Assembly who was detained for over a year and a half. In prison, Gilber was tortured and lost over 40 pounds. His sister tell us more about the devastating impact his imprisonment has had on his family, and implores the international community to speak out on behalf of political prisoners in Venezuela.
Meet Gregory Sanabria—a student activist who was arbitrarily detained for almost four years for participating in the 2014 demonstrations in the Táchira state. While in prison, Gregory was tortured with beatings, electric shocks, and by being dunked in cold water. We spoke with his sister to learn more about his unjust imprisonment and what her family’s life was like without him.
Meet Wilmer Azuaje—a member of the legislative council in Venezuela’s Barinas state who was detained and sentenced for attending protests, despite parliamentary immunity. While detained, Wilmer was held incommunicado for 70 days. We spoke with his wife to learn more about his unjust imprisonment and what their family’s life was like without him.
Over the past decade, authorities in Azerbaijan have prosecuted hundreds of activists, journalists, and public figures on politically motivated charges like drug possession, tax evasion, illegal entrepreneurship, and even treason. As of January 2018, reports indicate there are around 130 political prisoners being held in Azerbaijan. However, these prisoners are more than statistics–they’re husbands, wives, colleagues, friends, sons, and mothers.