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  • Free the 20 - Khadija Ismayilova, Azerbaijan

    Published September 3, 2015

    Day 2: Khadija Ismayilova, Azerbaijan

    Khadija Ismayilova is an internationally renowned, award-winning investigative journalist and human rights activist. She was arrested in December 2014 in the context of a broad crackdown on civil society activists and journalists, and was sentenced yesterday to 7.5 years in prison. Khadija, a contributor to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, has been the recipient of numerous awards including the 2012 International Women’s Media Foundation Courage in Journalism Award, the 2015 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award, and the 2015 John Aubuchon Press Freedom Awards from the National Press Club.

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  • Free the 20 - Wang Yu, China

    Published September 3, 2015

    Day 1: Wang Yu, China

    Wang Yu  is a 44-year-old prisoner in the country where the historic 1995 Beijing Conference was held: China. Wang’s activism was sparked in 2008, when employees at a train station refused to let her board a train with her ticket. After demanding the right to board, Wang was assaulted by several men and then – even though she was the one who had been beaten – convicted to two-and-a-half years in prison for assault. She later told a reporter, “After my miscarriage of justice… I wanted to improve China's human rights system." Wang did that ...

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  • Free the 20

    Published September 3, 2015

    On September 1, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power launched the Free the 20 campaign to draw attention to the plight of women political prisoners and other prisoners of concern. Throughout September, the State Department will highlight 20 individual cases of women prisoners from around the world who are unjustly imprisoned, featuring one case per business day. And these women will be featured on social media accounts for Ambassador Power and the U.S. Mission to the UN and will be profiled on the Free the 20 page.

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