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Apr. 13, 2014 |

Swaziland: HRF Calls on Absolute Monarch to Release Human Rights Lawyer and Investigative Journalist

NEW YORK (April 14)—The Human Rights Foundation (HRF) calls on the Swaziland monarchy to release human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko and journalist Bheki Makubu, imprisoned on charges of “contempt of court” after questioning the independence of the country’s judicial system. The two prisoners of conscience were arraigned in the Chief Justice’s private chambers without legal representation on March 18th, and released on April 6th, only to be re-arrested Wednesday, April 9th. They await today’s April 14th court date in a maximum security prison.

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Apr. 7, 2014 |

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Steven Pinker, Yoani Sánchez, Jimmy Wales to Headline 2014 Oslo Freedom Forum

OSLO (April 7, 2014)—Former Russian political prisoner Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Harvard neuroscientist Steven Pinker, Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, American actor Jeffrey Wright, and iconic Turkish protestor Erdem Gunduz will join 25 other remarkable speakers at the 2014 Oslo Freedom Forum (OFF), taking place May 12-14 in Norway. Organized by the Human Rights Foundation (HRF), the sixth annual OFF will bring together a diverse and global audience to share experiences and discuss how to best promote free and open societies.

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