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Apr. 14, 2015 | Press Releases

2015 Havel Prize Awarded to Girifna, Sakdiyah Ma’ruf, and El Sexto

NEW YORK (April 15, 2015) – The Human Rights Foundation (HRF) today announces the recipients of the 2015 Václav Havel International Prize for Creative Dissent. The 2015 laureates are the Sudanese nonviolent resistance movement Girifna, Indonesian stand-up comedian Sakdiyah Ma’ruf, and Cuban graffiti artist and activist El Sexto. They will be honored in a ceremony during the 2015 Oslo Freedom Forum on Wednesday, May 27 at 16:00 CET.

Apr. 10, 2015 | Press Releases

HRF to Maldives: Release Mohamed Nasheed, the Country’s First Democratically-Elected President


NEW YORK (April 10, 2015) – The Human Rights Foundation (HRF) condemns the prison sentence against Maldivian opposition leader and democracy activist Mohamed Nasheed, and joins many prestigious figures and international organizations in calling for his immediate release. On February 22, days after withdrawing the case against Nasheed for ordering the arrest of a senior judge during his time in office in 2012, the attorney general’s office arrested and charged Nasheed with “terrorism” and “acts against the state.” He was summarily convicted and sentenced to 13 years in prison. Earlier this week, Nasheed announced that an international legal team led by Amal Clooney will represent him before international bodies. 

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