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Oct. 16, 2014 | Press Releases

HRF to Bahrain and Burundi: Dismiss Cases Against Human Rights Defenders

NEW YORK (October 16, 2014) – The Human Rights Foundation (HRF) welcomes the conditional release from prison of prominent human rights defenders and former Oslo Freedom Forum speakers Maryam al-Khawaja and Pierre Claver Mbonimpa. HRF calls on the governments of Bahrain and Burundi, respectively, to drop all charges against them. After their arrests sparked international outcry from human rights organizations around the world, al-Khawaja and Mbonimpa were both conditionally released from jail – however, both have been placed under restrictions alternative to pretrial detention.

Oct. 10, 2014 | Press Releases

China: HRF Calls on UN and EU to Push for Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo’s Release


NEW YORK – BRUSSELS – GENEVA – PARIS (October 10, 2014) - The Human Rights Foundation (HRF), together with four Nobel Peace Prize Laureates and several major human rights organizations, sent a letter to the United Nations (U.N.) and the European Union (EU) calling on them to request that China immediately release 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo, and lift the severe restrictions against his spouse, Liu Xia, a well known poet and artist. Mairead Maguire, Desmond Tutu, Jody Williams, and Shirin Ebadi expressed their strong indignation at the continued imprisonment of Liu Xiaobo and their dismay for the situation of Liu Xia, who remains under house arrest in the absence of any legal grounds.  

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