Vietnamese blogger released; twenty women still in prison

TA PHONG TANVietnamese blogger Ta Phong Tan is free.  She arrived in the U.S. on Saturday.  Twenty more women political prisoners have been highlighted in a #free the 20 campaign, kicked off by Samantha Power, the  U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Their profiles are here.

free the 20-lrgThe names are:

  1. Wang Yu, China
  2. Khadija Ismayilova, Azerbaijan
  3. Bahareh Hedayat, Iran
  4. 4-6 Blen Mesfin
  5. Meron Alemayehu,
  6. and Nigist Wondifraw, Ethiopia
  7. Gao Yu, China
  8. Aster Yohannes, Eritrea
  9. Matlyuba Kamilova, Uzbekistan
  10. Leyla Yunus, Azerbaijan
  11. Phyoe Phyoe Aung, Burma
  12. Liu Xia, China
  13. Bui Thi Minh Hang, Vietnam
  14. Judge María Lourdes Afiuni Mora, Venezuela
  15. Sanaa Seif, Egypt (released September 24, 2015) See note.
  16. Naw Ohn Hla, Burma
  17. Nadiya Savchenko, Ukraine/Russia
  18. Anonymous, North Korea
  19. Bui Thi Minh Hang, Vietnam
  20. Rasha Chorbaji, Syria (usually spelled Rasha Sharbaji, Ar: رشا شربجي)

UPDATE: Sanaa Seif was released along with 100 other prisoners, including two male al-Jazeera reporters, Mohamed Fahmy of Canada and Baher Mohamed of Egypt. The Wikipedia articles of Fahmy and Mohamed have both been updated.  The Wikipedia article of Seif has not. (updated Feb/2016)

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One thought on “Vietnamese blogger released; twenty women still in prison

  1. Anonymous

    Aster Yohannes, Eritrea
    disappeared and never seen again

    http://www.repubblica.it/solidarieta/diritti-umani/2016/09/19/news/eritrea-148080900/?refresh_ce

    https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.repubblica.it%2Fsolidarieta%2Fdiritti-umani%2F2016%2F09%2F19%2Fnews%2Feritrea-148080900%2F%3Frefresh_ce&edit-text=

    ~~~
    Matlyuba Kamilova, Uzbekistan
    https://www.google.com/search?q=Matlyuba+Kamilova%2C+Uzbekistan&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-b-1
    simple article first
    still in prison as of Nov 2016 https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/11/03/uzbekistan-3-more-years-long-held-activist
    ~~~
    María Lourdes Afiuni Mora, Venezuela
    Afiuni was released on June 14, 2013 but remained on trial. In addition, the prosecutor asked the court to require her to report to the authorities every 15 days and to bar her from leaving the country and speaking to the news media.[4]

    On July 1, 2015, (still on trial, evidence of torture)
    hearings on potential crimes against humanity in Venezuela https://www.voanoticias.com/a/oea-audiencias-crimenes-lesa-humanidad-cidh-corte-penal-internacional/4028870.html
    ~~~
    Liu Xia, China

    disappeared aug 2017 after her husband funeral
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-40811276
    ~~~
    Blen Mesfin released (again) dec 2016
    http://www.africanews.com/2016/12/24/ethiopia-s-mass-release-of-detainees-excites-top-us-officials-call-for-more/
    google juice *

    Reply

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