Prisoners of Conscience

Gulmira Imin

Name: Gulmira Imin Country: China Background: Prior to her arrest, Imin held a local government position in the capital of Xinjiang, Urumqi. In 2009, Imin established the website Salkin, which focused on Uyghur culture and news in Xinjiang, and which took on a critical perspective of the Chinese government. Reason for Arrest: In July 2009, …

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Hu Shigen

Name: Hu Shigen Age: 64 Country: China Background: Hu is a famous democracy activist, and in 1989 he was active in the Tienanmen Square Protests prior to founding the China Free Democratic Party and the China Free Labor Union. Reason for arrest: In July 2015, Hu was disappeared by CCP officials during a nationwide crackdown …

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Gennady Shpakovsky

Picture by Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia Name: Gennady Shpakovsky Age: 61 Country: Russia Background: Gennady Shpakovsky, along with his wife and daughter, are practicing Jeahovah’s Witnesses. Jehovah’s Witnesses have historically been persecuted by the Russian government, and in 2017 the religious sect was determined to be an extremist ideology. Handfuls of Jehovah’s Witnesses have been …

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Sakhib Aliev

Name:    Sakhib Aliev    Area of Origin: St. Petersburg, Russia Background:  Religious official with Scientology religious group St. Petersburg , born in July 1984.  Member of the Scientology religious order, the Sea Organization. Reason for his arrest: On June 6, 2017, FSB police and SWAT teams raided the Scientology religious group in St. Petersburg and arrested …

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