Prisoners of Conscience

Ramzan Bibi

Name: Ramzan Bibi Country of Origin: Pakistan Background: Ramzan Bibi is a 55-year-old Ahmadi Muslim woman from Cheleki village, Punjab Province, Pakistan. Bibi is a member of the Ahmadi Muslim community, one of Pakistan’s most persecuted religious minority groups. Misuse and fraudulent use of blasphemy laws targets Pakistani Ahmadi Muslims and Christians for arrest. Additionally, …

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Ramy Kamel

Name: Ramy Kamel Saied Salid (commonly known as Ramy Kamel) Country of Origin: Egypt Background: Kamel is a notable Egyptian human rights defender and Coptic Christian who has participated in numerous events to highlight the ill-treatment of Egyptian minority groups. He is a founder of the Maspero Youth Union, which works towards ending discrimination towards …

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Chen Yu

Name: Chen Yu Area of Origin: China Background: Chen Yu is a Christian bookseller who, prior to his arrest, operated an online shop called Xiaomai (Wheat) Bookstore. Reason for his arrest and imprisonment: In late September 2019, Mr. Chen was charged with conducting “illegal business operations” and was fined 200,000 yuan (≈ USD $30,000). He …

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Jimmy Lai

Name: Jimmy Lai Area of Origin: Hong Kong Background: Notable democracy activist, human rights advocate, and critic of the Hong Kong government and its authorities Sentence: The length of Mr. Lai’s sentence has not been revealed yet, but he has officially been charged with allegedly colluding with foreign forces under the newly-implemented National Security Law …

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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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