#FreeThem campaign: Pressuring governments to release the unjustly jailed
Many courageous individuals – be they journalists, lawyers, activists, artists, members of the political oppositions or protesters – sit behind bars for daring to speak the truth, to challenge dictators, to unveil corruption, to stand up for the marginalized, or to demand justice, freedom and rights. They are often beaten, tortured, humiliated, threatened, and – what is worse – forgotten.
Human Rights Watch has highlighted the cases of some of these brave individuals who have paid a high price, unjustly jailed for the peaceful exercise of their fundamental rights. We have sought popular support to draw attention to their cases and demand that world leaders and others with leverage do all they can to immediately #FreeThem.