Su Su Nway - Myanmar
Labour activist Su Su Nway, who is a member of the main opposition party National League for Democracy (NLD), is serving a sentence of eight years and six months in a remote prison, far from her family, for taking part in anti-government protests.
In November 2007, she was arrested for putting up an anti-government banner near the hotel in Yangon, Myanmar’s biggest city, where the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Myanmar was staying.
After her arrest on 13 November 2007, Su Su Nway was tried in the North Yangon District Court and was sentenced on 11 November 2008 to 12 years and six months in prison. Her sentence was later reduced on appeal to eight years and six months. She was moved to Kale prison, in the north of the country, some 680 miles from Yangon, and from there to Hkamti prison, in August 2009, which is one of the remotest prisons in the country
Campaigning for her to be released – prisoner of conscience – also for better conditions (she is being held in solitary confinement at present and not allowed to see family or have medical attention)
Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia - China
Dr Liu Xiaobo, prominent Chinese scholar, and 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, is serving an 11-year sentence for "inciting subversion of state power". His sentence was based on writing six articles distributed on websites hosted outside mainland China between 2005 and 2007 and devising Charter 08, soliciting signatures to it and publishing it online.
His wife, Liu Xia, a poet and artist, is under illegal house arrest in Beijing. She was last heard from on 18 October 2010. They are human rights defenders and prisoners of conscience.
Campaigning for them both to be released immediately, also for right to freedom of expression.
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