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Brave Women Detained For Challenging Governments

March 10, 2014
Nasrin Sotoudeh with her son after release from prison (Pic. PEN)

PEN America has recorded International Women’s Day (March 8) by posting stories of brave women who suffer for their activism in support of freedom of expression and human rights. While there are glimpses of hope because some have been released from prison and they are back fighting for causes dear to them, others are not so fortunate: they languish in detention or survive constant intimidation and harassment.

“There are so many women around the world who have been persecuted for their poetry, their journalism, their choice of partner, but have stood stronger than the obstacles they face,” says Sarah Hoffman.
The article focuses on Liu Xia, wife of Liu Xiaobo, the jailed Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner. Liu Xia has been under house arrest in hospital for three-and-a-half years, battling depression and severe heart condition, but barred from going overseas to seek treatment. 
The lives and fortunes of other brave women activists highlighted are: Ayse Berktay (Turkey), Nasrin Sotoudeh (Iran), Reeyot Alemu (Ethiopia) and Dina Meza (Honduras).
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Dispatches from AFP concerning freedom of information, censorship and news coverage in regions where independent media is under threat.