Opinion: Defending Freedoms
December 14, 2012
Gao Zhisheng is one of the most respected human rights lawyers in China. In the course of defending activists and religious minorities and documenting human rights abuses, he has handled key cases, including those of the Falun Gong and Christians in Xinjiang.
Nabeel Rajab is a prominent human rights activist in Bahrain who has called for and participated in peaceful protests against the government.
Along with their leadership in support of human rights, they share something: These courageous individuals have been jailed and denied fundamental freedoms enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other internationally recognized human rights standards and law.
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