Writer Bernard Zepherin Teyou was released on 29 April. He had been imprisoned since November 2010 after writing a book about the President's wife.
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Prisoner of conscience Alexander Sodiqov was released on bail on 22 July in Tajikistan. He still faces a prison sentence. He has been targeted for his work as an academic researcher.
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The human rights defender is home again -- and her husband believes she was freed thanks to continued pressure on China from activists around the world.