We Did It! A Victory for VAWA
Prisoner of conscience Dr Mahmoud al-Jaidah was pardoned on 22 May and deported to Qatar. He had been serving a seven-year prison sentence.
Turkish citizen of Palestinian origin, Dr Amer al-Shawa, was released from detention on 13 February after 135 days of enforced disappearance. He was deported to Turkey.
George Ramzi Nakhla, a member of the "6 April Youth" protest movement, was released on 25 March 2012 after being detained and beaten by Egyptian security forces.
Political activist Mohamed Hassan Alim was released without charge on 16 January 2012 after being held incommunicado for 22 days. He was not told why he had been arrested, but believes it was for publicly criticizing a prominent government official.