We Did It! A Victory for VAWA
Women’s rights activist Souad al-Shammari was released on 29 January after three months of detention without charge. The conditions of her release and current legal status are unclear.
Aparna Marandi and her son were released on bail on May 6, 2013. She had been in jail since December 8, 2012, accused of being involved in a Maoist arson attack on a mining site in India's Jharkhand state. Amnesty International and other human rights organizations believe that she was falsely accused and arrested for her non-violent human rights activism.
On February 8, 2013 Mao Hengfeng was released to serve the rest of her term at home. She thanks everyone who campaigned on her behalf, and her husband believes she is home again due to the international and domestic calls for her release.