You might be surprised to learn what can get you thrown in jail in a few places around the world, and how harsh the sentences are once you’re there. Every year, people are arrested and thrown in jail for exercising their basic human rights. Here is a list of some of the most absurd of 2012.
Mao Hengfeng, a Shanghai-based human rights defender has been repeatedly detained because of her work for human rights in China. She was subjected to torture and ill-treatment by the authorities.
We have great news to report — Mao Hengfeng was released unexpectedly yesterday, six months before the end of her sentence. She had been detained since March 2010 for protesting the arrest of Liu Xiaobo, a prominent human rights defender and Nobel Peace Prize winner.