Gao Zhisheng, one of Chinas most respected human rights lawyers, has suffered enforced disappearance, imprisonment, torture and illegal house arrest because of his work.
A group of protestors have spent nearly a decade in prison after organising a peaceful demonstration in the Lao capital of Vientiane calling for political, social and economic change.
Bárbara Italia Méndez was detained on 4 May 2006 in San Salvador Atenco, Mexico State. Police officers beat her, threatened her and raped her.
Just days before his 18th birthday, Ferhat Gerçek was shot by police and left paralysed. The perpetrators may evade justice.