J.S. Tissainayagam in 2009.
Kamala Chandrakirana: In 1998, Chandrakirana set up the National Commission on Violence Against Women, an NGO meant to improve women's status in Indonesian society. She has since founded the Indonesian Working Group for the Eradication of Structural Poverty as well as JARI Indonesia, an NGO that fights government graft.
J.S. Tissainayagam: This provocative Sri Lankan journalist has been an active critic of his government's policy toward Tamil citizens, arousing considerable domestic controversy. After publishing a pair of articles in 2006 that accused the Sri Lankan government of withholding food and other critical supplies from endangered Tamil populations, Tissainayagam was arrested in March 2008 and charged with attempting to incite violence and accepting funding from the Tamil Tigers, a separatist insurgent group later put down by a no-holds-barred military offensive in 2009. Last August, Tissainayagam was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in jail, but after filing an appeal, he was released on bail in January. Tissainayagam was pardoned just last week, though its unknown what restrictions remain on his freedom of speech and movement.
Mesfin Hagos: First a member of the Eritrean Liberation Front and later a founding member of the Eritrean People's Liberation Front, Hagos has played a major role in Eritrean politics for much of the second half of the 20th century. Hagos was a close friend and political ally of President Isaias Afewerki for a time, but the two had a falling out in 2001 when Hagos joined G-15, an Eritrean political group vocally opposed to Afewerki's postponing of elections, disregard for the Eritrean Constitution, and handling of the Eritrean-Ethiopian War. In response to threats of arrest against G-15 members, Hagos fled Eritrea and currently lives in exile in Britain, where he remains an active member of the opposition in exile.
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