Actions on Behalf of Political Prisoners Around the World

The Project assisted in securing the release of Ejup Ganić and Jovan Divjak. Both had been investigated and effectively cleared of criminal charges by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia when they were arrested on politically driven arrest warrants issued in Serbia. Ejup Ganić was arrested in England pursuant to a Serbian international arrest warrant and request for extradition. The arrest was vacated by an English court which wrote: “[t]hese proceedings are brought and being used for political purposes and as such amount to an abuse of the process of this court.” Jovan Divjak was arrested in Vienna pursuant to a Serbian international arrest warrant. He was eventually freed and extradition was denied after the Austrian court determined that he could not be guaranteed a fair trial in Serbia.

Jenni Williams, a Zimbabwean human rights activist and founder of Women of Zimbabwe Arise (“WOZA”), has worked with the Sanela Diana Jenkins Project. She has been arrested more than 40 times and, most recently, was arrested during a Valentine's day protest in Zimbabwe in 2012. She was held in brutal conditions. We worked with Amnesty and other groups to secure her release. Our latest information is that she is currently free.