US calls for freedom for 20 women political prisoners

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power announces the start of the #FreeThe20 campaign from the State Department September 1, 2015 in Washington, DCThe United States launched a drive Tuesday to highlight the plight of 20 women around the world it says have been unfairly imprisoned for their views or political activism. The “Free the 20” campaign is designed to be tied in to the 20th anniversary of the Beijing declaration, which was signed by 189 countries to promote women’s rights as human rights. Unveiling the program and its promotional hashtag #FreeThe20, Samantha Power, the US ambassador to the United Nations, urged journalists and activists to publicize the 20 cases.

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