Earlier this month, non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch issued a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to use his clemency power to address injustices in our criminal justice and immigration systems. “People are serving prison sentences today that both Congress and the President have called unfair,” Antonio Ginatta, US advocacy director at Human Rights Watch, wrote. “President Obama has little time left in office, yet he still has an opportunity to take a giant leap toward remedying that injustice through commutations.”

With limited time left in the White House, the pressure's on POTUS to do as much good as he can before Trump's Legion of Doom threatens the civil liberties of many. Now more than ever, Obama must take a stand to protect human rights activists, radical revolutionaries, and those disproportionately punished by government. Here are five political prisoners that Obama needs to pardon before he leaves office: