This organization advocates an end to oppressive gardening and it works for gnome rights and their freedom. There are sites one can report if you have seen a gnome in captivity. In turn that information will be made available to The Gnome Liberation Front and local authorities.
Gnomes over the centuries are said to have magical powers to protect or even punish people. Historically speaking, gnomes are guardians of secret underground treasures especially gold and other gems. In addition, I found out that gnomes being underground dwellers, if caught in daylight the rays of the sun will turn it into stone. Hence it could very well become a lawn ornament.
What has been developing the past few years are gnome sanctuaries for gnomes recovering from their time in enforced servitude. These are places where gnomes can live out the remainder of their lives in nature and in peace. Since 1999 there has been a sanctuary in Barga, Italy.
On the other hand, there are some gnomes who are comfortable with their career as a garden resident. They anticipate making a personal contribution to whatever garden or home they find themselves in.
Continuing my research I found there is a site called Gnomes Without Homes. This provides a place to post information about missing gnomes that have been abducted from owners. There are Gnome Security programs out there also for owners who want to protect their gnomes from possible abduction. In addition, this site provides a place for people to post travel photos of gnomes they are escorting around the world to share with others.
I hope you have found this information helpful and enlightening.