Law Chow Wong

Joshua Wong, Alex Chow, and Nathan Law | Status: Imprisoned | China/Hong Kong

Joshua Wong, Alex Chow, and Nathan Law are three prominent student activists who played a leading role in the 2014 Occupy Central Movement in Hong Kong. More

Galal El Behairy

Galal El-Behairy | Status: Imprisoned | Egypt

Galal El-Behairy is an Egyptian poet, lyricist, and activist who has been in detention in Tora Prison in Cairo since March 2018. More

Jamal Khashoggi

Jamal Khashoggi | Status: Murdered | Saudi Arabia

Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian journalist who had been exiled in the U.S. since mid-2017, disappeared while visiting the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on October 2, 2018; … More

Chen Yu photo

Chen Yu | Status: Imprisoned | China

Bookseller Chen Yu was detained in September 2019 on suspicion of “illegal business activities” related to selling unapproved books in China. More

Ai Weiwei | Status: Continued Harassment | China

Dissident Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei has been free to travel since Beijing authorities returned his passport in July 2015. However, Ai was previously banned from foreign travel… More

Nasrin Sotoudeh | Status: Imprisoned | Iran

Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent writer, human rights lawyer and activist, was abruptly re-arrested on June 13, 2018, and taken to Evin prison. Her arrest came shortly after her legal… More

historian yury dmitriev

Yury Dmitriev | Status: Imprisoned | Russia

Yury Dmitriev, Russian historian and head of the Karelian branch of the human rights center Memorial, was detained in Petrozavodsk on December 13, 2016, on suspicion of production of… More

Gui Minhai

Gui Minhai | Status: Imprisoned | China

Hong Kong publisher and Swedish national Gui Minhai was disappeared from his vacation home in Pattaya, Thailand on October 17, 2015. He remained in Chinese detention for more than… More

Belarusian protesters in background; on top: “I Support PEN Belarus” and PEN America logo

Our sister organization PEN Belarus has spent years uplifting writers and supporting the freedom to write. Now, the government is trying to shut them down. Show your support and tell them they’re not alone.

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