Toomaj Salehi

Toomaj Salehi

Rapper Toomaj Salehi, known for the dissident nature of his songs, was arrested in a home raid in September 2021 and was detained with no visitation rights before being… More

Touraj Amini

Historian, researcher, and literary writer Touraj Amini was tried for “spreading propaganda against the state” and given a reduced sentence of six months in prison. While he was detained,… More

Yasin Qasemi Bajd

A member of the Sunni minority in Iran who writes on politics and religion, Yasin Qasemi Bajd was arrested and reportedly interrogated in February 2021 on a number of… More

Akbar Azad

Akbar Azad is a poet, activist, and journalist from Iran who has been continuously targeted by authorities. First arrested after giving a speech at UNESCO's International Mother Tongue Day… More

Aram Fathi

Fathi, a Kurdish poet, writer, and activist, was arrested and taken to an unknown location on June 17, 2021, after the Iranian intelligence service conducted a raid on his… More

Marjan Davari

Marjan Davari was arrested on September 23, 2015 after translating a book about the Eckankar spiritual group, and faced multiple charges, including “corruption on earth.” Though she was sentenced… More


PEN America Celebrates Release of Aras Amiri

PEN America celebrated the acquittal and release of Iranian art curator Aras Amiri, who was serving a 10-year sentence after being arrested during a visit to Iran in 2018… More

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