Jafar Panahi

A prominent filmmaker, Panahi has long been subject to threats and his films banned. After a 2010 arrest with fellow filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof, Panahi was sentenced to a six… More

Kamran Takuk

Takuk, a Kurdish poet, was arrested on January 11, 2022, and then released on bail 6 days later. He was convicted on February 21, 2022 and sentenced to 28… More

Anisha Asadollahi

Translator, activist, and teacher Anisha Asadollahi was detained on May 9, 2022, when authorities raided her home, arresting her and her husband. She had been arrested twice before for… More

Arash Ramezani

Literary writer and poet Ramezani was arrested at his workplace on October 23, 2022 and taken to an unknown location. No charges were brought against him, but he remained… More

Atefeh Chaharmahalian

Chaharmahalian is a literary activist and poet, and a former board member of the Iranian Writers' Association. She was arrested on October 3, 2022 after receiving multiple phone calls… More

Behnaz Amani

Literary writer and poet Behnaz Amani was arrested near her home on October 20, 2022 and indicted with “conspiracy against national security” in November 2022. The charges were not… More

Behrouz Yasemi

On October 17, 2022, Yasemi, a Kurdish poet from Ivangharb, was arrested shortly after posting a video in which he recited a poem about Mahsa Amini, the young woman… More

Elnaz Mohammadi

Columnist Elnaz Mohammadi was summoned to the prosecutor's office for questioning on February 5, 2023. The motive is unclear but Mohammadi had previously expressed support for the anti-government protests… More

Emad Ghavidel

Ghavidel, a rapper, was arrested at his workplace on October 26, 2022, allegedly for "inciting chaos." He suffered ill treatment while in jail because of his identity as an… More

Faramarz Sehdehi

Sehdehi is an award-winning poet and a member of the Iranian Writers' Association, having published hundreds of poems since the 1970s ranging from romance and surrealism to political and… More