Sithu Soe The Unity Five

Sithu Soe was arrested with four other employees of the Unity newspaper after it published an exposé about an alleged secret chemical weapons factory. The ‘Unity Five’ were sentenced… More

Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi

Documentary filmmaker Ko Ko Gyi was detained in April 2019 after his films and social media posts criticized the Myanmar military. While in prison, he wrote two screenplays and… More

Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar’s current de facto political leader and a key figure in the country’s democratic transition, Aung San Suu Kyi was formerly one of the world’s most prominent political prisoners,… More

Writers at Risk Database

Wa Lone

Reuters reporter Wa Lone was arrested in December 2017 with his colleague Kyaw Soe Oo after they covered a massacre in Rakhine State. They received seven-year prison sentences in… More

Writers at Risk Database

Kyaw Soe Oo

Reuters reporter Kyaw Soe Oo was arrested in December 2017 with his colleague Wa Lone after they covered a massacre in Rakhine State. They received seven-year prison sentences in… More

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Saw Wai

Saw Wai, a lifelong activist and well-known poet, was charged in October 2019 with making defamatory statements at a public gathering in April after a case was lodged against… More

Ngar Min Swe Sar Min Swe

Ngar Min Swe is currently serving a seven-year prison sentence for “inciting hatred against the government.” His charges stem from Facebook posts and critical news articles about Daw Aung… More

Zeya Aung

Zeya Aung and Aung Than collaboratively wrote a book of poems and were subsequently arrested on politically motivated charges. Others involved in the production of the book were also… More

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Zaw Thet Htwe

Zaw Thet Htwe was arrested without charge, but his detention came shortly after he and comedian Zarganar engaged in private disaster relief following a cyclone. He was arrested as… More