İhsan Cibelik Grup Yorum

Cibelik is a member of activist collective and band Grup Yorum. Since the band’s inception, its critical songs have angered the Turkish government and members have faced serious threats.… More

Barış Yüksel Grup Yorum

Yüksel is a member of activist collective and band Grup Yorum. Since the band’s inception, its critical songs have angered the Turkish government and members have faced serious threats.… More

Bergün Varan Grup Yorum

Varan is a member of activist collective and band Grup Yorum. Since the band’s inception, its critical songs have angered the Turkish government and members have faced serious threats.… More

Tuğçe Tayyar Grup Yorum

Tayyar is a member of activist collective and band Grup Yorum. Since the band’s inception, its critical songs have angered the Turkish government and members have faced serious threats.… More

Deniz Zarakolu

The son of human rights activists, Zarakolu was first arrested in 2002 for a speech he gave at his mother’s funeral. In 2011, he was arrested again in a… More

İlhan Sami Çomak

Kurdish poet Çomak was arrested in 1994 and sentenced to life in prison for membership in the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party. While in prison, he has published eight books… More

Ayşe Düzkan

On June 11, 2019, Düzkan was released after serving 18 months in Bakırköy prison in Istanbul. She was originally imprisoned in January 2018 on terrorism charges for her work… More

Edip Polat

A Kurdish writer, Polat has been jailed three times for writing in support of Kurdish self-determination, which authorities deemed to be “separatist propaganda,” even though many of his works… More

Writers at Risk Database

Fazil Say

On May 25, 2012, renowned composer, pianist, and writer Fazil Say was charged with religious defamation in connection with a series of social media posts. In 2013, he received… More

Writers at Risk Database

Eşber Yağmurdereli

Blind human rights activist Yağmurdereli has spent nearly 20 years in prison on various charges related to comments about Turkey's human rights abuses. Most recently, he was arrested in… More