Kakwenza Rukirabashaija

Rukirabashaija was arrested twice for two books: The Greedy Barbarians, seen as a critique of President Museveni; and Banana Republic, on his being tortured in jail. Detained nearly two… More

Allinda Michael Ziggy Wine

Ziggy Wine was kidnapped in July 2019; his mutilated body was found one week later and he died in hospital shortly after. His family believes the state played a… More

David Mugema

Mugema, a musician and activist, was arrested on December 5, 2017 for the dissemination of his song "Wumula," seen as offensive to President Yoweri Museveni. He was released on… More

Moses Nsubuga Viboyo

Nsubuga, a musician and activist, was arrested and charged for allegedly using derogatory terms in a song to refer to President Yoweri Museveni on October 4, 2018. He was… More

Writers at Risk Database

Stella Nyanzi

Dr. Nyanzi was imprisoned on cybercrime charges in 2018 for writing a poem she posted online using President Museveni’s birth as a metaphor to criticize his repressive rule. She… More

Writers at Risk Database

Robert Kyagulanyi Bobi Wine

Musician Bobi Wine has galvanized a generation of Ugandans to seek new leadership. He has opposed President Museveni's policies and has been barred from performing his music. He is… More

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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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