Chan Thar Swe K Za Win

After spending over a year in prison for taking part in a 2015 rally for education reform, the activist and former Buddhist monk, known by his pen name K… More

Elchin Hasanzade

In May 2020 the head of the Mingachevir Public Utilities Department filed a lawsuit against blogger Hasanzade and Ibrahim Salamov for writing articles that speculated about corrupt practices in… More

Şebnem Korur Fincancı

Şebnem Korur Fincancı

Fincancı, president of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey, was arrested after standing in solidarity with and serving as a “guest editor” for Özgür Gündem, a pro-Kurdish newspaper that… More

Nurcan Kaya

Nurcan Kaya

A columnist, lawyer, and human rights defender, Kaya’s work focuses on women’s rights, education, and peaceful protests. In September 2021, she was convicted on propaganda charges based on a… More

Paul Rusesabagina

Paul Rusesabagina

Rusesabagina is the author of An Ordinary Man, an autobiography on his life-saving actions as a hotel manager during the Rwandan genocide. He was detained in Kigali in August… More

Wai Moe Naing Monywa Panda

A writer and member of PEN Myanmar, Wai Moe Naing rose to prominence as an anti-coup protest leader in Monywa for his role in organizing daily demonstrations, banging pots… More

Mya Aye

Mya Aye

Mya Aye was surrounded at gunpoint and arrested on February 1, 2021, the first day of the coup. He was charged with “inciting ethnic hatred” using a 2014 email… More

Nasrullah Lashani

Lashani, a Kurdish freelance journalist and political commentator, was released from prison on early release in 2019 but was once again arrested on June 7, 2020 while trying to… More

Ahmad Qatamesh

Septugenarian literary writer and scholar Ahmad Qatamesh has been in and out of prison for a decade for his dissident political opinions and his membership in political organizations considered… More

Jamal Al-Sayer

Public figure and poet Jamal Al-Sayer took to Twitter in July 2021 posting his poems about corruption in Kuwait. On July 5, 2021, he was arrested and detained at… More