Writers at Risk Database

Jordi Cuixart

Cuixart is a Catalan poet who advocates for the region’s independence. In October 2019, Cuixart, already detained, received a nine-year prison sentence and ban on holding office for sedition.… More

Writers at Risk Database

Jordi Sànchez

Sànchez is a Catalan writer who advocates for the region’s independence. In October 2019, Sànchez, already detained, received a nine-year prison sentence and a ban on holding office for… More

Ihar Bancer

Bancer, lyricist and frontman for band Mister X, was detained in October 2020 for his partially nude protest in front of police, after being released from jail 10 days… More

Writers at Risk Database

Nasrin Sotoudeh

Sotoudeh, a lawyer and women's rights activist was handed a 38-year sentence and 148 lashes for her work. In 2020, she went on a 46-day hunger strike to protest… More

Arnon Nampa

Since August 2020, Arnon Nampa has been arrested and released on bail several times for his speeches at peaceful protests. In February 2021, he was remanded for violating lèse-majesté… More

Patiwat Saraiyaem

Patiwat Saraiyaem was arrested on October 19, 2020 on sedition charges for his involvement in the pro-democracy protests in Bangkok on September 19, 2020. After being arrested and released… More

Somyot Prueksakasemsuk

Somyot Prueksakasemsuk was arrested on October 16, 2020 on sedition charges for his involvement in the pro-democracy demonstrations in Bangkok on September 19, 2020. After being arrested and released… More

Jose Bello

In May 2019, Bello recited his poem “Dear America,” inspired by his first-hand experience of detention in Mesa Verde detention facility, at a local forum. Less than 36 hours… More

Dariush Moradi

Moradi is a Kurdish cultural activist who serves on the editorial board of Hesareh, a literary website. Security forces arrested him on November 23, 2020, searching his home and… More

Alnur Ilyashev

Detained in April 2020, Ilyashev was sentenced in June to three years of restricted freedoms and a five year ban on political activism for a series of Facebook posts… More

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