Luo Changping

Author, blogger, and former investigative reporter Luo Changping was arrested in October 2021 for “defaming martyrs” after posting on Weibo a critical review of a film depicting a battle… More

Qiu Ziming La Bi Xiao Qiu

In February 2021, author and blogger Qiu was detained for questioning on Weibo the Chinese government-reported casualty numbers in an India-China border dispute. In May 2021, he was sentenced… More

Uladzimir Matskevich

Uladzimir Matskevich

Uladzimir Matskevich is a prominent philosopher who writes about public consciousness in politics. He was arrested on August 4, 2021 in a home raid and has been detained in… More

Valeria Kostyugova

Valeria Kostyugova

Political analyst and writer Valeria Kostyugova is an editor of the online expert community Our Opinion and its annual publication Belarusian Yearbook. She has written about Belarusian-Russian politics for… More

Ales Bialacki

Ales Bialacki

Ales Bialacki is a writer, literary critic, and head of the prominent human rights organization Viasna. On July 14, 2021, Bialacki was arrested on feigned “tax evasion” charges, which… More

Alexander Feduta

Literary intellectual and PEN Belarus member Feduta was arrested in April 2021 in Moscow and quickly extradited to Belarus on “suspicion of committing a crime.” On September 5, 2022,… More

Andrzej Poczobut

Andrzej Poczobut

Belarusian-Polish political writer and minority rights activist Poczobut comments on politics in his blog and columns, for Polish newspapers, and has published a book on President Alexander Lukashenka’s political… More

Abdullah Atefi

Abdullah Atefi, a historian, writer, and poet, was a public figure whose extensive body of work focused on Pashtun culture and literature. Atefi was taken from his home in… More

Maung Thar Cho

Writer and history professor Maung Thar Cho was blindfolded and taken by the military in the early hours of the February 2021 coup, alongside other notable cultural figures. He… More

Alireza Nouri

Nouri, a member of the Iranian Writers Association, was sentenced to two years imprisonment on the charge of “blasphemy through writing offensive poetry online” in 2017. While his prison… More