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

Gangkye Drubpa Kyab

Poet, teacher, and author of several books on Tibetan unrest in 2008, Gangkye Drubpa Kyab was arrested on March 23, 2021 in Kardze for undisclosed reasons. Between 2012 and… More

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

Gulmira Imin

Imin, a poet and Uyghur-language website moderator from China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2010 for “splittism, leaking state secrets, and organizing an illegal… More

Anatol Kudlasevich

Kudlasevich penned the song “The Anthem of Resistance” that he sang at protests and rallies in support of alternative candidates. He was illegally detained despite ‘disability group 2’ immunity,… More

Tran Duc Thach

Tran Duc Thach was arrested on April 23, 2020 and charged with “activities aimed at overthrowing the People’s Government” for his Facebook posts on government corruption and human rights… More

Ahnaf Jazeem

Jazeem was arrested on spurious terrorism charges related to his book of poetry Navarasam, in which investigative authorities claimed he demonstrated extremism. He has been detained without charge since… 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

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

Abolhassan Kamali

Poet Abolhassan Kamali was given a four-month suspended sentence of two years seven months in prison with an electronic handcuff on charges of blasphemy and spreading lies. The court… More

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