Azad Zal Mehmet Güngõmüs

A writer, former journalist, translator, and Kurdish-language teacher, Zal was released from prison in 2004 after spending 12 years in prison. He was arrested again on June 30, 2020… More

Danson Kahyana

A writer, poet, and academic, Dr Kanhaya's online writing was sometimes critical of the authorities. In April 2022, he was violently attacked by unkown assailants on his way home… More

Artem Kamardin

Kamardin is a poet belonging to the Kabardian ethnic minority in Russia. He was beaten and violently raped by Russian authorities on September 26, 2022 for his poetry readings… More

Boris Bulgakov

In September 2022, a group of poets took part in the regular Mayakovsky Readings in Moscow. Bulgakov was arrested in front of his home in the evening by plainclothes… More

Egor Shtovba

On September 25, 2022, Shtovba is arrested along with Nikolay Deyneko at the Mayakovsky Readings in Moscow. The next day, Artem Kamardin was arrested in relation to the case.… More

Nikolay Dayneko

On September 25, 2022, Dayneko was arrested along with Egor Shtovba at the Mayakovsky Readings in Moscow. The next day, Artem Kamardin was arrested in relation to the case.… More

Mohammed El-Kurd

El-Kurd is an award-winning poet, journalist, and social media activist from East Jerusalem. Currently the Palestine correspondent for The Nation, El-Kurd’s debut poetry collection Rifqa focuses on the Palestinian… More

Zarganar Maung Thura

On April 6, 2021, comedian Zarganar was arrested in a broader campaign against cultural figures following the 2021 military coup. He was released conditionally on October 18, 2021 after… More

Mahvash Sabet

A literary writer, poet, and member of the Bahai community, Mahvash Sabet was arrested in July 2022. In November, she was sentenced to 10 years in prison on national… More

Mona Borzouei

Borzouei was arrested and taken into state custody on September 28, 2022, a week after posting a video of herself reciting a poem in support of the Mahsa Amini… More