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

Anatol Kudlasevich

Kudlasevich penned the song “The Anthem of Resistance” that he performed at rallies and protests of Lukashenka's election. He was illegally detained despite ‘disability group 2’ immunity, sentenced to… More

Pablo Rivadulla Pablo Hásel

Spanish rapper Rivadulla faces up to two years in prison after he was charged with insulting members of the royal family and "promoting terrorism" in his music and tweets.… More

Yury Stylski

On August 15, 2020, Stylski, lyricist and leader of a black-listed band ‘Daj Dorogu,’ attended peaceful rally in Brest with a loud-speaker and Belarusian flag, where he was detained… More

Khado Tsetan

Tibetan lyricist Khado Tsetan was arrested in 2019 due to a song he wrote that praised the Dalai Lama. In July 2020 the Chinese government sentenced him to seven… More

Lhundrub Drakpa

Lhundrub Drakpa was detained in May 2019 shortly after the release of his song “Black Hat.” He had been arbitrarily detained for over a year, during which he was… More

Ablikim Kalkun

In late 2019, Uyghur comedian and singer Kalkun was reportedly sentenced to 18 years in prison for performing songs deemed politically sensitive, despite the fact they were earlier approved… More

Qasim Sidiq

Qasim Sidiq was detained by authorities in March, 2017, after which he disappeared. Nearly four years later his detention was confirmed. According to an RFA source, Sidiq’s song lyrics… More

Denis Solís González

Solís González is a Cuban songwriter and rapper whose musical work features content critical of repression by the authorities. Solís was forcibly detained in November 2020 after he posted… More

Alena Palachanskaya

During a street rally on August 20, 2020 both members of the band LAUDANS, Palachanskaya and Andrey Luhin, had their instruments confiscated. On October 16, 2020 both were detained… More

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