Guillermo Fernández García

Acclaimed poet and translator Fernández García was bound and killed at his home in Toluca in April 2012. The motive remains unknown. The case was referred to Mexico’s attorney… More

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Hojjatoleslam Hasan Yousefi Eshkevari

Outspoken critic of Iran's theocracy Eshkevari was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2000 upon return from a conference at which Iranian social and political reform was debated.… More

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Shahla Lahiji

A pioneering publisher, Lahiji was arrested in 2000 upon her return from a conference. She was charged with spreading anti-state propaganda for criticizing Iran’s policies toward women. She was… More

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Nasser Zarafshan

Distinguished lawyer and writer Zarafshan was arrested in 2000 after giving a speech alleging that the intelligence services had murdered five intellectuals in 1998. Though a civilian, he was… More

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Bigeldy Gabdullin

President of the Kazakh PEN Club, Gabdullin was detained in November 2016 after a career of criticizing government officials in the media. He pled guilty to charges of extortion… More

Sepideh Jodeyri

Sepideh Jodeyri

Jodeyri's translation of Blue Is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh into Persian made her a persona non grata in Iran. Already facing a campaign of public persecution for… More

Arash Ganji

Arash Ganji

Ganji, a writer, translator, and former secretary of the Iranian Writers Association, was arbitrarily detained for 29 days in late 2019. He was sentenced a year later to 11… More

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Fatima Naoot

Long famous for her politically-charged poetry, Naoot was sentenced to three years in prison in 2016 for defaming Islam in a Facebook post critical of the Eid al-Adha tradition… More

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Tashi Wangchuk

Tashi has publicly advocated for Tibetan language rights, drawing persecution from the state. In 2016, he was secretly detained and held incommunicado for two months. Sentenced to five years… More

Zoran Mutić

A prominent translator who protested the rise of Serbian nationalism during the Balkan Wars, Mutić fled Sarajevo in 1992, just before the siege of the Bosnian capital by the… More