Mohamed Cheikh ould Mohamed Mkhaïtir

In 2014, Mkhaïtr was sentenced to death for writing an article, in which he argued that Muaritania’s caste system was not justified by the teachings of the prophet Mohammed.… More

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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

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Jordi Sànchez

Sànchez is a Catalan writer who advocates for the region’s independence. In October 2019, Sànchez, already detained, received a nine-year prison sentence and a ban on holding office for… 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

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Nasrin Sotoudeh

Sotoudeh, a lawyer and women's rights activist was handed a 38-year sentence and 148 lashes for her work. In 2020, she went on a 46-day hunger strike to protest… More

Durai Guna Gunasekaran

Guna, a Dalit rights writer-activist, was detained in September 2019 for putting up “defamatory” signs inviting replacements for apathetic government officials. He was arrested again in September 2020 for… More

Yang Hengjun

Yang, a Chinese-born Australian writer, was seized by Chinese authorities during a visit to the country in January 2019. Subject to solitary confinement and interrogation in detention for nearly… More

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Fariba Adelkhah

Adelkhah, a French-Iranian anthropologist, was detained in June 2019 after conducting research on women in Iran. In May 2020, she was sentenced to six years on propaganda and national… More

Doddipalya Narasimha Murthy

In October 2019, police arrested Murthy on charges of treason and attempted murder based on allegations from 1994. This was believed to be because of his criticism of the… More

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