Writers at Risk Database

Nasrin Sotoudeh

A human rights lawyer and prominent voice of conscience, Sotoudeh was rearrested and beaten in October 2023 while attending a funeral of a slain teenage girl. She had been… More

Anatol Kudlasevich

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

Arnon Nampa

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

Patiwat Saraiyaem

Saraiyaem was arrested on October 19, 2020 on sedition charges for his involvement in Bangkok pro-democracy protests the month prior. After being arrested and released shortly after several times… More

Somyot Prueksakasemsuk

Somyot Prueksakasemsuk

Magazine editor and activist Somyot was arrested on October 16, 2020 for sedition for his involvement in the September 2020 pro-democracy demonstrations. He was again detained in February 2021… More

Emre Günsal

Comedian Günsal was arrested in Istanbul in April 2020 for content written for his stand-up show that allegedly insulted Türkiye's first president Kemal Atatürk and prominent figures in the… More

Murat Ağırel

Columnist Ağırel was arrested and held in isolation in March 2020 over allegedly spreading national security secrets. An investigation was launched for “insults” in his book Sarmal, for which… More

Eduardo Galindo Peña

Galindo Peña was detained on April 15, 2020 in a warrantless home raid by the National Anti-Extortion and Kidnapping Command and brought to court 96 hours later for writing… More

Le Huu Minh Tuan Le Tuan

Le Huu Minh Tuan Le Tuan

Le Tuan has written critically of government policies and in support of democracy. He was arrested in June 2020 under Article 117, related to propaganda against the state, for… More