Writers at Risk Database

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

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

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

Abdulaziz Al-Dukhail

On April 25, 2020, Al-Dukhail was arrested and detained without formal charges for a tweet he posted in support of the activist Abdullah Al-Hamid following his death. According to… More

Ali Al-Shadwi

Al-Shadwi has published many novels and studies dealing with Saudi society, the most prominent of which are: Modernity and Saudi Society and Saudi Society: Preservation-Remembrance-Forgetting. He was arrested and… More

Aql Al-Bahili

Professor, writer, and journalist, Al-Bahili was arrested in April 2020 after tweeting condolences over the death of a prominent Saudi human rights defender. He was subjected to enforced disappearance… More

Zechariah Makuach Maror

Maror, a columnist in several local dailies, was arrested on April 18, 2020 for alleged defamation in his writing and social media posts criticizing South Sudan’s Ministry of Finance.… More

Ahnaf Jazeem

Jazeem was arrested on May 16, 2020 under the Prevention of Terrorism Act in relation to his book of poetry Navarasam, in which authorities claimed without basis that he… More

Ramzy Razeek

Blogger Razeek was arrested in April 2020 after posting on Facebook regarding need for an “ideological Jihad” to stop organized anti-Muslim propaganda. In response, he and his family faced… More

Hajooj Kuka

Hajooj Kuka

In August 2020, authorities raided a cultural center in Khartoum where Kuka and other artists were rehearsing a play at a threater workshop, following a reported noise complaint. Kuka,… More