Sudha Bharadwaj

Sudha Bharadwaj

On August 28, 2018 Bharadwaj’s house was raided, and she was detained for ‘inciting violence’ as part of a coordinated series of politically-motivated arrests of activists in the Bhima-Koregaon… More

Anisa Jafari-Mehr

Jafari-Mehr is a writer and literary critic at J, a Germany-based Kurdish-language magazine. She was arrested on November 23, 2020 for alleged propaganda and anti-state charges, until her conditional… More

Dariush Moradi

Moradi is a Kurdish cultural activist who serves on the editorial board of Hesareh, a literary website. Security forces arrested him on November 23, 2020, searching his home and… More

Milad Jannat

Jannat is a member of the Iranian Writers Association, a translator, and a poet. He was detained in a home raid in July 2020, in which authorities reportedly confiscated… More

Nejat Bahrami

Nejat Bahrami

Bahrami is a freelance columnist who writes political, economic, and cultural commentary. In May 2020, one year after he was convicted, a court summoned him to begin his one-year… More

Alnur Ilyashev

Detained in April 2020, Ilyashev was sentenced in June to three years of restricted freedoms and a five year ban on political activism for a series of Facebook posts… More

Awad Al-Sawafi

Al-Sawafi, an activist and blogger, was arrested and immediately charged on June 3, 2020. Two weeks later, he was handed down a suspended sentence of one year in prison… More

Musallam Al-Ma’ashani

On November 14, 2019, security forces arrested Al-Ma’ashani and transferred him to a prison where he was denied lawyers and necessary medications. In protest, he began a hunger strike.… More

Sajid Soomro

Soomro was arrested on June 10, 2020, when dozens of police officers raided his home. Authorities filed a blasphemy case under the Pakistan Penal Code for Soomro’s writings that… More

Ismael El-Bozom

Officers in the Hamas-controlled General Investigation Unit arrested El-Bozom on March 20, 2020 over cartoons he had posted on Facebook calling for the release of writer Abdullah Abu Sharkh.… More