Jamal Al-Sayer

Public figure and poet Jamal Al-Sayer took to Twitter in July 2021 posting his poems about corruption in Kuwait. On July 5, 2021, he was arrested and detained at… More

Nasrullah Lashani

Lashani, a Kurdish freelance journalist and political commentator, was released from prison on early release in 2019 but was once again arrested on June 7, 2020 while trying to… More

Nima Ghasemi

Ghasemi, a philosophy scholar who holds a PhD from Shahid Beheshti University, was arrested on February 8, 2021 and taken to Evin Prison where he was kept in solitary… More

Qasem Bahrami Sheyda Hamedani

Iranian poet and musician Qasem Bahrami was detained on September 15, 2021 on unknown charges, most likely due to his original poems and online readings of verses that criticze… More

Toomaj Salehi

Toomaj Salehi

Rapper Toomaj Salehi, known for the dissident nature of his songs, was arrested in a home raid in September 2021 and was detained with no visitation rights before being… More

Akbar Azad

Akbar Azad is a poet, activist, and journalist from Iran who has been continuously targeted by authorities. First arrested after giving a speech at UNESCO's International Mother Tongue Day… More

Aram Fathi

Fathi, a Kurdish poet, writer, and activist, was arrested and taken to an unknown location on June 17, 2021, after the Iranian intelligence service conducted a raid on his… More

Marjan Davari

Marjan Davari was arrested on September 23, 2015 after translating a book about the Eckankar spiritual group, and faced multiple charges, including “corruption on earth.” Though she was sentenced… More

Ashraf Hamdi

Ashraf Hamdi

A political commentator and cartoonist, Ashraf Hamdi was arrested on January 25, 2021 after reposting a cartoon for the 10-year anniversary of the 2011 uprising which led to the… More

Abdel Nasser Salama

Abdel Naser Salama, a columnist and political commentator, was arrested in July 2021 for a Facebook post in which he called for President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi to resign. Currently held… More