Ahmed Abdo Muhammad Maher

Maher is an Egyptian author, lawyer, and thinker charged with “contempt for Islam” for his book criticizing religious extremism. Charged in October 2021, less than a month later he… More

Abdennour Abdesselam

An ethnic minority rights advocate, Abdennour Abdesselam was arrested on September 13, 2021 on charges of “belonging to a terrorist organization,” and was accused of being connected to the… More

Alireza Nouri

Nouri, a member of the Iranian Writers Association, was sentenced to two years imprisonment on the charge of “blasphemy through writing offensive poetry online” in 2017. While his prison… More

Gamal Al-Gamal

A freelance columnist and well-known critic of President El-Sisi’s policies, Al-Gamal left Egypt in 2017. On February 22, 2021, upon returning from exile in Turkey, he was detained and… More

Said Djabelkhir

Said Djabelkhir

Scholar Djabelkhir was—without notice—charged with “offending the precepts of Islam” after writing three Facebook posts of “academic reflections” on the Quran and Islamic tradition in January 2020. In April… More

Imad Barghouthi

Palestinian astrophysicist and professor Barghouthi was arrested on June 16, 2020. On August 2, 2020, after being detained for more than two weeks without explanation, he was charged with… More

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

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