Innocent Bahati

Poet and teacher Innocent Bahati disappeared in 2021 after meeting an unknown person at a hotel in Nyanza district. Shortly after the disappearance, the Rwandan Secretary of State asked… More

Paul Rusesabagina

Paul Rusesabagina

Rusesabagina is the author of An Ordinary Man, an autobiography on his life-saving actions as a hotel manager during the Rwandan genocide. He was detained in Kigali in August… More

António Aly Silva

Freelance journalist and editor of the blog Dictatorship of Consensus, António Aly Silva is a strong critic of President Úmaro Sissoco Embaló and the current regime. He was detained… More

Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir

Mohamed Cheikh ould Mohamed Mkhaïtir

In 2014, Mkhaïtr was sentenced to death for writing an article, in which he argued that Muaritania's caste system was not justified by the teachings of the prophet Mohammed.… 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

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

Omoyele Sowore

Omoyele Sowore

Omoyele Sowore, a political activist and journalist, was arrested and detained by police on December 31, 2020 during a candlelight procession he had organized against bad governance in Nigeria.… More

Kakwenza Rukirabashaija

In late December 2021, novelist Rukirabashaija was detained for a month on charges of “offensive communication” over tweets criticizing President Museveni and his son. After his release, he fled… More

Tsitsi Danngarembga

Tsitsi Dangarembga

Dangarembga was arrested for taking part in anti-corruption protests in July 2020 and was released on bail the next day. She appeared at least 25 times in court on… More

Hopewell Chin’ono

Chin’ono was detained in July 2020 for almost six weeks after he published his investigations into state corruption. He has since been repeatedly detained on additional spurious charges, including… More