Ahmet Telli

Telli is a poet whose work often focuses on Kurdish rights. He has faced persecution for his writing since the 1980s. In 2020, he was tried on false charges… More

Sepideh Rashnu

Rashnu was arrested in June 2022 for defying hijab laws and released in August. In June 2023, she was charged with offenses relating to “propaganda” and “encouraging promiscuity” before… More

Andrei Novashov

Novashov, a journalist for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, was detained in March 2022 for “false information” in his online commentary. In March 2023, he was sentenced to 8 months… More

Milad Jalili

Jalili is an Iranian rapper who was arrested in November 2023. Before his arrest, he had published and written a song online calling for the release of Azeri citizens.… More

Sasan Chamanara

Chamanara is a Kurdish singer and activist. He was arrested in October 2022 for participating in the Mahsa Amini protests. He was sentenced to 5 years in prison in… More

Sattar Rezaei Mirqaid

Mirqaid is a poet and artist. He was arrested in December 2021 for his involvement in protests and was released on bail after 5 days in detention. In September… More

Shahabuddin Shirazi

Shirazi is a dissident cleric who is active on Telegram. In March 2023, he was reportedly taken to court for his writings on Ayatollah Khomeini. In November 2023, he… More

Dima Sadek

Journalist and online commentator Sadek has been the target of harassment campaigns by supporters of the Shiite Hezbollah movement and the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM). She was sued by… More

Victor Herrero

Editor and founder of the independent news website Interferencia, Herrero was convicted on charges of defaming a police colonel on May 22, 2023 after he wrote a story on… More

Ahmet Turan Alkan

A columnist for Zaman newspaper and literary writer, Alkan has been facing harassment for his written work since 2016. He was sentenced to 2 years and six months in… More