Saud Al-Sarhan

A researcher and columnist whose published works include political commentary on Saudi political, economic, and social issues, Al-Sarhan went missing in October 2021 after writing an article that acknowledged… More

Myo Tazar Maung Tayzar

Poet, translator, and teacher Myo Tazar Maung was arrested on September 20, 2021 and was charged with Section 505(b) of the Penal Code, which criminalizes speech that “is likely… 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

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 September 2021 and detained for a week. In January 2022, Salehi was given a six-month… More

Ahmad Qatamesh

Septugenarian literary writer and scholar Ahmad Qatamesh has been in and out of prison for a decade for his dissident political opinions and his membership in political organizations considered… More

Yeung Ching-kei Li Ping

The lead opinion writer for Apple Daily, Yeung has written over 800 editorials and opinion pieces in which he has been critical of government crackdowns on dissent. On June… More

Ou Biaofeng

Activist and online commentator Ou Biaofeng was detained on December 3, 2020 in relation to his tweets about an activist who splashed ink on a poster of President Xi… More

Uladzimir Matskevich

Uladzimir Matskevich

Uladzimir Matskevich is a prominent philosopher who writes about public consciousness in politics. He was arrested on August 4, 2021 in a home raid and has been detained in… More

Valeria Kostyugova

Valeria Kostyugova

Political analyst and writer Valeria Kostyugova is an editor of the online expert community Our Opinion and its annual publication Belarusian Yearbook. She has written about Belarusian-Russian politics for… More