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

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

Than Tint

Poet Than Tint was arrested and detained on March 27, 2021 while taking part in a protest led by poets on Pansodan Road in downtown Yangon. During these protests,… More

Wai Moe Naing Monywa Panda

A writer and member of PEN Myanmar, the Gen Z social mobilizer Wai Moe Naing rose to prominence as an anti-coup protest leader in Monywa for his role in… 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

Sithu Aung Myint

Sithu Aung Myint is among the cultural leaders in Myanmar who have been targeted following the February 2021 coup for speaking out against the military junta. A columnist and… 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

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

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

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