Writers at Risk Database

Loujain Al-Hathloul

Al-Hathloul, an influential women's rights activist, has been detained since May 2018 alongside other women, and was subjected to ill-treatment and torture in prison. Hearings in her case have… More

Gheyret Abdurahman

Uyghur scholar Abdurahman was detained in March 2018 after translating Chinese Nobel laureate Mo Yan’s book Red Sorghum because it was deemed “politically sensitive.” Abdurahman’s arrest came five years… More

Perhat Tursun

Tursun is a renowned Uyghur writer of poetry, prose, and novels. He was denounced as anti-Islamic in the late 1990s for his work's themes of suicide, sexuality, and mental… More

Xie Fengxia Xie Wenfei

Xie spent 4.5 years in prison for subverting power after publicly supporting the Umbrella Movement. Released in March 2019, he has since been harassed and was again detained in… More

Writers at Risk Database

Xu Zhiyong

Xu advocates for greater democracy and social change through his writing. In February 2020, he was detained in a “coronavirus prevention check,” after penning an open letter critical of… More

Pham Chi Dung

Founder of the Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam, Pham was arrested on November 21, 2019 in connection with articles he wrote criticizing Vietnam's government and calling for human rights… More

Julian Assange

Assange, publisher of WikiLeaks, was imprisoned in the U.K. in 2019 for violating bail terms. Since September 2019 he is jailed facing possible extradition to the U.S., including on… More

Writers at Risk Database

Mehmet Osman Kavala

Kavala, a prominent philanthropist and publisher, was reportedly setting up a cultural center aiming to integrate Syrian refugees into the local community when he was detained on anti-terrorism charges… More

Gültekin Avcı

Avcı, a former columnist at now-shuttered newspaper Bugün, was arrested following the failed July 2016 coup. His trial was merged with a separate trial where defendants were accused of… More