Nasrin Sotoudeh | Status: Imprisoned | Iran

Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent writer, human rights lawyer and activist, was abruptly re-arrested on June 13, 2018, and taken to Evin prison. Her arrest came shortly after her legal… More

Yury Dmitriev | Status: Imprisoned | Russia

Yury Dmitriev, Russian historian and head of the Karelian branch of the human rights center Memorial, was detained in Petrozavodsk on December 13, 2016, on suspicion of production of… More

Writers at Risk Database

Yury Alexeyevich Dmitriev

A historian and human rights activist who specializes in researching atrocities during the Stalinist period, Dmitriev has been sentenced to 3.5 years in prison on baseless and politically-motivated charges… More

Mehmet Baransu

Baransu has been detained since March 2015 for his reporting on an alleged coup attempt that referenced leaked military documents. He faces charges in at least four distinct court… More

Galal El Behairy

Galal El-Behairy | Status: Imprisoned | Egypt

Galal El-Behairy is an Egyptian poet, lyricist, and activist who has been in detention in Tora Prison in Cairo since March 2018. More

Ahmet and Mehmet Altan

Ahmet and Mehmet Altan | Status: Imprisoned | Turkey

Ahmet and Mehmet Altan were arrested in September 2016, as part of a wave of arrests of thinkers, writers, and journalists following the 2016 failed coup. More

Nagyz Muhammed

Muhammed, who worked in Altay’s State Intangible Cultural Heritage Office in Xinjiang, was arrested and sentenced to seven years in prison for separatism in 2018. His family only found… More