Qin Yongmin

Qin Yongmin is a writer, activist, and the co-founder of the Democratic Party of China. On May 6, 2015, he was arrested for inciting subversion of state power. In… More

Tsi Conrad

Conrad was beaten and arrested at gunpoint in 2016 while filming a rally wherein police used violence against protesters, killing four. For disseminating the footage, Conrad was sentenced to… More

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Gui Minhai

A Swedish citizen, Gui was one of 5 Hong Kong booksellers to disappear in 2015 and resurface in Chinese custody. While the others have been released, Gui spent years… More

Writers at Risk Database

Nurmuhemmet Yasin

Award-winning Uyghur author and poet Yasin was imprisoned in February 2005 on charges of 'inciting separatism' for his poem "Wild Pigeon," an allegory about the son of a pigeon… More

Chen Jieren

In retribution for his blog posts discussing fraud and corruption committed by a local party official and other government criticism, Chen Jieren was held in criminal detention for unrelated… More

Abdullah Benaoum

In 2018 and 2019, Benaoum was repeatedly arrested for criticizing the government both online and via protests. Beginning January 2020, he served 2 months in prison for protesting. Prosecutors… More

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Abduljalil Al-Singace

Al-Singace is serving a life sentence for his human rights activism. His health has severely declined during his detention, and he has gone on hunger strike to protest poor… More

Ilham Tohti | Status: Imprisoned | China

Ilham Tohti, a Uyghur economist, writer, and professor, is currently serving a life sentence for promoting ethnic harmony and understanding. More

Ashraf Fayadh | Status: Imprisoned | Saudi Arabia

Ashraf Fayadh is a Palestinian poet, artist, and curator living in Saudi Arabia, who was sentenced to eight years in prison and 800 lashes on charges of apostasy on… More

Waleed Abu Al-Khair | Status: Imprisoned | Saudi Arabia

Waleed Abu al-Khair is a Saudi Arabian lawyer, human rights activist, and founding member of the Monitor of Human Rights in Saudi Arabia (MHRSA). The author of numerous articles,… More

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