Liu Xia | Status: Released | China

Liu Xia, poet and artist, was married to the imprisoned poet, literary critic, former Independent Chinese PEN Center president, and Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, who passed away in July… More

Joshua Wong, Alex Chow, and Nathan Law | Status: Released | Hong Kong

Joshua Wong, Alex Chow, and Nathan Law are three prominent student activists who played a leading role in the 2014 Occupy Central Movement in Hong Kong. More

Ma Thida | Status: Released | Myanmar

Ma Thida is a Burmese human rights activist, surgeon, writer, and former prisoner of conscience. In October of 1994, she was arrested and sentenced to 20 years in Insein… More

Faraj Ahmad Birqdar | Status: Released | Syria

Syrian poet Faraj Ahmad Birqdar spent over 13 years in jail from 1987 to 2000 due to his work on behalf of free expression and non-violent political action. He… More

Martha Kumsa | Status: Released | Ethiopia

Ethiopian writer and journalist Martha Kumsa was released from prison after several years of detention without charge or trial a few months after she received the PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom… More

Maina wa Kinyatti | Status: Released | Kenya

Kenyan writer and historian Maina wa Kinyatti was released on October 17, 1988, after serving six and a half years in prison, and fled to Tanzania fearing rearrest. After… More

Doan Viet Hoat | Status: Released | Vietnam

Doan Viet Hoat, founder of Freedom Forum, is an advocate of free speech and the release of all political prisoners. Doan was arrested in 1990 for allegedly attempting to… More

San San Nwe | Status: Released | Myanmar

San San Nwe (pen name Tha-ya-wadi) , a widely-respected writer and one of the first trained female journalists in Myanmar, has a reputation for reporting on human rights abuses… More

Ogaga Ifowodo | Status: Released | Nigeria

Poet Ogaga Ifowodo was arrested around November 6, 1997 on his way home from the Commonwealth Summit in Edinburgh, where he and other activists appealed for stronger sanctions against… More

Eşber Yağmurdereli | Status: Released | Turkey

Blind playwright, poet, short story author, screenwriter, and lawyer, Eşber Yağmurdereli has been in and out of prison since 1978 and was the 1999 recipient of the PEN/Barbara Goldsmith… More