Hanna Komar

Secretary of PEN Belarus, Komar was detained at a peaceful protest in Minsk on September 8, 2020, after the election of Aleksander Lukashenko. Komar was sentenced during an unfair… More

Uladz Liankevich

Project manager at PEN Belarus, Liankevich was detained at a peaceful protest in Minsk on September 8, 2020, after the election of Aleksander Lukashenko. He was sentenced during an… More

Doddipalya Narasimha Murthy

In October 2019, police arrested Murthy on charges of treason and attempted murder based on allegations from 1994. This was believed to be because of his criticism of the… More

Nay Myo Lin

Authorities charged editor-in-chief of Voice of Myanmar Nay Myo Lin with a life sentence under an anti-terrorism law and shut down the news site after he published an interview… More

Narges Mohammadi | Status: Released | Iran

Narges Mohammadi is an independent journalist and the former vice-president and spokesperson of the Defenders of Human Rights Center (DHRC), which advocates for human rights reform and represents political… More

Nguyn Huu Vinh and Nguyen Thi Minh Thuy

Nguyen Huu Vinh & Nguyen Thi Minh Thuy | Status: Released | Vietnam

On March 23, 2016, the People’s Court of Hanoi sentenced Nguyen Huu Vinh to five years in prison under Article 258 (2) of Vietnam’s Penal Code for “abusing democratic… More

Writers at Risk Database

Chan Kin-Man

Chan is a sociologist and leader of the pro-democracy movement Occupy Central. He was convicted on public nuisance charges and sentenced to 16 months in prison in April 2019.… More

Barış Yüksel Grup Yorum

Yüksel is a member of activist collective and band Grup Yorum. Since the band’s inception, its critical songs have angered the Turkish government. Beginning May 17, 2019, Yüksel started… More

Tuğçe Tayyar Grup Yorum

Tayyar is a member of activist collective and band Grup Yorum. Since the band’s inception, its critical songs have angered the Turkish government and members have faced serious threats.… More

Bahar Kurt Grup Yorum

Kurt is a member of the activist band Grup Yorum. Since the band’s inception, its critical songs have angered the government and members have faced serious threats. Kurt was… More

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