Ma Thida

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

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

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

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

San San Nwe

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

Gaga Ifowodo

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

Esber Yagmurdereli

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

Flora Brovino

Flora Brovina | Status: Released | Kosovo

Born in 1949, Flora Brovina is a Kosovar-Albanian pediatrician, poet, and women’s rights activist. She was arrested on 20 April 1999, during the Kosovo War, and held in captivity in Serbia while NATO… More

Jack Mapanje

Jack Mapanje | Status: Released | Malawi

Jack Mapanje is a poet and storyteller of exile narratives and political power structures. He was detained without charge or trial for over three years until his release in… More

Shahla Lahiji

Shahla Lahiji | Status: Released | Iran

The first woman to run a publishing house in Iran, Shahla Lahiji is one of 19 Iranian writers and intellectuals prosecuted in Tehran for participating in an academic and… More

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