Writers at Risk Database

Zarganar

Activist-comedian Zarganar was arrested after providing disaster relief with Zaw Thet Htwe to regions hit hardest by a 2008 cyclone. He was arrested as part of a widespread crackdown… More

Writers at Risk Database

Ogaga Ifowodo

Poet Ifowodo was arrested in November 1997 returning from the Commonwealth Summit in Scotland, where he appealed for stronger sanctions against then-President Sani Abacha. He was held in solitary… More

Sadiq Usman Saleh Sadiq Zazzabi

Popular R&B singer Saleh received a court summons for a song he released that allegedly contained “immorality by featuring seductive dances;” Saleh claimed his arrest was political. He pled… More

Abdullah Habib

In recent years, writer and filmmaker Abdullah Habib has been subjected to multiple detentions for his criticism of the Omani government and controversial online statements on religion. Most recently,… More

Writers at Risk Database

Mohammed Al-Ajami

Poet Al-Ajami was convicted in November 2012 for “inciting the overthrow of the ruling regime” and “criticizing the Emir” in two of his poems. He was sentenced to life… More

Writers at Risk Database

San San Nwe

San San Nwe, a Burmese novelist, journalist, and activist, was sentenced in 1994 to ten years’ imprisonment in relation to her activism and support for then-imprisoned politician Aung San… More

Yarzar Oo The Unity Five

Yarzar Oo was arrested with four other employees of the Unity newspaper after it published an exposé about an alleged secret chemical weapons factory. The ‘Unity Five’ were sentenced… More

Writers at Risk Database

Htin Lin Oo

Htin Lin Oo was sentenced to two years in prison with hard labor in 2015 after being found guilty of insulting religion. He had given a speech promoting religious… More

Tint San The Unity Five

Tint San was arrested with four other employees of the Unity newspaper after it published an exposé about an alleged secret chemical weapons factory. The ‘Unity Five’ were sentenced… More

Sithu Soe The Unity Five

Sithu Soe was arrested with four other employees of the Unity newspaper after it published an exposé about an alleged secret chemical weapons factory. The ‘Unity Five’ were sentenced… More