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Day of the Imprisoned Writer 2019 – Take Action for Galal El-Behairy

Day of the Imprisoned Writer 2019 – Take Action for Galal El-Behairy

By | November 15, 2019 at 4:07 pm

Poet, lyricist and activist Galal El-Behairy is currently serving a three-year prison sentence for ‘insulting the military’ and ‘spreading false news’. He is being held in the notorious maximum-security prison Tora prison in Cairo. Nicknamed ‘Scorpion’ Prison, Tora has been condemned by scores of human rights organisations for its serious abuses, including denying inmates access […]

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Day of the Imprisoned Writer 2019 – Take Action for Lydia Cacho Ribeiro

Day of the Imprisoned Writer 2019 – Take Action for Lydia Cacho Ribeiro

By | November 15, 2019 at 4:07 pm

Celebrated writer, journalist and activist Lydia Cacho Ribeiro has faced continued harassment, death threats and attacks due to her investigative journalism and activism. Such attacks occur despite the fact that she was awarded precautionary protective measures by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in 2009, which the Mexican authorities have failed to adequately implement. […]

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Day of the Imprisoned Writer 2019 – Take Action for Nedim Türfent

Day of the Imprisoned Writer 2019 – Take Action for Nedim Türfent

By | November 15, 2019 at 4:07 pm

News editor, reporter and poet Nedim Türfent is serving an eight-year-and-nine-month prison sentence on trumped-up terrorism charges following an unfair trial, during which 19 witnesses said they had been tortured into testifying against him. Arrested in May 2016 after covering military clashes in the predominantly Kurdish Southeast of Turkey, Nedim Türfent spent almost two years […]

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Day of the Imprisoned Writer 2019 – Take Action for Stella Nyanzi

Day of the Imprisoned Writer 2019 – Take Action for Stella Nyanzi

By | November 15, 2019 at 4:07 pm

Ugandan academic, writer and activist Dr. Stella Nyanzi is currently serving an 18-month sentence for ‘cyber harassment’, in relation to a poem she wrote on Facebook in September 2018 criticising Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni (and his mother). Dr. Nyanzi has served almost 11 months of her sentence. Dr. Nyanzi has lodged an appeal against her […]

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Day of the Imprisoned Writer 2019 – Take Action for Shakthika Sathkumara

Day of the Imprisoned Writer 2019 – Take Action for Shakthika Sathkumara

By | November 15, 2019 at 4:07 pm

Award-winning writer and poet, Shakthika Sathkumara, faces legal proceedings that could see him sentenced to up to 10 years in prison, should the Attorney General decide to press charges. On 1 April 2019, Sathkumara was detained pending a police investigation into allegations that his short story ‘Ardha’ (‘Half’) incited religious hatred. Sathkumara spent over 120 […]

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