Human Rights Without Frontiers tracks incidents worldwide where people are imprisoned for exercising their right to freedom of religion or belief.

Who is included?

The database includes believers of all faiths and atheists who have been imprisoned for activities relating to:
    • Freedom to have, keep, or change their religious beliefs
    • Freedom of expression on religious issues
    • Freedom of (religious) association
    • Freedom of (religious) assembly and worship
    • Conscientious objection to military service
The database does not include people who are believers or atheists who have been arrested for non-religious activities.

If you have information or questions regarding our prisoners database, please contact us at:

FoRB and Blasphemy Prisoners Lists Archive

Visit our archive to view HRWF’s prisoners lists from previous years.