Tag Archives: PEN International

PEN International: Resolution on the People’s Republic of China (2018)

 (Approved by the Assembly of Delegates of PEN International, meeting at its 84th World Congress, in Pune, India from 25-29 September 2018)

PEN International has for many years expressed concern about serious and sweeping restrictions on freedom of expression in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), including through resolutions adopted at its annual Congresses, most recently at its 83rd World Congress in September 2017. Continue reading

PEN SA celebrates International Mother Language Day

by Deborah on Feb 21st, 2015

‘The right to speak, teach and learn in one’s own mother tongue is a fundamental human right. Language is key to knowing and expressing both one’s culture and one’s self. Continue reading

PEN appalled by savage attack on French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo JeSuisCharlie

Online solidarity after attack on the office of the French publication Charlie Hebdo in Paris

(7th January 2015) PEN International and 47 PEN Centres around the world condemn the unprecedented attack on the office of the French publication Charlie Hebdo in Paris today in which 12 people died and seven were injured. Continue reading

China: PEN renews calls for release of poet Liu Xiaobo and wife Liu Xia

8 December 2014

PEN is calling for immediate and unconditional release of Liu Xiaobo and wife, Liu Xia.

8 December 2014 marks the sixth anniversary of the arrest of Chinese poet and human rights defender Liu Xiaobo, who is serving an 11-year prison sentence for his dissident writings and peaceful activism. Liu Xiaobo was imprisoned for “inciting subversion of state power” for his part as the leading author behind “Charter ‘08”, a manifesto calling for protection of universal human rights and democratic reform in China. Continue reading

Elif Shafak writes to Imprisoned Writer Gao Yu

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We have never met in person. Yet the honesty, integrity and power of your words and your exceptional courage have travelled beyond the borders of China and reached my heart, Continue reading

Day of the Imprisoned Writer: Gao Yu


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HONG KONG-LITERATURE-FREEDOMBeijing-based veteran journalist, Gao Yu, ‘disappeared’ on 23 April 2014 Continue reading

Day of the Imprisoned Writer: PEN International calls on governments to free unjustly imprisoned writers


On 15 November, PEN International, the worldwide association of writers, will mark the 33rd anniversary of the annual Day of the Imprisoned Writer, an international day that recognises writers who have suffered persecution as a result of exercising their right to freedom of expression. Continue reading

PEN International’s Assembly of Delegates calls for release of three imprisoned writers in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and China

2 October, 2014

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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan – PEN International’s Assembly of Delegates, meeting at the organisation’s 80th international Congress Continue reading