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17 November 2020

Newsletter #6: Belarusian Culture in Times of Political Crisis

The flywheel of repression in Belarus is unfolding, and the pressure that cultural sphere has been dealing with can’t be compared to other, even the most difficult times that it has seen in the independent Belarus. However, Belarusian Arts and Culture community respond with solidarity and new creative works. Quoting actor Ilya Yasinski, who was severely beaten during his detention and is now in hospital with broken vertebrae, "You can break our spine, but you will not break our spirit."
10 November 2020

Newsletter #5: Belarusian Culture in Times of Political Crisis

Mass arrests of musicians and other art workers, interviews with notable personalities, inspiring stories of cultural resistance, amazing international solidarity – all this and more in the new issue of our weekly newsletter that we make so you can stay aware and share the information because it also matters!
6 November 2020

Belarus: Writers, artists and cultural workers targeted in repression against the democracy movement

Today, 6 November 2020, the Belarus PEN Centre makes the following call for international support as the government onslaught against the pro-democracy movement continues.
6 November 2020

Position of Belarusian human rights organizations on constitutional reform

In response to a constitutional reform announced by the authorities, Belarusian human rights organizations consider it necessary to note the following. We believe that the process of discussing changes to the Constitution organized by the authorities is an attempt to silence gross human rights violations, including torture of thousands of detainees.
6 November 2020

Belarus: As the crisis in Belarus continues, Belarus PEN calls for international support

Today, 6 November 2020, the Belarus PEN Centre makes the following call for international support as the government onslaught against the pro-democracy movement continues.
5 November 2020

Belarusian PEN has joined the PENWrites letter-writing campaign

The English PEN has launched the PENWrites campaign to write letters to political prisoners.
3 November 2020

Newsletter #4: Belarusian Culture in Times of Political Crisis

The “people's ultimatum” expired on October 25, and many cultural figures, sometimes entire collectives, joined the nationwide strike. There’s been an escalation of pressure, but the regime can’t restrain the freedom of thought and creativity any longer.
27 October 2020

Newsletter #3: Belarusian Culture in Times of Political Crisis

The week has been rich in news - arrests and pressure on cultural figures continued, but the resistance has been strong as ever!
26 October 2020

Joint statement of Belarusian PEN and Union of Belarusian Writers about cultural workers’ repressions

Every week we receive alarming reports about the detentions of our friends – writers, journalists, and cultural workers.
22 October 2020

Statement of the Belarusian PEN Center and the Union of Belarusan Writers in connection with the repressions against freedom of thought and creativity in Belarus

In Belarus, in the post-election period, there has been a targeted pressure on freedom of expression, thought, and creativity. We draw attention to the unprecedented repressions against cultural workers and the members of Belarusian creative organizations.