23 February 2021

Spain: Release rapper Pablo Hasél and uphold freedom of expression

22 February 2021 – The Spanish authorities must immediately release Pablo Hasél and amend legislation that stifles freedom of expression, PEN International and PEN Català said today, as the rapper starts a nine-month prison sentence for his lyrics and tweets.
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.
22 October 2020

Belarussian human rights activists announced their proposals to the UN to normalize the human rights crisis in the country

The coalition of Belarusian human rights organizations has prepared and sent to the UN the list of priority requirements for normalizing the human rights crisis in Belarus, in the third cycle of reporting on the UPR, which will be considered on November 2, 2020, at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva (Switzerland).
29 September 2020

Honduras: Overturn the Conviction of Cesario Alejandro Félix Padilla Figueroa

Беларускі ПЭН-цэнтр сумесна з Міжнародным ПЭН-клубам заклікае ўлады Гандураса адмяніць прысуд журналісту Сэзарыа Алехандра Фелікса Падзілья Фігероа.
9 September 2020


Three members of the venerated literary group were detained today while engaging in a peaceful protest in Minsk.
9 September 2020

PEN International centres condemn arrest of Belarus PEN members and employees

Member Centres of PEN International around the world condemn the arrest yesterday of members of the Belarus PEN Centre.
9 September 2020

A statement from Svetlana Alexievich, Nobel Laureate and Chair of Belarusian PEN.

There is no one left of my friends and associates in the opposition’s Coordination Council. They are all in prison, or they have been thrown out of the country. The last, Maksim Znak, was taken today.
8 September 2020

Stop political persecution of students and using of force against them!

We, representatives of the academic community, student unions, youth, and human rights organizations consider inadmissible the interference of law enforcement officials of the Republic of Belarus in the affairs of higher education institutions, political persecution of students, and disproportionate use of force against them, as happened in cases of persecution of participants of student protests from 1 to 5 September 2020.