27 January 2020

The stance of the Belarusian PEN Center on persecution of the participants of peaceful rallies to support sovereignty of Belarus

In December 2019, mass gatherings took place in Belarus in defense of the country’s sovereignty. The government responded with a campaign of administrative persecution against the participants of the peaceful rallies. Among those persecuted are writers, bloggers and journalists.
13 January 2020

Statement by the Board of the Belarusian PEN Center on the Persecution of Writer Uladzimir Arlou

Writer Uladzimir Arlou punished for reading out a literary work
30 December 2019

Statement on Administrative Proceedings Against Participants of Pro-Independence Protests

The Board of the Belarusian PEN Centre is deeply concerned over the administrative arrests and fines applied to the participants of peaceful rallies in defence of the independence of Belarus.
4 October 2019


The Assembly of Delegates of PEN International, meeting at its 85th annual Congress in Manila, Philippines, 1 to 5 October 2019, is concerned at the continuous stigmatisation of the Belarusian language in Belarus, where the authorities have been seeking to assert the dominance of the Russian language for nearly three decades.
3 October 2019

#FreeAseev: Statement of the Executive Board of PEN Ukraine

Over two years ago, in June 2017, a Ukrainian writer and journalist Stanislav Aseev was abducted in Donetsk on the temporarily occupied territory.
2 May 2019

Turkey: Former Cumhuriyet staff sent to jail

The Turkish authorities must overturn the convictions of six former Cumhuriyet members of staff and journalists who were sent back to prison on 25 April 2019 on baseless terrorism-related charges and release them immediately and unconditionally.
19 April 2019

United Kingdom: Julian Assange should not be extradited to the United States

The British authorities must not extradite WikiLeaks founder and publisher Julian Assange to the United States.
8 April 2019

Italy: Writer and journalist Roberto Saviano facing prison for defamation

The Italian authorities should immediately drop criminal defamation charges against writer, journalist and PEN award winner Roberto Saviano, and repeal all criminal defamation laws, PEN International and English PEN said today.