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
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.
RESOLUTION ON THE BELARUSIAN LANGUAGE 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.
#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.
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.
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.
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.
Russia: New laws threaten freedom of expression and media freedom With the adoption of two new laws criminalising 'insult' to the state and the dissemination of 'fake news', as well as plans to increase government control of the Internet, the Russian authorities are imposing further, excessive restrictions on freedom of expression and undermining media freedom.
European Union: Cooperation Council must keep up pressure on Azerbaijan to uphold freedom of expression As European and Azerbaijani leaders gather in Brussels following Azerbaijan’s release of scores of wrongfully imprisoned writers, journalists, writers and activists, the European Union (EU) must ensure that more is done to improve protections for freedom of expression in Azerbaijan.
Belarusian PEN Center: “We protest the detention of writers, musicians, and other peaceful participants on Freedom Day” The Belarusian PEN center condemns the detention of writers, musicians, and other participants in the peaceful rally at the Freedom Day celebrations of the 101st anniversary of the founding of the Belarusian Democratic Republic.

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