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Statement of Human Rights Organizations Regarding Conviction of Nariman Dzelial and the Akhtemov Brothers in Occupied Crimea

Statement of Human Rights Organizations Regarding Conviction of Nariman Dzelial and the Akhtemov Brothers in Occupied Crimea

On September 21, 2022, the so-called "Supreme Court of the Republic of Crimea" announced the conviction of three Crimean political prisoners: Nariman Dzhelial, the first deputy of the Mejlis ...

Stand up for truth and justice: Resolution of the VI Regional meeting of PEN centres

Stand up for truth and justice: Resolution of the VI Regional meeting of PEN centres

In 2014 the Russian Federation violated international regulations, starting a war in Ukraine. In 2022 Russia launched a full-scale war against Ukraine. We, the participants of the VI Regional meeting ...

PEN Ukraine Executive Council statement on attempt on the life of the writer Salman Rushdie

PEN Ukraine Executive Council statement on attempt on the life of the writer Salman Rushdie

PEN Ukraine strongly condemns the violent public assault on the literary writer Salman Rushdie, made on August 12, at an event at the Chautauqua Institution, New York. After the attack, Salman Rushdie ...

Statement on enforced disappearance of Iryna Danilovych in occupied Crimea

Statement on enforced disappearance of Iryna Danilovych in occupied Crimea

On April 29, 2022, activist and citizen journalist Iryna Danilovych went missing in the occupied Crimea while returning home from work. On the same day, Russian security forces searched Iryna's house ...

On Dialogue While Bombs Are Falling: PEN Ukraine Addresses the Global Intellectual Community 

On Dialogue While Bombs Are Falling: PEN Ukraine Addresses the Global Intellectual Community 

As members of PEN Ukraine, writers in a variety of languages and representing a number of nationalities, and recognizing that, in a time of war, all who work in cultural fields bear a special responsibility ...

PEN Ukraine letter to the international PEN community

PEN Ukraine letter to the international PEN community

Dear Friends, In childhood we were told that it’s in times of trouble you discover who your true friends really are. The veracity of this principle has come home to us only now, in our hour of great ...

White or Black – President of PEN Ukraine in reply to PEN Germany’s letter

White or Black – President of PEN Ukraine in reply to PEN Germany’s letter

We are criticized for campaigning to boycott the entire Russian culture until the war is over. We are libeled for our addresses and discussions allegedly containing elements of hate speech. International ...

Statement on boycott of books from Russia in the world

Statement on boycott of books from Russia in the world

Dear world literature and publishing community! We call for a ban on spreading Russian narrative through cultural products in general and books in particular. The very important actions were already taken ...

Petition: Impose cultural sanctions on the Russian Federation

Petition: Impose cultural sanctions on the Russian Federation

The Russian Federation has willfully and maliciously violated existing international standards and agreements. Together with current political and economic sanctions, as well as a ban to compete in sporting ...

Statement of human rights organizations regarding sentencing of political prisoner Vladyslav Yesypenko

Statement of human rights organizations regarding sentencing of political prisoner Vladyslav Yesypenko

On 16 February, Dilyaver Berberov, a so-called ‘judge’ of the ‘Simferopol district court’, passed sentence to Vladyslav Yesypenko, a Ukrainian journalist who worked with Radio ...