Statements

14.08.2020Statement of PEN Ukraine on the situation in Belarus

We, Ukrainian writers, journalists, human rights defenders, scholars, publishers, members of PEN Ukraine, consider the current situation in Belarus to be utterly unacceptable.
The use of force by Belarusian authorities against demonstrators who have taken and continue taking to the streets to protest peacefully is a flagrant violation of all norms of international and Belarusian legislation in the realm of human rights, … read more

09.08.2020Belarus: PEN calls for the immediate release of political prisoners

PEN International, Belarus PEN and 24 PEN Centres are highly concerned about the systematic violations of the right to freedom of expression and other human rights that are central to democratic participation of political opponents and dissenting voices in the run-up to the presidential elections in Belarus, … read more

31.01.2020The Democracy of the Imagination Manifesto

THE DEMOCRACY OF THE IMAGINATION MANIFESTO
passed with unanimity
at the Assembly of Delegates of PEN International
85th World Congress
Manila, Philippines
October 2, 2019
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Presented by Jennifer Clement, … read more

09.01.2020Statement of the Ukrainian PEN Centre in support of Belarusian writers

Ukrainian writers are concerned about the events unfolding in neighbouring Belarus. There, in the capital and a number of other cities, mass protests against deepening integration with the Russian Federation have recently taken place. … read more

23.12.2019PEN Ukraine Statement to Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights on Pavel Sheremet’s Murder

Dear Mrs. Denisova,
We, who have signed below, express our solemn concern regarding violations of rights of the suspects in the case of Pavel Sheremet’s murder. … read more

03.10.2019International PEN Congress in Manila adopted the resolution on the state of freedom of expression in Crimea

On the 2nd October  during the 85th PEN International Congress in Manila (the Philippines), the Assembly of Delegates united in one voice voted in favour of adopting the resolution on the state of freedom of expression in Crimea. … read more

19.06.2019#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. Abductors – the so-called Ministry of State Security of the DPR – denied their involvement in this case, … read more

01.06.2019PEN America: Stanislav Aseyev’s Detention Approaches Two-Year Mark Amid Global Pleas For His Release

Since being detained by Russia-backed separatists in June of 2017, the Ukrainian blogger has been held incommunicado in the Donbas region.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 31, … read more

15.05.2019Statement of Executive Board of PEN Ukraine regarding pressure against Bulgarian writer Svetoslav Nahum

To
the Headship of Bulgarian PEN Center
Union of Bulgarian Writers
 
Dear Colleagues,
It is a great pity for us to find out that Svetoslav Nahum, … read more

14.02.2019Between Freedom and Security: More Than “For” and “Against”

In recent years, Ukrainian society has been undergoing a period of important debates and discussions; we learn to speak and listen to each other. It is a very challenging path for a country at war: when shades disappear so quickly and there is only black and white left, … read more

21.11.2018No platform for a terrorist! Statement of PEN Ukraine on Zakhar Prilepin’s participation in the 34th Slovene Book Fair

The organizers of the 34th Slovene Book Fair have made an ill-considered decision to invite to this reputable cultural forum an extremely odious guest – the Russian writer, … read more

05.11.2018Statement of the Ukrainian Centre of PEN International on the murder of Kateryna Gandziuk

PEN Ukraine urges Ukrainian law enforcement institutions to take all necessary measures to bring the perpetrators of the murder of Kherson public and political activist Kateryna Gandziuk to justice. … read more