Statements

23.07.2021Statement in support of PEN Belarus

We stand in solidarity with colleagues from the Belarusian PEN and strongly condemn crackdowns and repressions exercised by the Belarusian self-proclaimed government against human rights organizations. … read more

20.04.2021Statement of PEN Ukraine in support of Belarusian literary scholar Aliaksandr Fiaduta

Aliaksandr Fiaduta is a Belarusian literary scholar, Doctor of Literary Studies at Jagiellonian University, an expert in the XIX century literature, a political analyst and one of the main public critics of Aliaksandr Lukashenka following the 2020 presidential elections in Belarus. … read more

27.11.2020Open letter of Ukrainian writers to Belarusian colleagues

Our dear Friends, dear Belarusian writers! Distinguished Colleagues – writers, journalists, the entire PEN community!
Since August we have been paying close attention to the events in Belarus, … read more

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