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Statement in support of PEN Belarus

Statement 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. ...

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

Statement 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 ...

Open letter of Ukrainian writers to Belarusian colleagues

Open 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, to the ...

Statement of PEN Ukraine on the situation in Belarus

Statement 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 ...

Belarus: PEN calls for the immediate release of political prisoners

Belarus: 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 ...

The Democracy of the Imagination Manifesto

The 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 * Presented by Jennifer Clement, ...

Statement of the Ukrainian PEN Centre in support of Belarusian writers

Statement 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 ...

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

PEN 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. We ask you as the Ukrainian Parliament ...

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

International 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 ...

#FreeAseev: Statement of the Executive Board of PEN Ukraine

#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 ...