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Freedom to Mykola Semena

Freedom to Mykola Semena

We, the participants and guests of the 83rd PEN International Congress, are anxiously watching events in Russia-occupied Crimea. In particular, we are waiting for the court verdict (22.09.2017) against ...

Free Ilmi Umerov! Stop Political Terror in the Crimea!

Free Ilmi Umerov! Stop Political Terror in the Crimea!

Statement of the Ukrainian Center of the International PEN The Ukrainian Center of the International PEN expresses the gravest concern over the critical health condition of Ilmi Umerov, a Crimean Tatar ...

Ukrainian PEN: Flourishing Expression in the Face of Repression and Dichotomy

Ukrainian PEN: Flourishing Expression in the Face of Repression and Dichotomy

The PEN World series showcases the important work of the more than 140 centers that form PEN International. Each PEN center sets its own priorities, but they are united by their commitment to advocate ...

Appeal to the Chinese president to release 47 writers and journalists

Appeal to the Chinese president to release 47 writers and journalists

His Excellency Mr Xi Jinping President of the People’s Republic of China Zhongnanhai, Xichengqu Beijing The People’s Republic of China Your Excellency, As you undertake your first state visit ...

PEN International conference  on the Russian-Ukrainian situation

PEN International conference on the Russian-Ukrainian situation

Stockholm, 11th June 2014 PEN International conference on the Russian/Ukrainian situation hosted by Swedish PEN & Russian and Ukrainian PEN affirm their unity against the waves of propaganda destroying ...

Letter of support for Ukrainian Colleagues from Latvian writers, translators, publicists and Latvian Writers Union

Letter of support for Ukrainian Colleagues from Latvian writers, translators, publicists and Latvian Writers Union

Dear colleagues and friends in Ukraine, We, Latvian writers, express deep concern about the situation in Ukraine, since the authorities are using brutal force and firearms against the protesters. We, ...

To prevent the escalation of violence. Statement of the Ukrainian Centre of the International PEN Club

To prevent the escalation of violence. Statement of the Ukrainian Centre of the International PEN Club

Andrey Kurkov Myroslav Marynovych Mykola Riabchuk After the Ukranian government rubber-stamped a series of repressive laws last week and further violence, the Ukrainian Centre of the International PEN ...

Statement of the Ukrainian Center of the PEN International regarding the Mass Violation of Human Rights and Unpunished Attacks of the Repressive Structures of the Government in Ukraine  on Civic Activists, Journalists, and Writers in Kyiv

Statement of the Ukrainian Center of the PEN International regarding the Mass Violation of Human Rights and Unpunished Attacks of the Repressive Structures of the Government in Ukraine on Civic Activists, Journalists, and Writers in Kyiv

We do not now expect that this statement will stop the current Ukrainian government from attacking the democratic rights of citizens, in particular, civic activists and journalists. The government, which, ...

Renowned Publishing Company Vsesvit - the latest victim of lawless raids

Renowned Publishing Company Vsesvit - the latest victim of lawless raids

On 26 April the offices of the long-established literary journal Vsesvit were raided in what would seem to be the latest ugly use of criminal methods and brute force, resulting in the journal’s ...

PEN Ukraine: On the Political Persecution of Writer Yury Vynnychuk

PEN Ukraine: On the Political Persecution of Writer Yury Vynnychuk

According to media reports, on 23 January this year police officers arrived at the home of Lviv writer Yury Vynnychuk and demanded written explanation regarding a poem he read out a few months ago at ...