Actions Work: Tran Khai Thanh Thuy Released from Prison

[caption id="attachment_676" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Tran Khai Thanh Thuy"][/caption] Last week, PEN centers around the world celebrated the news that Tran Khai Thanh Thuy, a Vietnamese writer and PEN American Center… More

Torture and Our House of Mirrors

I went to Washington last week with China on my mind, but came back preoccupied once again with torture. [caption id="attachment_603" align="alignleft" width="269" caption="House of Mirrors"][/caption] That’s because twice in one… More

Ai Weiwei’s Release Gives Reason for Hope

[caption id="attachment_392" align="alignnone" width="392" caption="Ai Weiwei"] [/caption] We were much relieved to learn that Ai Weiwei was released this week on bail, though we know from the experiences of others in… More

Dear President Obama

Arguing that the United States owes a public debt to those who refused to support or participate in torture, PEN American Center has joined with nine other leading human… More

Give Us Back Our Bahrain

httpv://youtu.be/K8-qOerX3xI The above video captures Bahraini poet Ayat al-Gormezi reciting her poem, “Khalifa” (Prime Minister), at a pro-democracy protest in Pearl Square. She was arrested in March and charged with incitement… More

Words a Cell Can’t Hold

I had imagined being there beneath sunlight / with the procession of martyrs / using just the one thin bone / to uphold a true conviction More

Enoh Meyomesse:Ma Vie en Prison (francais)

Mes premiers jours ont été difficiles à Kondengui, où je suis arrivé jeudi 22 décembre 2011 à 14 heures, quoique, en comparaison aux trente passés en garde à vue… More

Autopsy Reports

Hi, I’m __________________. I am reading excerpts from a series of autopsy and death reports of detainees who died in U.S. custody in Iraq and Afghanistan.Autopsy Number: AO3-51.Date of… More