PEN Visits South Africa

I just returned from a fabulous trip to South Africa, where I traveled on behalf of PEN American Center with the poet Cathy Park Hong as part of our… More

Hojjatoleslam Hasan Yousefi Eshkevari | Status: Released | Iran

Eshkevari was released from prison on February 6, 2005. He was freed after serving two-thirds of his seven-year jail term. A condition of his release is that Eshkevari will… More

Nasser Zarafshan | Status: Released | Iran

Nasser Zarafshan was released on March 15, 2007. Zarafshan is reportedly now in good health and is the secretary of the Iranian Writers Association. According to January 2014 reports,… More

Mohammed Abbou | Status: Released | Tunisia

Mohammed Abbou, an Internet writer, lawyer, and human rights activist, was arrested on March 1, 2005, for an article published on the Internet nine months earlier that denounced torture… More

Liu Xiaobo | Status: Deceased | China

Liu Xiaobo, a renowned literary critic, writer, political activist, and 2010 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, was charged with "inciting subversion of state power," and sentenced to 11-years in prison… More

Dolma Kyab | Status: Released | China/Tibet Autonomous Region

Dolma Kyab is a writer and teacher in his native Tibet, born in 1976. After protests and riots broke out in Lhasa in March 2008, Dolma Kyab was reportedly… More

Tal Al-Mallouhi | Status: In Prison | Syria

Tal Al-Mallouhi is a student, blogger, and poet from Homs, Syria, serving a five-year sentence for "divulging information to a foreign state." No evidence was disclosed to justify… More

Michel Kilo | Status: Released | Syria

Prominent writer and journalist Michel Kilo contributes to the leading Lebanese daily Al-Nahar and the London-based daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi. Initially, Kilo was arrested on May 14, 2006 when he… More

Aung Than & Zeya Aung | Status: Released | Myanmar

Aung Than is a member of the National League for Democracy (NLD) and Zeya Aung is a student at Pegu University. Together they wrote a book of poems called… More