PEN’s Rapid Actions are urgent bulletins about writers at risk of arrest, imprisonment, or attack. Each of the bulletins contains a brief summary of the case and information on who you can contact to stop or mitigate the abuse.
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Turkey: Lift travel restrictions imposed on writer Aslı Erdoğan
PEN is concerned about the travel restrictions placed by the Turkish authorities on award-winning author and PEN honorary member Aslı Erdoğan. She is due to travel to Osnabrück, Germany,… More
Poland: Investigative journalist Tomasz Piątek faces potential charges in relation to his work
PEN is concerned that Polish investigative journalist Tomasz Piątek faces potential criminal charges in relation to a book published in June 2017. The book, ‘Macierewicz and his Secrets’ (‘Macierewicz… More
UGANDA: Stella Nyanzi’s next hearing set for August 21
PEN continues to call for the charges to be dropped against prominent feminist academic and activist Dr. Stella Nyanzi in advance of her next court hearing on August 21. More
CHINA: Concerns for well-being of poet and artist Liu Xia
PEN is deeply concerned for the health and well-being of poet, artist, and founding member of the Independent Chinese PEN Center, Liu Xia, following reports that attempts to contact… More
PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Awardee Oleg Sentsov Turns 41 in Prison
July 13 marks the fourth birthday that Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov has spent incarcerated on charges trumped up to silence his opposition to the Russian annexation of Crimea. More
United Arab Emirates (UAE): Arbitrary detention of prominent writer and human rights defender reaches three months
Ahmed Mansoor al-Shehhi (أحمد منصور الشحي), a 47 year-old Emirati citizen, was reportedly arrested by dozens of uniformed security agents who broke into his home in the city of Ajman.… More
CHINA: Writer and Nobel laureate released from prison on medical grounds
PEN is gravely concerned for the health of dissident writer, Independent Chinese PEN Center (ICPC) member and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Liu Xiaobo, following news of his diagnosis of… More