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The Writers in Prison Committee of PEN International was set up in 1960 as a result of mounting concern about attempts to silence critical voices around the world. An office was set up at the PEN head office in London to gather information and to alert the PEN membership to take action. The WiPC is now staffed by a team of experts who monitor around 1,000 attacks on writers, journalists, editors, poets, publishers and others in any given year. These include long prison terms, harassment, threats, and murder.

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We invite you to the UPCOMING CONFERENCE Saturday 9 March 2024                  Storey Hall, RMIT, Melbourne The announcement of Julian Assange’s final appeal in the UK High Court on 20 and 21 February 2024 magnifies the critical importance of this conference in defending his case and cause. Those who have been fighting for truth, peace and justice understand the precious nature of freedom of thought and expression. If extradited to the United States to face espionage charges, Julian faces a sentence …

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1 Narges Mohammadi’s 2023 Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech Your Majesties, Your Royal Highnesses, Excellencies, Members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Ladies and Gentlemen, I express my gratitude to the honorable members of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee for awarding the prestigious and honorable Nobel Peace Prize to the glorious movement of ‘Woman, Life, Freedom’ and to a woman, a human rights defender, and a democracy advocate, who is imprisoned. Your meaningful and powerful support is appreciated. I am confident …

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PEN International launches its annual Day of the Imprisoned Writer campaign, calling for the release of writers Iryna Danylovych, María Cristina Garrido Rodríguez, Soulaiman Raissouni and Go Sherab Gyatso Every year on 15 November, PEN International launches its Day of the Imprisoned Writer campaign, highlighting cases of writers who are imprisoned or facing persecution, and calling for urgent international action to release and protect them. These cases are emblematic of the type of threats and attacks writers and journalists around …

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20 October: In the third decade of the 21st Century humans are able to see into the furthest reaches and most distant times of the universe. We can produce literature, art and music of extraordinary resonance and subtlety. And yet, almost every day in the world we are faced with escalating barbarism, mostly directed against our closest neighbours. Vicious conflicts are currently affecting the whole world. “PEN respects and defends the dignity of all human beings. PEN opposes injustice and …

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  PEN International launches its annual Day of the Imprisoned Writer campaign, calling for the release of writers Iryna Danylovych, María Cristina Garrido Rodríguez, Soulaiman Raissouni and Go Sherab Gyatso Every year on 15 November, PEN International launches its Day of the Imprisoned Writer campaign, highlighting cases of writers who are imprisoned or facing persecution, and calling for urgent international action to release and protect them. These cases are emblematic of the type of threats and attacks writers and journalists …

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