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World Poetry Day, 21 March 2022

March 21, 2022 IN WIP
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This year, PEN International calls for the release of Poet Maung Yu Py, detained by the Burmese authorities for exercising his right to freedom of expression through poetry. We have produced an action page, social media messages and audio visuals to promote this case. Please note that all materials are under embargo until Monday 21 March at 9am UK time. Links below will go live on Monday 21 March at 9am UK time.


World Poetry Day: Take action for Maung Yu Py (Myanmar)





Visuals: English, French, Spanish attached.

Social Media posts: English, Spanish attached. French, coming Monday.


We will further share the case of Ahmad Douma (Egypt) with final materials coming on Monday.



Freedom of expression is the foundation of human rights, the source of humanity, and the mother of truth. To strangle freedom of speech is to trample on human rights, stifle humanity, and suppress truth”  Liu Xiaobo, 2009.

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People say that (writers) are pretty powerless: we don’t have an army, we don’t have a bureaucracy. But if that were true, then why would writers be arrested?... Because the spoken word is powerful.

— John Ralston Saul on the work of PEN International