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PEN International campaigns on behalf of writers across the globe who are persecuted, harrassed and attacked for what they have written or simply for being a writer. Along with our frequent Action Alerts on behalf of individuals, issued by the Writers in Prison Committee, we regularly run thematic campaigns. Find out more about our current campaigns and how to get involved by visiting the pages below.


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Honduras: Journalism in the Shadow of Impunity

Journalists who cover organized crime, government corruption and other sensitive issues are increasingly facing threats and lethal attacks in Honduras, with almost complete impunity for perpetrators, says PEN International in a new report released today in partnership with PEN Canada and the International Human Rights Program (IHRP) at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law. Honduras: Journalism in the Shadow of Impunity is published ahead of the inauguration of the new President of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández, on Monday 27 January and will form the basis for campaigning by PEN International in 2014.


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Russia: PEN International Sochi Winter Olympics: Out in the Cold Campaign

The Winter Olympic Games will take place in Sochi, Russia on 7th – 23rd February, 2014. During the Games, PEN will be protesting the draconian restrictions placed on free expression in Russia since President Vladimir Putin returned to office in May 2012.



Liu Xiaobo and Liu XiaChina: Fifth anniversary of the arrest of poet and Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo; grave concerns for the physical and psychological integrity of his wife Liu Xia

Chinese poet and human rights defender Liu Xiaobo is serving an eleven-year prison sentence for his dissident writings and peaceful activism, the fifth year of which will be marked on 8 December 2013. His wife, poet and artist Liu Xia, has been held under unofficial house arrest since October 2010 and is said to be suffering from severe depression. PEN International believes that the ongoing, extra-judicial house arrest of Liu Xia is a form of punishment for the human rights work carried out by her husband, Liu Xiaobo, and is extremely concerned for her physical and psychological integrity.



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Day of the Dead

November 2 marks the Day of the Dead , when the families and friends of the departed in Latin America and beyond commemorate the lives of their loved ones. PEN International has long campaigned for freedom of expression and safety and security of journalists in Mexico but journalists and writers in the region continue to be murdered at an alarming rate, while the perpetrators are all too rarely brought to justice.

Click here to read about Day of the Dead 2013.

To read a summary of Centre activities around Day of the Dead 2013, click here.

Liu XiaoboChina: PEN International, in partnership with the Dublin-based human rights group Front Line Defenders calls for release of Liu Xiaobo
10 December 2012 (International Human Rights Day) marked the second anniversary of the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to our colleague Liu Xiaobo, poet and former president of the Independent Chinese PEN Centre (ICPC). PEN International, in partnership with the Dublin-based human rights group Front Line Defenders (www.frontlinedefenders.org), lanuched an international campaign to call for his release.




Write Against Impunity 

22 November 2012 – In the first six months of 2012, more writers were murdered in Latin America than in any other region in the world. The violence against writers and journalists is relentless in Mexico, with at least 80 journalists, writers and bloggers murdered in the last 12 years. Between January and August 2012, eight print journalists were killed, making Mexico the second most dangerous country in the world in which to be a writer. It is closely followed by Honduras and Brazil.



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