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.
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
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.