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Campaign Resources

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.

Girona Manifesto on Linguistic Rights 

Developed by the translation and Linguistic Rights Committee, the Girona Manifesto is a ten point document designed to be translated and disseminated widely as a tool to defend linguistic diversity around the world. At PEN International’s 77th annual Congress the PEN General Assembly approved the Manifesto.

PEN Declaration on Digital Freedom  

In 2012 at the PEN International Congress in Gyeongju, Korea, PEN members approved the Declaration on Digital Freedom, a concise statement of PEN’s position on threats to free expression in the digital age. For more information read the press release from the 78th PEN International Congress.

Bled Manifesto of the Writers for Peace Committee  

PEN International’s Writers for Peace Committee approved this Manifesto calling for the universal right to peace, based on the Lugano Declaration for Peace and Freedom (1987), the Appeal of Linz Protesting Against the Degradation of the Environment (2009) and the Belgrade Declaration (2011). It was adopted by the Assembly of Delegates at the 79th PEN International Congress in Reykjavik (September 2013).

Writers In Prison Committee Case Lists 

Twice a year the PEN International Writers In Prison Committee produces a case list of individuals around the world who are detained or otherwise persecuted for their peaceful political activities or for the practice of their profession.

Writers In Prison Committee Case List 2013

The Writers in Prison Committee Handbook

The Writers in Prison Committee Handbook was produced to aid PEN Centres in their campaigning for writers detained or otherwise persecuted around the world. Please use it alongside the Caselist.

Digital Campaigning Guide for PEN Members

The PEN Digital Campaigning Manual was created in 2014 and is a beginners guide to online campaigning.

PEN International Guidance Notes for PEN Centres

PEN International has developed a series of Guidance Notes for Centres aimed at addressing of particular relevance in running a PEN Centre. These Guidance Notes have been developed to support PEN Centres in different areas of their work. They are based on the experience of meeting and working with PEN Centres through the PEN International Regional Programmes and particular areas Centres identified they would benefit from additional material to support their work.

PEN International Universal Periodic Review Submissions

The UN’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) scrutinises the human rights records of all UN Member States. PEN holds consultative status with the UN, and has been making submissions to the UPRs since they began in 2007, highlighting particular freedom of speech concerns and making recommendations to the Member States. The more recent UPR sessions have included an assessment of any progress made by the state under review since their last UPR. See the UPR website for more information on how the UPR is run.

Thematic and Regional PEN Resolutions

Each year at Congress, the main assembly votes on thematic and regional positions for the year ahead. This years’ Congress took place in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Past Campaigns

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.

PEN Reports

PEN International has produced a series of reports in partnership with Centres and organisations.

PEN International Centres Handbook 

PEN International Centres Handbook is a guideline for those seeking to set up new centres and for existing centres that are looking for support to develop different areas of their work such as campaigning, communication and fundraising.