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Linguistic Rights

PEN is committed to the respect of all languages, and the protection and promotion of minority languages. PEN’s central and guiding principles on linguistic rights are laid out in the Girona Manifesto. For an explanation of linguistic rights, and...

International Advocacy

PEN undertakes advocacy internationally to ensure that the principles of freedom of expression and translation and linguistic rights are upheld. PEN has held consultative status with the UN since 1949, and has special consultative status with UNESCO. Click on...

Policy & Advocacy

Since our first International Congress 90 years ago, PEN has been a truly global organisation, with our country offices leading the way in the defence of writers, essayists, novelists, bloggers and journalists throughout the world. All of PEN’s policy...