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Vigil for Assange Wed 18 May 5pm outside the UK High Commission

18 May is the first day that the UK Home Secretary Priti Patel can order the extradition of Julian Assange to the USA for prosecution.  Join PEN S...

Bring Julian Assange Home-An open letter to Foreign Minister Marise Payne

Bring Julian Assange Home-An open letter to Foreign Minister Marise Payne

"Time is running out for Julian, his physical condition is shocking. Years of psychological torture and arbitrary detention demand their bitter toll. He has been denied his final appeal and is now awaiting a US extradition order expected to be handed down on 20 April." John Shipton - Julian's dad, 5th April.

Poetry prize offers ‘hope’ to Australian poets

Australian Catholic University is putting the call out to poets from around thenation to share a glimmer of hope in a world shaken by a global pand...

Taliban orders closure of girls’ school, denying hope and equal opportunity to a generation

Taliban orders closure of girls’ school, denying hope and equal opportunity to a generation

PEN International is alarmed by the Taliban’s abrupt announcement that girlswill continue to be denied the ability to attend secondary school, desp...

A thousand Nobel Laureates, writers and artists worldwide condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

A thousand Nobel Laureates, writers and artists worldwide condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

PEN International, the literary and free expression organisation, has released a letter signed by over 1000 writers worldwide, expressing solidarit...

Maria Tumarkin's appeal for the people of Ukraine

Maria Tumarkin's appeal for the people of Ukraine

 I am a Ukrainian–Jewish–Australian writer born and raised in Kharkiv. Increasingly my city is being compared to Aleppo in Syria...

Newsletter From PEN Ukraine

Newsletter From PEN Ukraine

For more than a week, Ukraine has been defending itself, displacing Russian demotivated soldiers in certain locations. Russian propaga...

Ukraine/Russia: Renewed Call for Peace as Human Rights Crisis Intensifies

The Russian authorities must immediately end their senseless war in Ukraine, PEN International said today, as the human rights and humanitarian cri...

PEN Centres Condemn Decision to Allow the Extradition of Julian Assange

PEN Centres Condemn Decision to Allow the Extradition of Julian Assange

United Kingdom / USA: PEN Centres Condemn Decision to Allow the Extradition of Julian Assange 10 December 2021 – The news today of the decision of...

Afghan Writers and journalists need your help

Afghan Writers and journalists need your help

Afghan Writers and journalists need your help Since the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan in August this year, freedom of expression and many b...

Freedom of Speech for Whom? Postponed to 2022, NSW State Library

Freedom of Speech for Whom? Postponed to 2022, NSW State Library

  PEN Sydney has decided to postpone this lecture to early 2022 (Covid willing) due to many people's concerns about COVID 19 and especially about...