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Rapid Action

Rapid Action

PEN's Rapid Actions are urgent bulletins about writers at risk of arrest, imprisonment, or attack. Each of the bulletins contains a brief summary of the case and information on who you can contact to stop or mitigate the abuse.

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November 13, 2015

5 November marked one year since the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) ordered the Honduran state to suspend a 16-month work ban on journalist and PEN Honduras member Julio Ernesto Alvarado, in a landmark ruling brought by PEN Honduras and PEN International. Unfortunately, more than a year later, the Honduran state has yet to comply with the IACHR’s ruling. Despite commitments made to PEN Honduras and PEN International by the Honduran Attorney General at a meeting at the IAHCR in Washington DC on 21 October 2015 – a meeting that Alvarado himself was prevented from attending – the work ban came into effect on 30 October. ... more »

October 21, 2015

PEN protests the harsh sentences imposed on the poets and lyricists Fatemeh Ekhtesari and Mehdi Moosavi. Ekhtesari and Moosavi were sentenced to 11.5 and nine years in prison, respectively, on 12 October 2015 for crimes including ‘insulting the holy sanctities.’ They were also sentenced to 99 lashes each for ‘illicit relations.’ The poets have the right to appeal and are currently free. PEN calls on the Iranian authorities to quash their sentences. ... more »

July 23, 2015

Blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki was ordered to return to prison immediately on 29 June 2015. ... more »

Saudi Arabia
June 8, 2015

On 7 June 2015, the Saudi Supreme Court confirmed the sentence of 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes imposed on editor Raif (or Raef) Badawi after conviction of “insulting Islam” and “founding a liberal website.” ... more »

May 14, 2015

Bengali writer, editor and blogger Ananta Bijoy Das was killed on 12 May 2015 by religious extremists in the city of Sylhet. ... more »

May 6, 2015

PEN International is seriously concerned for the health of prominent academic, activist and blogger Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace, who has been on hunger strike since 21 March 2015 in protest at conditions in Jaw prison. ... more »

March 2, 2015

PEN is calling for Badawi’s current conviction to be overturned, for his sentence of flogging to be halted immediately, and for him not to be retried for apostasy ... more »

February 24, 2015

PEN calls for the immediate and unconditional release of students Patiwat Saraiyaem and Pornthip Munkong, as they are held for the peaceful exercise of their right to freedom of expression. ... more »

February 20, 2015

PEN calls for a response to the recent spike in harassment of Iranian poet, translator, literary critic, and journalist Sepideh Jodeyri, following the publication of her translation into Persian of the prize-winning graphic novel, Blue is the Warmest Color. ... more »

November 14, 2014

PEN calls for any charges against her solely relating to her right to freedom of expression to be dropped ... more »