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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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January 22, 2016

PEN believes that Georgeian poet and activist Irakli Kakabadze’s arrest and the legal proceedings against him are in connection to his peaceful exercise of his right to protest. ... more »

January 19, 2016

PEN condemns a Bangkok court’s January 18 decision to indict migrant rights activist Andy Hall on charges of criminal defamation and computer crimes in connection with a report published by Finnwatch in 2013. ... more »

January 15, 2016

PEN is calling for Hossein Ronaghi Maleki not to be returned to prison, and for him to be released unconditionally as his sentence relates to his peaceful freedom of expression. ... more »

December 23, 2015

PEN is deeply concerned at the news that prominent Chinese author Wang Lixiong was barred from traveling to Japan on 16 December 2015 apparently due to concerns that his visit would “damage national security.” ... more »

December 22, 2015

PEN calls on Iranian authorities to accept filmmaker Keyvan Karimi's appeal and overturn his conviction and sentence of six years' imprisonment and 223 lashes. ... more »

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 »