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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PEN is gravely concerned for the health of blogger Dinh Dang Dinh, who is suffering from end-stage stomach cancer and was transferred to hospital on February 15, 2014. PEN is also seriously concerned for the health of poet, essayist, scholar, and Catholic Priest Father Nguyen Van Ly, and writer and activist Nguyen Huu Cau. Both are serving lengthy prison sentences in Vietnam imposed for their peaceful exercise of their right to freedom of expression, and are seriously ill. ... more »
PEN is seriously concerned for the well-being of Uyghur writer, academic, and Uyghur PEN member Ilham Tohti, who was formally charged with “separatism” on February 20, 2014, amid a crackdown on Chinese Uyghurs critical of the government. ... more »
PEN is increasingly concerned about a chilling climate of censorship and self-censorship in India after Penguin Books withdrew Wendy Doniger's The Hindus: An Alternative History—the third publication to be recalled in India this year. ... more »
PEN calls upon its members to send renewed letters of appeal calling for the immediate and unconditional release of blogger and human rights lawyer Le Quoc Quan, whose appeal is due to be heard on February 12, 2014. ... more »
PEN is seriously concerned for the well-being of Uyghur writer, academic, and Uyghur PEN Member Ilham Tohti, who was arrested at his home in Beijing on January 15, 2014, and remains detained incommunicado. ... more »
PEN is seriously concerned about the ongoing detention of Hong Kong-based publisher Yao Wentian, who has been held in Shenzhen since October 27, 2013. ... more »