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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.

Information saves lives. Take a moment to share these bulletins or write a letter on behalf of a colleague in need.

Vietnam
April 7, 2014

PEN mourns the death from cancer of blogger Dinh Dang Dinh on April 3, 2014. ... more »

China/Tibet
April 2, 2014

PEN welcomes the March 29, 2014 release of Tibetan writer and editor Tashi Rabten (pen-name Te’urang) who had been serving a four-year prison sentence in connection with his critical writings. ... more »

Turkey
April 1, 2014

PEN is delighted by the news of the release pending trial of writer and translator Deniz Zarakolu after two-and-a-half years in pre-trial detention. ... more »

Vietnam
March 26, 2014

PEN welcomes the release of blogger Dinh Dang Dinh and writer and activist Nguyen Huu Cau on March 21, 2014, under an amnesty, and reiterates its call for the release of poet, essayist, scholar, and Catholic priest Father Nguyen Van Ly. ... more »

Egypt
March 19, 2014

PEN protests the two-year prison sentence handed to Egyptian poet Omar Hazek, who has been held in custody since his arrest in early December 2013 for taking part in a protest. Omar Hazek was held in Hadra prison in Alexandria until February 21, 2014, when he was moved to Burj Al-Arab prison also in Alexandria, where he remains held. PEN believes that the poet Omar Hazek is imprisoned for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression and assembly, and therefore calls for his immediate and unconditional release. ... more »

Vietnam
March 7, 2014

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 »

China
February 27, 2014

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 »

Vietnam
February 19, 2014

PEN calls upon its members to send renewed letters of appeal for the immediate and unconditional release of blogger and human rights lawyer Le Quoc Quan, whose appeal was rejected on February 18, 2014. ... more »

India
February 18, 2014

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 »

Vietnam
February 7, 2014

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 »

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