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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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September 25, 2014

Dr. Abduljalil al-Singace, imprisoned for treating protesters in a hospital in 2011, requires urgent medical care. ... more »

September 10, 2014

PEN International is shocked by the recent murders of three more journalists in Honduras – Herlyn Iván Espinal Martínez, Nery Francisco Soto Torres and Dagoberto Díaz Suárez. ... more »

July 25, 2014

Journalist Saba Azarpeik, detained since May 28, 2014 without charge, appeared in court on July 21 and 22 and was reported to be in bad physical and psychological condition. ... more »

July 17, 2014

PEN is calling for five journalists in Myanmar to be released immediately and unconditionally and for any charges against the another fifty journalists related to their peaceful protest to be dropped. ... more »

July 16, 2014

PEN is deeply concerned by reports that the imprisoned poet Aron Atabek, who is in ill health, has been tortured and otherwise ill-treated by prison guards. ... more »

July 16, 2014

PEN is deeply concerned by the conviction and sentencing of journalist and blogger Marzieh Rasouli to imprisonment and flogging. ... more »

June 26, 2014

PEN is deeply concerned by the detention, reportedly on treason charges, of the blogger and academic Alexander Sodiqov. ... more »

June 20, 2014

PEN is deeply concerned by reports that the Kazakh prison authorities are denying medical treatment to poet Aron Atabek. ... more »

June 10, 2014

Six weeks after the murder of prominent "Red-Shirt" poet Mainueng K. Kunthee, who was shot dead on April 23, 2014, by unknown assailants, freedom of expression is severely suppressed and a climate of fear prevails. ... more »

June 9, 2014

On June 11, 2014, Turkey’s Supreme Court of Appeals will deliver its final decision in the marathon trial of sociologist, writer, and feminist Pınar Selek. ... more »