PEN International is concerned about the ongoing arbitrary detention of Ahmed Mansour Al Shehhi, a well-known writer and human rights defender.
PEN International is deeply worried about the writer and human rights defender Anouar Rahmani (أنور رحماني), who is currently the subject of a criminal investigation for allegedly insulting Islam.
PEN International expresses grave concern at the arrest and detention of Turkish-German journalist Deniz Yücel, who was charged on 27 February 2017 with incitement to hatred and making propaganda in support of a terrorist organization.
PEN International is seriously concerned for the safety of PEN Honduras member and journalist Jairo López who is facing threats following a smear campaign.
PEN is deeply concerned for the health of writer and blogger Rashad Ramazanov, serving a nine-year sentence for his anti-government writings.
Prominent Kurdish filmmaker, imprisoned since November 23, 2016, is in need of urgent medical care after episodes of pulmonary bleeding.
Reports state that on January 23, 2017 writer and blogger Rashad Ramazanov was moved into solitary confinement at Baku Prison #2.
PEN International is seriously concerned about the arrest on November 15, 2016 of journalist Bigeldy Gabdullin, the President of the Kazakh PEN Club, who was arrested in connection with alleged extortion.
Writer and intellectual Abdullah Habib’s appeal is due to be heard on December 5, 2016.
PEN International has learned that prominent filmmaker Keywan Karimi has received a summons to begin serving his sentence on 23 November 2016.