Guidelines of assistance
PEN’s protection work includes research & advice, direct assistance to writers at risk, solidarity actions, international campaigns & advocacy. In partnership with other organizations, PEN can provide small emergency grants & support asylum requests.
PEN International promotes literature and freedom of expression and is governed by the PEN Charter and the principles it embodies: unhampered transmission of thought within each nation and between all nations. Our campaigns, events, and programs connect writers and readers, strengthen freedom of expression, defend linguistic rights, and promote quality education at the national, regional, and international level across the globe. In 2014, PEN International’s WiPC team documented over 900 cases of attacks, killings, arrests, and imprisonments of writers across the globe, running targeted international campaigns for persecuted writers and promoting the right to free expression.