News from the PEN Congress including new President

The 69th Congress of International PEN in Mexico City was attended by over 250 delegates and participants from more than 65 Centres.

  • Jirí Gruša (a member of the Austrian, Czech and German Centres) was elected International President, in succession to Homero Aridjis, who had completed his second and final term in office.

  • In a historic decision, the first paragraph of the PEN charter was amended. This is the first such amendment to the Charter since the text that we know and have as our central document was proposed to the Assembly at the Copenhagen Congress in 1948. The first sentence of point 1 of the Charter now reads ‘Literature knows no frontiers’, whereas before it read ‘Literature, national though it be in origin, knows no frontiers’.

  • Six new Centres were elected members of International PEN. These were: Afghanistan, Morocco, Paraguay, Spain, Trieste (Italy), Zambia.

Please click here  for details of the Resolutions passed at the Congress.

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