‘If the state had confidence in its own power and acts, it would hardly need to silence you’

Our colleagues at PEN International are also highlighting the cases of five persecuted writers for this year’s Day of the Imprisoned Writer, including Osman Kavala, Chimengül Awut, Sedigeh Vasmaghi, Kakwenza Rukirabashaija and Paola Ugaz.

‘Please act to be a part of a community of solidarity and hope’

English PEN President Philippe Sands writes in the Guardian about the PENWrites campaign and the importance of writer-to-writer solidarity.