27 January 2020

The stance of the Belarusian PEN Center on persecution of the participants of peaceful rallies to support sovereignty of Belarus

In December 2019, mass gatherings took place in Belarus in defense of the country’s sovereignty. The government responded with a campaign of administrative persecution against the participants of the peaceful rallies. Among those persecuted are writers, bloggers and journalists.
13 January 2020

Statement by the Board of the Belarusian PEN Center on the Persecution of Writer Uladzimir Arlou

Writer Uladzimir Arlou punished for reading out a literary work
30 December 2019

Statement on Administrative Proceedings Against Participants of Pro-Independence Protests

The Board of the Belarusian PEN Centre is deeply concerned over the administrative arrests and fines applied to the participants of peaceful rallies in defence of the independence of Belarus.
4 October 2019


The Assembly of Delegates of PEN International, meeting at its 85th annual Congress in Manila, Philippines, 1 to 5 October 2019, is concerned at the continuous stigmatisation of the Belarusian language in Belarus, where the authorities have been seeking to assert the dominance of the Russian language for nearly three decades.
26 March 2019

Belarusian PEN Center: “We protest the detention of writers, musicians, and other peaceful participants on Freedom Day”

The Belarusian PEN center condemns the detention of writers, musicians, and other participants in the peaceful rally at the Freedom Day celebrations of the 101st anniversary of the founding of the Belarusian Democratic Republic.
13 March 2019

PEN America Joins Belarusian PEN Center in Call to End Persecution of Writer and Activist Paviel Sieviaryniec

The harassment of renowned writer Paviel Sievaryniec and his fellow activists in Belarus has gone on for too long, and his arrest this week is proof of the continuous threat to freedom of expression.
13 March 2019

Conviction of editor-in-chief must be quashed

PEN International and the Belarusian PEN Center strongly condemn the decision to fine editor-in-chief Maryna Zolatava and urge the Belarusian authorities to overturn her conviction, make efforts to improve freedom of expression in Belarus and remove restrictions on Belarusian bloggers and journalists.
5 March 2019

Statement of the Belarusian Association of Journalists and Belarusian Pen Center on Conviction of Maryna Zolatava

On March 4 Zavadski court of Minsk imposed a fine of 7, 650 BYN and BelTA's court costs of 6, 000 BYN on Maryna Zolatava, the chief editor of the most popular Belarusian Internet portal TUT.BY, for "dereliction of duty" (Art. 425 of the Criminal Code).