CUBA: Immediately release poet and journalist Roberto de Jesús Quiñones Haces

Roberto de Jesús Quiñones Haces © Cortesia

PEN International calls for the immediate and unconditional release of poet, lawyer and independent journalist Roberto de Jesús Quiñones Haces. In April 2019, he was detained while he was covering a trial for news website CubaNet. Quiñones Haces was released five days later and fined for conduct during his detention allegedly constituting ‘disobedience’ and ‘resistance’. After refusing to pay the fine, he was sentenced to a prison sentence of one year on 7 August and detained on 11 September 2019. During his imprisonment, Quiñones Haces has developed health problems due to the conditions of detention and, according to the writer’s relatives, he is particularly at risk from Covid-19. Continue reading

(German) Kirgisistan: Schreiben Sie Azimjon Askarov und setzen Sie ein Zeichen der Solidarität

Azimjon Askarov © PEN International

(German) 15. Mai 2020 – RAN 03/2020

Am 13. Mai hat sich der Oberste Gerichtshof in Kirgisistan der Entscheidung eines Regionalgerichts angeschlossen, die Verurteilung des Journalisten und Menschenrechtsaktivisten Azimjon Askarov zu einer lebenslangen Haftstrafe nicht zu überprüfen.  Continue reading

MYANMAR: Poet and PEN member facing imprisonment for defaming the military

Saw Wai © PEN International

PEN International is deeply concerned by the ongoing prosecution of poet and PEN member, Saw Wai, who stands accused of defaming the military under Section 505(a) of the Penal Code, after speaking at an event in Kaw Thaung township, in the Tanintharyi region of Southwestern Myanmar. If convicted, he could face up to two years in prison. PEN International believes that Saw Wai is being targeted solely for the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression and calls for the charges against him to be dropped. Continue reading