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PEN Canada is one of 145 centres of International PEN, the world’s oldest human rights organization and oldest international literary organization, founded in 1921. The organization campaigns on behalf of writers whose right to freedom of expression has been violated. PEN has assisted writers such as Salman Rushdie, Orhan Pamuk, Aung San Sui Kyi and Vaclav Havel.
PEN Canada is committed to defending freedom of opinion and the peaceable expression of such opinion, as guaranteed by Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In Canada, it supports the right to freedom of expression as enshrined in Section 2 (b) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Writers in Prison Committee advocates on behalf of writers persecuted, imprisoned and murdered in countries such as China, Iran, Turkey and Eritrea.
Writers in Exile Network establishes partnerships with Canadian universities, colleges and other institutions to create placements for writers who have found asylum in Canada so that they may re-professionalize their skills.
The TAXI project explores freedom of expression through the arts with actors, writers in exile and established and community authors participating in schools and community readings and events.
National Affairs Committee challenges legislation in Canada that violates the right to freedom of expression as guaranteed in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
PEN Canada relies on the support of readers and writers across Canada to support its vital work on behalf of freedom of expression. To join PEN Canada, or to make a tax deductible donation, visit out website at www.pencanada.ca.