PEN Myanmar

What is PEN Myanmar?

PEN Myanmar is an association of writers who believe in freedom of expression and share the desire to promote literature. PEN Myanmar was established in 2013. Its constitution was drafted based on the PEN International Constitution and received unanimous approval from all PEN centers worldwide at the 79th PEN International Congress on 12 October 2013.

What are the objectives of PEN Myanmar?

  • Protecting and promoting freedom of expression in Myanmar
  • Helping establish a new culture of literature in Myanmar
  • Building a bridge between school education and creative literature

What is PEN International?

PEN International is a worldwide association founded in London in 1921to promote intellectual co-operation among writers everywhere.  It is among the world’s oldest human rights organizations and the oldest international literary organization.

PEN originally stood for “Poets, Essayists and Novelists” in English but has come to include those working in any format, including journalists, bloggers, cartoonists and others engaged in creative expression using words, publishers, booksellers, and students. The association has more than 150 autonomous PEN centers in over 100 countries.

PEN emphasizes the role of literature in the development of mutual understanding and world culture; fights for freedom of expression; and acts as a powerful voice on behalf of writers harassed, imprisoned and sometimes killed for expressing their views.