International P.E.N. the worldwide association of writers, 
exists to promote friendship and intellectual co-operation among writers everywhere, regardless of their political or other views; to fight for freedom of expression and to defend vigorously writers suffering from oppressive regimes. PEN is strictly non-political, a Non Governmental Organization with Category A status at UNESCO.  It is composed of Centres, each of which represents its membership and not its country. Membership is open to all qualified writers, regardless of nationality, language, race, colour or religion, and every member is required to sign the P.E.N. Charter and by so doing to observe its conditions. 


International P.E.N. Charter 
The P.E.N. Charter is based on resolutions passed at its International Congresses and may be summarized as follows: 

P.E.N. affirms that: 

1. Literature, national though it be in origin, knows no frontiers, and should remain common currency between nations in spite of political or international upheavals. 

2. In all circumstances, and particularly in time of war, works of art, the patrimony of humanity at large, should be left untouched by national or political passion. 

3. Members of P.E.N. should at all times use what influence they have in favour of good understanding and mutual respect between nations; they pledge themselves to do their utmost to dispel race, class and national hatreds, and to champion the ideal of one humanity living in peace in one world. 

4. P.E.N. stands for the principle of unhampered transmission of thought within each nation and between all nations, and members pledge themselves to oppose any form of suppression of freedom of expression in the country and community to which they belong, as well as throughout the world wherever this is possible.  P.E.N. declares for a free press and opposes arbitrary censorship in time of peace.  It believes that the necessary advance of the world towards a more highly organized political and economic order renders a free criticism of governments, administrations and institutions imperative.  And since freedom implies voluntary restraint, members pledge themselves to oppose such evils of a free press as mendacious publication, deliberate falsehood and distortion of facts for political and personal ends. 

Membership of P.E.N. is open to all qualified writers, editors and translators who subscribe to these aims, without regard to nationality, language, race, colour or religion.


Homero Aridjis 

Terry Carlbom 

Jan Honout 

Jane Spender 


Alexandre Blokh 
Sook-Hee Chun 
Georges Emmanuel Clancier 
Peter Elstob 
Ronald Harwood, C.B.E. 
Nadine Gordimer 
Nancy Ing 
Francis King, C.B.E. 
György Konrád 
Joanne Leedom-Ackerman 
Predrag Matvejevic 
Arthur Miller 
Antonio Olinto 
Michael Scammell 
M. le Président Léopold Sédar Senghor 
Mario Vargas Llosa 
Thomas von Vegesack 
Per Wästberg 

                             PEN World Congress Moscow 2000