English PEN

Decision of the Charity Commission on English PEN.


English PEN


Decision made by the Charity Commission on 21 July 2008.

The commission considered an application from English PEN for registration as a charity. The organisation broadly aims to promote literature and defend freedom of expression. The commission concluded that the organisation was established for exclusively charitable purposes and could be registered.

This decision is significant because the commission had to consider an acceptable level of political activity in carrying out human rights work.

Published 21 July 2008