Clients include:

ARTICLE 19 London Freemuse




Metis Publishing


Norwegian PEN 




London           Turkish Publishers Association

Istanbul UNESCO



British Council Turkey Focus panel

London Book Fair 2013

'Sara brings real warmth, commitment and care to her work. She is a passionate human rights advocate with a wealth of experience, knowledge and understanding of the field.'


Laura McVeigh, Executive Director,  PEN International



'Well researched, knowledgeable, analytical and concrete - working with Sara you know you are in good hands.'


Ole Reitov,  Executive Director, Freemuse

Sara Whyatt is a campaigner and researcher on freedom of artistic expression and human rights, notably as a director at PEN International for over 20 years and previously for Amnesty International. At PEN she worked with its global membership of writers based in over 100 countries mobilising its campaigns for writers at risk as well as on thematic issues. She is a member of the EU/UNESCO Expert Facility (2019-2022) for the 2005 Convention on the Promotion and Protection of Cultural Expressions and in July 2019 joined Columbia University Global Freedom of Expression experts.


Sara  left PEN in 2013 to take up freelance consultancy, working on projects including for Freemuse, Culture Action Europe, PEN, and  UNESCO.


Her recent projects include developing a toolkit for artists and art organisations on promoting and protecting arts freedom, working with a Turkish arts organisation advising them on a submission to the UN Human Rights Council, numerous articles on human rights defenders and arts freedom for the International Freedom of Expression Exchange, and strategic review, redesign and editing of PEN International’s case list of writers at risk.


She is the author of the chapter on freedom of artistic expression for UNESCO’s 2018 Global Report on the Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. She is currently working on developing training programmes for State parties to the Convention and for civil society organisations engaged in artistic freedom.

Sara is also an advisor member of the International Arts Rights Advisors network

Panel Expert

  • UNESCO 2005 Convention on the Promotion and Protection of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions                                                      



  • Free Word Centre


Trustee/Advisor Posts


  • Centre for Turkey Studies