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In the lead-up to International Mother Language Day 2016 (21 February) PEN is calling for the immediate and unconditional release of writer Idris Said Aba Arre

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Idris Said Aba Arre is a writer, a disabled veteran of the Eritrean war of Independence and a vocal critic of Eritrea’s mother-tongue education policy. He was arrested in October 2001 after denouncing the arrests of the G-15*, a group of politicians detained for publishing an open letter calling for democratic change in Eritrea. Months […]

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In the lead-up to International Mother Language Day 2016 (21 February) PEN is calling for the immediate and unconditional release of writer Idris Said Aba Arre

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Idris Said Aba Arre is a writer, a disabled veteran of the Eritrean war of Independence and a vocal critic of Eritrea’s mother-tongue education policy. He was arrested in October 2001 after denouncing the arrests of the G-15*, a group of politicians detained for publishing an open letter calling for democratic change in Eritrea. Months […]

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Nowegian PEN – delegation denied entry to Belarus

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In the early hours of Monday morning, 5 December, on arrival at Minsk airport in Belarus, a four-person delegation, three from Norwegian PEN – publishers William Nygaard and Trygve Åslund, and the Centre’s Secretary General Carl Morten Iversen – as well as Danish PEN board member journalist Niels-Ivar Larsen, were denied visas and consequently barred […]

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PEN International celebrates International Day of Peace 21 September 2011

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‘There can be no freedom without peace, nor peace without freedom’ Today is International Day of Peace, officially recognised by the United Nations and identified as a global day of ceasefire. Peace-building is at the heart of PEN International’s work celebrating literature and promoting freedom of expression. Connecting a global community of writers, PEN demonstrates […]

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PEN International celebrates International Day of Peace 21 September 2011

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‘There can be no freedom without peace, nor peace without freedom’ Today is International Day of Peace, officially recognised by the United Nations and identified as a global day of ceasefire. Peace-building is at the heart of PEN International’s work celebrating literature and promoting freedom of expression. Connecting a global community of writers, PEN demonstrates […]

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John Ralston Saul's opening speech at the 77th PEN International Congress

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77th PEN International Congress, September 13th, 2011 John Ralston Saul, International President, Opening Speech. Thank you Serbian PEN! Thank you Vida and thank you to all of your members. You have organized a wonderful Congress. People who attend have no idea how much work is involved and how many hours are taken up that could […]

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United Arab Emirates (UAE): Internet writers detained; fears for safety.

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PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) is seriously concerned about the detention of Internet writers Ahmed Mansoor and Nasser Bin Gheith, who are facing charges for their dissident activities and writings. Mansoor has reportedly faced ill-treatment in prison, and there are serious concerns for his welfare. PEN International protests the detention of Ahmed Mansoor […]

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United Arab Emirates (UAE): Internet writers detained; fears for safety.

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PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) is seriously concerned about the detention of Internet writers Ahmed Mansoor and Nasser Bin Gheith, who are facing charges for their dissident activities and writings. Mansoor has reportedly faced ill-treatment in prison, and there are serious concerns for his welfare. PEN International protests the detention of Ahmed Mansoor […]

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United Arab Emirates (UAE): Internet writers detained; fears for safety.

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PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) is seriously concerned about the detention of Internet writers Ahmed Mansoor and Nasser Bin Gheith, who are facing charges for their dissident activities and writings. Mansoor has reportedly faced ill-treatment in prison, and there are serious concerns for his welfare. PEN International protests the detention of Ahmed Mansoor […]

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SYRIA: Poet and song writer killed for a protest song

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PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) is appalled by the murder on 5 July 2011 of poet and song writer Ibrahim Qashoush, known as ‘the singer of the revolution’. Qashoush’s body was found in a river the day after he had been abducted by Syrian security forces. His throat had been slit. PEN urges […]

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SYRIA: Poet and song writer killed for a protest song

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PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) is appalled by the murder on 5 July 2011 of poet and song writer Ibrahim Qashoush, known as ‘the singer of the revolution’. Qashoush’s body was found in a river the day after he had been abducted by Syrian security forces. His throat had been slit. PEN urges […]

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SYRIA: Poet and song writer killed for a protest song

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PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) is appalled by the murder on 5 July 2011 of poet and song writer Ibrahim Qashoush, known as ‘the singer of the revolution’. Qashoush’s body was found in a river the day after he had been abducted by Syrian security forces. His throat had been slit. PEN urges […]

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SYRIA: Poet and song writer killed for a protest song

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PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) is appalled by the murder on 5 July 2011 of poet and song writer Ibrahim Qashoush, known as ‘the singer of the revolution’. Qashoush’s body was found in a river the day after he had been abducted by Syrian security forces. His throat had been slit. PEN urges […]

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The International Secretariat of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) requests your URGENT intervention in the following situation in India

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The International Secretariat of OMCT has been informed by Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM), a member of OMCT SOS-Torture Network, about the incommunicado detention and alleged torture and ill-treatment of Mr. Mijanur Molla and Mr. Jalil Gazi., by members of the Border Security Force (BSF), in events occurred in District-North 24 Parganas, West Bengal. OMCT […]

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The International Secretariat of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) requests your URGENT intervention in the following situation in India

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The International Secretariat of OMCT has been informed by Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM), a member of OMCT SOS-Torture Network, about the incommunicado detention and alleged torture and ill-treatment of Mr. Mijanur Molla and Mr. Jalil Gazi., by members of the Border Security Force (BSF), in events occurred in District-North 24 Parganas, West Bengal. OMCT […]

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The International Secretariat of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) requests your URGENT intervention in the following situation in India

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The International Secretariat of OMCT has been informed by Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM), a member of OMCT SOS-Torture Network, about the incommunicado detention and alleged torture and ill-treatment of Mr. Mijanur Molla and Mr. Jalil Gazi., by members of the Border Security Force (BSF), in events occurred in District-North 24 Parganas, West Bengal. OMCT […]

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The International Secretariat of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) requests your URGENT intervention in the following situation in India

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The International Secretariat of OMCT has been informed by Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM), a member of OMCT SOS-Torture Network, about the incommunicado detention and alleged torture and ill-treatment of Mr. Mijanur Molla and Mr. Jalil Gazi., by members of the Border Security Force (BSF), in events occurred in District-North 24 Parganas, West Bengal. OMCT […]

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MEXICO: Lydia Cacho threatened with death; fears for safety

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The Writers in Prison Committee of PEN International (WiPC) is deeply alarmed by anonymous death threats received by author and journalist Lydia Cacho on 14 June 2011 and by the Mexican authorities’ apparent lack of response. Cacho believes that the threats, which made direct reference to her journalism, stem from her naming of alleged sex […]

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MEXICO: Lydia Cacho threatened with death; fears for safety

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The Writers in Prison Committee of PEN International (WiPC) is deeply alarmed by anonymous death threats received by author and journalist Lydia Cacho on 14 June 2011 and by the Mexican authorities’ apparent lack of response. Cacho believes that the threats, which made direct reference to her journalism, stem from her naming of alleged sex […]

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