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The Art of Activism

The Art of Activism

By | January 15, 2015 at 2:06 pm

A Q & A with Paola Gómez Restrepo, the 2015 PEN Canada Writer-in-Residence at George Brown College. She is the founder of a shelter for women and street children and has written on violence against women for a number of publications. Paola is also a human rights lawyer.

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The Shock of Freedom: Dieu Cay’s Life After Prison

The Shock of Freedom: Dieu Cay’s Life After Prison

By | January 15, 2015 at 12:52 pm

In October 2013, blogger Dieu Cay received PEN Canada’s One Humanity Award for his courageous dissent and continued advocacy for human rights in Vietnam despite a crackdown on online writing by authorities. Lawyer and human rights activist Christine Dang accepted the award in Toronto on Dieu Cay’s behalf who was, at the time,  serving a 12-year […]

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Holding Saudi Arabia Accountable

Holding Saudi Arabia Accountable

By | December 11, 2014 at 2:50 pm

On October 23, 2014, PEN Canada presented Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi with the One Humanity Award, given to writers whose work “transcends the boundaries of national divides and inspires connections across cultures.” This piece, written by Ali A. Rizvi,  was orginally posted in the Huffington Post Canada.   “The Kingdom’s political system is rooted […]

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A Letter to Azimjon Askarov, from Yann Martel

A Letter to Azimjon Askarov, from Yann Martel

By | November 11, 2014 at 5:44 pm

In the lead up to the Day of the Imprisoned Writer, PEN International is publishing an open letter to five imprisoned writers every day. This piece, originally posted on the PEN International website, is a letter written from Yann Martel to Azimjon Askarov–an Uzbeki jounalist from Kyrgyzstan who spent his career exposing police corruption.

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Liberalism and Apostasy in Saudi Arabia

Liberalism and Apostasy in Saudi Arabia

By | November 5, 2014 at 3:10 pm

In February 2014, Ensaf Haidar, wife of detained Saudi Arabian online editor Raif Badawi, talked to PEN International about her husband’s work with the Free Saudi Liberals, his subsequent conviction and sentence, and her experience since his arrest. This interview was originally published by PEN International.

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No Hay Forma: Violence and Impunity in Honduras

No Hay Forma: Violence and Impunity in Honduras

By | November 4, 2014 at 12:50 pm

In October 2014, PEN Canada sent its programs coordinator and Writers in Prison Committee Chair to investigate solidarity-building initiatives in Honduras. In this piece, originally published in the Embassy newspaper, WiPC Chair Jim Creskey reflects on the violence and poverty he encountered in Tegucigalpa.

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Myanmar: Not in Secret, Not in Whispers

Myanmar: Not in Secret, Not in Whispers

By | October 15, 2014 at 11:24 am

Karen Connelly reflects on the changing climate of freedom of expression in Myanmar and how people and the challenges that lay ahead for its new PEN centre.

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A Nomadic Conversation with Mahmoud Darwish

A Nomadic Conversation with Mahmoud Darwish

By | September 23, 2014 at 12:01 pm

In celebration of International Translation Day on September 30th, PEN Canada shares the following conversation between South African activist and writer Breyten Breytenbach and Souad Sharabani. Voice Over: A Nomadic Conversation with Mahmoud Darwish, published by Archipelago Books, combines 12 of the late Palestinian poet Darwish’s works with Breytenbach’s additions. Darwish was a native speaker of Arabic, […]

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A Season In Hell

A Season In Hell

By | September 23, 2014 at 10:29 am

In April 2006 Ramin Jahanbegloo, a Canadian-Iranian scholar and philosopher, was arrested in Tehran and spent the next four months in Evin Prison, answering questions about his alleged role in a “soft overthrow” of the government.

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China’s Tempest in a Teapot

China’s Tempest in a Teapot

By | September 3, 2014 at 2:29 pm

Political science professor Jeremy Paltiel considers the challenges of democracy to rising China and borrows some words of advice the sage Confucius offered more than 2500 years ago.

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