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Egypt: 500 Days Since Arrest of Poet Galal El-Behairy

July 15 marks 500 days since the arrest of Egyptian poet Galal El-Behairy. El-Behairy was sentenced for “insulting the military” and “spreading false news” on charges related to his latest book of poetry, ‘The Finest Women on Earth’. We call for his immediate and unconditional release, the quashing of his sentence, and for all charges against […]

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literary events

PEN Canada and The Shoe Project Present: Our Shoes, Our Streets

Shoes are quite profound: intensely personal, they go farther than that, to speak of geography, weather, work, religion, and gender.

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Azerbaijan: Rashad Ramazanov pardoned after almost six years in prison

PEN welcomes the release of Rashad Ramazanov, an Azerbaijani blogger and writer who was arrested on May 9, 2013 and sentenced to nine years in prison on fabricated charges of illegal possession and sale of drugs.

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from the archives

Book Balls, Fox-Trots, and Boeuf Bordelaise: The Early History of PEN International

PEN emerged during a moment of postwar optimism regarding the potential of human fellowship to overcome the contingencies of geopolitical power.

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