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Vancouver Poet Rita Wong Incarcerated for 4 Weeks for Peaceful Anti-pipeline Protest

Vancouver Poet Rita Wong Incarcerated for 4 Weeks for Peaceful Anti-pipeline Protest

By | August 19, 2019 at 3:07 pm

On August 16, 2019, Rita Wong, an award-winning Vancouver poet and an associate professor in Critical and Cultural Studies at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, was sentenced to 28 days of incarceration at the Alouette Correctional Centre for Women in Maple Ridge, BC.  She had participated in a peaceful protest on behalf of […]

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Kyrgyzstan: Life Sentence Upheld for Azimjon Askarov

Kyrgyzstan: Life Sentence Upheld for Azimjon Askarov

By | August 16, 2019 at 11:00 am

On July 30, 2019, a court in northern Kyrgyzstan upheld the life sentence of journalist and human rights activist Azimjon Askarov. Responding to the news, Salil Tripathi, Chair of PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee, said: ‘This trial was a mockery of justice and exposed once again Kyrgyzstan’s broken judicial system. According to reports, Azimjon […]

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Brazil: International Call for Press Freedom Amidst Attacks Against The Intercept Journalists

Brazil: International Call for Press Freedom Amidst Attacks Against The Intercept Journalists

By | August 1, 2019 at 9:52 am

The 26 press freedom and human rights organisations and media outlets named below strongly condemn the recent wave of attacks and threats against the investigative news website The Intercept Brasil. We call on the authorities to ensure respect for the constitutionally guaranteed right of journalists to protect the confidentiality of their sources. The attacks began on 9 June after The Intercept […]

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

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

By | July 17, 2019 at 3:23 pm

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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Writing the Future in Indigenous Languages

Writing the Future in Indigenous Languages

By | July 15, 2019 at 10:40 am

Meeting of the Translation and Linguistic Rights Committee 2019 PEN International’s 2019 Translation and Linguistic Rights Committee (TLRC) meeting held in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico was themed “Writing the Future in Indigenous Languages” and run from 2-4 May. Over the course of the meeting more than 50 writers, journalists, translators, activists and […]

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Kazakhstan: Impunity Following Crackdown on Peaceful Protests

Kazakhstan: Impunity Following Crackdown on Peaceful Protests

By | July 10, 2019 at 11:19 am

One month after police repression of peaceful protests in Kazakhstan, the Kazakh authorities must urgently take action to uphold the rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression, PEN international said today. Presidential elections held on June 9, 2019, saw thousands hundreds of protesters – including scores of journalists covering the events – targeted for […]

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Call for Applications: 2019 George Brown PEN Canada Writer-in-Residence

Call for Applications: 2019 George Brown PEN Canada Writer-in-Residence

By | July 9, 2019 at 3:35 pm

PEN Canada Writer-In-Residence George Brown College, Department of English and Communication, Toronto, Ontario Term: August 26, 2018 – December 13, 2018 PEN Canada invites applications from creative writers for the position of PEN Canada Writer-in-Residence at George Brown College from August 26, 2018 – December 13, 2018. The residency is designed to encourage exchanges between […]

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PEN Canada Concerned at Cartoonist’s Dismissal

PEN Canada Concerned at Cartoonist’s Dismissal

By | July 4, 2019 at 11:29 pm

PEN Canada wishes to affirm the critical importance of the editorial independence of newspaper cartoonists. This follows the firing of editorial cartoonist Michael de Adder, which he says is due to a dispute with his employer, the Brunswick News company. De Adder claims that his freelance contract was terminated shortly after he released a widely […]

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Turkey: Gezi Park Case Must Be Dismissed

Turkey: Gezi Park Case Must Be Dismissed

By | July 2, 2019 at 11:02 am

June 24 2019 – PEN centres in fourteen countries today joined PEN International and Norwegian PEN in calling for the Turkish authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Osman Kavala and Yiğit Aksakoğlu and drop all charges against them and their 14 co-defendants including prominent figures in the Taksim resistance such as Mücella Yapıcı, Tayfun Kahraman […]

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This World Refugee Day Take Action for Behrouz Boochani

This World Refugee Day Take Action for Behrouz Boochani

By | June 21, 2019 at 10:24 am

4 June 2019 – Six years after being forcibly transferred to Manus Island, award-winning writer, film-maker and journalist Behrouz Boochani remains stranded on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea. With his pen and camera Behrouz Boochani has shone a light on the horror, cruelty and injustice of Australian state policy towards refugees and asylum seekers. Writers, journalists and […]

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