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Alperen Yeşil: The Beginning of the End of His Life in Turkey

Alperen Yeşil: The Beginning of the End of His Life in Turkey

By | December 20, 2019 at 7:01 pm

In the fall of 2019, PEN Canada collaborated with Ryerson’s Literatures of Modernity graduate program to bring members of our Writers-in-Exile network into the classroom. Students interviewed the writers about their work and asked how their cultural and religious backgrounds had affected their freedom of expression. The students who interviewed Raihan Abir shared the following […]

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United Kingdom: Arron Banks Urged to Drop SLAPP Lawsuit Against Carole Cadwalladr

United Kingdom: Arron Banks Urged to Drop SLAPP Lawsuit Against Carole Cadwalladr

By | December 19, 2019 at 3:24 pm

We, the undersigned organisations, welcome today’s judgment on meaning in the case of Arron Banks vs Carole Cadwalladr. The judgment clarified the context of the comments that form the basis of this lawsuit, and noted that aspects of the claimant’s argument were “far-fetched and divorced from the specific context in which those words were used”. […]

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Önder Deligöz: Fiction, Feelings and Freedom

Önder Deligöz: Fiction, Feelings and Freedom

By | December 17, 2019 at 11:05 am

In the fall of 2019, PEN Canada collaborated with Ryerson’s Literatures of Modernity graduate program to bring members of our Writers-in-Exile network into the classroom. The students who interviewed Önder Deligöz shared the following reflections on the experience.

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Bushra el-Fadil’s Theory of Everything

Bushra el-Fadil’s Theory of Everything

By | December 16, 2019 at 5:51 pm

In the fall of 2019, PEN Canada collaborated with Ryerson’s Literatures of Modernity graduate program to bring members of our Writers-in-Exile network into the classroom. Students interviewed the writers about their work and asked how their cultural and religious backgrounds had affected their freedom of expression. In the following post the students who interviewed Bushra el-Fadil share their reflections on the experience.

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Human Rights Day 2019: The Malaysian Perspective

Human Rights Day 2019: The Malaysian Perspective

By | December 16, 2019 at 3:15 pm

To commemorate Human Rights Day, PEN International and PEN Centres are launching an essay series and holding events on human rights issues across the globe. Human Rights and Freedom of Expression in Malaysia Bernice Chauly, PEN Malaysia On May 9, 2018, millions of Malaysians voted in their 14th General Election. The country had been mired in […]

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Human Rights Day 2019: The Eritrean Perspective

Human Rights Day 2019: The Eritrean Perspective

By | December 16, 2019 at 3:10 pm

To commemorate Human Rights Day, PEN International and PEN Centres are launching an essay series and holding events on human rights issues across the globe. Of threshing fields, funerals and Eritrea on International Human Rights Day Daniel Mekonnen Looking at the very title of this contribution, a reader may wonder what ‘threshing fields’ and ‘funerals’ […]

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China: Book Burning by Public Library Officials Threatens Academic Freedom

China: Book Burning by Public Library Officials Threatens Academic Freedom

By | December 16, 2019 at 2:58 pm

London, December 10,  2019 – The burning of books deemed contrary to mainstream national ideology by library officials in Zhenyuan county, Gansu province, is an alarming demonstration of the Chinese authorities’ ever-increasing attempts to regulate its citizens access to content, said PEN International today. The incident follows shortly after the announcement of a new directive by the […]

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Malta: Hold Muscat to Account for Interference in Daphne Caruana Galizia Investigation

Malta: Hold Muscat to Account for Interference in Daphne Caruana Galizia Investigation

By | December 12, 2019 at 12:07 pm

European leaders must hold Muscat to account for political interference in Daphne Caruana Galizia murder investigation We, the undersigned organisations, urge European Union leaders to call on Prime Minister Muscat to guarantee that all investigations and legal proceedings related to the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder are conducted efficiently, transparently and without any interference from any […]

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Nigeria: Journalists Detained as Authorities Clampdown on Freedom of Expression

Nigeria: Journalists Detained as Authorities Clampdown on Freedom of Expression

By | December 12, 2019 at 10:52 am

Update – December 6, 2019 Omoyele Sowore was forcibly re-arrested by the DSS at his court hearing on 6 December after being released on bail less than 24 hours earlier in compliance with the order of the Federal High Court. PEN International will continue to closely monitor the situation and is seeking further information.   It is clear […]

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Iraq: Authorities Must End Use of Lethal Force Against Protesters, Stop Targeting Activists, Journalists

Iraq: Authorities Must End Use of Lethal Force Against Protesters, Stop Targeting Activists, Journalists

By | December 12, 2019 at 10:39 am

We, the undersigned human rights organizations, call on the Iraqi government to immediately cease the use of lethal and excessive force against protesters. As peaceful demonstrations continue throughout central and southern Iraq, security forces, particularly the riot police, have used lethal force to disperse protesters in Baghdad, Basra, Nasiriyah, and Najaf. In addition, activists and […]

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