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When Salman Rushdie Kissed Bob Rae

When Salman Rushdie Kissed Bob Rae

By | December 15, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Journalist Joseph Hall recounts Salman Rushdie’s surprise visit to PEN Canada’s benefit on December 7, 1992.

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China: Seven years after his arrest PEN writers urge China to release Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo

China: Seven years after his arrest PEN writers urge China to release Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo

By | December 8, 2015 at 8:00 am

Seven years after his arrest PEN writers urge China to release Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo and wife Liu Xia, who has been under an illegal house arrest for more than five years.

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PEN Canada Emergency Fund: Thank you!

PEN Canada Emergency Fund: Thank you!

By | December 4, 2015 at 1:16 pm

We raised $6,070 for writers-in-peril, a huge accomplishment. Many thanks to all who donated and helped to spread the word!

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Saudi Arabia Sentences Poet to Death

Saudi Arabia Sentences Poet to Death

By | November 24, 2015 at 11:16 am

PEN Canada joins PEN International in their condemnation of Saudi Arabian authorities’ decision to sentence poet Ashraf Fayadh to death.

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Joint Statement: Calling on the Canadian Government to Help Secularists in Bangladesh

Joint Statement: Calling on the Canadian Government to Help Secularists in Bangladesh

By | November 17, 2015 at 1:51 pm

Joint letter calls on the Canadian government to help a citizen’s Bangladeshi husband recover in safety from a brutal attack.

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Bangladesh: In support of the Dhaka Literary Festival

Bangladesh: In support of the Dhaka Literary Festival

By | November 16, 2015 at 10:29 am

PEN International and English PEN express both solidarity and our concern ahead of the upcoming Dhaka Literary Festival.

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PEN Canada to Build Emergency Fund

PEN Canada to Build Emergency Fund

By | November 8, 2015 at 1:00 pm

On December 1st, PEN Canada will join the Canada-wide Giving Tuesday fundraising initiative to raise $10,000 for an official PEN Canada writers-in-peril emergency fund.

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Honduras Demonstrates Contempt for IACHR Decision

Honduras Demonstrates Contempt for IACHR Decision

By | October 30, 2015 at 9:00 am

The Honduran government has yet again displayed contempt for the authority of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) by formally banning journalist Julio Ernesto Alvarado from his profession for 16 months.

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India’s Sahitya Akademi Breaks Silence on Murdered Writers

India’s Sahitya Akademi Breaks Silence on Murdered Writers

By | October 28, 2015 at 11:05 am

Sahitya Akademi condemns murders of Indian writers and urges authors who have returned awards or otherwise dissociated themselves to reconsider.

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Avijit Roy is PEN’s Empty Chair at the International Festival of Authors

Avijit Roy is PEN’s Empty Chair at the International Festival of Authors

By | October 21, 2015 at 10:33 am

Slain Bangladeshi-American author and blogger Avijit Roy is PEN Canada’s Empty Chair at the 36th International Festival of Authors (IFOA). Roy was murdered by religious extremists in Dhaka, Bangladesh in February 2015.

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