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Human Rights Day 2019: Abraham Zere’s Perspective on Eritrea

Human Rights Day 2019: Abraham Zere’s Perspective on Eritrea

By | January 27, 2020 at 8:09 am

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. Eritrea: Forget “rights” and speak of duties and responsibilities Abraham T. Zere* The concept of “rights” doesn’t meaningfully exist in the state vocabulary of today’s Eritrea. The idea has been […]

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‘A Show to Which the World is Wndifferent’ Samar Yazbek’s Oxfam Novib/PEN Award Keynote

‘A Show to Which the World is Wndifferent’ Samar Yazbek’s Oxfam Novib/PEN Award Keynote

By | January 27, 2020 at 8:07 am

Author and activist Samar Yazbek delivered the keynote speech at the 2020 Writers Unlimited festival at The Hague. Why am I going to talk about Maria Al Abdeh? Shortly you will understand the meaning of innovation, resistance and fighting evil. Maria is one of the millions of unknown Syrians who is not a party leader, […]

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Stella Nyanzi Wins Oxfam Novib/PEN International Award 2020

Stella Nyanzi Wins Oxfam Novib/PEN International Award 2020

By | January 27, 2020 at 8:05 am

January 16, 2020: The Oxfam Novib/PEN International Award for Freedom of Expression 2020 has been awarded to prominent Ugandan academic, writer and feminist activist Dr. Stella Nyanzi. A medical anthropologist by training, Dr. Nyanzi has published widely in the academia on topics at the intersections of culture, health, law, gender and sexualities. She is an […]

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Day of the Imprisoned Writer: Shakthika Sathkumara Writes to Shahidul Alam

Day of the Imprisoned Writer: Shakthika Sathkumara Writes to Shahidul Alam

By | January 27, 2020 at 8:03 am

Award-winning writer and poet, Shakthika Sathkumara, faces legal proceedings that could see him sentenced to up to 10 years in prison, should the Attorney General decide to press charges. On April 1, 2019, Sathkumara was detained pending a police investigation into allegations that his short story ‘Ardha’ (‘Half’) incited religious hatred. Sathkumara spent over 120 […]

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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 Community Engaged Learning & Teaching (CELT) initiative and Literatures of Modernity graduate program in the Faculty of Arts to bring members of our Writers-in-Exile network into the classroom.

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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 Community Engaged Learning & Teaching (CELT) initiative and Literatures of Modernity graduate program in the Faculty of Arts to bring members of our Writers-in-Exile network into the classroom.

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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 Community Engaged Learning & Teaching (CELT) initiative and Literatures of Modernity graduate program in the Faculty of Arts to bring members of our Writers-in-Exile network into the classroom.

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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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