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Uganda: Academic, Activist and Poet Dr. Stella Nyanzi Released; Conviction Quashed

Uganda: Academic, Activist and Poet Dr. Stella Nyanzi Released; Conviction Quashed

By | February 25, 2020 at 11:23 am

London, February 21, 2020 – The decision of the High Court to overturn the conviction and sentence of academic, activist and writer Dr. Stella Nyanzi, is a reassuring sign of the just nature of Uganda’s judicial system to recognize fair trial violations, said PEN International today, as it welcomed the ruling. At a hearing at […]

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PEN Belgium/Flanders stands in solidarity with Ahmet Altan

PEN Belgium/Flanders stands in solidarity with Ahmet Altan

By | February 14, 2020 at 11:30 am

Last December PEN Belgium/Flanders held a marathon reading of imprisoned author Ahmet Altan’s novel Ik zal de wereld nooit meer zien (I will never see the world again). 30 well-known Flemish writers stood in solidarity with Altan, reading the novel in its entirety. Altan remains in Silviri prison, where he is serving a 10-and-a-half year prison sentence. PEN Belgium/Flanders […]

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Season’s Greetings Campaign

Season’s Greetings Campaign

By | December 5, 2017 at 3:16 pm

Every December, members of the PEN community come together to write messages of solidarity, support and hope to their fellow writers imprisoned or persecuted for exercising their right to free expression.

Posted in: Campaigns

China: Writer and PEN Member Dies While on Medical Parole

China: Writer and PEN Member Dies While on Medical Parole

By | November 8, 2017 at 11:29 am

“‘In the beginning, there was the word.’ This was what our dear colleague Yang Tongyan believed. He spent 22 years of his life in prison, and finally he paid with his life to prove the truth of this sentence.

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Liu Xiaobo: Lover and Poet

Liu Xiaobo: Lover and Poet

By | July 5, 2017 at 2:05 pm

Liu Xiaobo who is suddenly ‘free’ isn’t free at all; but let us celebrate this great man’s greater, more lasting freedom, so terribly earned: to be back in the arms of his beloved.

Posted in: Blog, Profiles

Day of the Imprisoned Writer

Day of the Imprisoned Writer

By | November 3, 2015 at 4:58 pm

On Nov. 15, PEN Canada observes the Day of the Imprisoned Writer to focus attention on the unjust imprisonment of writers around the world.

Posted in: Events

Holding Saudi Arabia Accountable

Holding Saudi Arabia Accountable

By | December 11, 2014 at 2:50 pm

On October 23, 2014, PEN Canada presented Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi with the One Humanity Award, given to writers whose work “transcends the boundaries of national divides and inspires connections across cultures.” This piece, written by Ali A. Rizvi,  was orginally posted in the Huffington Post Canada.   “The Kingdom’s political system is rooted […]

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Send a Holiday Greeting to a Writer in Prison

Send a Holiday Greeting to a Writer in Prison

By | December 9, 2014 at 1:19 am

Every year PEN invites our members and supporters to send season’s greetings to imprisoned and persecuted writers. This year, our suggested writers come from 15 countries around the globe.

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