Browsing Tag Turkey

Turkey: Rights Groups Call for Release of Imprisoned Journalists at Risk of COVID-19

Turkey: Rights Groups Call for Release of Imprisoned Journalists at Risk of COVID-19

By | April 3, 2020 at 12:27 pm

Amid growing concerns over the spread of COVID-19 in prisons, the Turkish government is accelerating the preparation of a draft law that will reportedly release up to 100,000 prisoners. This is a welcome step. Overcrowding and unsanitary facilities already pose a serious health threat to Turkey’s prison population of nearly 300,000 prisoners and about tens […]

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Turkey: Cruel New Charges Against Osman Kavala Must be Dropped

Turkey: Cruel New Charges Against Osman Kavala Must be Dropped

By | February 21, 2020 at 11:40 am

Norwegian PEN, PEN International and ARTICLE 19 condemn the cruel decision to open a new criminal investigation against civil society leader and publisher Osman Kavala, immediately after his acquittal in the ‘Gezi Park’ trial yesterday. The European Court of Human Rights has previously found that his 928-day arbitrary detention violated his right to freedom of […]

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Turkey: Aslı Erdoğan and Necmiye Alpay Acquitted

Turkey: Aslı Erdoğan and Necmiye Alpay Acquitted

By | February 19, 2020 at 2:52 pm

Responding to the news that award-winning writer Aslı Erdoğan and renowned linguist Necmiye Alpay were acquitted of terror-related charges by an Istanbul court earlier today, Salil Tripathi, Chair of PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee said: ‘We, the PEN community, are delighted with the wonderful news today from Turkey, which is all too rare: we celebrate the […]

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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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Turkey: Acclaimed Writer Aslı Erdoğan Facing Lengthy Prison Sentence in Impending Verdict

Turkey: Acclaimed Writer Aslı Erdoğan Facing Lengthy Prison Sentence in Impending Verdict

By | February 7, 2020 at 11:50 am

The Turkish authorities must drop all charges against award-winning writer Aslı Erdoğan, who faces up to nine years and four months in prison for her writings, PEN International said today, ahead of an expected verdict on February 14 2020. Aslı Erdoğan was detained in August 2016 following a police raid on her apartment. She was […]

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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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Turkey: Joint Statement Following Gezi Park’s Third Trial Hearing

Turkey: Joint Statement Following Gezi Park’s Third Trial Hearing

By | October 10, 2019 at 12:40 pm

The following freedom of expression and media freedom organizations, strongly condemn the court’s interim decision on the Gezi Park trial to continue the detention of civil society leading figure Osman Kavala at the end of the third hearing of the case, on October 8, 2019.

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Off The Mirror

Off The Mirror

By | October 8, 2019 at 5:44 pm

This month, PEN Canada is proud to partner with İlkyaz, a monthly, literary platform that features works from writers in Turkey who are under the age of 35 and whose voices are rarely heard.

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The Conductor

The Conductor

By | October 8, 2019 at 5:32 pm

This month, PEN Canada is proud to partner with İlkyaz, a monthly, literary platform that features works from writers in Turkey who are under the age of 35 and whose voices are rarely heard.

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İlkyaz – New Voices from Turkey

İlkyaz – New Voices from Turkey

By | October 8, 2019 at 5:14 pm

This month, PEN Canada is proud to partner with İlkyaz, a monthly, literary platform that features works from writers in Turkey who are under the age of 35 and whose voices are rarely heard.

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