Posts tagged "Human Rights"
Aron Atabek: My Throat Will Die

Aron Atabek: My Throat Will Die

My Throat Will Die Aron Atabek My throat, unable to speak, will die For the sounds of my homeland. My ancestors’ patter will vanish Like water into sand. I am a storyteller of immortality In Semitic and Etruscan tongues; I am the dust of Turkic dialects Writing in Russian. Many lives’ twisted fates Are lost...
China: Renewed crackdown on writers and journalists ahead of 25th anniversary of Tiananmen protests

China: Renewed crackdown on writers and journalists ahead of 25th anniversary of Tiananmen protests

London, 7 May 2014 - Five prominent dissident writers arrested for taking part in events to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the crackdown on the 1989 pro-democracy protests should be released immediately and unconditionally, PEN International said today. Two of those detained are members of the Independent Chinese PEN Centre (ICPC), an affliate centre of the global...
PEN International: Appeal for Egyptian Poet Omar Hazek

PEN International: Appeal for Egyptian Poet Omar Hazek

PEN International protests the two-year prison sentence handed down to Egyptian poet Omar Hazek, who has been held in custody since his arrest in early December 2013 for taking part in a protest. Omar Hazek was held in Hadra prison in Alexandria until 21 February 2014 when he was moved to Burj Al-Arab prison also...
Poem for the Weekend: Hashem Shaabani, "Seven Reasons Why I Should Die"

Poem for the Weekend: Hashem Shaabani, “Seven Reasons Why I Should Die”

Seven Reasons Why I Should Die by Hashem Shaabani   For seven days they shouted at me: You are waging war on God! On Saturday, they said it’s because you’re Arab On Sunday, Well, you’re from Ahvaz On Monday: Remember that you are Iranian Tuesday: You mock the Holy Revolution Wednesday: Didn’t you raise your...
Khaled Khalifa: Speech on winning the 2013 Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature

Khaled Khalifa: Speech on winning the 2013 Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature

Ahram Online has recently published the full speech of the Syrian writer and novelist, Khaled Khalifa, the winner of the 2013 Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature, granted by the American University in Cairo. Khalifa, who is living under the fierce crackdown of the Syrian regime and witnessed the atrocities of Baath ruling party during the...
PEN International: Open letter to President Viktor Yanukovich calling for peaceful dialogue in Ukraine

PEN International: Open letter to President Viktor Yanukovich calling for peaceful dialogue in Ukraine

Dear President Yanukovich, I am writing to you on behalf of the tens of thousands of members of PEN International, the worldwide organisation of writers. We are deeply concerned about the escalating unrest in the Ukraine, and in particular about any negative impacts on the freedom of expression of Ukraine citizens demonstrating in Kiev and...
PEN: Alarming rise in cases of writers persecuted for their use of digital media

PEN: Alarming rise in cases of writers persecuted for their use of digital media

In the first six months of 2013, PEN monitored over 630 cases of attacks on writers, journalists and bloggers. Of these, around 187 are in prison, some serving sentences of over 15 years. Others are suffering unfair trials, harassment and threats.Every year PEN focuses on five writers from around the world that represent the type...
Holger's Week (44/13)

Holger’s Week (44/13)

Publishing is a tough old game, which is possibly not news to you, especially if you struggle on as a small independent publisher. But even the deepest pockets don’t make it much easier, as recent news from Seattle showed. Amazon is scaling back its publishing operations, letting people go and severing ties with its publishing...