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The Writers in Prison Committee of PEN International was set up in 1960 as a result of mounting concern about attempts to silence critical voices around the world. An office was set up at the PEN head office in London to gather information and to alert the PEN membership to take action. The WiPC is now staffed by a team of experts who monitor around 1,000 attacks on writers, journalists, editors, poets, publishers and others in any given year. These include long prison terms, harassment, threats, and murder.

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Join us at our Writing in Exile conversation with Roza Germian, hosted by Sami Shah. This event if free but you must book your tickets at The Wheeler Centre link below https://www.wheelercentre.com/events/roza-germian Thursday 10 October 2019, 6.15pm-7.15pm   at The Wheeler Centre Book your tickets Roza Germian ‘As a Kurd, I was stateless until I became an Australian, and Australia is the only official home I have, because Kurdistan does not exist on a map.’ Journalist Roza Germian lived through war for …

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The continued detention of Kurdish-Iranian writer and activist, Behrouz Boochani, is an egregious violation of international standards of protection for refugees and exposes Australia’s cruel disregard for the welfare of asylum seekers. On Human Rights Day, PEN International calls on Australia’s authorities to end its unacceptable treatment of asylum seekers and immediately find safe and meaningful resettlement options for Behrouz Bouchani and all other refugees currently stranded on Manus Island and Nauru in line with international law.   Read the …

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The British authorities must not extradite WikiLeaks founder and publisher Julian Assange to the United States, where he is at risk of serious human rights violations, including detention conditions that could amount to torture or other ill-treatment, PEN International and Swedish PEN said today. The organisations are further concerned by the broader implications his prosecution would have on global press freedom. Julian Assange was arrested on 11 April 2019 at the Ecuadorian embassy in London for breaching his bail conditions …

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Music by  Meyhané Meyhané is an ensemble of Melbourne-based musicians passionate about performing traditional music from Anatolia, The Balkans and Eastern Mediterranean. The Melbourne event coincides with the International Hrant Dink Awards in Istanbul. http://www.hrantdinkodulu.org/ The awards are presented to people who work for a world free of discrimination, racism and violence. Two awards are presented annually. One of the 2018 Award winners in 2018, MURAT ÇELIKKAN said: “It is the struggle for human rights that will light the torch …

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