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 Tin tức từ Văn Bút Quốc Tế

 

 

Dear colleagues and friends of PEN,

 

It is a real pleasure for me to be able to write to you with information on the PEN International Gender Study.

 

PEN International has received funding from the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) to study how sensitive our work is to the situation of men and women writers.  We hope to understand what PEN International is already doing well, identify opportunities for growth and establish a plan for improvement.

 

The objectives of the study, which is being conducted by Consulting Matrix, are to understand more about the challenges faced by women writers in different circumstances so that it can respond more effectively to support them.

 

As a first step, Consulting Matrix will be asking PEN Centres to complete a short survey about their centre to give us a snapshot of the organisation in 2016. A second more in depth survey will be sent out later in June.

 

I am sharing with you today the link to the first of these surveys which I would like to ask you to complete by the 2 June 2016.

 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LXKJBKX

 

 

All individual responses will be kept strictly confidential, with no identification of any individuals to sources outside of PEN International or Consulting Matrix. The results of the surveys and the study in general will be discussed at the Galicia Congress (26th Sep – 2nd Oct 2016) where we also hope to establish a roadmap for strengthening PEN’s gender work.

 

As PEN’s first female President I am personally very excited about this project and hope that you will share in my enthusiasm with your full participation; your cooperation is very much appreciated.

Should you have any questions about this survey or the Gender Study in general, please do not hesitate to contact jena.patel@pen-international.org and josie.oreilly@pen-international.org

Thank you,

 


Jennifer Clement

President

PEN International 

 

Season’s Greetings fromeveryone at PEN International

Dear Friends,

As 201
5 comes to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your exceptional work and support throughout a busy and challenging year.  PEN’s work would not be possible without its dedicated membership and its loyal supporters. The work of PEN Centres around the world through its campaigns, programmes, events and actions continue to speak out on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves.

As the year comes to a close our thoughts are with all writers who are languishing behind bars for the basic right to speak and write freely. We will not let them be silenced.


I look forward to continuing our work together in 2016.

In solidarity and with best wishes,

Carles Torner

 Josie OReilly Dear Members of PEN, Greetings from the International Secretariat. I am writing to inform you that between the 17 - 19th of August 2015, the PEN International Secretariat will be moving offices. Our o
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Josie OReilly Dear fellow members of PEN, Greetings from the PEN International Secretariat, we the undersigned are writing to you today to kindly remind you of your obligation to pay your dues. The payment of dues

Jul 24

 

INTERNATIONAL PEN
VIETNAMESE ABROAD PEN CENTRE
VĂN BÚT VIỆT NAM HẢI NGOẠI
Federal Tax ID: 90-09164... Public Charity Status
8875 Holly Ave. Westminster, CA 92683. USA
Phone: (714) 891-9972, (714) 326-5558. Fax: (562) 436-8998
Thông Báo 020Nk14-17
 
 
February 20, 2015
 
To Chinese Embassy,
 
Your excellency,
 
We write to you with regard to the writer and intellectual Ilham Tohti, from China’s Uyghur minority, sentenced to life imprisonment in September 2014. 
 
Tohti is one the world’s foremost scholars on Uyghur issues. He was arrested in January 2014, charged with ‘splitism’ in July and convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment and confiscation of all his property on 23 September 2014. His appeal against his conviction and sentence was rejected in November 2014. 
 
Tohti has never promoted violence or separatism. In 2006, he co-founded the website Uyghur Online, aimed at promoting understanding between Uyghurs and Han Chinese. However, his criticism of the Chinese authorities for their heavy-handed treatment of the Uyghur minority made him the target of frequent harassment.
 
Therefore we call on the Chinese authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Ilham Tohti and to ratify the ICCPR without further delay.
 
Yours sincerely
 
On behalf of Vietnamese Abroad PEN
President
Tung Van Vu,
 
 
 
 
 
VĂN BÚT VNHN YÊU CẦU NHÀ CẦM QUYỀN TRUNG QUỐC TRẢ TỰ DO LẬP TỨC CHO ILHAM TOHTI
 
 
Ngày 20 tháng 02 năm 2015
 
 
 
Kính thưa toàn thể quý văn hữu Văn Bút VNHN,
 
Hưởng ứng lời kêu gọi của Văn Bút Quốc Tế nhân ngày Quốc Tế Tiếng Mẹ Đẻ và yêu cầu trả tự do ngay lập tức cho Văn Hữu Ilham Tohti, một trí thức và nhà văn của sắc dân thiểu số Uyghur của Trung Quốc.
 
Ông đã ôn hoà cùng với các sinh viên đấu tranh cho dân tộc Uyghur và bị nhà cầm quyền Trung Quốc bắt giam vì cáo buộc " âm mưu ly khai" và tuyên án tù chung thân và tước đoạt hết tất cả tài sản của ông .
 
 Ilham Tohti đã được VBQT trao tặng giải thưởng cao quý PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award vào năm 2014 và được bầu làm Chủ Toạ Đoàn Danh Dư Vắng Mặt tại Đại Hội VBQT năm 2014 tại Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
 
Văn Bút VNHN cùng với Văn Bút Quốc Tế kêu gọi nhà cầm quyền TQ trả tự do ngay lập tức và vô điều kiện đối với Ilham Tohti.
 
Bản Thông Báo 020 Nk 14-17 đã chính thức được gửi tới nhà cầm quyền Trung Quốc ngày 20 tháng 02 năm  2015
 
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On International Mother Language Day PEN Calls on China to Free Ilham Tohti
 
On 21 February 2015, International Mother Language Day, PEN calls for the immediate and unconditional release of academic and Uyghur PEN Ilham Tohti.
 
Ilham Tohti is a writer and academic from China’s Uyghur minority. He was arrested in January 2014, charged with ‘splitism’.
 
Tohti is a public intellectual from China’s Uyghur minority and one the world’s foremost scholars on Uyghur issues. Arrested in January 2014, charged with ‘splitism’ in July 2014, and convicted following an unfair trial on 23 September 2014, he was sentenced to life imprisonment and confiscation of all his property. Tohti’s appeal against his conviction and sentence was rejected in November 2014.
 
Tohti has never promoted violence or separatism. In 2006, he co-founded the website Uyghur Online, aimed at promoting understanding between Uyghurs and Han Chinese. However, his criticism of the Chinese authorities for their heavy-handed treatment of the Uyghur minority made him the target of frequent harassment. Following his initial arrest, the Bureau of Public Security for Urumqi alleged that Tohti had been using the website as a platform to recruit followers.
 
PEN International first began working on Tohti’s case in 2009, following his detention for speaking out about ethnic unrest that broke out in Urumqi, capital of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), on 5 July 2009. Initially placed under house arrest, he was later transferred to an unknown location where he was kept incommunicado before being released six weeks later. Further harassment followed, including periods spent under house arrest.
 
Tohti is a member of Uyghur PEN and received the PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award in 2014. He was an honorary Empty Chair at PEN International’s world congress in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, in 2014. Several of his students, arrested at the same time as Tohti, were also convicted of ‘splitism’ and were handed prison sentences of between three and five years.
 

Pour la Journée international de la langue maternelle, PEN International appelle à la libération de l'écrivain Ilham Tohti.
21 février 2015: Pour la Journée international de la langue maternelle, PEN International appelle à la libération immédiate et inconditionnelle de l'écrivain Ilham Tohti.
Ilham Tohti est un intellectuel chinois issu de la minorité ouïghour, dont il est un des plus éminents spécialistes au monde. Arrêté en janvier 2014, accusé de "séparatisme" en juillet de la même année et reconnu coupable à l'issue d'un procès inique le 23 septembre, il a été condamné à l'emprisonnement à vie et ses biens ont été intégralement saisis. Son pourvoi en appel a été rejeté en novembre dernier.L'intellectuel n'a jamais fait l'apologie de la violence ou pris position en faveur du séparatisme. En 2006, il avait co-fondé le site internet Uyghur Online, afin de favoriser les échanges entre Ouïghours et Han. Cependant, sa critique des autorités chinoises concernant la sévérité avec laquelle est traitée la minorité ouïghour lui avait valu d'être continuellement persécuté. Suite à son arrestation, le le Bureau de la sécurité publique d'Urumqi a déclaré que le site internet lui avait servi au recrutement de sympathisants.
PEN International a commencé à s'intéresser au cas d'Ilham Tohti en 2009, suite à son emprisonnement pour avoir dénoncé les troubles ethniques qui s'étaient produits le 5 juillet à Urumqi, la capitale de la région autonome ouïghoure du Xinjiang. D'abord assigné à résidence, il fut par la suite emmené dans un lieu tenu secret, sans que l'on puisse le joindre, avant d'être libéré six semaines plus tard. Il fut ensuite l'objet d'autres mesures de harcèlement et fut notamment régulièrement assigné à résidence.
Ilham Tohti est membre du Centre ouïghour PEN International et a reçu en 2014 le prix PEN/Barbara Goldsmith pour la liberté d'expression. Lors du congrès mondial de PEN à Bishkek, sa chaise d'invité d'honneur est restée vide. Plusieurs de ses étudiants, arrêtés au même moment que lui, ont également été accusés de "séparatisme" et ont été condamnés à des peines de prison allant de trois à cinq ans.

 

INTERNATIONAL PEN
VIETNAMESE ABROAD PEN CENTRE
VĂN BÚT VIỆT NAM HẢI NGOẠI
Federal Tax ID: 90-09164... Public Charity Status
8875 Holly Ave. Westminster, CA 92683. USA
Phone: (714) 891-9972, (714) 326-5558. Fax: (562) 436-8998
Thông Báo 018 Nk14-17
 
Ngày 14 tháng 02 năm 2015
 
PHÂN ƯU
 
Văn Bút VNHN xin thành kính phân ưu cùng Văn Bút Tây Tạng Hải Ngoại cho sự ra đi vĩnh viễn đột ngột của Lobsang Chokta (Tibetan PEN).
 
Văn Hữu Lobsang Chokta năm nay 34 tuổi hiện là Phó Chủ Tịch Văn Bút Tây Tạng Hải Ngoại. Theo tin tức từ Văn Bút Quốc Tế, VH Chokta đã bị đâm chết tại thủ đô Delhi, Ấn Độ ngày hôm qua 13 tháng 2 năm 2015. Nội vụ đang được điều tra cho nên chi tiết vẫn còn chưa rõ ràng. 

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Là một nhà văn trẻ tuổi, Lobsang Chokta đã hoạt động không mệt mỏi cho công cuộc đấu tranh của người Tây Tạng, cho những người bị cầm tù, cho nhân quyền và tự do tư tưởng.
 
Anh đã tham dự các Đại Hội VBQT liên tục hai năm qua: Congresses in Reykjavik (2013) và  Bishkek (2014), the WiPC Conference in Krakow (2013), và the TLRC Conference in Girona (2014).
 
Văn Bút VNHN xin thành thật chia buồn cùng gia quyến của nhà văn Lobsang Chokta và Văn Bút Tây Tạng Hải Ngoại. 
 
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Vũ Văn Tùng
 
From: Paul Finegan

Sent: 13 February 2015 15:19

To: 'Paul Finegan (Paul.Finegan@pen-international.org)'

Subject: Urgent Message to PEN Members regarding death of Lobsang Chokta (Tibetan PEN)
 Dear PEN Centres and members,

The PEN community is devastated today by the news of the death of our friend and colleague, Lobsang Chokta, who was stabbed last night in Delhi. Details of the circumstances are currently unclear.  PEN International is in touch with our colleagues from Tibetan PEN and will update you all as soon as we have any more information.

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As Vice-president of PEN Tibetan Writers Abroad he was a tireless champion of literature, freedom of expression and linguistic rights. Many of you will have met Lobsang at PEN meetings over the last number of years, including the PEN International Congresses in Reykjavik (2013) and Bishkek (2014), the WiPC Conference in Krakow (2013), and the TLRC Conference in Girona (2014).

He was wonderful to work with and was a committed member of the PEN family and was an unwavering advocate for imprisoned Tibetan writers, language and heritage.

We extend our deepest sympathy and condolence to his family, knowing that this can in no way make up for their loss.
If you wish to send messages of condolence, please send them to  paul.finegan@pen-international.org and we will make sure to get them to our members from Tibet.

The PEN International team. 

 

INTERNATIONAL PEN
VIETNAMESE ABROAD PEN CENTRE
VĂN BÚT VIỆT NAM HẢI NGOẠI
Federal Tax ID: 90-09164... Public Charity Status
8875 Holly Ave. Westminster, CA 92683. USA
Phone: (714) 891-9972, (714) 326-5558. Fax: (562) 436-8998
Thông Báo 015Nk14-17
 
THÔNG BÁO BỔ SUNG VỀ GIẢI THƯỞNG
VĂN HỌC 18-30 TUỔI CỦA VBQT 2015
 
 
Ngày 13 tháng 02 năm 2015
 
Kính thưa toàn thể quý vị thành viên Văn Bút VNHN,
 
Tiếp theo thông báo trước (TB 014) về Giải Thưởng Văn Học cho lứa tuổi 18-30 tuổi của VBQT năm 2015, VBQT vừa ra tiếp thông báo bổ sung về chi tiết của Giải Thưởng Quan Trọng này .
 
Chúng tôi xin lược dịch những chi tiết quan trọng chính yếu nhất .
 
1/ Giải thưởng Văn Học này chỉ dành cho giới trẻ từ 18-30 tuổi.
 
2/ Giải Nhất trị giá $1,000.00 USD (Mỹ kim).
 
3/ Hạn chót nộp đề cử là 22 tháng 5 năm 2015.
 
4/ Giải thưởng sẽ công bố vào dịp Đại Hội thường niên vào tháng 10 năm 2015 của VBQT. Ðại Hội Thường Niên kỳ 81th sẽ được tổ chức tại thành phố Quebec, Canada.
 
5/ Không nhận tác phẩm trực tiếp từ tác giả, mà mỗi Trung Tâm Hoạt Động của VBQT sẽ đề cử tối đa 2 tác giả .
 
6/ Khuyến khích tự do ngôn luận và các tác phẩm sáng tác bằng tất cả các thứ tiếng và dịch sang ba ngôn ngữ lớn: Anh, Pháp và Tây Ban Nha .
 
7/ Khuyến khích các tác giả mới với các tác phẩm mới. Những tác giả đã có tác phẩm được in sẽ không được xét thưởng. Các tác phẩm có thể bao gồm : thơ, truyện ngắn, khảo luận ... Thơ không nên dài quá 2500 chữ. Truyện và bài viết trong vòng 2000 đến 4000 chữ .
Các tác phẩm đề cử phải chưa được xuất bản . Tất cả các tác phẩm dự thi không được để tên tác giả, và phải gởi dưới dạng .doc, .rtf. VBQT không nhận dạng .pdf.
Quý vị nào muốn tham dự xin liên lạc về Ban Chấp Hành Văn Bút Việt Nam Hải Ngoại qua địa chỉ sau:
Văn Bút Việt Nam Hải Ngoại
8875 Holly Ave. Westminster, CA. USA
Phone: (714) 891-9972 hay (714) 326-5558
 
Trân trọng kính thông báo,
 
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Vũ Văn Tùng
 
 
 
February 12, 2015
 
From: James Tennant
Literary Mangager
 Dear PEN Colleagues –
 I would like to remind you all that the PEN International/New Voices Award, is now open for submissions until May 22.
 The top prize is $1000 USD and will be announced during this year’s Congress.
 We hope that your Centre will be happy to put forward two talented young writers; for further information please read the guidelines and application forms attached.
 We look forward to receiving submissions over the next months.
 With best wishes,
 James Tennant
 
PEN INTERNATIONAL/NEW VOICES AWARD 2015
 
PEN International has set up an annual New Voices Award to encourage new writing in
the countries in which we operate and to provide a much needed space for young and
unpublished writers to submit their work. The award will actively encourage entries
from diverse linguistic regions and communities.
Before PEN International was established in 1921, its founder C. A. Dawson Scott set up the
Tomorrow Club as a space for aspiring writers to network with more established writers. In 1928,
Herman Ould, International Secretary, felt strongly that it was important for PEN to maintain focus
on helping emerging writers, and so established a ‘Young PEN’ chapter.
The PEN International/New Voices Award builds on these ideas, simultaneously reconnecting
with our past and moving into the future.
 
NEW VOICES AWARD: AIMS
The annual PEN International/New Voices Award aims to:
- work closely with our Centres, to encourage new writing worldwide;
- encourage writers aged 18-30 to write short stories, creative non-fiction, journalism,
and poetry;
- to promote freedom of expression, literature, and the tenets of the PEN Charter;
- foster new forms of writing appropriate to our time;
- promote translation, especially into ‘bridge’ languages such as English, French, and
Spanish;
- provide a (much needed) space for emerging writers to submit their work;
- help emerging writers by providing advice on how best to work towards a career as
a writer;
- to cement PEN’s profile as the world’s oldest and pre-eminent writers’ organisation
PEN INTERNATIONAL/NEW VOICES AWARD: STRUCTURE
Details of the award’s terms of entry and judging structure are set out below:
 
1) TERMS OF ENTRY
- each PEN Centre, or officially-recognised Chapter, may nominate and mentor a
maximum of two writers. One male, one female;
- we only accept entries by email and from an accredited PEN Centre. Entries that
come directly from candidates will not be accepted;
- any nomination from a Chapter must be sent to PEN International by one of their local
PEN Centres;
- the nominating PEN Centre must include a correctly filled-out entry form with their
application;
- official entry forms will be sent directly to all PEN Centres prior to the opening of the
award;
- all proposed candidates must be over 17 & still under the age of 30 at the time of the
closing date;
- writers who have published books may not enter, but those who have existing
contracts with publishers for forthcoming books may enter. A nominee must not have
had any book published during the entire duration of the award;
- writers who have published pamphlets, or work in magazines and journals are allowed
to enter;
- writers nominated do not have to live in the country of the nominating PEN Centre, but
ideally should write in the working language of said PEN Centre;
- all manuscripts entered must be the work of one author only;
- prose entries must be between 2,000-4,000 words;
- poetry entries may take the form of individual poems, a sequence, or one long poem of
no more than 2,500 words in total;
- writers may only submit one prose work;
- all texts nominated must remain unpublished during the entire duration of the award;
- all submissions should be translated into English, French, and Spanish. The original
text must also be submitted. The nominating PEN Centre is responsible for organising
these translations where possible; in cases where PEN International arranges translations
PEN International is not responsible for their quality;
- the winning entry will be published by PEN International;
- the winning writer will receive an award of $1,000 USD;
- a longlist of six writers may request feedback on their entries;
- the shortlist of three writers may be asked to participate in later events through PEN
International;
- the winning writer will be announced during Congress;
- all translators will receive full accreditation and recognition;
- there will be no entry fee
 
2) JUDGING THE AWARD
- the award will be open to submissions February-May 2015;
- the submission window will close on 22 May 2015 (UK time) and no late entries will
be considered;
- the International Secretariat, with help from its Centres, will draw up an initial longlist
in-house; each of these texts will be assessed in English, French and Spanish by the
judging panel;
- the International Secretariat will also arrange an assessment of the entry in its original
language;
- PEN International’s judging panel of experts, aims to reflect and be representative of
PEN’s global remit and aims;
- the initial longlist will be passed to the panel, each of whom will choose their own
longlist of six;
- the judges will confer to finalise one single longlist of six, and subsequently a shortlist;
- all longlisted writers can request feedback and advice on the next steps to take
towards a writing career;
- all shortlisted entries are eligible for publication by PEN International and its
Centres;
- PEN International will inform Centres if any of their nominations make the longlist and
shortlist. It is the duty of the Centre to inform their nominees
 
3) GUIDELINES
- amendments cannot be made to entries after they have been submitted, nor
substitutions made;
- it is not possible to confirm receipt of entries by phone or email;
- poems to be single-spaced and a line count noted at the top of the first page;
- short stories to be double-spaced and a word count noted at the top of the first page;
- the filename of online entries must be the title of the entry and it must be either a .doc,
.docx, .rtf file: we cannot accept PDFs
- if poetry is part of the nomination, all poems by one poet should be in one single Word.
document;
- all entries are judged anonymously: do not include the entrant’s name on the
document, only on the application sheet;
- worldwide copyright of each entry remains with the author, but PEN International will
have the unrestricted right to publish entries in the e-anthology, in print, on the website,
and in any relevant promotional material;
- the judges' decision is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into;
- PEN International reserves the right to change the panel of judges without notice
 
To enter and for further information please contact Literary Manager James
Tennant: james.tennant@pen-international.org
 
PEN International promotes literature and freedom of expression and is governed
by the PEN Charter and the principles it embodies: unhampered transmission of
thought within each nation and between all nations. Founded in 1921, PEN International
connects an international community of writers from its Secretariat in London. It is a
forum where writers meet freely to discuss their work; it is also a voice speaking out for
writers silenced in their own countries. Through Centres in over 100 countries, PEN
operates on five continents. PEN International is a non-political organisation which
holds Special Consultative Status at the UN and Associate Status at UNESCO.
International PEN is a registered charity in England and Wales with registration number1117088. www.pen-international.org
 

 

INTERNATIONAL PEN
VIETNAMESE ABROAD PEN CENTRE
VĂN BÚT VIỆT NAM HẢI NGOẠI
Federal Tax ID: 90-09164... Public Charity Status
8875 Holly Ave. Westminster, CA 92683. USA
Phone: (714) 891-9972, (714) 326-5558. Fax: (562) 436-8998
Thông Báo 014Nk14-17
 
GIẢI THƯỞNG VĂN HỌC CỦA VBQT
CHO GIỚI TRẺ 18-30 TUỔI NĂM 2015
 
Ngày 10 tháng 02 năm 2015
 
Kính thưa quý Văn Hữu Hội Viên Văn Bút VNHN,
 
VBQT vừa công bố về Giải Thưởng New Voices Award 2015 cho giới trẻ 18-30 tuổi. Hạn chót gởi giới thiệu đề cử là ngày 22 tháng 5 năm 2015. Đề cử phải do các Văn Bút thành viên VBQT giới thiệu . 
 
2014 Giải Nhất: Marina Babanskaya (St Petersburg PEN Chapter)
 
2014 hạng nhì: Kasim Bazil (Central Asian PEN), Amalia Cernat (Romanian PEN)
 
 
2013 Giải Nhất: Masande Ntshanga (South African PEN)
 
2013 Hạng Nhì: José Pablo Salas (PEN Mexico), Claire Battershill (PEN Canada)
 
Thành Viên ban Giám Khảo 2015
 
1/Zakariya Amataya Nhà thơ Thái Lan 
2/Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel sinh năm 1966, nhà văn Guinea.
3/Edwige-Renée Dro, nhà văn  Côte d’Ivoire.
4/Drago Jančar  nhà văn gốc Nam Tư .
5/ Yann Martel , sinh năm 1963 , nhà văn Canada
6/ Olga Tokarczuk (sinh năm 1962) nhà văn Ba Lan.
 
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For information about the award, please contact James Tennant, PEN International’s Literary Manager: james.tennant[@]pen-international.org 
 



 
New Voices Award
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The PEN International/New Voices Award 2015 is open for submissions until May 22.
 
 
 
The PEN International/New Voices Award encourages new writing in the countries in which we operate, and provides a much needed space for young and unpublished writers to promote their work. The award actively encourages entries from diverse linguistic regions and communities.
Before PEN International was established in 1921 its founder, C. A. Dawson Scott, set up the Tomorrow Club as a space for aspiring writers to network with established authors; in 1928 Herman Ould, International Secretary, felt strongly that it was important for PEN to maintain focus on helping emerging writers, and so established the first ‘Young PEN’ chapter.
The PEN International/New Voices Award builds on these ideas, simultaneously reconnecting with our past and moving into the future. The award is open to unpublished writers aged 18-30. The young writers must be nominated by their local PEN Centre: PEN International cannot receive entries directly from candidates.
 
2014 Winner: Marina Babanskaya (St Petersburg PEN Chapter)
2014 Runners-up: Kasim Bazil (Central Asian PEN), Amalia Cernat (Romanian PEN)
 
2013 Winner: Masande Ntshanga (South African PEN)
2013 Runners-up: José Pablo Salas (PEN Mexico), Claire Battershill (PEN Canada)


 

 





PEN International/New Voices Award jury 2015
 

Zakariya Amataya is a Thai poet who is interested in foreign poems. His translated works and poems have been published regularly in newspapers and journals. He founded thaipoetsociety.com and also ran poetry readings and events for many years. His first collection of free verse poems was No Women in Poetry (2010), which was awarded the S.E.A. Write Award for Thailand in 2010. His second collection of poems was But in Us It Is Deep As The Sea (2013). In 2011 he resided in Hawaii for the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art’s Artist in Residence Program.
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Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel , born in Malabo in 1966, is one of the Guinean intellectuals of most international prominence, widely considered the most distinguished among a group of writers in his country who, prior to 2011, had not sought exile. From 1999 to 2008 he was editor-in-chief of magazines El Patio and Atanga (Equatorial Guinea). He has published in all literary genres and is the recipient, for some of his books, of prizes in both national and international awards, such as Third Prize for Narrative with ‘El Desmayo de Judas’ (Judas Faints) in the ’35th International Odón Betanzos Palacios Award’, organised in 1999 by the New York Circle of Iberoamerican Writers and Poets. He has been Joseph Astman Distinguished Faculty Lecturer (Hofstra University, New York, 2003.)
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Edwige-Renée Dro hails from Côte d’Ivoire. A laureate of the Africa39 project and short-listed for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship, her stories have been published in Prufrock magazine, Prima magazine, africanwriters.com, etc. She blogs at laretournee.mondoblog.org, a France24 and RFI platform where she looks at her country through the eyes of a returnee. Edwige lives and works in Côte d’Ivoire as a translator.
 edwige
 
 
 
 



Drago Jančar has studied law, worked as journalist, editor and freelance writer. In 1985 he was a Fulbright fellow in the USA, and in 1988 in Germany. As president of the Slovenian PEN Centre l987-91 he was engaged in rise of democracy in Slovenia and Yugoslavia. Now he lives in Ljubljana. For the novel I Saw Her That Night he won the Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger 2014 for the best foreign book in France.

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January Letter from John Ralston Saul,
International President,
to the PEN Membership.
 
January 27, 2015
 
Dear PEN Members, Dear Friends,
 
Last week in Paris I went to the site of the Charlie Hebdo murders with Emmanuel Pierrat of French PEN, Jarkko Tontti, Carles Torner and Sarah Clarke from our Secretariat. We placed flowers and a message on your behalf. We then took part in a large emergency meeting of journalists, editors and others pulled together by UNESCO.
 
Beyond condemnation of the violence and solidarity, there was already confusion over what happens next. Can journalists be better protected? How are we to deal with the differences of culture over the shape of satire, even within Europe. After all, nothing is a local as humour. And what does local mean in an era of intense communications and immigration?
 
As one of the opening speakers – and the only one from a grassroots and international organization of writers – I put forward PEN’s views. These seemed to find a lot of support.
 
The biggest risk today is that many people – political, security and others – are already trying to take advantage of the shock and fear; to use the situation to their advantage. Security services are lined up for more money and power; lobbying for more surveillance powers. Extremists on all sides are agitating for hatred and various types of violence.
 
This is exactly the kind of atmosphere that obscures reality. For example, of the 200 or so journalists killed every year, the vast majority die for reasons that have nothing to do with religious extremism, Islamic or other. Most journalists and other writers are assassinated or imprisoned for offending power – state, criminal or corporate, or a combination of the three. Sometimes power hides behind faith. But corruption – the outcome of alliances between the state, criminals and corporations – is a bigger problem than religion.
 
As for hands on protection, journalists aren’t in government. They don’t work in groups or in state buildings. They don’t travel in protected convoys. Investigation, reporting, stating opinions, mocking power, is all about being on a risky front line.
 
The single most important cause of danger to writers is impunity. Most people who kill journalists are not investigated, tried or imprisoned. Punishment is so rare around the world that impunity amounts to incitement to murder.
 
In most countries this situation could be changed – Mexico, Russia, Honduras, Brazil, for example. When it comes to prison, think of Turkey or China. All these countries have political, economic and/ or military partners who turn a blind eye when it comes to free expression. That is a conscious choice. A cynical and, frankly, cowardly choice.
 
The first way to protect journalists and other writers is through a serious push against impunity. That means honest and effective police and court systems which follow broad standards of free expression set by treaties.
As for the obsessing of security forces with the continual expansion of their surveillance rights, this has more to do with their own power and their discomfort with human rights regulations, slowly put in place over 150 years, than it does with protecting citizens.
 
There is no reason to be surprised by this sort of posturing. Shocked perhaps, but not surprized. For example, we all saw the front rows of the massive march in Paris. The march itself was remarkable for the way in which citizens of all backgrounds and beliefs came together in solidarity. Many members of French PEN were there, as was Per Wästberg, one of our Presidents Emeritus. But those first few rows included many representatives of regimes which play a central role in violence, imprisonment and impunity when it comes to writers.
 
One example: Saudi Arabia was there, among the most important international missionaries of religious extremism. And, for precisely anti-free expression reasons, that government is currently flogging Raif Badawi every Friday, fifty lashes at a time, until 1,000 have been suffered. This brutality may well be a sentence to death.
 
Among the more troubling reactions in the West has been the political and populist desire to declare war on religious extremism. It sounds so simple. So logical. Except that a few decades ago the same set of countries declared war an organized crime. It was worse than a failure. Then they declared war on drugs, which turned into a tragicomedy. After the horror of September 11th, they declared war on terrorism, which has been a counterproductive failure. Perhaps the biggest outcome has been the explosion in security services everywhere in the world. The practical outcome has been a continuing reduction in the free speech of citizens living in democracies – a remarkable victory for the terrorists.
 
Already there are calls for more laws. More limitations. More money for security walls and surveillance.
And, as has been noticed throughout Africa, a few days later, there was virtual indifference in the West to the Baga Massacre of hundreds of innocent people by Boko Haram.
 
The most encouraging difference this time is that more and more people, including writers, are asking fundamental questions about causes and about the sort of solutions which involve social reforms, a rethinking of education structures, the isolation of immigrant communities. All reasons for alienation.
 
None of which lessens our sense of tragedy and outrage, our sense of irredeemable loss after the Paris murders. What we know, from our experience around the world, is that we must insist on a calm, tough, careful response, which focuses on the reality of causes, on hypocrisy in public policy and on the large problems – such as impunity – which must be addressed.
 
*      *     *
 
Let me rapidly add that Jarkko, Carles and I have just been in Germany with Regula Venske, Secretary General of German PEN to see German Foundations. We also had a wonderful evening in Berlin with members who had belonged to the old East German Centre. German PEN President, Josef Haslinger was with us.
 
We were also in The Hague with PEN Nederland for the opening of the Writers Unlimited Winter Nights literary festival. This was the 20th Anniversary of its founding by Ton van de Langkruis. He is still very much in charge!
 
The opening evening is mainly devoted to our Free The Word! theme. It took place in a large and jammed hall.  Karl Ove Knausgård gave the FREE WORD LECTURE. He delivered a balanced and sophisticated message, examining how the walls of free speech have moved over time. And these changes come with mayor risks if we do not understand what is happening. I again spoke of the Paris events. With Farah Karimi of Oxfam Novib, we gave out the Oxfam Novib PEN Awards to Razan al-Maghrabi of Lybia, Abdelmoneim Rahama of Sudan, Jila Bani-Yaghoub and her husband Bani-Yaghoub of Iran. Razan spoke movingly, as did Manon Uphoff, the new President of PEN Nederland.
 
*      *     *
 
The last part of 2014 was very intense for PEN. Marian Botsford Fraser and Carles were in Tunis for a meeting of Maghreb writers. Seven of our African centres (Afrikaans, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, South Africa and Zambia) gathered in Johannesburg for training sessions at the University of Witwatersrand. They also used this opportunity to discuss strategy for the PEN African Network (PAN). Ghanaian PEN President and Chair of PAN, Frankie Asare Donkoh led this process. There was also a literary event celebrating  Masande Ntshanga, winner of our first PEN International New Voices Award a little over two years ago. He has now published his first novel – The Reactive – to great reviews. A number of the other finalists from the first two competitions are also published or soon will be.
 
*      *     *
 
Finally, in late November, early December, I was in Bangladesh to help open the Hay Dhaka Festival. There are growing freedom of expression problems in this enormous country where there are elections,  but increasing questions about its democracy.
 
I met a large number of worried writers and academics. They were waiting for the judgment in the David Bergman case, and I was able to sit down with many of those concerned. PEN is now involved. The ruling came shortly after I left, and was interpreted by many as warning signal that worse is to come. I met with our PEN Centre and its President Farida Hossain. Many more writers are eager to join the centre and to work with them on the country’s situation. A few of us had a meeting with the country’s Prime Minister.
 
There is a remarkable writing and journalistic community in this country of 160 million. Virtually any literate Bangladeshi knows by heart the most famous verse of their national poet, Kazi Nazrul Islam: “I am a Rebel.” It is curious how authorities can recite these lines without understanding that they have become part of the same problem Kazi Nazrul Islam was addressing 90 years ago.
 
Best wishes to you all,
 
John Ralston Saul
International President
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Ngày 28 tháng 01 năm 2015
Kính thưa quý vị hội viên Văn Bút VNHN,
Chúng tôi nhận được lá thư tháng giêng 2015 của Chủ Tịch VBQT, ông John Ralston Saul. Lá thư khá dài, chúng tôi xin tóm lược một vài điểm chính và quan trọng nhất .
 
 
THƯ THÁNG GIÊNG 2015 CỦA
CHỦ TỊCH VBQT John Ralston Saul
 
Ngày 27 tháng 1 năm 2015
 
Quý thành viên Văn Bút Quốc Tế và Văn Hữu thân mến,
 
Tuần trước tôi đã đến trụ sở tạp chí Charlie Hebdo ở Paris với  Emmanuel Pierrat của Văn Bút Pháp, Jarkko Tontti, Carles Torner và Sarah Clarke. Chúng tôi đã đặt vòng hoa tưởng niệm thay mặt cho quý vị .  Chúng tôi cũng đã tham dự vào buổi họp mặt khẩn cấp của văn giới và báo giới do UNESCO tổ chức.
 
Sau tất cả những lên án mạnh mẽ và biểu lộ tình đoàn kết với những người cầm bút, cầm cọ dũng cảm, đã có nhiều sự phân vân về điều gì sẽ xảy ra tiếp theo. Liệu báo giới cần được bảo vệ tốt hơn ? Chúng ta phải đối phó thế nào với sự khác biệt văn hoá đối với châm biếm, thậm chí ngay cả trong lòng Âu Châu. Không có gì địa phương hơn là sự hài hước. Và địa phương có nghĩa gì trong thời đại thông tin căng thẳng và di dân.
 
Là một trong những diễn giả mở đầu buổi hội thảo, tôi đã trình bày về nguyên tắc căn bản tự do tư tưởng của VBQT. Và đã được sự ủng hộ rộng rãi . 
Nguy cơ lớn nhất hiện nay là nhiều người- chính trị, an ninh và nhiều chuyện khác - đã lợi dụng sự sợ hãi và hoang mang để làm lợi cho họ. 
 
Các dịch vụ an ninh đang vận động để kiếm thêm tiền, vận động cho quyền theo dõi. Những thành phần cực đoan từ mọi phía đang khoáy động lòng hận thù và nhiều dạng bạo lực.
 
Báo giới không được bảo vệ bởi quyền đặc nhiễm cho nên họ dễ dàng bị cầm tù hay trừng phạt.
Sau vụ Charlie Hebdo trong cuộc diễu hành khổng lồ có rất nhiều lãnh đạo của nhiều quốc gia trên thế giới. Ngay cả từ Saudi Arabia, quốc gia Hồi giáo đã trừng phạt nhà báo Raif Badawi và đánh anh này 1000 roi, chia ra 50 roi vào mỗi thứ sáu hàng tuần. 
 
*      *     *
 
Để tôi nói nhanh đến việc Jarkko, Carles và tôi đã ở Đức với  Regula Venske, Tổng Thư Ký của Văn Bút Đức . Chúng tôi cũng đã có buổi tối tuyệt vời với Trung Tâm Đông Đức cũ. Chủ Tịch Văn Bút Đức Josef Haslinger đã có mặt với chúng tôi.
 
Chúng tôi cũng đã đến The Hague với Văn Bút Hà Lan cho lễ khai mạc the Writers Unlimited Winter Nights literary festival. Đây là kỷ niệm 20 năm thành lập của Ton van de Langkruis. Ông ta vẫn còn điều khiển tất cả!
 
Cầu chúc tất cả mọi điều tốt lành đến với tất cả quý vị.
 
John Ralston Saul
Chủ Tịch VBQT
 

 

 


 
 
Eritrea: Writers released after six years’ arbitrary detention

 (23 January 2015) The news that six Eritrean writers and journalists have been unexpectedly released is a welcome step from a country with an atrocious record on freedom of expression, PEN International said today.
 

The five men and one woman - Ghirmay Abraham, Bereket Misghina (also known as Wedi Misghina), Meles Negusse,  Petros Teferi (also known as Wedi Qeshi), Basilos Zemo and Yirgalem Fisseha (f) were released on bail in the evening of 21 January 2015 after almost six years in detention without charge or trial.  They were the last six remaining detainees of around 50 journalists and staff members of the Asmara-based Radio Bana arrested on 22 February 2009.
 
Initially detained in Adi Abito military camp northwest of Asmara, where they were allowed visits by family and friends, the journalists were later transferred to the nearby Mai-Sirwa maximum security military prison. All six journalists released from Mai-Sirwa have now returned home.
 
It’s wonderful that six families are at last reunited after almost six years with scant information on the fate of these journalists. We welcome this move by the Eritrean government and hope that this is a sign of further changes to come,” said Carles Torner, Executive Director of PEN International.
 
“PEN has at least 21 other writers and journalists on its Case List, all held in circumstances amounting to enforced disappearance, some of whom are believed to have died in the appalling conditions of Eritrean prisons. Their fate should be immediately clarified and, if any are still alive, they should be released immediately and unconditionally.” 
 
In the days following 18 September 2001, at least 10 journalists from the Eritrean private press and 11 former members of the Eritrean government were rounded up and detained. To this day, at least six print journalists and all of the politicians remain detained incommunicado without charge or trial, while at least four of the journalists have reportedly died in custody. A further four print journalists arrested prior to and after September 2001 are also detained incommunicado without charge or trial. PEN International believes that these detainees are being punished for the peaceful expression of their views in writing.
 
Four of the released writers – Negusse, Misghina, Teferi and Fisseha - had been adopted as ‘main cases’ by PEN International, a global organisation of writers which campaigns for freedom of expression and an end to persecution of their fellow writers. Four of them are poets and one is a playwright. (For more information, see below).
 
Background:
 
Ghirmay Abraham is a poet and journalist who worked for the national radio station Dimtsi Hafash as well as freelancing for Radio Bana until his detention.
 
Yirgalem Fisseha is a well-known poet who at the time of her detention was working as a journalist for Radio Bana.
 
Bereket Misghina (also known as Wedi Misghina) is a playwright, filmmaker, actor and author who was a staff member at Radio Bana when he was detained.
 
Meles Negusse is one of the country's leading poets who used to present a poetry programme on national television. Also one of the founders of Tsigenay newspaper, at the time of his detention he was working as a freelance journalists for Radio Bana and was also a journalist for the Sports Commission.

Petros Teferi (also known as Wedi Qeshi) is a writer and poet who was working as a freelancer for Radio Bana when he was detained.
 
Basilos Zemo is a journalist who at the time of his detention was head of Radio Bana and the media section of the Ministry of Education’s Department of Adult Education and Media.

For further details please contact Tamsin Mitchell at the Writers in Prison Committee London Office: PEN International, Brownlow House, 50-51 High Holborn, London WC1V 6ER Tel: +44 (0) 207 405 0338 Fax +44 (0) 207 405 0339 email: tamsin.mitchell@pen-international.org
 
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January 24, 2015
 
Dear Mr. President,
Dear Mr. Secretary,
and Chairman of Writers in Prison Committee
 
As a member Chapter of International PEN, Vietnamese Abroad PEN shares the excited news about the releases of 6 journalists from Eritrea.
 
We wish the best for all of six courageous writers from Eritrea.
 
On this special occasion, we, Vietnamese Abroad PEN urges International PEN join us to put pressure on Vietnamese government to release immediately, unconditionally the following writers who fight for freedom of expression in Vietnam: Ta Phong Tan, Nguyen Quang Lap, Nguyen Van Ly ... 
 
We are looking forward to hearing from you.

 
President of Vietnamese Abroad PEN Centre

TUNG VAN VU  

 

INTERNATIONAL PEN
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January 18, 2015
Saudi Arabian Embassy in Washington DC, United States
Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, United States of America
601 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W., Washington, 20037

Your Excellency,
 
My name is VU,  TUNG VAN , the President of Vietnamese Abroad  PEN. I am writing you this formal letter in regards to the situation of the Saudi Blogger, Raif Badawi.
 
We are asking you to influence your government to stop the flogging of Mr. Balawi right away since he has done nothing wrong humanly. Please stop all of the 1000 lashes and release him immediately. 
 
Flogging violates all of the international laws and it is inhumane. We are asking you to let your government know that the whole world is condemning and watching all of this event as it unfolds. STOP FLOGGING NOW and RELEASE MR. BALAWI NOW.
 
Yours faithfully,
Tung Van Vu,
Vietnamese Abroad PEN

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PEN appalled by savage attack on French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo


(7th January 2015)
PEN International and 50 PEN Centres around the world condemn the unprecedented attack on the office of the French publication Charlie Hebdo in Paris today in which 12 people died and seven were injured.

This is not the first time that journalists, editors, writers, cartoonists  and translators have been targeted for expressing opinions that may offend, outrage or shock sections of society. But there has never been an assault on such a scale in Europe. There can be no justification for using violence to silence or intimidate those who speak out, no matter how offensive their views.
In the face of such violence, it is incumbent on all governments and religious leaders to strengthen their commitment to press freedom and to safeguard freedom of expression as a fundamental human right. This attack must be investigated promptly and impartially in accordance with international standards and the perpetrators brought to justice.
John Ralston Saul, President of PEN International said: “PEN is appalled by today’s savage attack on Charlie Hebdo. Today the entire PEN family stands in solidarity with journalists in France, and all over the world, who are increasingly subjected to violence for exercising their right to freedom of expression.”
Condemning the cowardly attack on the office of the magazine, Jean-Luc Despax, President of French PEN said: “Despite this atrocious act, freedom of expression remains intact, whether expressed through art, satire or analysis.”
Further comments from PEN Centres and members:
Sofi Oksanen, Finnish PEN member said,  “Too often we living in democratic states take freedom of expression granted. It’s not. It’s something we need to defend and protect every day and it means zero-tolerance to every action trying to diminish it.
Now it’s our duty to make sure the terrorists will be brought to justice and it’s also our duty to make sure that discussion about the importance of freedom of expression will be in front line also in countries where we take it for granted. It’s also our duty to make sure that terrorist attacks won’t lead to self-censorship or censorship by art-sponsors and institutions. That would undermine the basic elements of democracy.”
Salman Rushdie, English PEN member noted, “Religion, a mediaeval form of unreason, when combined with modern weaponry becomes a real threat to our freedoms. This religious totalitarianism has caused a deadly mutation in the heart of Islam and we see the tragic consequences in Paris today. I stand with Charlie Hebdo, as we all must, to defend the art of satire, which has always been a force for liberty and against tyranny, dishonesty and stupidity. “Respect for religion” has become a code phrase meaning “fear of religion.” Religions, like all other ideas, deserve criticism, satire, and, yes, our fearless disrespect.”
Hanan al-Shaykh, stated: “When we were young, a religious scholar in our neighbourhood in Beirut used to advise us, whenever he saw us playing in the street, to ‘Go and study!’ When we yelled back with a united voice, ‘But we have finished studying!’ he’d reply that we should open a book and read. And if he had known what the future had in store for us, he might have added, ‘And write, write anything you feel like writing…’
So, I say, ‘Yes, write whatever the tyrants of the mind would have you erase, and what fundamentalists warn will guarantee you a place in hell. Write to make the enemies of freedom gasp for breath…’”
Maureen Freely, President, English PEN said: “Today we are all horrified, devastated and appalled.  But tomorrow we must look for new ways to stand together with writers and artists of all backgrounds and faiths and take courage from our shared commitment to free speech.
Peter Godwin, President of PEN American Center said: “We are sickened and shocked by this atrocious attack. The right to criticize – even in a manner some may find offensive – is vital to all free and democratic societies, and writers and artists around the world must unite to protect freedom of expression against this cowardly and deplorable act.”
PEN Turkey condemned the “Violent attack which killed not only our friends – journalists and caricaturists, but also threatens our  freedom of thought and expression. Today, we are all Charlie Hebdo.”
PEN Quebec, in the name of its members and all writers from Quebec, “condemns the slaughter of our colleague’s from the magazine Charlie Hebdo. We join the global literary community, and all those who reject violence and wish to live in freedom and to express their views and thoughts freely”.
Hyam Yared, President of PEN Lebanon said: “Nous, écrivains libanais, issus d’un pays où le pluri-confessionnalisme a permis, malgré tous les aléas politiques, la libre expression des identités de chacun sans pour autant abuser de notre droit à l’altérité, sommes consternés par cette vague de violence et de radicalité qui s’exprimentpartout au Moyen-Orient, au Liban, en Syrie, en Egypte, en Occident, et dont nos confrères, journalistes et employés de Charlie Hebdo ont payé le prix, assassinés après avoir reçu à plusieurs reprises par le passé menaces et intimidations” En savoir plus ici.
Teresa Salema Cadete, President of the Portuguese PEN Centre“: PEN is always a part of the daily struggle for democracy and therefore a part of the target of its ennemies. Cartoons are one of the most necessary arts of the 21st Century because of their power of biting synthesis. Those coward acts of violence shows how we all must leave our comfort zones to defend our principles and practices in the community of solidary freedom of expression.
Drew Campbell President, Scottish PEN:The murders in Paris were so shocking, so horrific we are almost at a loss for words – exactly what the perpetrators crave. But today we speak up. Freedom of expression – what the workers at Charlie Hebdo risked their lives for – must never be buried beneath fear and silence.” Read the statement in full here.
Sirpa Kähkönen, chair of Finnish PEN: “Finnish PEN is mourning for the dead and wounded in the Charlie Hebdo attack. The lines of free expression should be drawn in words, discussion and debate – not by guns and atrocities.”
Norwegian PEN President William Nygaard, said: “This is a gross attack on freedom of expression which is the core of our democracies,” says . “It is also an attack on the free press and free journalism and it is important that the terrorist attack does not lead to self-censorship.” Read more here.
Nuestra solidaridad absoluta con las víctimas y sus familiares y repudio total a todo crimen de odio con sevicia, PEN HONDURAS. Dina Meza, Presidente. Eduardo Bähr, Secretario General
Dr.Hanan Awwad, President Palestine PEN: “It is truly shocking act. In the name of all pPalestinepen members,friends and supporters,I condemn this act. As Palestinian who experience Occupation ,devoted time and efforts to defend freedom of expression and human dignity, view with deep sadness the attack against writers ,Magazine and culture as systemic determined deeds against freedom of expression and against the free word. Diversity,different opinion should create dialogue and understanding,not blood shed. The question is how the free writers can act and react in such situation?how our pens can survive in the time of violence and the lack of justice? We are living in a world of horror, only the pen can only the committed pen can change the world.”
PEN Club de Puerto Rico:Los miembros del PEN Club de Puerto Rico se sienten indignados con el abominable ataque al personal de las publicaciones Charlie Hebdo y a la libertad de expresión de lo periodistas y lo en general.”
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REGULATIONS OF INTERNATIONAL PEN

 

PART I               CENTRES AND MEMBERSHIP

 Article 1                     International PEN

 (a)        International PEN, whose aims are defined by its Charter, was founded in 1921 and consists of Centres situated throughout the world. It is established under English law and headquartered in London in accordance with its Constitution consisting of the Charter and its Regulations and Rules of Procedure.

 (b)        International PEN is an apolitical organization that undertakes to defend impartially freedom of expression and thought as specified by Article 19 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

 (c)        International PEN shall receive the annual dues and any other contributions from Centres, subventions, gifts, legacies and interest. It may hold property and investments of any kind.

Article 2                      Centres

 (a)        A Centre is an association of not less than twenty members, eligible for membership as defined in Article 3, with an elected governing body and accredited to International PEN in accordance with these Regulations.

 (b)        A Centre may only be considered for accreditation to International PEN when its organizers have submitted to the International Secretariat copies of the PEN Charter signed by all prospective founding members together with a curriculum vitae for each of them establishing their eligibility for membership.

(c)        Nominations for the establishment of new Centres may be made by an existing Centre or by the Board.

(d)        A Centre may be established by a two-thirds majority vote of the Assembly of Delegates.

 (e)        Every Centre shall be autonomous subject to these Regulations, including the following provisions:

(i)         a Centre and all its members individually shall subscribe to the PEN Charter;

(ii)        a Centre shall provide to the International Secretariat its constitutional documents and a short report on its activities in January of each year, including a list of its membership; and

(iii)       a Centre shall be guided by documents approved by the Assembly of Delegates.

(f)   There will normally be one Centre in each country, except where there are long distances or more than one language or literature. When additional Centres are proposed in a given country, all Centres already existing in the country concerned shall first be consulted. In no country may the number of Centres exceed five. Any number of branches will be permitted, but the country will be limited to five votes in the Assembly and to ten official delegates.

(g)        Centres may also be established without association with any country.

 (h)        Each Centre speaks only for its own membership.

Article 3                      Membership of Centres

 (a)        Membership of PEN shall be open to writers, editors and translators, qualified by reason of literary merit or body of work, who subscribe to the aims of the Charter, without regard to nationality, ethnic origin, language, colour or religion. Centres may offer associate membership to any individual to honour a considerable personal contribution to promoting the aims of International PEN.

(b)        A member of PEN may be eligible for membership of more than one Centre subject to Article 4.

(c)        Each Centre may at its discretion extend to any member of any other Centre the right to attend its meetings.

(d)        A Centre shall exclude a member if it finds his or her conduct blatantly inconsistent with the spirit of the PEN Charter.

(e)        A Centre shall immediately inform the International Secretariat of any member disqualified under Article 3 (d).

Article 4                      Voting Rights of Members of Centres

(a)        No member shall be entitled to vote in the affairs of more than one Centre.

(b)        A member at the time of election to membership of a second or subsequent Centre shall choose where he will vote and so inform each Centre of which he is a member.

Article 5                      Annual Dues

(a)        Each Centre shall pay annually to International PEN dues at the rate decided by the Assembly of Delegates.

(b)        Any Centre which fails to pay its dues shall provide an explanation to the International Secretary. Failure to provide a reasonable explanation for not paying dues for two consecutive years may result in suspension under Article 6 (b).

Article 6                      Resignation, Suspension and Expulsion of Centres

 (a)        The Assembly of Delegates may declare in any one of the following cases that a Centre is to be considered dormant:

(i)         if it submits to the International Secretary a written resignation signed by officers or acting officers that is deemed acceptable to the International Secretary;

(ii)        if its membership falls below 20;

(iii)       if it fails to respond to persistent enquiries by the International Secretary;

(iv)       on the substantiated recommendation of the International Secretary.

Should no reasonable circumstances to counter this decision be presented, the Assembly shall at its next meeting declare that the Centre has ceased to exist.

 (b)        The Assembly of Delegates may suspend a Centre from affiliation to International PEN, and from the right to describe itself as a PEN Centre, if that Centre has conducted itself in a manner blatantly inconsistent with the spirit of the PEN Charter, or if it fails to provide an explanation found reasonable by the Board for not paying its dues for two consecutive years. A resolution to this effect shall be proposed to the Assembly of Delegates, with relevant evidence, by the Board. Before a vote on such a resolution is taken the Centre shall be given an adequate opportunity to present its case.

 (c)        Following a period of suspension decided under Article 6 (b) the Assembly of Delegates may either lift the suspension of a Centre or expel the Centre from International PEN A decision to expel a Centre from International PEN requires a majority of two-thirds of the votes of Delegates present at the Assembly and entitled to vote.

PART II                      CONGRESS, THE ASSEMBLY OF DELEGATES AND

MEETINGS, AND COMMITTEES

Article 7                      Congress and Meetings

 (a)        International PEN shall hold an annual Congress which will be a gathering of several days' duration, open to members of Centres and to their guests, during which sessions of the Assembly of Delegates must take place, as well as literary discussions and social activities.

(b)        International PEN and its standing committees may hold periodic conferences and meetings.

Article 8                      Assembly of Delegates

(a)        The Assembly of Delegates shall be the legislative body of International PEN.

(b)        The Assembly of Delegates shall consist of:

         (i)         Delegates (not more than two from any Centre);

         (ii)        Officers, as set out in Article 16;

         (iii)       (ex officio) the Executive Director;

         (iv)       one representative of any duly appointed committee;

         (v)        Trustees of International PEN.

 (c)        Members of the Assembly of Delegates and of any committee shall not be paid for services rendered to International PEN. Salaries and fees, however, may be paid to ex officio members.

 (d)        The Assembly of Delegates shall meet annually during the International PEN Congress. The Assembly of Delegates may also be convened at any other time upon the decision of the Board or at the written request of no fewer than 20 Centres.

(e)        Members of the Assembly other than Delegates of Centres shall not vote.

Article 9                      Responsibilities of the Assembly of Delegates

The Assembly of Delegates will be responsible for:

(a)        admitting to affiliation, suspending and excluding Centres;

(b)        electing a special Committee on Searches to facilitate the bringing forward of candidates for the offices of International President, Treasurer, Secretary, or member at large of the Board, in accordance with Article 11;

(c)        electing the Officers of International PEN;

(d)        approving, upon the recommendation of the Board and Trustees, the budget of International PEN;

(e)        approving, upon the recommendation of the Board, the appointments of Trustees;

(f)        voting on resolutions duly submitted to it;

(g)        deciding on the location of Congresses;

(h)        considering and discussing any other matter concerning International PEN.

Article 10                    Resolutions

(a)        Resolutions of the Assembly of Delegates shall be submitted and voted on in accordance with the provisions of Rules 7, 9, 11 and 17 of the Rules of Procedure.

(b)        Resolutions to amend these Regulations or the PEN Charter shall require a two-thirds majority to be adopted and a recorded vote shall be taken. In-session resolutions require a two-thirds majority to be adopted. Regular resolutions may be passed by a simple majority.

(c)        Resolutions duly adopted at an Assembly of Delegates amending the Charter or the Regulations or the Rules of Procedure of International PEN shall become effective upon notification to all Centres by the International Secretary.

(d)        All other resolutions shall take effect immediately upon their adoption.

Article 11                    Committees

(a)        The Assembly of Delegates may, without prejudice to its own responsibilities, appoint or elect a standing committee, a special committee, an ad hoc committee or a temporary committee to consider or to submit a report on any matter relevant to the purposes of International PEN.

(b)        The committees shall be formed and shall function in accordance with the provisions of Rule 22 of the Rules of Procedure.

(c)        There shall be constituted under this Article a special committee known as the Trustees of International PEN, which shall consist of not more than fourteen (14) persons possessing useful knowledge, background or skills and an interest in and commitment to the objects, purposes and programmes of International PEN. Trustees may but need not necessarily be members of International PEN.

(i)  The purpose of the Trustees of International PEN shall be to support the advancement of the objects, purposes and programmes of International PEN and in particular to assist and advise the Board in the development of ways, means and resources for the work of the organization;

(ii)  Trustees shall be appointed by the Assembly of Delegates for three-year terms upon the nomination of the Board and shall be eligible for re-election;

(iii)  The Trustees shall meet jointly with the Board at least once annually, and shall regularly receive all Board documents relevant to the purposes of the Trustees, including agendas and Board minutes;

(iv)  The Trustees shall nominate a chairperson from among their members and propose his or her appointment to the Assembly of Delegates;

(v)     The chairperson of the Trustees may serve a maximum of six years in the post;

(vi)  The International Secretary, the Treasurer and the Executive Director shall be ex officio members of the Trustees and shall participate, without the right to vote, in their meetings. The Executive Director shall be ex officio Secretary of the Trustees.

(d)        There shall be constituted under this Article a special Committee, known as the Committee on Searches, to facilitate the bringing forward of potential candidates for the offices of International President, Treasurer, Secretary, and members at large of the Board. The Committee on Searches shall:

(i)         consist of five past or current delegates who shall be elected by the Assembly of Delegates for three-year terms;

(ii)        consult as necessary among themselves and with the Centres between meetings of the Assembly to identify appropriate candidates in accordance with Articles 17, 21, 24 and 28;

(iii)       in connection with searches for Board candidates, consider issues of geographical representation, gender, ethnicity, and minority language so as to reflect as far as practicable International PEN’s global membership.

Article 12                    Voting

(a)        Each Centre shall have one vote at the Assembly of Delegates. Members of the Assembly other than Delegates of Centres shall not vote.

(b)        Voting by postal ballot may take place according to the conditions laid down in Rule 10 of the Rules of Procedure.

(c)        A Centre may authorize another Centre to vote for it by proxy according to Rule 11 of the Rules of Procedure. No Centre shall be allowed to act as proxy for more than three Centres.

Article 13                    Attendance at the Assembly of Delegates

(a)        The two Delegates from a Centre attending the Assembly shall be members of that Centre appointed to represent it officially at that meeting.

(b)        Meetings of the Assembly of Delegates shall be open to all members of PEN, who shall have the right to attend as observers only, unless, on a two-thirds majority vote, the Assembly of Delegates shall resolve that any meeting or part thereof shall be held in camera, when no unauthorized person shall be present.

(c)        Guests and observers may be invited under the conditions laid down in the Rules of Procedure.

Article 14                    Rules of Procedure

 (a)        The sessions of the Assembly of Delegates shall be conducted in accordance with the Rules of Procedure appended to these Regulations.

(b)        The Rules of Procedure shall be adopted and may be amended by the Assembly of Delegates. Any such amendment shall be submitted as a regular resolution in accordance with Rule 7 of the Rules of Procedure.

Article 15                    Host Centre

(a)        Each Congress or Conference may be convened under the auspices of one or more Centres, and Conferences may be convened under the auspices of a standing committee.

(b)        The Host Centre shall provide the services necessary for the conduct of a Congress or a Conference, as specified in Rule 21 of the Rules of Procedure.

PART III  

OFFICERS

Article 16                    Officers of International PEN

(a)        International PEN shall have the following officers:

(i)         International President;

(ii) Members of honour categories of International PEN (Presidents Emeritus and Vice-Presidents);

(iii)       International Secretary;

(iv)       International Treasurer;

(v)        Members at large of the Board;

(vi)       Chairpersons of the standing and special committees.

(b)        Officers may not vote unless they are also official delegates when they may vote in that capacity.

(c)        Any officer may resign at any time by delivering a written notice of resignation to the President or International Secretary. Any officer may be removed at any time by majority vote of the Board. In the event of any such resignation or removal, or in the event of the inability to act of any officer, the Board may designate another person to carry out that officer’s functions until the election of a successor by the Assembly of Delegates, and the Secretariat shall notify the Committee on Searches to undertake a search for a candidate or candidates for such position.

Section A        INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT

The International President shall be a member of PEN and a distinguished writer of international literary reputation.

Article 17                    Election of the International President

(a)        Candidates for the office of International President shall be nominated by at least three Centres, and shall be elected at an Assembly of Delegates in accordance with the provisions laid down in Rule 12 of the Rules of Procedure.

(b)        The International President shall be elected for a term of three years and shall be eligible for re-election for one further term of three years.

(c)        A newly elected President shall assume his or her duties immediately following the conclusion of the Assembly at which he or she is elected.

Article 18                    Responsibilities of the International President

The International President shall:

 (a)        serve as the public representative of the organization to the world;

 (b)        represent International PEN at appropriate public meetings, conferences and events; and

 (c)        contribute via the Board to key policy initiatives.

 The International President may at discretion :

 (d)        serve as Chairperson of the Assembly of Delegates and of the Board; and

 (e)        attend the meetings of all standing committees.

  Section B        MEMBERS OF HONOUR CATEGORIES OF INTERNATIONAL PEN

Every member of the honour categories of International PEN shall be a highly respected writer who subscribes to the principles enunciated in the Charter.

Article 19        Election to honour categories

 (a)        Category I, Presidents Emeritus.  Every person who has held the position of President of International PEN shall belong for life to a special honour category called Presidents Emeritus.

(b)        Category II, Vice-Presidents. This category shall consist of up to twenty members. Each Vice-President shall serve a term of ten years. Exceptionally, a Vice-President on completion of the term of service may be nominated as a candidate to serve one further term.

(i)  For services to PEN: A member of International PEN who has with great distinction served the organisation, may be elected a Vice-President for Service to International PEN.

The number of Vice-Presidents for Service to International PEN shall not exceed twelve.

 (ii)        For achievement in Literature: A writer of international distinction, who need not be a member before election, may be elected a Vice-President of International PEN for Services to Literature. The number of Vice-Presidents for Services to Literature may not exceed twelve.

An individual may belong to only one of the Honour categories, and may only once be a candidate for entry to the category of Vice-President.  A candidate shall be nominated by at least three Centres, and the candidacy must be approved by majority agreement of the Board.  Their election shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions laid down in Rule 13 of the Rules of Procedure.

Article 20        Responsibilities of Members of the Honour Categories

Members of honour categories may attend Congresses and participate in the Assembly of Delegates, and shall perform such duties and carry out such responsibilities as may be requested by the Board or the International President.

Section C        INTERNATIONAL TREASURER

Article 21                    Election of the International Treasurer

The International Treasurer may be nominated by any Centre, and shall be elected by the Assembly of Delegates in accordance with the provisions laid down in Rule 14 of the Rules of Procedure. The International Treasurer is elected for a term of three years, and shall be eligible for re-election.

Article 22                    Responsibilities of the International Treasurer

The International Treasurer shall:

(a)        prepare and submit an annual budget to the Assembly of Delegates in consultation with the International Secretary and the Board and Trustees;

(b)        be responsible for the funds of International PEN, collect annual dues from the Centres and advise the Assembly of those Centres whose dues are in arrears for more than two years;

(c)        be responsible for ensuring that the accounts of International PEN are properly and accurately prepared and audited on a regular basis;

(d)        report twice a year to the Board and Trustees and annually to the Assembly of Delegates.

            Section D        BOARD

Article 23                    Board and Its Composition

(a)        The Board shall consist of the International President, the International Treasurer, the International Secretary, and seven members at large elected by the Assembly of Delegates.

(b)        The Board shall elect among its members at large a Deputy Chairperson.

(c)        The Executive Director shall be ex-officio Secretary of the Board and shall participate, without the right to vote, in its meetings.

(d)        The chairpersons of the standing and special committees may attend regular meetings of the Board and shall receive all relevant Board documents, including agendas and minutes.

(e)        As specified in Article 16 of these Regulations, members of the Board, whether members at large or members ex officio, are Officers of International PEN and may not vote in sessions of the Assembly unless they are also official delegates when they may vote in that capacity.

(f)        Its finances permitting, International PEN will bear the costs of maintaining the Board and its meetings.

Article 24                    Election of Members At Large of the Board

(a)        Candidates for the Board shall be nominated by at least two Centres and shall be elected by the Assembly of Delegates in accordance with the provisions laid down in Rule 15 of the Rules of Procedure;

(b)        Members of the Board shall be elected for a period of three years and shall be eligible for re-election for one further term.

(c)        The election of members at large is staggered. Two (2) members shall be elected every other year, and three (3) members shall be elected in the intervening year, according to the expiry of their terms.

(d)        At the election for the Board each Centre may vote for as many candidates from the list of nominations as there are vacancies on the Board.

(e)        If a member becomes unable to serve, the Committee on Searches shall facilitate the bringing forward of a candidate or candidates for election at the forthcoming Assembly of Delegates to serve for the remainder of the term.

Article 24 bis              Transitional Procedure for the Election of Members at Large of

the Board on a Three-Year Cycle

To enable the Board to effect a transition to the three-year electoral cycle prescribed by Article 24:

(a)        At the next election following enactment of this Article 24bis, the member at large securing the highest number of votes shall be elected to a term of three years and the two others to a term of two years.

(b)        At the second election following enactment of this Article 24bis, the two members securing the highest number of votes shall be elected to a term of three years and the two others to a term of two years.

Article 25                    Responsibilities of the Board

The Board shall implement the decisions of the Assembly of Delegates, act on its behalf and oversee the affairs of International PEN in between sessions of the Assembly. Acting in coordination with the International Secretariat, it will:

(a)        take such initiatives and action as is necessary to promote International PEN and its aims worldwide and develop the organization in accordance with the guidelines established by the Assembly of Delegates;

(b)        in consultation with the Trustees examine and monitor the financial situation of International PEN;

(c)        receive from the International Treasurer and review the annual budget in consultation with the Trustees and present its recommendations to the Assembly;

(d)        take initiatives together with the Trustees of International PEN to raise funds for the activities of International PEN;

(e)        whenever necessary and in accordance with Article 11, conduct searches for candidates for Trustees and present them to the Assembly of Delegates as prescribed in these Regulations;

(f)        whenever necessary and in accordance with Article 11, take steps to facilitate the bringing forward of candidates to the Committee on Searches;

(g)        review and make recommendations to the Assembly regarding actions permitted under these Regulations in relation to Centres and membership;

(h)        encourage Centres to propose the themes and sites of Congresses, conferences and regional meetings, and oversee the preparation by the Executive Director of the agenda of the Assembly of Delegates; and

(i)         report to the Centres once a year.

Article 26                    Meetings of the Board

The Board shall meet during each Congress, at least once annually with the Trustees of International PEN, and at such other times as may be decided by the Board.

Article 27                    Standing Orders

The Board shall adopt Standing Orders regulating its working methods and shall report them to the Assembly of Delegates.

Section E         INTERNATIONAL SECRETARY

The International Secretary may but need not necessarily be a member of International PEN

Article 28                    Election of the International Secretary

(a)        Whenever necessary, the Committee on Searches shall initiate a search for one or more suitable candidates for the position of International Secretary. The Committee shall draw up the terms of reference for the position in accordance with Article 29 of these Regulations.

(b)         Candidates may be proposed to the Committee by Centres, members of the Board or any other Officer of International P.E.N, but shall be drawn from among persons who have participated actively in the affairs of International PEN.

(c)        The Committee shall screen the candidate or candidates according to the terms of reference, and shall present them to the Assembly of Delegates for election.

(d)        The International Secretary shall be elected by the Assembly of Delegates, in accordance with the provisions of Rule 16 of the Rules of Procedure, for a term of three years and may be eligible for re-election under clauses (b) and (c) of this Article for one further term of three years.

(e)        Following the election of the International Secretary, the Board shall draw up an agreement specifying any compensation and other conditions of office.

(f)        The International Secretary may not serve concurrently as an officer of any Centre.

Article 29                    Duties of the International Secretary

The International Secretary: supervises the Executive Director, oversees the work of the International Secretariat, and through the Secretariat, is responsible for the day-to-day business of International PEN. Subject to the control of the Board, the International Secretary, shall:

(a)        act as Secretary of the Assembly of Delegates;

(b)        report regularly to the Board between its meetings;

(c)        maintain regular contact with all Centres and Committees; 

 

PEN’: What’s in a Name?
Our name was conceived as an acronym: ‘Poets, Essayists, Novelists’ (later broadened to ‘Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists, Novelists’). Following World War Two, as the notion of an executive developed (see below), PEN became known as International PEN, comprising a growing number of Centres around the world. Over time, as our membership expanded to include a more diverse range of people involved with words and freedom of expression, the aforementioned categories no longer exclusively defined who could join. Today, PEN is simply PEN. In 2010, as part of a general rebranding, the organisation was renamed PEN International
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Finalistes du prix PEN International/Nouvelles Voix 2014
 
Voici les trois meilleurs textes choisis par notre jury. Nous voulons remercier tous les candidats qui ont participé, les Centres PEN qui les ont proposés et les cinq membres du jury pour le travail qu'ils ont investi dans leur tâche. 
 
Félicitations à Kasim Bazil, Marina Babanskaya et Amalia Cernat; l’écrivain primé recevra un prix de 1000 $USD
Le prix sera remis par Andrei Kourkov le 1er Octobre, au 80ème Congrès de PEN International à Bichkek, Kirghizistan.

Shortlist for PEN International/New Voices Award 2014 announced
 
Below are the top three texts selected by our panel of distinguished experts. We would like to thank all the candidates who entered the competition, the PEN Centres who nominated them and the panel of five judges for all their hard work.
 
Congratulations to Kasim Bazil, Marina Babanskaya and Amalia Cernat; the winner will receive a prize of $1000USD

The award will be presented by Andrei Kurkov on October 1 during the 80th PEN International Congress in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Finalistas del concurso PEN Internacional/Nuevas Voces 2014

Abajo encontrarán la lista de los tres mejores relatos seleccionados por nuestro jurado de expertos. Nos gustaría agradecer a todos los participantes por sus esfuerzos, así como a los distintos Centros PEN que los nominaron y a los cinco miembros del jurado.

Felicitaciones a Kasim Bazil, Marina Babanskaya e Amalia Cernat; el escritor ganador recibirá un premio de 1.000 $USD
 
El premio será entregado por Andrei Kurkov el 1 de octubre durante el 80 Congreso de PEN Internacional, que tendrá lugar en Biskek, Kirguistán



‘The New Voices Award proves that secretly, deftly, in spite of everything, we continue to survive as a word-making species. The stories and poems received from all over the world are proof of the extraordinary resilience of the literary imagination.
Alberto Manguel, 2014 New Voices judge
 



 

JUDGES: Xi Chuan, Kiran Desai, Alberto Manguel, Alexandre Postel,
Kamila Shamsie
 

 

SHORTLIST:
 
The Fabulous Five by
Kasim Bazil (Central Asian PEN). Translated by Andrew Wachtel

The Frogs’ Chorus’ by
Marina Babanskaya (St Petersburg PEN Chapter). Translated by Arch Tait.

Vankila, and other poems’ by
Amalia Cernat (Romanian PEN). Translated by George Mihăiţă.
  
Read the shortlisted stories here:
http://www.pen-international.org/pen-internationalnew-voices-award/
 
For further information contact James Tennant, Literary Manager:
james.tennant@pen-international.org

 

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PEN International promotes literature and freedom of expression and is governed by the PEN Charter and the principles it embodies: unhampered transmission of thought within each nation and between all nations. Founded in 1921, PEN International connects an international community of writers from its Secretariat in London. It is a forum where writers meet freely to discuss their work; it is also a voice speaking out for writers silenced in their own countries. Through Centres in over 100 countries, PEN operates on five continents. PEN International is a non-political organisation which holds Special Consultative Status at the UN and Associate Status at UNESCO. International PEN is a registered charity in England and Wales with registration number 1117088. www.pen-international.org

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PEN International annonce la première sélection de finalistes de son Prix Nouvelles Voix 2014 
 

Voici les six meilleurs textes choisis par notre jury. Nous avons reçu  de nombreux textes, la sélection des auteurs figurant sur notre première liste n’a donc pas été facile. Nous voulons remercier tous les candidats qui ont participé, les Centres PEN qui les ont proposés et les cinq membres du jury pour l’effort qu'ils ont investi dans leur tâche. 

Le nom des trois auteurs finalistes sera annoncé prochainement. Le prix sera remis le 1er Octobre, au 80ème Congrès de PEN International à Bichkek, Kirghizistan.

PEN International announces longlist for its 2014 New Voices Award for young writers
 

Below are the top six texts selected by our panel of distinguished judges. There was an enormous response to the prize, and it was not easy to decide upon a longlist. We would like to thank all the candidates who entered the competition, the PEN Centres who nominated them and the panel of five judges for all their hard work.

The shortlist of three will be released soon; the award will be presented on October 1 during the 80th PEN International Congress in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

PEN Internacional anuncia la lista de preselección del Concurso Nuevas Voces 2014 para jóvenes escritores 
 

Al pie encontrarán la lista de los seis mejores relatos seleccionados por nuestro jurado. Hemos tenido una gran participación en este concurso recientemente creado, por lo que no ha sido fácil elegir. Nos gustaría agradecer todos los participantes su esfuerzo y dedicación, así como a los distintos Centros PEN que los nominaron y a los cinco miembros del jurado. 

Los nombres de los tres finalistas se harán publicos dentro de poco y el premio será entregado el 1 de octubre durante el 80 Congreso de PEN Internacional, que tendrá lugar en Biskek, Kirguistán



‘The New Voices Award proves that secretly, deftly, in spite of everything, we continue to survive as a word-making species. The stories and poems received from all over the world are proof of the extraordinary resilience of the literary imagination.
Alberto Manguel, 2014 New Voices judge
 


 

JUDGES: Xi Chuan, Kiran Desai, Alberto Manguel, Alexandre Postel,
Kamila Shamsie
 

 

LONGLIST:
 
February/MBV/Genoa, and other poems’ by
Silvia Urgas (Estonian PEN)

The Fabulous Five’ by
Kasim Bazil (Central Asian PEN) 

The Frogs’ Chorus’ by
Marina Babanskaya (St Petersburg PEN)

Untitled Poems’ by
Xenia Emelyanova (Russian PEN)

Vankila, and other poems’ by
Amalia Cernat (Romanian PEN)

We Shall Have Hearts, and other poems’ by
Viktor Jovanoski (Macedonian PEN)

To read about the PEN International/New Voices Award, click here
 
For further information contact James Tennant, Literary Manager: james.tennant@pen-international.org

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Sahar Halaimzai Press Alert 9 June 2014 Leading Ukrainian and Russian writers brought together by PEN International and Swedish PEN to promote a peaceful solution to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine Stockholm, 9 June, 2
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Press Alert

9 June 2014

 

Leading Ukrainian and Russian writers brought together by PEN International and Swedish PEN to promote a peaceful solution to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine

 

Stockholm,  9 June, 2014 - PEN International and Swedish PEN brought together prominent Russian author Lyudmila Ulitskaya, leading Ukrainian writer and scholar Aleksandra Hnatiuk, and writers from several PEN centres, including the Swedish PEN President, novelist Ola Larsmo. The meeting is being led by PEN’s International President, John Ralston Saul; its International Treasurer, Jarkko Tontti; and Executive Director, Carles Torner, to support the dialogue between Russian and Ukrainian writers, to discuss the increasing number of imprisoned and persecuted journalists in Russia and seek solutions to the ongoing crisis.

 

Writers participating came from the PEN Centres of Finland, Estonia, Slovenia, Norway and Germany, as well as the Chair of PEN’s Writers for Peace Committee, Tone Persak.

 

Following the escalation of violence in Ukraine after the Russian occupation of Crimea, PEN International and some of its centres have led a series of meetings for writers to debate, build solidarity, foster dialogue and to provide a platform for voices from all sides of the conflict. At the initiative of Russian and Ukrainian PEN, over the last two months PEN has organised and participated in meetings in Kiev, Warsaw and Bled to facilitate dialogue among writers from Russia, Ukraine and across the region bringing together leading economists, scholars, artists, journalists, civic activists and human rights defenders.

 

Further information on the outcome of this week’s meeting will be released on Wednesday (11 June).

 

For more information please contact Communications Manager, Sahar Halaimzai: Sahar.halaimzai@pen-international.org t. +44 (0)20 7405 0338


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Dear PEN Centres,

 

 

The 79th Congress of PEN International in Reykjavík, Iceland took place from the 9th – 12th September 2013. We would like to congratulate Icelandic PEN for the tremendous success of the Congress and thank them for the warm hospitality they showed to PEN delegates. The partnerships developed between this year’s hosting centre, PEN International, the Reykjavík International Literary Festival and Reykjavík UNESCO City of Literature created a unique literary feel to this year’s Congress. We trust that all those Centres that attended had a positive experience. An online evaluation and feedback survey which will enable delegates to share their experiences with us will be sent to all delegates who attended Congress next week.

 

Please find enclosed:

 

1. Opening speech by John Ralston Saul, International President.

 

2. List of general resolutions adopted by the Assembly of Delegates. (For a link to the full texts please visit: http://www.pen-international.org/campaigns/how-to-campaign/

 

A guidance document on how to use resolutions for Advocacy and Campaigning purposes will be sent to all Centres shortly. If your Centre has used a resolution in an effective way, please tell us about this so we can include this information. Information can be sent to jena.patel@pen-international.org

 

In addition to the Resolutions the following decisions were taken during the Reykjavík Assembly:

 

1. Hori Takeaki (Japanese PEN) was re-elected as the PEN International Secretary for a three-year term.

 

2. Jarkko Tontti (Finnish PEN) was elected as the PEN International Treasurer for a three-year term.

 

3. Anders Heger (Norwegian PEN) and Mohamed Sheriff (Sierra Leone PEN) were elected to the Board. Gil-Won Lee (Korean PEN) was re-elected to the Board. They are all elected for a three-year term. Haroon Siddiqu (Canadian PEN) and Philo Ikonya (Kenya PEN) came to the end of their time on the Board of PEN International. We would like to thank them both for the time they dedicated and the valued contributions they made to PEN International during their time as Board members.

 

4. Tone Persak, (Slovene PEN) was elected Chair of the PEN International Writers for Peace Committee for a three-year term.

 

5. Two new Centres were elected as a member Centre of PEN International: Delhi PEN Centre and Myanmar PEN Centre.

 

6. The Cameroonian PEN Centre and the Israeli PEN Centre were declared dormant and the Greek PEN Centre was declared closed.

 

7. The Peace Committee Manifesto was approved by the Assembly of Delegates. This document will be circulated to Centres shortly.

 

The provisional date of the next Congress meeting is the 29 September 2014 which will be held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, hosted by the Central Asian PEN Centre.

 

With best wishes,

 

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Takeaki Hori, International Secretary

 

 

 

 

Dear Members, Dear Friends,

The PEN International Board met in Bled just before the Writers for Peace Committee meeting in May. The Committee Chairs were also invited to attend.  This was one of the two annual face to face Board meetings.  The other is at the Congress.  These face to face meetings are valuable for discussions of policy and so last a day to a day and a half.  There are two other Board meeting over the year which take place by phone.

Our thanks to Slovene PEN for their kind hospitality and warm welcome.   In a new initiative of the Peace Committee, the Board Officers and the Committee Chairs sat together on the day following the Board meeting to discuss how to work together.  The rest of the Board and all PEN members at the Bled conference joined in.

Here is a summary of the key topics discussed during the Board meeting itself.  If you have any thoughts or comments, please do write to us.

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International Board members shared updates on their activity since the previous meeting.  We heard a special report from Antonio Della Rocca who represented the Board at the recent Ethiopia PEN conference meeting.  Antonio updated the group on the activities of the PEN centre and shared news from the meeting.

With the launch of the second publication in the PEN International Publishers Circle Series ‘Write Against Impunity’ we discussed ways in which PEN International can support members by showcasing PEN Centre publications online.  We also talked about The PEN Report on China – the first in a research paper series for PEN International.  These book and report initiatives see us moving into new areas which we hope will help strengthen awareness of PEN’s work.

In our discussion of Centre issues and PEN finances, there was a strong agreement that more had to be done to develop relations between Centres and PEN International.  Although a great deal has been done over the last few years, there needs to be more developed and regular systems in all three official languages.  This discussion included a review of the dues payment process – the International Secretariat will be putting in place a new process for dues collection and will be in touch with all centres about this shortly.  These contributions from each Centre to PEN’s International’s work is essential and allows us to do work which reaches out to all Centres. 

We also talked about new developments in the Circles – first we had the Publishers Circle which continues to grow, now we have launched the Writers Circle.  A Readers Circle and Screen Circle will follow later this year.

The Board meeting was an opportunity to discuss the work of the committees and how the committees work together – we were delighted to have all four Committee Chairs with us during the Board meeting.  We see real connections forming between the four standing committees, as well as an increase in the support to committees from the international office.  A higher profile for committee work is planned within this year’s Congress in Iceland.

We were joined by Sigurdur Palsson from PEN Iceland at the Board meeting – Sigurdur spoke with Board members at length about the Congress planning in Reykjavik which promises to be a fantastic Congress in September this year.  It will include a fulfillment of the idea of linking Congresses to established literary festivals.  We are also working hard on dealing with cost issues. 

We reviewed upcoming candidates for future Congress hosting.  There is a great deal of interest from a wide range of PEN centres for the next three years.

A key development this year in PEN’s work has been the Declaration on Digital Freedom – we heard from the sub-committee to the Board responsible for the policy development of this work.  The first phase of activity has focused on the Declaration and specifically on Freedom of Expression issues.  Phase two sees the sub-committee, chaired by International Secretary Hori Takeaki, gradually take on the issues of intellectual property, privacy, linguistic rights and self-censorship.  PEN International will be engaging with centres interested in being a part of this second phase at the Congress in Iceland where there will be the opportunity to develop the work further.

 

Much energy at present in the Secretariat and from the Board is focused on centre development – this year sees us launching a focus on Central America and strengthening PEN’s work across Latin America in particular.  We discussed many centre matters.  A strong framework for centre development and support is being devised and rolled out within the Secretariat at present.

We also welcomed Elizabeth Nordgren, Chair of the Search Committee, to the International Board meeting.  The committee is working hard to engage candidates in the upcoming elections for both Board and Executive positions.  As we look at ways of improving our governance structures and ensuring PEN International remains a grassroots-led, bottom-up organisation, active participation from a wide breadth of centres and candidates is essential to helping strengthen the effectiveness of the organisation.

With best wishes,

 

John Ralston Saul

Hori Takeaki

Eric Lax

Antonio della Rocca

Gil-won Lee

Haroon Siddiqui

Marketa Hejkalova

Philo Ikonya

Sylvestre Clancier

Elisabeth Hiester

Elisabeth Nordgren

Marian Botsford Fraser

Josep-Marie Terricabras

Edvard Kovac

Ekbal Baraka

 
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TURKEY: Petition to free writer, translator and activist Ayşe Berktay

PEN International, the Initiative for Free Expression in Turkey, PEN American Center and the International Freedom of Expression Exchange have launched a petition for the release of Ayşe Berktay, a writer, translator, activist, detained since October 2011. Read full article here. 

At UN, Cameroon fails to respond to concerns about persecution and imprisonment of journalist and writers

On 2 May 2013, PEN International and Internet Sans Frontières (ISF) attended the United Nations’ second review of Cameroon’s human rights record under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism.PEN and ISF welcome the concerns raised by States and non-governmental organisations relating to freedom of expression and the persecution of writers in Cameroon. In particular, the governments of the United Kingdom, United States, Estonia and Germany called for an end to the arbitrary detention of and attacks against journalists, and the abolition of the criminal defamation laws (Article 78 of Act No 96/0) which are commonly used to silence journalists in the country. Read more here.



In conversation with Colin Thubron

Laura McVeigh, PEN International’s Executive Director, in conversation with Colin Thubron April 2013. 



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PEN International Launches Report on Creative Freedom in China



On World Press Freedom Day, PEN International launched The PEN Report: Creativity and Constraint in Today’s China. The culmination of five years of collaborative research among PEN members inside and outside of China, the report is a frank assessment of the climate of freedom of expression in the world’s most populous state. It also provides first-hand accounts of life under the weight of Chinese censorship through personal essays by 10 of China’s leading dissident writers. Read full article and report here.

Judging Panel Announced for PEN International/New Voices Award 

Closing Date: 20 June 2013
Top prize: $1,000
Judges: Hephzibah Anderson, Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, Carole Blake, Sjón, Luisa Valenzuela, Alain Mabanckou
  • Entrants must be unpublished and aged between 18-30.
  • Award to be announced on September 11 at the 79th PEN International Congress in Iceland, during the Reykjavik International Literary Festival.
  • Shortlist of three invited to Congress to present their work.
  • Top prize $1,000.
  • Nominations can only be made by local PEN Centres; PEN International cannot receive applications directly from candidates.
Read more here.
 

PEN International at Hay Festival Beirut 2013

Following the partnership between PEN International and Hay Festival last year, a number of events were co-organised celebrating international writers, thinkers and artists in venues across Beirut last week.  Read more here.

 
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Dear Pen Centres,

 

I have the pleasure of writing to you all to introduce myself as Congress Officer for the 79th PEN International Congress, hosted by Icelandic PEN in Reykjavik from 9th-12th September 2013. I hope you have all received the necessary information which is again detailed below and in the attached documents.

 

Please note that registration is now open and I would encourage you to take opportunity of the reduced early booking fee, which ends on 8 June 2013. You can register via the following link: http://bokmenntaborgin.is/en/pen-reykjavik/register/

 

Further information can also be found on Icelandic Pen’s dedicated Congress website: http://bokmenntaborgin.is/en/pen-reykjavik/

 

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

 

Best,

Jena Patel  

 

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Dear PEN Members,

 

We are delighted to announce that registration is now open for the 79th PEN International Congress, hosted by Icelandic PEN in Reykjavik from 9th-12th September 2013. This year’s Congress is being organised in conjunction with the Reykjavik International Literary Festival and will focus on the theme ‘Digital Frontiers – Linguistic Rights and Freedom of Speech’.

 

Please find attached official invitations to the Congress from Icelandic PEN President Sjón and PEN International President John Ralston Saul.

 

For details and to register for the PEN International Congress please visit: http://www.penreykjavik2013.is

 

To assist delegates, Icelandic PEN have also put together a range of hotel options in Reykjavik (see attached). Delegates are kindly asked to make their own hotel booking. Please note that this is not included in the Congress registration.

 

The annual PEN Congress offers an opportunity for the entire PEN community to gather and work together to focus on the year ahead. It is the most important annual meeting of the PEN International community, and an opportunity for delegates from PEN Centres around the globe to take part in networking and literary events, lectures and training workshops.

 

Finally, we are currently working to put together an exciting programme of Free the Word! events as part of the Congress programme and will be in contact about this shortly.

 

For any further assistance regarding registration and accommodation booking please contact the Congress Secretariat, by e-mailing Imma, imma@congress.is; or contact Paul Finegan at the PEN International office (paul.finegan@pen-international.org).

 

Kind regards,

 

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Laura McVeigh

Executive Director, PEN International

 

 

 

26 April 2013

Dear friends,

It has been a very busy couple of months here in the International Secretariat as I know it has been for many of you.  Here is some of our latest news:

Congress

I hope by now you have received details of this year’s Congress to be held in Reykjavik, Iceland between 9 – 12 September.  Our hosts Icelandic PEN have put together a dedicated Congress website at:  http://www.penreykjavik2013.is where you can register online.  This year’s Congress has a strong Free the Word! festival planned in partnership with the Reykjavik Festival of Literature and we are organising a vibrant programme of workshops, readings and open events which we very much hope as many delegates as possible will take part in – we would like you to share your writing with the people of Iceland. For queries about the Congress please contact Paul Finegan (paul.finegan@pen-international.org).

Writers in Prison Committee Conference

I look forward to seeing those of you attending the Writers in Prison Committee Conference in May in Krakow, Poland.  This conference will also provide a key space to develop PEN’s work on Digital Freedom – taking forward the next steps of the Declaration on Digital Freedom, a theme which will continue through to the Congress in September.  Now, more than ever, the work of the Writers in Prison Committee is an essential part of PEN’s work worldwide.  We will be welcoming Ann Harrison, incoming Writers in Prison Committee Programme Director, to Krakow and I know she is greatly looking forward to meeting many of you and learning more about PEN’s work in this area. 

Writers for Peace Committee Conference

I will also have the opportunity to meet with many of you at the Writers for Peace Committee Conference in Bled in May.  This year we will be holding the meeting of the International Board at Bled in advance of the conference and we thank Slovenian PEN for their kind assistance in helping us organise the Board meeting as part of the overall Bled programme. 

Free the Word!

We continue to develop our partnership with Hay Festivals and other literary festival partners this year as we take Free the Word! events and festival activity most recently to Columbia, Lebanon, Wales and later in the year to Scotland and Iceland among other destinations.  I would like to thank all those PEN centres who partner with us to deliver vibrant programming reaching out to new audiences for PEN’s work.  This is an aspect of PEN’s work we continue to build and grow – for further information about Free the Word! and ways to get involved please contact our literary manager James Tennant (james.tennant@pen-international.org).

New projects in partnership

The first round of partnership working within our SIDA funding is now underway and I am delighted that so many centres put forward excellent project proposals.  To find out more about the Beacon Centres programme and the Civil Society programme and all the PEN centres involved see www.pen-international.org We are working in the first round of civil society programmes with Cambodia, Central Asia, Ghana, Guinee, Malawi, Nepal, Puerto Rico, Uyghur PEN. The first group of Beacon Centres – centres with which PEN International will work closely on centre development and capacity building – are Central Asia PEN, Sierra Leone PEN, Zambia PEN, Philippines PEN, Haiti PEN and Afghanistan PEN.

 

We will be launching the second call for proposals later in the summer and I hope many of you will participate in this ongoing and developing opportunity.

PEN Awards

Many centres run a fantastic programme of PEN Awards and we are building up the full international picture of PEN awards at present.  Please send details of your current Awards programmes to our Communications Manager Sahar Halaimzai (Sahar.halaimzai@pen-international.org) so that we can feature them online.  This year also sees the launch of the PEN International/New Voices Award – the submissions window is currently open until 20 June.  Please encourage young writers (aged 18 – 30) in your country to get involved.  Full details of the prize and award programme are available at www.pen-international.org

China Report

On World Press Freedom Day, 3 May, we will be launching The PEN Report: Creativity and Constraint in Today’s China as part of the World Voices Festival in New York.  Thank you to all members who have participated in the creation of the report and to those supporting the Open Letter which will accompany the launch.  For further details contact Sahar Halaimzai (Sahar.halaimzai@pen-international.org).

PEN Publications

We are delighted that the second publication in the PEN International Publishers Circle Series – Write Against Impunity – is now available both online and in print.  Many centres publish excellent collections of writing by PEN members and we would like to feature these in a new online bookshop as part of the website redevelopment underway.  Please send details of your Centre’s publications to Sahar Halaimzai (Sahar.halaimzai@pen-international.org) for inclusion.

I look forward to seeing many of you at the upcoming PEN International events.

Warm regards,

Laura McVeigh

Director, PEN International

 

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Guatemala: One journalist shot dead, another threatened

The Writers in Prison Committee of PEN International protests the murder of Nuestro Diario journalist Jaime Napoleón Jarquín Duarte on 20 March 2013 as well as recent threats against El Periódico journalist Sofía Menchú. Read full article here


VIETNAM: Fears for the health of imprisoned writer and activist.

PEN International is seriously concerned for the health of writer and activist Nguyen Huu Cau, who is seriously ill and denied adequate medical care in the prison camp where he is serving a life-time sentence for his critical writings. Read more here

MALI: Editor imprisoned for publishing open letter

The Writers in Prison Committee of PEN International protests the continued detention of Le Républicain editor Boukary Daou, charged with “inciting disobedience” and “publishing false news” following the publication of an open letter on 6 March 2013. Read more here.

Registration now open for the 2013 PEN International Congress in Reykjavik, Iceland


Pen International and Icelandic PEN are delighted to announce that registration for the 79th Congress is now open. The Congress will take place in Reykjavik, Iceland, 9 – 12 September 2013, and will focus on the theme “Digital Frontiers – Linguistic Rights and Freedom of Speech”. Click here to read more. 
 

PEN International/New Voices Award

The PEN International/New Voices Award is open for submissions until June 20. The top prize is $1000 and the winner will be announced at Congress. The award aims to encourage new writing in the countries in which we operate and to provide a much needed space for young and unpublished writers to submit their work. Judges will be announced in the coming weeks. All Centres have now received the application forms needed for entry. If you have not received an application form, please contact james.tennant@pen-international.org to request one. Read more here
 


Sierra Leone school clubs to expand across the country’s four regions


Sierra Leone PEN has successfully run school clubs since 2007, there are now 34 school clubs across the country’s four regions. There are over 1500 pupils participating in this programme which seeks to address the low literacy rates in the country and the lack of awareness about the importance of reading and writing. Read more here


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Dear Friends,

 

8 March 2013 marks International Women’s Day.

 

This year to mark this occasion the PEN International Women Writers Committee will be presenting at the 57th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which focuses on ‘The Eradication and Prevention of all Forms of Violence against Women and Girls’.

 

PEN’s submission to the CSW, attached, will address in particular the critical issue of violence against women writers striving to improve access to information and exercising their right to Freedom of Expression.

 

PEN International is calling on all Centres to use International Women’s Day to highlight cases of violence and intimidation against women writers as detailed in both the CSW submission and the Writers in Prison Committee’s latest caselist, which can be found here: http://www.pen-international.org/campaigns/how-to-campaign/caselist/

The PEN International Women Writers Committee welcomes new members. If your Centre would like to know how they can get involved with the Committee’s work please let us know.

 

Finally, if your Centre is taking action to mark International Women’s Day, please share details with us so that we can profile your actions on the PEN International website.

 

Best wishes,

 

Laura

 

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Dear Tung Van Vu,
Thank you for this most kind contribution to the work of the PEN Emergency Fund – I know they will greatly appreciate your support in this meaningful way. Please pass on my thanks on behalf of all at PEN International to all involved in the fundraising.
As I understand it from your message has the check been sent in the post to the Secretariat to forward on to the Fund? Grateful if you can confirm to Paul and Cathy cced above who will ensure this is passed on to the Fund and will go to help writers in need of emergency assistance.
Sincere thanks.
All best,
Laura McVeigh
From: Tung Van Vu [mailto:vbvnhn2011@yahoo.com]
Sent: 01 March 2013 07:13
To: Laura McVeigh
Subject: Emergency Fung Contribution
INTERNATIONAL PEN
VietNamese Abroad PEN Centre (VAPC)
VĂN BÚT VIỆT NAM HẢI NGOẠI (VBVNHN)
8875 Holly Ave. Westminster, CA 92683. USA
Phone: (714) 891-9972, (714) 326-5558. Fax: (562) 436-8998
Communication 066
February 28, 2013
Mrs Laura McVeigh,
Executive Director,
Ref: Contribution of VAPC to Emergency Fund
Dear Madame,
We had the opportunity to attend the 78th International PEN Congress in Korea. The Congress was held from 09 to September 14, 2012. The Delegation of Vietnamese Abroad PEN Centre was very happy to see you here. While you were busy so we do not have much time to talk
We praise the PEN International Korea Center Executive Board has been successful in organizing the Congress.


The participants gathered in the intimate atmosphere, to express their opinions openly.
Participants heard a presentation on literature by writers and poets. These are the people who won the Nobel Prize. On the subject of Media, delegates also heard presentations and enjoyed the play Yodok. The common problem today is Human Rights. International PEN particularly highlighted through freedom of thought,


Delegates received many organizers document sent to each participant's desk. . We pay special attention to the report of the Emergency Fund. When in Korea because there is a lot of work to do so we did not have time to read this document carefully.
When I returned to the United States, we have carefully read this report. We found the role of the Emergency Fund is very important. Emergency Fund can directly help the dissidents in detention or imprisonment. They were tortured, beaten, sick and untreated. Families of those who have difficulty with money to live.


That is why we held a fundraising charity work in the Vietnamese community in Orange County, USA. We collected $ 2,720.00 USD. Also in 2012, hurricane storm Sandy had devastated many parts of the United States. The proceeds will help the Emergency Fund, the Victims of hurricane Sandy and American homelessness.


This money earned from the Vietnamese American Pharmacists Association in Southern California (VAPAISC)and Vietnamese Abroad PEN Centre (VAPC) collaboration work together.

We are pleased to enclose herewith a check ($1,000.00) and please give it to the Emergency Fund to do charity work.


Sincerely


Tung Van Vu,
President of (VAPAISC) and (VAPC)


Ngày 27 tháng 02 năm 2013

Kính gửi quí văn thi hữu.

Được tin ông Frank Geary, Phụ Tá Giám Đốc Chương Trình của Văn Bút Quốc Tế sẽ dời khỏi chức vụ để đi làm việc nơi khác. Ông F Geary đã làm việc khá lâu trong VBQT và chính thức chấm dứt vào ngày 28 tháng 02-2013.

Thay mặc VBVNHN tôi đã gửi Thơ từ biệt và chúc ông may mắn trong trách vụ mới này.

Xin thông bao đến quí vị Chủ Tịch và cùng các Thành Viên các Vùng thuộc VBVNHN

Trân trọng thông báo.

TM BCH VBVNHN
Vũ Văn Tùng


----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Tung Van Vu <vbvnhn2011@yahoo.com>
To: "frank.geary@internationalpen.org.uk" <frank.geary@internationalpen.org.uk>
Sent: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 3:10 PM
Subject: Frank Geary Leaving

INTERNATIONAL PEN
VietNamese Abroad PEN Centre (VAPC)
VĂN BÚT VIỆT NAM HẢI NGOẠI (VBVNHN)
8875 Holly Ave. Westminster, CA 92683. USA
Phone: (714) 891-9972, (714) 326-5558. Fax: (562) 436-8998
Communication 065
February 27, 2013

Dear Mr. FrankGeary,
Deputy Director, International Programmes Director

We recently informed that you will leave PEN to receive new tasks as Director of the Irish Development Education Association. On behalf of the Vietnamese Abroad Pen Centre we congratulate you. We hopethis is a veryimportant step inthe direction ofyour future.

In September 10, 2012 We hadmet each other and a chance to exchange conversations couple of times. I admireyour talent inthe Assembly of Delegatesmeeting during the78th International PEN Congress. Youhave contributed so much to the growth of the InternationalPEN.

I will be informingthe members of the Vietnamese Abroad PENCentre that you will no longer be at International PEN in our meeting on January 3, 2013.

We wish you success in the new task. We will never forget the day we meet in Korea in 2012.

Best regards,

Tung Van Vu,
President of VAPC
c/c: Mrs Laura McVeigh, Mr Paul Finegan

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The PEN International's Policy Officer, Sarah Clarke promoted PEN's Declaration on Digital Freedom with policymakers and activists at the OSCE Internet 2013 Conference on February 14 and 15. Read more here.

AZERBAIJAN: Writer Akram Aylisli Under Threat

A highly regarded novelist, Akram Aylisli, has had his life put in danger in recent days as angry protestors have gathered outside his home, burning copies of his novel 'Stone Dreams', which is set in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh and provides a sympathetic view of Armenians in the conflict. Read more here.

Austrian PEN launches Time To Say: No! Campaign
Austrian PEN is calling for the submission of poems, short stories and letters of protest for 14 year old Pakistani blogger Malala Yousafzai, who was shot on her way home from school for her activism on women's rights. Read more here.

PEN International Writers in Prison Committee release the July - December 2012 Caselist


PEN International's Writers in Prison Commitee has released the latest edition of its Caselist detailing over 870 cases of attacks on writers, journalists, poets, publishers and editors. A key campaign resource for PEN International as well as other organistaions, the WiPC Caselist details our most up to date information on writers who are detained or otherwise persecuted for their peaceful political activities or for the practice of their profession. Read more here.

Día Internacional de la Lengua Materna

21 de febrero. Hoy se celebra el Día Internacional de la Lengua Materna, un día que reconoce la importancia de la diversidad lingüística y cultural y que promueve la protección de las lenguas. Este día se celebra desde el año 2000 y el tema de este año es “la enseñanza de la lengua materna y la integración en la diversidad”. Ver aquí.

In Conversation with Francine Prose

James Tennant, PEN International's Literary Manager, interviews Francine Prose in the Hotel Santa Clara, Cartagena, Colombia on 26 January 2013. Read the interview here.

 


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SOMALIA: Journalist detained arbitrarily and charged for reporting on rape
The Writers in Prison Committee of PEN International protests the charges brought against freelance journalist Abdiaziz Abdnur Ibrahim over an unpublished interview with an alleged rape victim. Read more here

KUWAIT: Blogger and a journalist sentenced
PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee is deeply concerned about the two-year prison sentence handed down to Kuwaiti blogger Rashid al-Anzi on 6 January 2013 and journalist Ayyad al-Harbi on 9 January 2013 for allegedly insulting the Kuwaiti ruling family. Read more here.


PEN Haiti Opens A New Refuge for Haitian Writers


Deji Olukotun, PEN America's inaugural Freedom to Write Fellow, writes about the Geoges Anglade Refuge for Haitian writers in World Literature Today. Read his essay here.


Le Centre québécois du P.E.N. International annonce la création du prix littéraire Jacques-Brossard/P.E.N.
Le prix Jacques-Brossard/P.E.N récompensera une oeuvre (essai ou fiction) diffusée en français (langue originale ou traduction) au Québec et centrée sur l’humanisme ou la spiritualité. Lire la suite.

 

Free the Word!

at Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias



Following our successful collaboration with Hay last autumn in Xalapa, Mexico, PEN International recently held two Free the Word! events at Hay Festival Cartagena, Colombia January 24-27. Read more here.

Poet Ericson Acosta released, charges dropped.
The Writers in Prison Committee of PEN International is delighted to learn that on 31 January 2013 the case against poet, song-writer, journalist and activist Ericson Acosta was dismissed for lack of evidence. Acosta had ben held without trial since February 2011. The Phillipine PEN Centre, joined by PEN International and its national Centres world wide were part of a sustained local and international campaign that is believed to have contributed to his release. Read more here.

International Campaign Continues for Poet and Nobel Laureate Lui Xiaobo
As part of the International Campaign for Liu Xiaobo launched in December 2012, PEN International and Front Line Defenders are calling on writers and human rights defenders worldwide to take action during the first week of March 2013 to coincide with the political leadership transition in China. Read more here.
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Writer Enoh Meyomesse found guilty, facing possible seven-year sentence

PEN International's Writers in Prison Committee protests the 14th December 2012 conviction of Cameroonian writer and activist Enoh Meyomesse on charges of supposed complicity in the theft and illegal sale of gold. Read more here.
John Ralston Saul's monthly letter to PEN membership



Read PEN International President John Ralston Saul's monthly letter to PEN membership here.
Girona Manifesto in Kurdish: Manifestoya Girona

The Girona Manifesto on Linguistic Rights has been translated into Kurdish by Kurdish PEN. Read it here.


PEN International partners with Secret Cinema to highlight cases of imprisoned writers



PEN International’s recent partnership with Secret Cinema at their sold-out run of ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ saw hundreds of audience members writing more than 500 letters of support for our Day of the Imprisoned Writer focus cases. Read more here.

PEN International Launches Anthology WRITE AGAINST IMPUNITY for International Day to End Impunity



This exciting anthology incorporates the work of some of the most eminent Latin American writers and journalists, including: Claribel Alegría, Homero Aridjis, Gioconda Belli, Lydia Cacho, Ariel Dorfman, José Emilio Pacheco, Elena Poniatowska, Sergio Ramírez, Gloria Guardia, Carmen Boullosa, Victor Terán and Luisa Valenzuela. Read the full anthology here.

Members of German Speaking Writers Abroad PEN Centre Write Christmas Letters to Imprisoned Chinese Writers


This Christmas members of German Writers Abroad PEN Centre wrote several letters to imprisoned Chinese writers. Read more here.


Our offices will be closed from 24 December to 2 January.

With best wishes for the festive season and the new year,
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Dear PEN Members, Dear friends,

As many of you will already know, after over 20 years’ service to PEN International our Writers in Prison Committee Programme Director Sara Whyatt will be stepping down in 2013. We would like to take this opportunity to again thank Sara for her remarkable contribution to PEN International.

We are now seeking, through an international recruitment process, a talented individual to take on this key role for PEN International.

Full details of the role, candidate specification, and information on how to apply can be found in the job description attached, or by visiting: http://www.pen-international.org/work-with-us/

We would be very grateful if you could share this information with anyone who may be interested, or with suitable networks and organisations your Centre has worked with.

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PEN urges immediate release of Liu Xiaobo on International Human Rights Day

PEN International urges the Chinese government to mark this year’s International Human Rights Day by immediately releasing poet and Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo and his wife Liu Xia. Read more here.
In the Hug of Arms Anthology



Mariela Baeva, a member of the PEN International’s Women Writers Committee, former member of the European Parliament and current LEED partner, has edited an excellent anthology in tribute to innocent victims of armed conflicts (WWII, Arab Spring, other regions of turbulence and radical change). Read the full anthology here.


PEN International Writers in Prison Committee Chair’s Notebook # 10
"Dear PEN Colleagues,

Since the Congress in September, 2012, the Writers in Prison Committee has been extremely busy. The last few months have also seen a high number of urgent alerts on behalf of writers at risk in Brazil, Mexico, Qatar, Vietnam, Bahrain, China…" Read the full update here.


PEN International in partnership with Front Line Defenders launches International Campaign for Poet and Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo


To mark the second anniversary of the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to our colleague Liu Xiaobo, poet and former president of the Independent Chinese PEN Centre (ICPC), PEN International, in partnership with the Dublin-based human rights organisation Front Line Defenders, is launching an international campaign to call for his release. Read more here.

PEN International Launches Anthology WRITE AGAINST IMPUNITY



This exciting anthology incorporates the work of some of the most eminent Latin American writers and journalists, including: Claribel Alegría, Homero Aridjis, Gioconda Belli, Lydia Cacho, Ariel Dorfman, José Emilio Pacheco, Elena Poniatowska, Sergio Ramírez, Gloria Guardia, Carmen Boullosa, Victor Terán and Luisa Valenzuela. Read the full anthology here.

Day of the Imprisoned Writer 2012



To Mark this years Day of the Imprisoned Writer, PEN Centres around the world staged events, commemorating friends and colleagues who resist repression of the basic human right to freedom of expression. To read a full report on PEN Centre Activities click here.
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NEPAL: Writer under threat; concerns for safety.

PEN International is seriously concerned for the safety of writer Amar Neupane, who has been recently threatened over his award-winning novel Seto Dharti. Read more here


Statement by John Ralston Saul, PEN International President, Istanbul
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Letter from Muharrem Erbey, written from prison, November 15, 2012. Read by Eugene Schoulgin at the Day of the Imprisoned Writer, Istanbul.
'Heavy and dark clouds roam over Turkey. These clouds can only be dispelled when we agree to coexist, empowered by our differences and not by hatred.' Read full letter here.


WRITE AGAINST IMPUNITY Anthology Launches!

Tomorrow, on November 23 International Day to End Impunity, PEN International launches its Write Against Impunity anthology, a literary protest highlighting the escalating violence against journalists, writers and bloggers in Latin America, and the impunity enjoyed by those who seek to silence them. Click here read more and to view the anthology.


Turkish President Tells PEN International Free Speech Violations Cast Shadow Over Turkey’s Progress

ANKARA 13 NOVEMBER, 2012: In a meeting today with a delegation from PEN International, President Abdullah Gül expressed his personal commitment to free speech. Read more here.


Director of PEN International Speaks at UN Inter-Agency Meeting on the Protection of Journalists

PEN International’s Executive Director, Laura McVeigh, spoke this morning to the UN Inter-Agency Meeting on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity in Vienna. Read more here.

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European Prize for Literature 2012 awarded to Vladimir Makanin.
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Read for Liu Xiaobo
PEN International, in partnership with the Dublin-based human rights group Frontline Defenders, will be launching an international campaign for imprisoned Chinese poet and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo in early December 2012. Read more here.

PEN International marks the 31st Annual Day of the Imprisoned Writer


On 15th November 2012, PEN International, the worldwide association of writers, marks the 31st Annual Day of the Imprisoned Writer, an international day to recognise and support writers at risk. Read more here. More information about PEN Centre activities around the world for Day of the Imprisoned Writer can be found here.

“Quick and concrete action” PEN International Calls for Release and Reform of Laws Restircting Turkey’s Writers, Publishers, Translators and Journalists


Istanbul, 15 November 2012 – A delegation of writers from PEN International today called on the government of Turkey to take “quick and concrete action” to reverse an alarming rise in the number of writers, journalists, translators and publishers who are in prison or on trial in the country. Read more here.

"When your heart trembles for the rights of another human, that is when you begin to slip, that is when the interrogations begin.... When you find faith in people and believe in humanity and nothing else, that is when you commit your first crime." Read more here.
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QATAR: Poet detained; unfair trial and fears of ill-treatment
International PEN’s Writers in Prison Committee is seriously concerned by the detention of poet Mohammed Ibn al-Dheeb al-Ajami. PEN International urges the Qatari authorities to abide by their obligations under Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), and calls for the immediate and unconditional release of poet Al-Ajami. Read more here.

VIETNAM: Two congwriters convicted for ‘anti-state propaganda’
The Writers in Prison Committee of PEN International is appalled by the sentences handed down to songwriters Vo Minh Tri and Tran Vu Anh Binh who were sentenced to four and six yeas in prison respectively. Read more here

BAHRAIN: Academic, activist and blogger Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace’s health deteriorates
PEN International is seriously concerned for the health of prominent academic, activist and blogger Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace, who is said to be very weak as a result of a hunger strike protesting poor conditions in the prison where he is held. Read more here.

David Van Reybrouck wins the Prix Medicis. Read more here

Writers from across Latin America and the Caribbean join PEN International WRITE AGAINST IMPUNITY Campaign


In August 2012 PEN International launched its campaign Write Against Impunity, a literary protest highlighting the escalating violence against journalists, writers and bloggers in Latin America, and the impunity enjoyed by those who seek to silence them. We began publishing collected texts on Day of the Dead, November 2, and will continue throughout this month. Read more here, and in this article in the Huffington Post.

PEN International and IFEX-TMG launches English version of the Tunisian Anthology Fleeting Words during Tunis Bookfair


The book, Fleeting Words: An Anthology of Revolution, honours the writers, activists and photographers who contributed to the struggle for free expression in Tunisia and continue that struggle since last year’s revolution. Read more here.

November 2012 | German PEN Centre releases Writers in Exile Case List 1999-2012


At Frankfurt Book Fair this year PEN International were delighted to catch up with the staff of German PEN and their General Secretary Herbert Wiesner. We were also present at their excellent and well-attended panel discussion ‘Resisting Dictatorship – Living as an Author in Belarus’. German PEN has produced many interesting publications this year, including Writers in Exile, which is available for download. Read more here.


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26 October 2012

Dear friends,

This is the first of a new, ongoing communication between the PEN International Board and the Centres. From now on, following each quarterly Board meeting, we will write to you in order to let you know what was discussed and what was decided at the meeting.

In addition to this information, we are attaching contact details for all Board members. Please do get in touch with any questions, suggestions or issues you would like raised at the Board meetings.

We look to you for your guidance and your comments. This will be of great help to the Board, which is made up of three officers - the International President, the International Secretary, the Treasurer - and seven members at large. It will also be an important tool for the Executive Director and her team in the International Secretariat. In addition, for the last three years the President, who is chair of the Board, has invited the Chairs of the four standing Committees to attend Board meetings in a non-voting capacity.

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The key points discussed or decided at the September Board meeting were:

1) We welcomed a new Board member, Antonio Della Rocca, as well as the new Chair of the Women Writers Committee, Ekbal Baraka.

2) At the Congress in Gyeongju, Korea, one of the highlights was the approval by the Assembly of Delegates of the PEN Declaration on Digital Freedom. This document is our first step in establishing public standards in this area. The Board decided that the Committee chaired by Hori Takeaki should continue its work, first in order to develop the use of the Declaration and, second to find ways to expand PEN’s involvement beyond the straight forward issues of freedom of expression. We named Elizabeth Hiester as Vice-Chair of the Committee, re-appointed the current Committee members – Marian Botsford Fraser, Margie Orford and Larry Siems. We also asked the Committee to coopt other PEN members who had expertise in this general area, looking in particular for those who might have some legal expertise

3) The Board decided to create a legal advisory group. This will be chaired by Elizabeth Hiester, who as you know was co-opted to the Board as a lawyer specialized in the digital area. There are many writers in PEN who are also lawyers. A number of them are Presidents of PEN Centres. We have found with our Mexican work that this combination of literature and the law is extremely effective. The purpose of the legal advisory group will be to bring together the lawyers within the PEN International membership and in our supporter base to work on freedom of expression issues. We believe that this will bring a legal rigor and grounding to our campaigning activity.

4) We discussed the upcoming Turkey Delegation which will take place from the 12th to the 18th of November. As with our Mexico Delegation, it will be led by our full Executive (International President, International Secretary and Treasurer) with the participation of a number of Board Members, the Chairperson of the Writers in Prison Committee Marian Botsford Fraser, Centre Presidents and other Centre representatives. They will take part in a series of meetings, public events, book fair events and political meetings, speaking out on behalf of freedom of expression and of writers in prison in Turkey. We will share full reports from the Delegation online at www.pen-international.org. Sara Whyatt, Deputy Director & WiPC Programme Director is the project lead for the Turkey mission. This Delegation builds on the strategy employed in Mexico earlier in the year when PEN International, with a delegation of PEN members and partners, took action on impunity in Mexico.

5) We also worked on PEN International’s new Central American strategy – a special focus for 2013. As in Mexico, we are working with PEN Canada/the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law and a range of partners on the issue of impunity in the region. This will of course involve local PEN centres and writers to strengthen PEN’s activity in Central America. There will be a research study, a series of campaign actions and work on capacity building within the region running alongside the Write Against Impunity literary campaign which is currently underway.

6) The Board spent some time on future Congresses and ways in which we can continue to build the Assembly around the debate of ideas and the participation of delegates. The Congress for 2013 will take place in Iceland – full details will be shared on the website.

7) The Board has several sub-committees – these include Finance and Fundraising; Centres; and Congress planning. These are the principal mechanisms through which Board Members have an ongoing role in between Board meetings. We discussed how to strengthen this role.

8) PEN also has its four standing committees. The Writers in Prison Committee has a longstanding and effective structure in the International Secretariat. We confirmed that there will now, for the first time, be some support in the Secretariat for the other three (Peace Committee, Translation and Linguistic Rights Committee, Women Writers Committee). We discussed how this could develop in order to help strengthen the work of the individual committees. We also examined how to encourage cooperation between the committees.

Finally, there are four Board meetings each year. Two are held by phone/Skype over half a day; two are held face-to-face and concentrate on larger policy issues. The meeting following the Congress is of course face-to-face. It lasted two days. These longer meetings are key to the development PEN strategies.

Best wishes to all members,

John Ralston Saul, International President

Hori Takeaki, International Secretary

Eric Lax, International Treasurer

Sylvestre Clancier, Board member

Markéta Hejkalová, Board member

Philo Ikonya, Board member

Lee Gil-Won, Board member

Yang Lian, Board member

Haroon Siddiqui, Board member

Elizabeth Hiester, Board member

Antonio della Rocca, Board member

Marian Botsford Fraser, Chair Writers in Prison Committee

Josep-Maria Terricabras, Chair Translation and Linguistic Rights Committee

Edvard Kovac, Chair Peace Committee

Ekbal Baraka, Chair Women Writers Committee

Elisabeth Nordgren, Chair Search Committee

Laura McVeigh, Executive Director

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MEXICO: Web director murdered in Baja California
The Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) of PEN International is shocked to learn that yet another journalist has been killed in Mexico. Tijuana Informativo director Ramón Abel López Aguilar was kidnapped in Tijuana, Baja California on 14 October 2012 and shot in the head. The WiPC calls for a thorough investigation into his murder and for those responsible to be brought to justice. Click here to read more.

RUSSIA: One Pussy Riot Band Member Released; Other Two to Serve Remainder of their Sentences in Penal Colony
PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee welcome’s today’s news that one of the three Pussy Riot band members accused of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred, Ekaterina Samusevich, has been freed on a suspended sentence. However, two other band members, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, remain in prison to serve the remainder of their two year sentences in a penal colony. Click here to read more.

Joint action: Cameroon: UN Universal Periodic Review Submission
(WiPC/IFEX) Free expression is under threat in Cameroon, according to a report submitted this week to the UN Human Rights Council by PEN International, Committee to Protect Journalists, and Internet San Frontieres. Read more here.

PEN Internacional en el Hay Festival Xalapa 2012: Bajo el volcán



Reporte de James Tennant sobre el Hay Festival Xalapa, México, y nuestros eventos ¡Libera la palabra! :
A comienzos de mes, del 3 al 7 de octubre, PEN Internacional estuvo presente en el Hay Festival Xalapa, México, para llevar a cabo su primer evento en colaboración con el Festival Hay. Desde ahora los eventos ¡Libera la palabra! de PEN Internacional figurarán en la mayoría de los programas del Festival Hay en el mundo. Leer más AQUI. Read in English here.
James Tennant entrevista al poeta Tedi López Mills AQUÍ.

"I do not feel guilty for following my constitutional right to freedom of expression, for fulfilling my social responsibility as a Chinese citizen" - Liu Xiaobo
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The critic, writer, political activist and Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo remains imprisoned in China since his arrest in 2009; Liu Xiaobo is serving an 11 year prison sentence. At the time of his arrest, he was calling for peaceful political reform, greater human rights and multi-party democracy in China. Read more here.

Pakistan: PEN International's Women Writers Committee condemns violent attack on young education activist Malala Yousafzai

The Women Writers Committee of PEN International – the world’s leading association of writers which seeks to promote literature and defend freedom of expression – wishes to express its outrage at the brutal attack of 14 year old blogger and education activist Malala Yousafzai by Taliban gunmen. Read the full article here.


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Day of the Imprisoned Writer 2011

5 October 2012

Notice of Action - 15 November 2012 Day of the Imprisoned Writer

Dear colleagues,

This year, 15 November 2012 will be the 31st PEN International Day of the Imprisoned Writer. On this day, Centres around the world will celebrate the courage of their colleagues who are struggling for their right to freedom of expression.

This year, as in previous years, the Writers in Prison Committee at the PEN International office in London, has selected five cases, one from each world region and each representative of the type of repression faced by writers every year. These include imprisonment, court cases, threats, and even murder. Summaries of the cases to be highlighted this year are given below. However your Centre may choose to focus on other cases, maybe an honorary member or another writer whose case has particular resonance for your centre. Some Centres chose to also, or instead, have themed events.

Whatever action your centre takes around this day, be it a large event, or simply a few letters written on behalf of writers in prison, it makes a tremendous impact. Your actions can lead to a writer’s release, or a change to a law, or, importantly to provide writers who live under daily repression a reminder of international fellowship and support of other that enables them to continue their struggle for their right to write.

The focus cases for 2012 are:

  • Shiva Nazar Ahari (Iran): journalist, writer and human rights activist who was sentenced to four years in prison for her writings and advocacy.
  • Ericson Acosta (Philippines): a poet, songwriter and activist who has been held without trial since February 2011 on charges which appear to be linked to his writings on human right and environmental issues.
  • Regina Martinez (Mexico): correspondent for an investigation news magazine who was murdered in Xalapa, Veracruz State, in April 2012, most likely because of her reporting on organised crime and corruption. .
  • Muharrem Erbey (Turkey): human rights lawyer, writer and Vice-President of the Human Rights Association (IHD), imprisoned under the Anti-Terror Law since December 2009 on charges of “membership of an illegal organization”,charges that appear to be linked to his work as a human rights defender.
  • Eskinder Nega (Ethiopia): journalist and blogger convicted to 18 years in prison on dubious terrorism related charges, clearly levied as punishment for his reporting on government human rights abuses.

More information on each of these cases can be found in the documents attached. These will be available on our website in the days running up to 15 November, including any new information that may arise.

We will also be using the day to commemorate the over 30 writers and journalists who have been killed since the 30th Day of the Imprisoned Writer on 15 November 2011. A list of these names will be provided.

Take Action:

To mark the occasion PEN Centres are encouraged to write appeals, stage events, and raise publicity around this Day. For advice on activities, see the PEN International Guide to Defending Writers under Attack.

PEN International looks once again to the 15 November Day of the Imprisoned writer as an opportunity to renew our calls for justice for writers and journalist who have faced harassment and attacks as a result of their work.

If you are planning an action to mark the Day of the Imprisoned Writer please let us know by writing to sara.whyatt@pen-international.org If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Finally, centres are reminded that the situation in each of the above cases is subject to change between now and 15 November. PEN International will be reviewing the cases over the next few weeks and updating this information if necessary. A press statement will be released on 14 November.

Kind regards,

Sara Whyatt

Sara Whyatt | Deputy Director | Sous-Directeur | Sub-Directora | PEN International

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CHINA: Writer and member of the Independent Chinese PEN Centre (ICPC) Dr Jiao Guobiao released.

The Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) of PEN International welcomes the release of writer and member of the Independent Chinese PEN Centre (ICPC) Dr Jiao Guobiao on 27 September 2012 after two weeks in prison. Click here to read more.


CAMBODIA: Journalist Mam Sonando sentenced to twenty years; health concerns.

The Writers in Prison Committee of PEN International is shocked by the twenty-year sentence handed down to prominent journalist and human rights defender Mam Sonando. PEN believes Mam Sonando is targeted solely for exercising his universally-guaranteed right to freedom of expression, and demands his immediate and unconditional release. Click here to read more.

PEN International announces partnership with Hay Festival.


PEN International is delighted to announce its exciting partnership with Hay Festival. The partnership will bring PEN International’s Free the Word! programming to Hay Festivals in Mexico, India, Colombia and Lebanon. Hay Xalapa, the first of the festivals involving PEN, happened last week and was a celebration of ideas, debate and literary exchange, as well as a platform to recognise writers and journalists across the country who courageously risk their lives to tell the truth. Read the full article here.

PEN Statement on Threats Against Researcher Tanya Lokshina in Moscow.

PEN International and PEN American Center strongly condemn the threats made against Tanya Lokshina, deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Moscow office, calling them a revolting and cowardly attempt at intimidation to prevent human rights defenders in Russia from doing their legitimate work. Read the full article here.

PEN community mourns the death of Nguyen Chi Thien, Poet 1935 – 2012

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PEN International mourns the death of Vietnamese poet Nguyen Chi Thien who passed away on 2 October 2012. PEN members’ thoughts are with his family and friends. Read more here.


Margie Orford: Some thoughts in response to the Edinburgh World Writers’ Conference in Cape Town

On censorship – Censorship is a recent and painful memory for South Africans...Censorship means the selective criminalization of thought, of reading, of enquiry, and of association. It is patently bad. It imprisons people, it burns books, and it curtails the political and the personal life of individuals and of nations. Read the full article here.

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VIETNAM:Three bloggers jailed for ‘anti-state propaganda’

The Writers in Prison Committee and Women Writers Committee of PEN International are appalled by the lengthy sentences handed down to bloggers Nguyen Van Hai (aka Dieu Cay), Ta Phong Tan (f) and Phan Thanh Hai on 24 September 2012. The bloggers were sentenced to twelve, ten and four years in prison respectively for conducting ‘anti-state propaganda’ in their critical articles and blogs. PEN protests their detention in the strongest possible terms, and calls for their immediate and unconditional release, in accordance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) to which Vietnam is a signatory. Click here to read more.

Acclaimed Writers from across Latin America join PEN International’s Write Against Impunity 2012 Campaign


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PEN International announced today that a number of acclaimed Latin American writers have joined its Write Against Impunity 2012 campaign, PEN’s literary protest against impunity in the Latin American region.

The campaign has been joined by Nicaragua’s Sergio Ramírez, Claribel Alegría and Gioconda Belli; by Mexico’s Sanjuana Martínez, Carmen Boullosa, Luis Felipe Fabre and Álvaro Enrigue; by Argentina’s Luisa Valenzuela and Carlos Gamerro; and by Cuba’s Jorge Olivera, Ricardo González and Julio César Galvez.

John Ralston Saul, president of PEN International, said: “This violence against writers represents a terrible slippage backwards. Citizens cannot talk among themselves, publically or privately, if writers, the carriers of our shared language, are silenced.”

Over the coming weeks, PEN International, along with PEN Centres in Latin America, will collect original poetry and prose commemorating fallen writers from across the region and protesting impunity; these writings are to be published online on November 2, 2012.

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PEN International addresses Human Rights Council on Tunisia


PEN International's Ghias Aljundi expresses concern regarding the increasing use of violence against journalists, artists and writers during Tunisia's Universal Periodic Review at the UN in Geneva. View his speech on PEN International's Facebook page.


Stefan Zweig – An der Schwelle, von Renate Ahrens / Stefan Zweig – On the Threshold by Renate Ahrens


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"Ich bin kein Kind mehr. Ich habe einen eigenen Schlüssel, ich wärme mittags mein Essen auf, ich lese seit ein paar Monaten Zeitung.

Im Juni ist in Berlin ein Student von einem Polizisten erschossen worden. Sechs Tage lang herrschte Krieg zwischen Israel und Ägypten. Der Krieg in Vietnam dauert schon Jahre.

An einem heißen Tag Ende August gibt es Möhreneintopf und zum Nachtisch Quarkspeise mit Blaubeeren. Ich lege die Serviette auf meinen Schoß und beginne zu lesen. In Frankfurt ist ein Prozess eröffnet worden. Der dritte in einer Reihe von Prozessen. Auschwitz. Ich habe das Wort noch nie gehört."

This year the PEN German Speaking Writers Abroad Centre published the Anthology: Cutting Across Time: Authors write about Authors. We have shared an extract on our website, which you can read in German and English.


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CHINA: Writer and member of the Independent Chinese PEN Centre (ICPC) Dr Jiao Guobiao arrested.

The Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) of PEN International condemns the arrest of writer and member of the Independent Chinese PEN Centre (ICPC) Dr Jiao Guobiao. The WiPC calls for his immediate and unconditional release, and that of all those currently detained in the People’s Republic of China for peacefully expressing their views. Click here to read more.

BAHRAIN: Sentences upheld against jailed human rights defenders, writers and bloggers

PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee protests the continuous detention of activists and bloggers including Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja and Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace after the High Court of Appeal in Bahrain upheld on 4 September 2012 their life sentences for their peaceful opposition activities. It calls for their immediate and unconditional release, along with all those currently detained in Bahrain for the peaceful exercise of their opinions, and urges a full and independent investigation into allegations that they were tortured in pre-trial detention. Click here to read more.
The 78th PEN International Congress closes with focus on digital freedom and next generation of writers

The 78th PEN International Congress, hosted by PEN Korea Centre with the theme of ‘Literature, Media and Human Rights’, closed on September 14th 2012.

The key outcomes were of the sessions were:

• The PEN International Assembly approved its pioneering Declaration on Free Expression and Digital Technology
• The re-election of John Ralston Saul as International President for a second term.
• Establishment of the two new PEN Centres: Lebanon PEN Centre and North Korean Writers in Exile PEN Centre

The Assembly of Delegates passed key resolution and actions on: Belarus, China, Cuba, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Honduras, Iran, Mexico, Syria and Vietnam.

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PEN International re-elects John Ralston Saul to second term as International President



John Ralston Saul, a life-long champion of freedom of expression has been re-elected as PEN International’s President for a second term by the Assembly of Delegates at the 78th Annual Congress. He was first elected President of PEN International in October 2009. The internationally-renowned Canadian author and public intellectual is included in Utne Reader’s list of the world’s 100 leading thinkers and visionaries. His works have been translated into 23 languages in 30 countries.

Looking ahead to the next three years, Saul will focus on:

• Developing the literary side of PEN International, including its Free the Word! events
• Defending endangered languages using the Girona Manifesto
• Applying the Declaration on Freedom of Expression and Digital Rights
• Violence and limits to freedom of expression, particularly in the Americas

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Write Against Impunity 2012

Escribe contra la Impunidad 2012


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‘We have a very important tradition that we don’t give up while these case remain unresolved. I know that that sounds like a threat, but it isn’t a threat – it’s a promise.’
Jens Lohmann, Danish PEN.
Danish PEN’s Jens Lohmann was interviewed about our campaign Write Against Impunity 2012 and about PEN’s work for ‘Todas las Voces’, a Mexican television programme. Jens spoke at length about the campaign and about the attacks on journalists in the region. You can watch the interview ‘Todas las Voces: El PEN Contra la Impunidad’ here: www.canal21.df.gob.mx/#. For more information about Write Against Impunity 2012, please see: http://www.pen-international.org/write-against-impunity-2012/


China’s Liao Yiwu to Be Honored With Peace Prize at Frankfurt Book Fair


“Liao Yiwu, who has experienced first-hand the effects of prison, torture and repression, is an unwavering chronicler and observer who bears witness on behalf of the outcasts of modern China.”

In honor of his “eloquent and fearless battle against political repression,” the German Publishers and Booksellers Association has awarded its prestigious 2012 Peace Prize to Chinese dissident writer Liao Yiwu, who walked out on his native country and landed in Germany a year and a half ago to pursue what he calls “freedom to write and publish.” A native of Sichuan, China, Liao Yiwu is a poet, musician, novelist and documentarian. He has authored Corpse Walker, God is Red, For a Song and A Hundred Songs and Bullets and Opium, all of which have been translated into multiple languages including English, German, French, Spanish, Swedish and Polish. Click here to read more.
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ETHIOPIA: Swedish journalists Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson released

The Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) of PEN International welcomes the release (11 September 2012) of the Swedish journalists Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson; Schibbye and Persson had been in the Ethiopian prison system since July 2011. We also call on the Ethiopian authorities to free the blogger Eskinder Nega and the journalists Woubshet Taye and Reeyot Alemu. Read more here.




PEN Members from over 80 countries around the world gather for the 78th PEN International Congress


“Through all of [our] work we must constantly remind ourselves that our cause is literature. Literature and freedom of expression are neither a nicety nor a legal technicality. They are a way of imagining the relationship between peoples. Between people. People who may disagree or dislike each other or, in fact, know nothing about each other.”

Opening speech of John Ralston Saul, PEN International President

Over 300 delegates have gathered in Korea’s historical city Gyeongju for the 78th PEN International Congress. The Congress was launched by host centre President Gil-Won Lee, which this year explores themes around Literature, Media and Human Rights. Read full article.



PEN International annonce sa déclaration novatrice sur la libre expression et la technologie numérique

PEN International Announces its Pioneering Declaration on Free Expression and Digital Technology

PEN International Anuncia su Innovadora Declaración para la Libertad de Expresión y la Tecnología Digital


The PEN International Assembly has approved its pioneering Declaration on Free Expression and Digital Technology, at the 78th Annual Congress. Writers from around the world gathered at the 78th PEN International Assembly and voted unanimously on September 12th in favour of the declaration that will focus on issues of freedom of expression