PEN International Newsletter: 13th October 2014/ La Lettre de PEN International 13 octobre 2014

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Congress Bishkek: The Empty Chairs

PEN International’s Assembly of Delegates, meeting at the organisation’s 80th international Congress  in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan between 29 September and 2 October 2014 called for the immediate and unconditional release of three writers imprisoned in Central Asia:  Azimjon Askarov (also known as Azimjan Askarov) from Kyrgyzstan, Ilham Tohti from China and Vladimir Kozlov from Kazakhstan.  Read more here » 

Marina Babanskaya wins the 2014 PEN International/New Voices Award 

The Frogs Chorus’, a short story by Marina Babanskaya, has won The PEN /New Voices Award. The award, launched in 2013, promotes work by young and unpublished writers from countries in which PEN operates. Novelist Andrei Kurkov, vice president of Ukrainian PEN, presented the prize of $1000USD to Babanskaya at the 80th PEN International Congress in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Read more here »

Azerbaijan: Journalist and political analyst Arzu Geybullayeva threatened
PEN International is deeply concerned by the news that journalist and political analyst Arzu Geybullayeva is being subjected to a growing campaign of intimidation for working for the Istanbul-based Armenian newspaper Agos. Geybullayeva has faced an increasing number of threats on social media following an interview with the Azerbaijani news site  Read more here »
Bahrain: Free Nabeel Rajab Immediately and Unconditionally
Nabeel Rajab, the President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), Director of the Gulf Center for Human Rights (GCHR) and Deputy Secretary General of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), was summoned on 1 October 2014 to attend an investigation at the Criminal Investigation Directorate, specifically the General Directorate of Anti-corruption and Economic and Electronic Security. The investigation session lasted about 45 minutes and focused on two tweets that the authorities claim have offended the Ministry of Interior. Read more here »
Syrian activist Mazen Darwish shares PEN Pinter Award 2014 with Salman RushdieSalman Rushdie has chosen Syrian journalist, lawyer and human rights defender Mazen Darwish to share the PEN Pinter Prize 2014Rushdie made the announcement at a public event at the British Library on Thursday 9 October. Zaher Omareen, Syrian researcher and writer, formally accepted the prize on behalf of Darwish, who is currently imprisoned for charges of ‘publicising terrorist acts’ under Syria’s Anti-Terrorism Law. Read more here »

Egypt: PEN joins over 220 Global Organisations to Call for Immediate Release of Seven Imprisoned Women Human Rights Defenders
In the lead up to the October 11th trial of seven Egyptian womenhuman rights defenders (WHRDs), including blogger Yara Sallam, who have been detained since June 21, 2014 on charges of violating Egypt’s strict Protest and Public Assembly Law, over 220 women’s and human rights organizations representing nearly 70 countries issued a statement demanding their immediate release. Read more here »
International writers and publishers’ associations call for reform of publishing law in Belarus This week PEN and the International Publishers Association (IPA) used the occasion of the Frankfurt Book Fair to call for the reform of the publishing law in Belarus. On 9 October 2014, English PEN, German PEN, the International Publishers Association, PEN International and the Publishers Association UK have sent an open letter to the Belarusian Minister of Communications and Informatization, Sergei Popkov and the Minister of Information, Liliya Ananich calling on the government to urgently review and reform its laws relating to media and publishing. The full text of the letter is available here.
Turkey: PEN concerned by continuing judicial harassment of Pınar Selek 
The decision of an Istanbul court to continue the trial of Turkish sociologist and feminist Pınar Selek 16 years on from the beginning of her legal ordeal is a deeply concerning miscarriage of justice, PEN International and PEN American Center said today, having observed the latest hearing of her marathon trial in Çağlayan, Istanbul. PEN called for an end to the ongoing judicial harassment of Selek, an academic and sociologist. The trial against Selek is set to continue on 5 December 2014. Read more here »

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Congresul PEN International, Bishkek, Republica Kirghiza, 29 sept – 2 oct 2014

Congresul PEN International, Bishkek, Republica Kirghiza, 29 sept-2 oct 2014:

„My Language, My Destiny, My Freedom”

Magda Cârneci, în calitate de președinte al PEN România, va participa la cel de-al 80-lea congres anual al organizației mondiale PEN International. Acesta va avea loc la Bishkek, capitala Kirghizstanului, între 29 septembrie și 2 octombrie.Ca în fiecare an, congresul va fi o oportunitate pentru delegații celor 140 de PEN cluburi din lume de a se întâlni și a dezbate împreună o agendă întotdeauna foarte încărcată. Panelurile și workshopuri prevăzute în program vor avea în vedere activitatea comitetelor din PEN și teme ca libertatea de expresie a scriitorilor și jurnaliștilor, supravegherea și încarcerarea unora dintre ei, drepturile lingvistice, rolul femeilor în promovarea unei lumi egalitare, angajarea în politica publică și colaborarea cu organizațiile internaționale, securitatea digitală, copy-right-ul electronic, ș.a. La congres, unde sunt așteptați circa 500 de participanți, va veni și Dunja Mijatovic, reprezentantă a OSCE pentru libertatea în media. Alături de programul congresului, vor avea loc și acțiuni culturale. Fiecare zi de congres se va termina cu lecturi din opera scriitorilor membri PEN decedați în decursul anului (de la noi Mihai Sin și Andrei Bodiu). Unii dintre delegați vor fi invitați să citească în școli, iar un forum literar despre opera lui Chinghiz Aitmatov, cel mai cunoscut scriitor kirghiz din lume, e prevăzut la Universitatea Manas. La final, va fi anunțat și câștigătorul din 2014 al concursului literar internațional „New Voices” lansat de PEN International în 2013. Magda Cârneci va fi însoțită la congres de Amalia Cernat, tînăra poetă româncă propusă de PEN România în acest concurs și care se află printre cei trei finaliști.


Apelul unor intelectuali polonezi cunoscuți despre situația extrem de critică din Ucraina

„De la Danzig la Donetsk, 1939-2014”, publicat in ziarul “Le Monde”, 1 septembrie 2014
Le Monde:
Apelul a mai apărut și în “Die Welt”, “The Economist”, “La Libre Belgique”, “Gazeta Wyborcza” și în mediile ucrainiene. In curând, apelul va apărea în limba română în Revista 22 și pe acest site.
Die Welt:


Monthly letter from John Ralston Saul, International President, to the PEN membership

July 22, 2014

Dear PEN Members, Dear Friends,

Apologies for the break in my letters. I have been on the road since early May visiting PEN Centres in South America, Europe and Asia.

First, as many of you know, Carles Torner has stepped in as Acting Executive Director. All of us on the Board are excited about this. Carles has a long history with PEN. He has served on the Board. And, as Chair of the Translation and Linguistic Rights Committee, he led PEN to create the Universal Declaration of Linguistic Rights in 2004. For 6 years he was head of the Literature and Humanities Department at the Institute Ramon Llull, which could be described as the Arts Council of Catalonia. Continue reading

Bled 2014 – Întâlnirea internațională a scriitorilor din PEN International

Bled 2014 - vedere de grup cu Takeaki Mori, secretarul general PEN

Bled 2014 – vedere de grup cu Takeaki Mori, secretarul general PEN

Text de Magda Cârneci

În jurul minunatului lac Bled din Sovenia, această a 46-a întalnire anuală a scriitorilor din PEN International s-a desfășurat între 7 – 10 mai 2014. Pusă sub semnul aniversării a o sută de ani de la începerea Primului Război Mondial, această întâlnire a avut ca titlu „Adio, arme ? Primul război mondial în literatură. Trăim în război sau în pace ? Consecințele culturale și politice ale Marelui Război din 1914-1918”. Delegația română a fost compusă din Horia Gârbea și subsemnata, iar deplasarea lor a fost posibilă datorită sprijinului ICR. Continue reading