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Drugačnost bogati

DRUGAČNOST BOGATI: GLOBINE MORJA

Globina drugačnosti je neskončna. Če bi jo poskušali oceniti, je tako, kakor če bi hoteli prešteti in primerjati vse kapljice vode v morju. Nemogoče. In prav kapljice lahko kljub svoji raznolikosti in zaradi trdne povezanosti tvorijo morja in oceane.

Sovražni govor je vojna napoved

SOVRAŽNI GOVOR JE VOJNA NAPOVED

 

 

Če bi se že v uvodu dotaknila starega slovenskega pregovora Beseda ni konj, bi kaj hitro razbila pomen in realnost tega pregovora. Besede lahko strejo močen oklep in razbijejo še tako trdno grajen zid posameznikove  samopodobe. Povzročijo lahko boleče rane, po katerih je zdravljenje še zahtevnejše. Pogosto se zarijejo v našo notranjost in tam ostanejo za veliko časa, do takrat ko smo pač pripravljeni iti naprej. Velikokrat se pretvarjamo, da ne bolijo, vendar imajo besede moč, predvsem zato, ker jim slepo verjamemo ali pa se bojimo, da jim bodo verjeli drugi.

Drugačnost bogati

Drugačnost bogati

 

Drugačnost je del našega vsakdana in del vsakega od nas. Čeprav to pogosto želimo prikriti, da bi zadovoljili našo potrebo po pripadnosti, smo drugačni čisto vsi. Večino svojega življenja mislim, da je drugačnost slaba in manjvredna. Hvala, zloglasni mediji!

 
Sovražni govor je vojna napoved

Sovražni govor je vojna napoved

 

Tišina. Nemočno vstanem, da ne bom drugačna, da ne bom izstopala, da ne bom predrzna.

 

»Jutro!« vpeljano prečesa razred učitelj zgodovine. Razvaljenih obrazov za klopmi ne spregleda. »Druga svetovna vojna!« še enkrat, tokrat z dvakratno mero entuziazma, maha pred tablo, a še vseeno premalo zanimivo, da bi me pritegnil.

 

Skoraj neopazno pogledam skozi okno. V daljavi takoj opazim nevihto. Čudno – ko pa je še včeraj pripekalo sonce.

 
SARAJEVO

v knjižnici že dva tisoč let knjige načrti
v plamenih liste odnaša iz spomina veter
črke in strani zleplja kri v otrplih prstih

 

Veno Taufer: VUKVAR

I had an apparition of Vukovar and I took a walk for a few
    streets -
around the block - with my hands frozen - up to the tobacco shop
and on returning I thought so that's the way they used

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48th international Writers' meeting at Bled

11. -  14th of May  2016: The 48th international Writers' meeting  and the literary festival Faces of Peace will again take place in Bled. For the first time,  the official meeting of the IPWWC will take place under the auspices of Mrs. Jennifer Clement, the president of PEN International.  We will host many distinguished authors form around the globe. They will share their views on global developments and problems of our time at our three public panels: The Treasure of the Other, How Stupid can we get (Stupidity as the foundation of our civilisation)and We are all Migrants – Terrorism Everywhere.


We would also like to invite you to literary readings taking place throughout Slovenia within the framework of the Faces of peace literary festival on Thursday 12th of May and a literary evening featuring four prominent  female authors from Slovenia on the 11th of May. As part of the festival we have again reached out to Slovene high school students, asking them to write essays on the theme of “Differences enrich us”. The authors of the best essays will be awarded prizes at the festival.

If you are interested in meeting acclaimed writers and poets, discussing current issues and you  enjoy good literature, you are kindly invited to our “Bled before Bled” on the 10th of May in the Konzorcij bookshop in Ljubljana. You will have the chance to meet our special guest panellist and author of the world famous Encyclopaedia of stupidity,  Matthijs van Boxel.

The exact time and location of other panels and readings will be published on our web site in due time – come join us!



Adopted at the 79th World PEN Congress in Reykjavik, September 2013

Bled Manifesto of the Writers for Peace Committee

WfPC_signPEN International,the world’s leading association of writers, promotes a culture of peace based on freedom of expression, dialogue, and exchange. PEN is dedicated to linguistic and cultural diversity and to the vibrancy of languages and their cultures whether spoken by many or few.  

PEN International’s Writers for Peace Committee has therefore approved this Manifesto calling for the universal right to peace, based on the Lugano Declaration for Peace and Freedom (1987), on the  Appeal of Linz Protesting Against the Degradation of the Environment (2009)  and on the Belgrade Declaration of the Writers for Peace Committee, approved at the 77th Congress of PEN International (September 2011).

1. All individuals and peoples have a right to peace and this right should be recognised by the United Nations as a universal human right.

2. PEN promotes discussion and dialogue between writers from countries in conflict and across regions of the world where wounds are open and political will is unable to address tensions.

3. PEN seeks to bring together people from around the world through literature and discussion amongst writers and with the broad public.

4. PEN considers one of the world’s greatest challenges to be the transition from violence to debate, discussion and dialogue. We aim to be active participants in this progress promoting where necessary the principles of international law.

5. In order to achieve the conditions for peace, freedom of expression and creativity in all its forms must be respected and protected as a fundamental right so long as it respects all other basic human rights in accordance with the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

6. PEN acknowledges that it is of primary importance to be permanently committed to creating conditions that can lead to ending conflicts of all kinds. There is neither freedom without peace, nor peace without freedom; social and political justice is inaccessible without peace and freedom.

7. In order to achieve sustainable conditions for peace, PEN calls for the respect of the environment in conformity with the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development (1992). We condemn the excesses of technology and financial speculation that contribute to the impoverishment of a large part of the world’s population.  

8.  PEN respects and defends the dignity of all human beings. PEN opposes injustice and violence wherever they are found, including oppression, colonisation, illegal occupation and terrorism.  

9. In accordance with the principles of freedom of expression and justice, every individual or group involved in conflict has the right to demand non-violent solutions to conflict and should be free to petition and appeal to  international institutions and government authorities.
 
10. All children have the right to receive a comprehensive peace and human rights education.  PEN promotes the implementation of this right.




Invitation to the 79th World PEN Congress

Invitation by Sjon, Icelanic PEN President


Dear colleagues and friends of PEN,
It is my pleasure to call for your participation in the PEN International Congress in Reykjavík, September 2013. We will meet under the theme “Digital Frontiers – Linguistic Rights and Freedom of Speech” and discuss it in its broad international context as well as its relevance to different local PEN centres, big and small. Also on the agenda will be PEN International’s ongoing work as represented by its various Committees and groups.
In 2011 Reykjavík became a UNESCO City of Literature due to its role in the preservation and studies of the medieval sagas and its flourishing contemporary literature scene. So, the members of the Icelandic PEN Centre along with the citizens of the world’s northernmost capital look forward to your visit and to share with you their cultural heritage, their works and thoughts on the importance of the written and spoken word for the betterment of the society and the world. The Reykjavik International Literary Festival will start during the congress week and welcomes the delegates to attend all its readings and panels.
On behalf of the Icelandic PEN Centre I express our wish that many of you will join us for the PEN International Congress from the 9th to 12th of September in Reykjavík this year and take part in discussing and forming the important issues at hand in the work of our formidable organisation, as well as enjoying spending time in the company of likeminded colleagues. We can not promise you northern lights but we will receive you with our best northern warmth,
Sincerely yours,
Sjón, president



Adopted at the 79th World PEN Congress in Reykjavik, September 2013
Bled Manifesto of the Writers for Peace Committee
PEN International,the world’s leading association of writers, promotes a culture of peace based on freedom of expression, dialogue, and exchange. PEN is dedicated to linguistic and cultural diversity and to the vibrancy of languages and their cultures whether spoken by many or few.  PEN International’s Writers for Peace Committee has therefore approved this Manifesto calling for the universal right to peace, based on the Lugano Declaration for Peace and Freedom (1987), on the  Appeal of Linz Protesting Against the Degradation of the Environment (2009)  and on the Belgrade Declaration of the Writers for Peace Committee, approved at the 77th Congress of PEN International (September 2011).1. All individuals and peoples have a right to peace and this right should be recognised by the United Nations as a universal human right. 2. PEN promotes discussion and dialogue between writers from countries in conflict and across regions of the world where wounds are open and political will is unable to address tensions. 3. PEN seeks to bring together people from around the world through literature and discussion amongst writers and with the broad public. 4. PEN considers one of the world’s greatest challenges to be the transition from violence to debate, discussion and dialogue. We aim to be active participants in this progress promoting where necessary the principles of international law. 5. In order to achieve the conditions for peace, freedom of expression and creativity in all its forms must be respected and protected as a fundamental right so long as it respects all other basic human rights in accordance with the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.6. PEN acknowledges that it is of primary importance to be permanently committed to creating conditions that can lead to ending conflicts of all kinds. There is neither freedom without peace, nor peace without freedom; social and political justice is inaccessible without peace and freedom. 7. In order to achieve sustainable conditions for peace, PEN calls for the respect of the environment in conformity with the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development (1992). We condemn the excesses of technology and financial speculation that contribute to the impoverishment of a large part of the world’s population.  8.  PEN respects and defends the dignity of all human beings. PEN opposes injustice and violence wherever they are found, including oppression, colonisation, illegal occupation and terrorism.  9. In accordance with the principles of freedom of expression and justice, every individual or group involved in conflict has the right to demand non-violent solutions to conflict and should be free to petition and appeal to  international institutions and government authorities. 10. All children have the right to receive a comprehensive peace and human rights education.  PEN promotes the implementation of this right.
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