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32nd PEN International Day of the Imprisoned Writer
A public call to the relevant authorities
The poets, writers and journalists Rodney Sieh (Liberia), Kunchok Tsephel Gopey Tsang (Tibet), Dina Meza (Honduras), Fazil Say (Turkey), Zahra Rahnavard (Iran), the poet Aron Atabek (Kazakhstan) and many others have in the 21st century been imprisoned, tortured or even killed simply because they publicly expressed their beliefs and their views of the political conditions in the country of which they were/are citizens.
Marjan Strojan, President of the Slovene PEN
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79th PEN International Congress in Reykjavík
John Ralston Saul’s greetings
Iceland has always been a great centre of literature. It has the highest per-capita reading public in the world. One other remarkable fact: the stability of the Icelandic language is such that today people can easily read the great Sagas of Icelanders from one thousand years ago. Finally, Iceland is one of the birthplaces of modern democracy, with its Alþingi, where the great public debates took place as early as the 10th Century. The site is still very moving. I hope you will have a chance to see it.
PEN International launches anthology Write Against Impunity for International Day to End Impunity (23 November)
London - 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. The works included in the anthology vary in style and approach, but all are steadfast in their support for the murdered writers and journalists in Latin America who are denied justice.
48th international Writers' meeting at Bled11. - 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.
Adopted at the 79th World PEN Congress in Reykjavik, September 2013
Bled Manifesto of the Writers for Peace CommitteePEN 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.