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44th International Writers' Meeting in Bled, 16th-20th May 2012

This year's 44th International "Bled Meeting" will be held in Bled, Slovenia from 16th to 20th May 2012.

Slovene PEN centre and the Writers for Peace Commitee of International PEN propose to discuss on the following themes:

1. Transformation – new paths or the decline of Western rational civilization
2. Perennial modernity
3. Sharing with others, a path to peace


The general idea and directions for the round tables can be found here: 1st round table 1st round table 2nd round table 2nd round table 3rd round table 3rd round table


If you would like to participate to the conference, please fill in the registration form and send it to before the end of March 2012 to: slopen@guest.arnes.si

 
All participants are invited to read at the literary evenings we organize in ten different slovene towns!

 
Provisional programme:provisional programme



photo : Reyes Sedano

Ljubljana welcomes a new ICORN writer!

Ali Amar is a MoroccanAli Amar writer and journalist. In 1997 he co-founded the Casablanca weekly ‘Le Journal hebdomadaire’ which he edited until its closure in January 2010. It was the first independent journal banned by the Moroccan regime. 

Ali Amar  holds a degree in economics and a Master in International Journalism of the City University London, UK. He has been frequently persecuted in his home country because of his "engaged pen" and his thorough inquiries about the Moroccan monarchic system.
   
He is author of a best-seller "Mohammed VI, le grand malentendu" (Mohammed VI, the big misunderstanding), published in France in 2009 by Calmann-Lévy. The book was censored in Morocco. His book reveals the reality of the first ten years of the reign of the Moroccan king. His second book "Paris-Marrakech : argent, pouvoir et réseaux" will be published end of January 2012 again at Calmann-Lévy editors. It decrypts the incestuous ties between Moroccan and French elites against the arab revolutions.

Ali Amar currently lives in Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia that recently joined the ICORN network of cities of refuge for persecuted writers. He writes for the information site Slate. Ali, welcome!




First ICORN writer in Ljubljana

We are extrZineb in Moroccoeemly glad to greet a first guest writer of the ICORN network in Ljubljana, Zineb El Rhazoui.

Zineb is a journalist, writer and a Human Right's fighter from Morocco. She is a co-founder of the Alternative Movement for Individual Liberties (MALI movement) that became known for the oique-nique organized during the Ramadan in 2009 in order to protest against the article of law that forbids eating in public. Zineb is also member of the Freedom and Democracy Movement better known as the 20th February Movement that strives for a real democracy in Morocco. As a graduate in Sociology of Religion she published several researches on religious minorities and the marabout cult in Journal hebdomadaire, a pionir of the independent press in Morocco, banned by the regime in January 2010. Deprived of her freedom of speech and victim of death menaces and police intimidation, especially because of her actions against the sexual harassment in public places, she applied for and joined the ICORN network in 2011. Today she lives in Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia, which became member of the ICORN network in June 2011. Zineb El Rhazoui was recently published in two book chapters Les 1000 unes de Charlie Hebdo (Ed. Les échappés) and Nouvelles du Maroc to which she sontributed a political short story "Ahmed le businessman" (Coll. Miniatures, Ed. Magellan)



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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