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Ob 50. obletnici Blejskih srečanj smo izdali izbor pesmi članov svetovnih centrov PEN, ki se redno udeležujejo naših srečanj. Knjižica je čudovit pogled nazaj in popotnica za naprej.

Drugačnost bogati


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




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.


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

No Events!
A A  
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)

International day of Peace

PeaceDeclaration of the Writers for Peace Committee at the 77th Congress of PEN International in Belgrade, September 2011

We live in an age where a broad and systemic meaning is attributed to the idea of peace.  It is conceived as the ability to confront conflicts and a willingness to shepherd open and potential violence into forms of dialogue, in spite of the difficulties involved in such an approach.

This is why our mission as writers is complex, as we must promote a culture of peace not only through our writings, but also as simple citizens of the world.  Wherever there is oppression, colonization, or illegal occupation, injustice and violence, whatever the form it takes, peace is a challenge, which we must take up by helping to promote the power of citizens who are confronting the brutality of arbitrary systems.

Therefore, we stress the urgent need to have a viable negotiated solution between all the parties involved in Israel and Palestine, so that their peoples can live in self-determination, liberty, peace and security. A solution must be negotiated for those regions where respect for civil rights and self-determination cannot prevail until an agreement has been reached by the parties.

At the same time we are convinced that the solution to the cultural, linguistic, ethnic, social, and political conflicts in Tibet, in the land of the Uyghurs, Kurds, and Basques, in the Balkans, Mexico, and in so many other countries cannot be found without dialogue.
The Lugano Declaration of 1987, approved at the 50th Congress of International PEN, says that “There can be no freedom without peace, nor peace without freedom.”  It also states that “terrorism must be condemned, whether it comes from states or individuals or whether it claims to be justified within the framework of a struggle for liberation.”

Our century should also pay urgent attention to the violent ways through which financial speculation has brought about the impoverishment of a large part of the world population, as well as the increased exploitation of natural resources, endamaging the global climate, and the violent attacks on nature and the environment.  It is in this sense that the commitment to making peace always has a political aspect insofar as it is public; it should always be a part of human rights that have as their aim a self-determination that is responsible and cooperative.  Nonetheless, it is our deep conviction that all the national PEN centres and above all the members of the Writers for Peace Committee (WfPC) should condemn terrorism and violence in all its forms.  Indeed, the WfPC has kept the symbol of “the pen which conquers the sword.”


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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