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Learn about the news and events that are organized in Slovenian center P.E.N.

Appeal to the Citizens of Europe – April 5th, 2019

Appeal to the Citizens of Europe – April 5th, 2019 After the First World War, writers had great hopes for the future.  They established the International PEN Club, in 1921, the letters standing for Poets, Essayists, and Novelists. They wished to promote peace through literature and made a decisive attempt to build a society of nations, based on shared humanistic values and democratic governance.   Today we count about 140 PEN centres in more than 100 countries all over the world. As writers we know that literature knows no borders.  We believe in the ideal of one humanity living in peace and equality in one world.  As members of PEN we pledge to use at all times whatever influence we have in favour of good understanding and mutual respect among nations and peoples.  We pledge to do our utmost to dispel all hatreds, be it hatred based on race, class, religion, gender or any other pretext or ideology.   Through the centuries, Europe has endured terrible wars, conducted in the name of religion, secular ideologies, ultranationalist and racist bias and arrogance.  Through the centuries, Europeans have exported wars and exploitation to other continents and have caused great sorrow to our fellow human beings in other parts of the world. While we share our vision of a united Europe today, we are trying to overcome the Eurocentric perspectives of the past.  As members of PEN International, we believe in the spirit of solidarity and respect for all humankind, as laid down in our charter and the Declaration of Human Rights.   We stand for a united Europe with open borders.  We believe that Europe continues to be a community in which regard for human rights, the rule of law, freedom of speech and assembly, as well as tolerance and respect will thrive.  We expect the rhetoric of the 1930’s not be echoed in the rhetoric of today. We demand the fundamental improvement of our democracy in modern Europe.  Modern Europe is not based only on economics.  It is based on our common European values that have developed over the course of centuries, let us not forget, at the cost of immense sacrifice.  We believe that each person deserves respect, regardless of nationality, race, gender, and age.  Modern Europe is based on solidarity.  This will be possible if we learn the history and culture of all European countries.   We urge you, citizens of Europe, to participate in the European Parliamentary elections.  While the European Union is of course not “Europe”, and, like all human institutions, is far from perfect and is in need of constant reform, the necessary improvements can be brought about only by politicians who respect our humanistic values and believe in the vision of a common Europe.  The challenges we face today, such as economic injustices, climate change and wars, all leading up to mass migration, cannot be solved by populistic, simplistic approaches as ultranationalists try to make us believe.   We call for the formation of a common European education programme that should involve the teaching of the history of all the countries of Europe. sIn this way we may attain a renaissance of cohabitation, the end of autocracy, and a new wave of solidarity among us all.   Let us build the future together.   Delegates of PEN centres assembled at the 51st Writers for Peace Conference in Bled, Slovenia, April 2019  
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BLED 2019

Dear Colleagues, We have a pleasure of inviting you to the 50th International PEN Meeting, organised jointly by the Slovene PEN Centre and the Writers for Peace Committee of the International PEN. The Meeting will take place from the 3rd to 6th of April, 2019 in Hotel PARK at Bled. It will include two round tables: Imagination and reality - writers' invitation for children and young adults (Slovene PEN Centre) and Notion of the other: path towards peace or war (WfPC).              You are invited to prepare papers (up to 3 pages) on any of the two proposed themes and to participate in the discussions. The papers (in English, French or Slovene) should reach us before the 1st of February 2019. Attached you will find summaries meant to guide your responses to the issues of the themes.              Other events include Bled before Bled (2nd of April) and literary festival Faces of Peace (4th of April) with readings in libraries and other venues in several towns. In order to organize these events participants are kindly asked to send us their texts (90 verses or 2 pages of prose) not later than by the 1st of February 2019 in the original language and in translation (English or French). Some participants may wish to join smaller teams visiting schools, talking about PEN, which is part of our Educational program.             We are staging two major exhibitions: Hiroshima/Nagasaki at the Museum of contemporary history and documentary exhibition of portrets of participants of the 2018 Bled meeting. There will be a few opportunities to read literature in public.              An optional excursion will be organised on Saturday, 6th of April. The excursion will include a journey by bus to Bohinj. Participants who will join the excursion should indicate this in the registration form so that we can make room reservations for an extra night (single room per person 83 EUR, sharing double room 54 EURO per person). The excursion, lunch and dinner will be free of charge.              The conference fee for delegates, participants and accompanying guests is 450 EUR (single room) or 350 EUR (sharing double room). The fee covers conference material, social events, transfer to the hotel from Ljubljana airport or Bled-Lesce railway station, and hotel accommodation (three nights, 3rd, 4th and 5thth of April). Travel expenses, extra nights, drinks are not included. Extra nights are are going to be charged at reduced prize (around 85 EUR for single room, 55 EUR for double, depending also on having a room with a view on the lake or not).               We kindly ask you to return the registration form fully completed before 1st of February 2019 - More information by e-mail slopen@guest.arnes.si.              If you need a visa, you should let us know as soon as possible, so that we can send you a guarantee letter.             The official languages of the conference will be English, French and Slovene. Interpretation for the round table and public events will be provided for.             Looking forward to your response we wish you all the best. Yours sincerely, Ifigenija Simonović                                                               Marjan Strojan President of the Slovene PEN Centre                                  Chair of WfPC PEN International                                                                         
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Sameer Sayegh in Špital za prjatle Club in Celje, Slovenia, Tuesday, 23rd May, at 19h.

Špital za prjatle is a culture club in Celje, Slovenia for young and for 'young at heart'. This Tuesday it will host the ICORN writer in Ljubljana Sameer Sayegh from Iraq who will read his poems in Arabic and English. Sameer has fled Mosul and is hosted by the city of Ljubljana since February 2016. During his time in Slovenia Sameer wrote many new poems, also putting in regard his 'new temporary homeland'. At the poetry evening he will be joined by two Slovene artists: Robert Simonišek from Celje who is a poet, writer and an awarded essaysit and Ifigenija Simonović, a poet, writer, an awarded essayist and designer. Robert is Vice Chair of the Slovene PEN and Ifigenija Simonović is the new Chair of the Slovene PEN that is also coorganizing this event. Guests will speak about the role of the Slovene PEN and the work and experience of the exiled writer, journalist and poet Sameer Sayegh in Slovenia (foto Domen Jan).
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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.
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The PEN Community calls for a Peaceful Resolution of the Current Crisis in Ukraine

PEN International, the Writers for Peace Committee, Polish PEN and Russian PEN have each published statements calling for a peaceful, negotiated solution to Ukraine’s current crisis and for respect for Ukrainian citizens’ rights to free expression, assembly and peace.   Please read these statements below:   PEN International    We, PEN International, the worldwide association of writers is deeply concerned by the escalating political situation in Ukraine with Russian forces now in de facto control of much of Crimea.   All individuals and peoples have a right to peace, free expression and free assembly. Military action rarely solves conflict, which should instead be resolved by peaceful dialogue and full respect for freedom of expression, in line with the PEN Charter. We urge all sides in the conflict to begin, as a matter of urgency, meaningful discussions towards a peaceful solution which respects the rights of all in Ukraine.   As outlined in PEN International’s Girona Manifesto on Linguistic Rights, respect for all languages and cultures  is fundamental to the process of constructing and maintaining dialogue and peace in the world. [1]   Every linguistic community in Ukraine – whether Ukrainian, Russian or Crimean Tatar – should have the right for its language to be used as an official language in its territory.[2]   Additionally, we call on the governments of Ukraine and the Russian Federation to ensure that freedom of expression and access to information is fully protected.   John Ralston Saul International President PEN International    
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Ukraine: Public call of the Writers for Peace Committee

To all relevant authorities,    The Writers for Peace Committee of PEN International is deeply concerned by the political crisis, the rise of political passions, intolerance and violence in Ukraine and the disintegration of its  unity and sovereignty.    WfPC calls all Ukrainian writers and other intellectuals in Ukraine to do everything they can to assert the principles of a democratic dialogue about the situation in and the future of Ukraine.    The Committee calls upon the new government of Ukraine, the leaders of political parties and other interest groups, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and all responsible political and opinion leaders to do everything in their power to calm their people, respecting at the same time  freedom of speech and thought, and, above all, to strive for a peaceful dialogue between all political groups in Ukraine. We also urge the Verkhovna Rada to pay special attention to the linguistic rights of those speaking Russian and other languages and the fact that the rights of all ethnical minorities in Ukraine are to be recognized.   The Committee also urges all responsible state representatives in Europe, and particularly in the Russian Federation, not to get involved in conflicts and to avoid any attempt to take  advantage of the situation in Ukraine for their own benefit. We strongly appeal to all sides to decline any violence or military intervention. We call upon them to respect the territorial unity and sovereignty of Ukraine, the right of Ukrainian people to decide their own future and to respect the freedom of expression of all people in Ukraine and in their own countries.     For the Writers of Peace Committee   Tone Peršak
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Presentation of the Bled Manifesto of the WfPC

Thursday, 16th of January was a big day for the WfPC and a first public presentation of a more than two year's work of a worldwide communitity of writers, striving for Peace.  WfPC of PEN International launched its Bled Manifesto of the Writers for Peace Committee longside the presentation of the 2014 Oxfam Novib/PEN International Free Expression Award to freelance journalist Abdiaziz Abdinur Ibrahim, journalist and activist Oksana Chelysheva and journalist and human rights defender Dina Meza for their continued work for freedom of expression in the face of persecution in The Hague on Thursday, 16th of January 2014.   The Manifesto, which was adopted at the 79th PEN International Congress in Iceland in September 2013, recognises the key role of writers in creating the conditions necessary for building and maintaining peace through dialogue and intellectual exchange and calls for the recognition of a universal right to peace. 
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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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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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