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    • Turkey: Sociologist Pınar Selek acquitted for the fourth time in 16 years 19 december 2014
      (London, 19 December 2014) PEN International along with PEN Turkey, PEN American Center, Norwegian PEN and German PEN today welcomed the news that sociologist, feminist and writer Pınar Selek has been acquitted of all charges by the 15th High Criminal Court in Istanbul. Today’s decision marks an extraordinary fourth acquittal in 16 years for Selek, […]
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    • The Way We Were by Jude Dibia 18 december 2014
      Featured in #15 Issue of the Dissident blog: LGBT Rights and Free Speech In January this year, Nigeria signed an anti-HBTQ law which criminalizes public displays of affection between same-sex couples and restricts the work of organizations defending gay people. This law forced the Nigerian writer Jude Dibia to leave the country. His works are known […]
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    • Turkey: PEN protests mass arrests of journalists and screenwriters 15 december 2014
      Turkey: PEN protests mass arrests of journalists and screenwriters 15 December 2014, London - PEN International, PEN Turkey and English PEN are deeply concerned by the news that five journalists and six screenwriters have been detained as part of a wide-reaching anti-terror probe into the Gülen movement in Turkey. The detained journalists and screenwriters are amongst […]
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    • UPR Reviews: Kyrgyzstan, Kenya and Turkey 11 december 2014
      States urged to make recommendations on freedom of expression during UPR reviews of Kyrgyzstan, Kenya and Turkey On 2 December 2014, PEN’s Europe Researcher and Campaigner Cathal Sheerin, attended the UPR pre-session on Kyrgyzstan. Earlier in the year, PEN made a joint UPR submission on Kyrgyzstan with Article 19, and the pre-session presented us with an […]
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    • On Human Rights Day PEN calls for Greater Protection of Linguistic Rights 10 december 2014
      10 December 2014  On Human Rights Day, PEN International calls for greater protection of linguistic rights, cultural diversity and minority languages. PEN International has long recognised the vital role that language plays in identity, communications, social integration, education and development and has continued to defend linguistic rights of writers, journalist and others across the globe. […]
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    • Iran: Prominent human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh arrested 10 december 2014
      London, 10 December 2014 Update: Nasrin Sotoudeh was released several hours after her arrest.  The arrest of Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh on Human Rights day shows the continuing complete disregard of the Iranian authorities for freedom of expression, PEN International said today. ‘News of the re-arrest of Nasrin Sotoudeh, who was reportedly planning to attend a […]
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    • China: Writers and Publishers arrested in a New Wave of Repression 9 december 2014
      PEN International joins PEN American Center and the Independent Chinese PEN Center (ICPC) in expressing alarm over a new wave of arrests of writers, journalists, publishers and civil society activists in China in recent weeks, apparently for their public support of the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. According to reports, four prominent intellectuals were arrested […]
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    • China: PEN renews calls for release of poet Liu Xiaobo and wife Liu Xia 8 december 2014
      8 December 2014  8 December 2014 marks the sixth anniversary of the arrest of Chinese poet and human rights defender Liu Xiaobo, who is serving an 11-year prison sentence for his dissident writings and peaceful activism. Liu Xiaobo was imprisoned for “inciting subversion of state power” for his part as the leading author behind “Charter ‘08”, […]
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    • African Court: Imprisonment for Defamation Violates Freedom of Expression 5 december 2014
      London, 5 December 2014 Rights Organisations Welcome the Decision of African Court to Strike Down Burkina Faso’s Criminal Defamation Law and Call On African Governments to Repeal Similar Law  Media and human rights organisations are delighted with today’s decision of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights in the case of Konaté v Burkina […]
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    • Turkey: PEN condemns continuing judicial harassment of Pınar Selek 5 december 2014
      (London, 5 December 2014) The ongoing judicial harassment of Pınar Selek makes a mockery of the Turkish justice system, PEN International, PEN American Center, and German PEN said today. Selek, a Turkish sociologist and feminist, faces renewed charges of involvement in the 1998 Istanbul Spice Bazaar explosion after today’s hearing at the 15th High Criminal […]
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