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Bahrain: Dr Abduljalil Al-Singace remains on hunger strike

English PEN is increasingly concerned about the health and well-being of prominent Bahraini academic, activist and blogger Dr Abduljalil Al-Singace.  Dr Al-Singace, who is serving a life sentence for his peaceful opposition activities, began his hunger strike on 21 March 2015 in protest against the deprivation of basic rights and ill-treatment of prisoners in Jaw

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Fighting machetes with pens: Bonya Ahmed to give 2015 Voltaire Lecture

On 26 February 2015, bloggers Avijit Roy and Bonya Ahmed were viciously attacked by unknown assailants close to the Dhaka University campus in Bangladesh. Roy died soon afterwards whilst Ahmed was severely injured. Last month, following the brutal murders of two more of our Bangladeshi colleagues, English PEN called on writers around the world to show

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English PEN and Ledbury Poetry Festival join forces to support persecuted writers

Every year, hundreds of writers and other literary professionals around the world are imprisoned, prosecuted, persecuted, attacked, threatened, forced into exile or even murdered as a result of their work. A significant proportion of these writers are believed to have been detained or otherwise persecuted in relation to their poetry. Throughout this year’s Ledbury Poetry

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Pledge to protest for blogger Raif Badawi

Thank you to everyone that joined us for this week’s Day of Action for Raif Badawi, and to all those that continue to attend our regular vigils outside the Saudi Embassy here in London. On 17 June, more than 50 supporters gathered in Whitehall where our director Jo Glanville was joined by comedian Kate Smurthwaite,

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Pledge to protest for Raif Badawi

Like millions of others across the world, we are demanding an end to the flogging of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi. However, if further floggings do go ahead, we must be in a position to take immediate action. With that in mind, we are gathering the names and contact details of organisations and individuals who would

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