Posts Categorised: Campaigns


International writers call for justice for bloggers murdered in Bangladesh

More than 150 writers from around the world, including Margaret Atwood, Amitav Ghosh, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Yann Martel, Salman Rushdie and Colm Tóibín have condemned the murders of Ananta Bijoy Das (or Dash), Washiqur Rahman Babu and Avijit Roy, three secular bloggers who have been brutally killed in Bangladesh this year. The group includes writers, publishers and

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Open letter to Prime Minister Hasina Wajed

Dear Prime Minister Hasina Wajed We, the undersigned writers, come together to condemn the horrific deaths of our colleagues Ananta Bijoy Das (or Dash), Washiqur Rahman Babu and Avijit Roy, three secular bloggers who have been brutally murdered on the streets of Bangladesh in the last three months.  We urge you and your government to

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Malaysia: Drop sedition charges against cartoonist Zunar

Last week, English PEN had the honour of meeting Malaysian cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Haque ‘Zunar’.  Zunar is currently facing nine charges under Malaysia’s Sedition Act, and his trial is due to begin in Malaysia today, 20 May 2015. If convicted, could face up to 43 years imprisonment. English PEN has therefore joined with our colleagues ARTICLE 19,

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Free expression groups welcome Supreme Court ruling on memoir

The case known as OPO v MLA was brought by Rhodes’s ex-wife, claiming that publication of the book would cause psychological harm to their son, who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyspraxia and dysgraphia. The memoir, to be published by Canongate, is an account of James Rhodes’s traumatic childhood in which he was

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Iran: Mahvash Sabet

Teacher and poet Mahvash Sabet is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence in Evin prison, Tehran. One of a group of seven Baha’i leaders known as the ‘Yaran-i-Iran’ (‘Friends of Iran’), Sabet has been detained since 2008 for her faith and activities related to running the affairs of the Bahá’í community in Iran. Today, 14

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