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Saudi Arabia: Ashraf Fayadh sentenced to death

Ashraf Fayadh (right) with Chris Dercon. (Credit: Ashraff Ayadh/Instagram) PEN is appalled at the news that Ashraf Fayadh, a poet, artist, curator, and member of British-Saudi art organisation Edge of Arabia, has been sentenced to death. According to reports, Fayadh, originally sentenced to four years in prison and 800 lashes in May 2014, is now

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European Parliament urges Bahrain’s King to lift Nabeel Rajab’s travel ban and drop charges

On 19 November 2015, Member of the European Parliament Mr. Pier Antonio Panzeri, together with 80 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), issued a letter to Bahrain’s King Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, calling on the Bahraini government to immediately lift the travel ban and drop all charges against human rights defender Nabeel Rajab. The

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Bangladesh: In support of the Dhaka Literary Festival

Dear Kazi Anis Ahmed, Sadaf Saaz Siddiqi and Ahsan Akbar We are writing to you on behalf of English PEN and PEN International to express both our solidarity and our concern ahead of the upcoming Dhaka Literary Festival. We believe that it is important for the festival to go ahead as planned, and we hope

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In memory of Eva Tucker (1929-2015)

Eva Tucker (far right) at English PEN’s Summer Party in 2011. Eva Tucker’s career as a novelist was unusual in that it fell into two phases separated by 40 years. A figure on the literary scene of the 1960s, she was published by the independent John Calder, now perhaps most remembered for his championing of

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Qatar: Four years since arrest of poet Al-Ajami

Today marks four years since well-known poet Mohammed Al-Ajami, known as Ibn al-Dheeb, was arrested for reciting a poem critical of Qatar’s ruling family. Four years on we continue to call for his immediate and unconditional release. Please join us by signing and sharing our petition for Mohammed Al-Ajami. We plan to deliver the petition in

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