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Singace Hunger Strike (3 July)

Bahrain: Join the campaign for Dr Abduljalil Al-Singace

Nine Bahraini and international NGOs and the University College Union launched a campaign this week marking the 100th day of detained human rights defender, Dr Abduljalil Al-Singace’s hunger strike. Take Action English PEN has joined the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD), Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB), Bahrain Center for

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Blog: July – a month of poetry

By some happy coincidence, all of our events this July are of the poetic kind. It therefore seems appropriate to declare this our unofficial month of poetry! So without further ado, here’s what we’re getting up to and where you’ll find us: 1. Poetry as Protest @ Ledbury Poetry Festival – Sabrina Mahfouz & George

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Singace Hunger Strike (3 July)

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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Bonya Ahmed (The Bobs Awards Ceremony Rafida Bonya Ahmed, Bangladesh, representing Bonya’s Blog, winner of The Bobs Social Change Award) © DW M. Magunia

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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Enoh Meyomesse

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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