Afghanistan: mounting concern for the safety of writers

English PEN joins PEN International in welcoming the police investigation into the shocking murder of Indian diarist, Sushmita Banerjee, killed in Kharana, Afghanistan, on 5 September 2013. Nevertheless, we share the mounting concern for the escalating pattern of attacks on writers and journalists in the country.

PEN calls upon the Afghan authorities to ensure that those responsible for Banerjee’s murder are brought to justice in accordance with international fair trial standards, and demands that all possible steps are taken to protect writers at risk in the country according to Afghanistan’s commitments under national and international law.

For further information, please visit the PEN International website.

TAKE ACTION

Please send appeals:

  • Expressing mounting concern about the escalating pattern of attacks on writers and journalists in Afghanistan, which has culminated recently in the shocking murder of Indian diarist, Sushmita Banerjee;
  • Seeking assurances that all threats and attacks against writers and journalists are vigorously investigated so that those responsible can be brought to justice
  • Demanding that all necessary steps are taken to protect writers at risk in the country.

Appeals to:

His Excellency Hamid Karzai
President of the Islamic State of Afghanistan
Kabul
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Email: president@arg.gov.af

Mr. Rahimi
Presidential Secretariat
Email: surosh.r@gmail.com

H.E. Dr. Mohammad Daud Yaar
31 Princes Gate
Exhibition Road
London
SW7 1QQ, UK
Fax: +44 (020) 7581 3452
Email: info@afghanistanembassy.org.uk

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Cat Lucas is English PEN's Writers at Risk Programme Manager

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