Posts Categorised: Campaigns


Turkey: State of emergency provisions violate human rights and should be revoked

We, the undersigned organisations, recognise that the Turkish government has the right and responsibility to investigate the violent events of the July 2016 coup attempt and to bring all those responsible to justice.  We also recognise that the immediate aftermath of the attempted coup is the type of exceptional circumstance in which a government could

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Turkey: Cemil Uğur arrested on terror charges

PEN is seriously concerned that Evrensel Daily reporter Cemil Uğur has been detained on charges of ‘being a member of a terror organisation’ (Article 314/2 of the Penal Code) and ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ (Article 220) and calls for his immediate and unconditional release. Correspondent Cemil Uğur was initially detained on 23 August 2016,

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Turkey: writers and translators call for release of leading linguist Necmiye Alpay

English PEN and our Writers in Translation Committee are proud to join colleagues from PEN America, PEN International, PEN Turkey and CEATL Bekir Bozdağ, Minister of Justice, Turkey CC: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Turkey Dear Minister Bozdağ: We the undersigned translators, writers, editors, publishers, journalists, bloggers, artists, and free expression advocates around the world,

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Murder of writer demonstrates urgent need for end to religious insult laws

The killing of Jordanian writer Nahid Hattar outside a court where he was due to stand trial for alleged ‘insult to Islam’ and ‘provoking sectarian strife’ is a clear demonstration why religious insult laws should be repealed without delay. Nahid Hattar, a 56-year-old member of Jordan’s Christian minority was reportedly shot dead by Riyadh Ismail

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