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PEN Pinter winner Mazen Darwish to visit UK

Journalist and lawyer Mazen Darwish was released from prison last August, after three years in detention in Syria. Founding director of the Syrian Centre for Media and Free Expression (SCM), and a leading human rights activist, he was subjected to torture and enforced disappearance. His wife, the journalist and activist Yara Bader, led the campaign

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PEN joins the UK’s biggest poetry festival to celebrate writers at risk

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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Supporters worldwide mark fourth anniversary of Raif Badawi’s arrest

Ahead of the fourth anniversary of blogger Raif Badawi’s arrest English PEN and the Raif Badawi Foundation for Freedom invited organisations and individuals all over the world to join our photo action showing solidarity with Raif Badawi. In the weeks since we have received hundreds of photos from fellow human rights groups and supporters worldwide —a

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Ethiopia: Zelalem Workagegnehu’s appeal on 6 July

PEN has learned that blogger Zelalem Workagegnehu’s appeal against his sentence of five years and two months in prison on terrorism charges will be heard on 6 July 2016. Detained since July 2014, Workagegnehu was found guilty on 15 April 2016 of violating article 7(1) of the Anti-Terrorism Proclamation (ATP), and sentenced on 10 May

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Honduras: PEN member faces imprisonment for student protests

PEN Honduras member Cesario Alejandro Félix Padilla Figueroa is facing immediate detention after a warrant was issued on 7 June 2016 for his arrest and that of five other students at the National Autonomous University of Honduras in the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa. All six have been charged with ‘usurpation’ of university property after allegedly taking

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