Join PEN in urging the Iranian authorities to release Keywan Karimi
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Take action for detained Kurdish PEN member Sajjad Jahan Fard and his friend Hassan Baladeh
Every year, our colleagues at PEN International compile a list of writers at risk and their families to whom members are encouraged to send seasonal greetings. Past recipients have told us about how these cards can provide much-needed moral support, and a crucial reminder that they have not been forgotten; others have told of how they
PEN has learned that prominent filmmaker Keywan Karimi has received a summons to begin serving his sentence on 23 November 2016. Karimi was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment and 223 lashes on 13 October 2015 by Branch 28 of Tehran Revolutionary Court for ‘insulting the holy sanctities’, ‘spreading propaganda against the system’ and ‘illegitimate relations’.
English PEN joins PEN International in welcoming the release of Iranian journalist and writer Mohammad Sadiq Kabudvand, a member of Iran’s Kurdish minority, on a four-day furlough. On 8 May 2016, Kabudvand began a hunger strike in protest at his continued imprisonment and the possibility of new charges being brought against him. Kabudvand ended his