Posts Tagged: Middle East

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Bahá’í poet Mahvash Sabet shares 2017 PEN Pinter Prize with Michael Longley

Bahá’í poet and teacher Mahvash Sabet has this evening been named 2017 International Writer of Courage by Michael Longley at the PEN Pinter Prize ceremony at the British Library. Longley was announced as the 2017 PEN Pinter Prize winner in June this year. Sabet was released in September, after being imprisoned for almost ten years

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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alleged ‘insult to Islam’ and ‘provoking sectarian strife’ is a clear demonstration why religious insult laws should be repealed without delay.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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