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Iran: Iranian poet and academic, Sedigheh Vasmaghi faces six years in prison

In August 2020, Sedigeh Vasmaghi, a poet, women’s rights activist and lawyer was sentenced to one year in prison for signing a petition criticizing police brutality against protestors who had participated in demonstrations in November 2019. This sentence has been added to a five-year prison term served on her in 2017, making a total of six years. PEN International considers the sentences to be a clear breach of Sedigeh Vasmaghi’s right to...

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Two poems by Young Wrıter Hanna Komar from Belarusıan PEN

AFTERWARDS the bird flies out, the nestling watches her from its nest: the swing of her wings, the turn of her tail, the air yielding under them. horizon is tilted, the world around gets tightened in an egg. if she doesn’t come back the shell will be its home. BOUNDED Bounded by a semolina lump, by the border of mom’s skirt, by the cup cracked along the rose, by the flower given to mom not by her husband, bounded by mom’s husband while he is...

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Belarus: PEN calls for the immediate release of political prisoners

Tuesday 4 August 2020 PEN International, Belarus PEN and 24 PEN Centres are highly concerned about the systematic violations of the right to freedom of expression and other human rights that are central to democratic participation of political opponents and dissenting voices in the run-up to the presidential elections in Belarus, to take place on 9 August 2020. “As of today, 24 individuals in Belarus have been recognised as political...

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China: immediately release blogger and human rights activist Liu Yanli

Tuesday 2 June 2020 - 1:34pm Liu Yanli RAPID ACTION NETWORK 1 June 2020 RAN 03/2020 China: Immediately release blogger and human rights activist Liu Yanli PEN International protests the four-year sentence pronounced on 22 April 2020 by the Dongbao District Court against blogger and human rights activist Liu Yanli, who has been convicted for her social media posts criticising China’s leadership. The sentence is in breach of Liu Yanli’s right to...

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PEN Malaysia denounces increased use of Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998

Wednesday 27 May 2020 - 4:19pm Journalism In Malaysia PEN Malaysia, chapter of the worldwide association of writers, PEN International denounces the increased use of Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA) in recent weeks to target writers and members of the public for expressing their views on social media and in the press. South China Morning Post journalist Tashny Sukumaran was questioned by Malaysian Police on 6 May, and...

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