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Myanmar: Poet and PEN member facing imprisonment for defaming the military

Saw Wai | Used with permission PEN International is deeply concerned by the ongoing prosecution of poet and PEN member, Saw Wai, who stands accused of defaming the military under Section 505(a) of the Penal Code, after speaking at an event in Kaw Thaung township, in the Tanintharyi region of Southwestern Myanmar. If convicted, he could face up to two years in prison. PEN International believes that Saw Wai is being targeted solely for the...

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Uganda: Academic, activist and poet Dr. Stella Nyanzi released; conviction quashed

Dr. Stella Nyanzi London, 21 February 2020 – The decision of the High Court to overturn the conviction and sentence of academic, activist and writer Dr. Stella Nyanzi, is a reassuring sign of the just nature of Uganda’s judicial system to recognise fair trial violations, said PEN International today, as it welcomed the ruling. At a hearing at the High Court in Kololo on 20 February 2020, High Court judge Henry Peter Adonyo overturned Dr....

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Turkey: release Osman Kavala and acquit all defendants in Gezi trial

Protests at Gezi Park on 3rd June 2013.Photograph by VikiPicture, distributed under a CC-BY 2.0 license The Turkish authorities must acquit publisher, philanthropist and civil society leader Osman Kavala and his 15 co-defendants of all charges, PEN International said today, as a verdict is expected when their trial resumes tomorrow in Istanbul. The organisation further calls on the authorities to abide by the European Court of Human Rights’...

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Turkey: Aslı Erdoğan and Necmiye Alpay acquitted

14 February 2020 – Responding to the news that award-winning writer Aslı Erdoğan and renowned linguist Necmiye Alpay were acquitted of terror-related charges by an Istanbul court earlier today, Salil Tripathi, Chair of PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee said: ‘We, the PEN community, are delighted with the wonderful news today from Turkey, which is all too rare: we celebrate the long-awaited acquittal of Aslı Erdoğan...

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Comité des écrivains pour la Paix: Déclaration de Paris

Cette déclaration est également disponible en anglais et en espagnol dans la rubrique "Nos textes" DÉCLARATION DE PARIS SUR LA LIBERTE D’EXPRESSION CONFRONTÉE AU DISCOURS DE HAINE  Comité des écrivains pour la Paix Avec le soutien du PEN Club Français adoptée à l’unanimité lors de la réunion du Comité des écrivains pour la Paix Paris, France 21 janvier 2020 * Nous n’avons jamais oublié. Cinq ans se sont écoulés depuis le triple attentat de...

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Turkey: Prison terms for Sözcü journalists condemned

First trial hearing of Sözcü staff and journalists, 7 November 2018 The sentencing of seven Sözcü daily staff and journalists to heavy prison terms for news reports is another blatant violation of the right to freedom of expression in Turkey and must be overturned, PEN International and English PEN said today. On 27 December 2019, the 37th High Criminal Court of Istanbul found Sözcüreporter Gökmen Ulu, columnists Emin...

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