CUBA: Six journalists released; 16 to follow


The Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) of International PEN is delighted at the news that six Cuban independent journalists imprisoned since March 2003 have finally been released.


A Call for Poems for the

International PEN Tokyo Congress Commemorative Poetry Anthology 

To poets who are members of an International PEN centre: We at the Japan P.E.N. Club are looking forward to seeing you at International    PEN Congress Tokyo 2010. In conjunction with this congress, the Japan P.E.N.  Club has asked its poet members to assist in the publication of a poetry anthology consistent with the congress theme of “The Environment and Literature – What can words do?”

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Statement of the Writers for Peace Committee


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Writers in Prison Committee

Hal f-yearl y CASELIST

To 31 December 2011

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 The image of the Stranger in Literature as a Route to peace:                    

Images of peace and acceptance in classis and modern Kurdish literature.

   Bervian Dosky                                                           

Whether we accepted or not, in the part of the world where we come from, we are faced with some powerful and undisputed dogmas. These dogmas have replaced facts and reasoning and have become dominated norms of society,  that have influenced the mentality of people in a way that breaking these (dogmas) means going against the known norms

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CUBA: Six journalists released; 16 to follow


The Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) of International PEN is delighted at the news that six Cuban independent journalists imprisoned since March 2003 have finally been released.


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Statement of the Writers for Peace Committee of International PEN Concerning the Tragic Events of May 31, 2010



The Writers for Peace Committee follows the Lugano Declaration in condemning individual terrorism as well as State terrorism; we declare that those who resort to violence, even for a good cause, „annul  the missions to which they are dedicated and lose all claims to legitimacy” (quoted from the Statement of the 50th Congress of  International PEN in Lugano, Switzerland, May 1987).


We declare that:


1.Nothing justifies the violence and murders that the army of the     State of Israel have perpetrated against the people on the ships that brought humanitarian aid to Gaza.  The use of firearms was entirely out of proportion and unsuitable as a response to the resistance put up by the people on board.  We strongly condemn these murders and regret the deaths.


2.We protest against the grave violation of the right to freedom of expression of the journalists on board.


3.We demand that the government of the State of Israel agree that an international committee investigate and throw light on the events and establish responsibility.


4.To prevent the recurrence of such events, we demand that the State of Israel and the Palestinian Authority accept the international monitoring of all ships so that the blockade can be lifted.


5. We ask that the two States, that of Israel which is already in existence, and that of the people of Palestine which has yet to be established as soon as possible, recognise one another.  We believe that the only way to achieve the peaceful coexistence of the two States is through dialogue.


6.It is the role of the international community through its institutions to make this political dialogue possible.  It must draw on the resources of the respective cultures, particularly the literary ones, of the two peoples whose writers never cease to be witnesses and to engage themselves for the accomplishment of peace . 



Edvard Kovač

President of the Writers for Peace Committee of International PEN






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Dear PEN colleagues and friends,


Everyone here at the Japan P.E.N. Club is very pleased to call for the participation of all PEN members in International PEN Congress Tokyo 2010. We will do everything we can to make this Tokyo congress a memorable experience for all of you.

This will be the first international congress held during the term of office of new International PEN president John Ralston Saul. The fact that this is the first congress to be held in Asia for quite some time is representative of the new and more global perspective in International PEN. Along with this congress, the year 2010 also brings a very significant milestone: the fiftieth anniversary of the International PEN Writers in Prison Committee.


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Letter from Writers in Prison Committees,


Your Centres will have received the registration and agenda papers for the 76th International PEN Congress being held 25th to 30th September in Tokyo, hosted by Japan PEN. If you have not received these, please reply to this email and we will forward them to you.



The deadline for resolutions is 9 July. As is our Committee’s usual practice, we advise Centres to let us know well beforehand what issues and/our countries you are considering issuing resolutions on. Where there is more than one Centre proposing a resolution on the same issue, we will then recommend that the Centres work together on this. We are also available for comment and advice. We will also check the texts of resolutions for updates and clarity and may come back to you with advice for changes after you have presented your text.


The Writers in Prison Committee session itself will be on 27th September. There all present will have an opportunity to discuss the texts, and make further revisions as necessary before they go to the Assembly for vote.


WiPC Agenda

The WiPC meeting will provide an opportunity to review our work since the WiPC last met at the PEN Congress in Linz in October 2009, and to plan for the next year. We will also be looking to providing space for dedicated discussion on issues that could include the 50th Anniversary of the WiPC, Religious Defamation, freedom of expression in Asia, etc. Do let us know by 30 June if there are topics you would like included for our consideration.


With best regards,


Marian Botsford Fraser (Chair) and Sara Whyatt (Programme Director)

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