Bulgarian PEN Centre New Bulletin


Decisions taken at the meeting of PEN Women Writers Committee (WWC) of Turkey


September 15-2007

1-It has been decided to organize seminar-meetings every three months starting from January 2008 under the title of “conceptual and tematical aproaches towards the place of women in literature”. The meetings will be open to public. Committee member Nalan Barbarosoğlu will be responsible for the organization of this cultural event.

2-A decision has been taken to start with the preparations of a special activity for Güzin Dino (academician at Paris Eastern Languages Instıtute, linguist, translator, essayist and writer) foreseen to take place at the beginning of December.

3-The fact that Judith Buckrich has been made honorary member of Turkish PEN has been eagerly welcome by the Committee. It has also been decided to regulary send news of our Committee to the International Newsletter of IPWWC.

4-Karin Karakaşlı and Nazan Haydari will be responsible for the English Editorial work.

5-It has been decided to participate at the “Women and War” title of Portuguese WWC on Internet. A similar undertaking is also planned by Turkish WWC to cover works of women writers abroad under a special title.

6- Another project is “Reading Days”. Planning will be done by Özlem N. Yılmaz.

7- Subcommissions will be formed in the coming period for PEN members willing to work with Turkish PEN WWC.

8-Next meeting will be held on October 13 Saturday, at 11:00 in PEN center office.

Translated by Karin Karakaşlı

Writers in Prison Committee Research/Campaign Assistant




Writers in Prison Committee Research/Campaign Assistant (part-time/21 hours – 5 month contract) 


International PEN is a world association of writers representing members in 140  countries, and was founded in 1921. International PEN works to promote literature, defence freedom of expression and to develop a world community of writers. Its position is underpinned by the PEN Charter, the principles of which contributed to the genesis of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human rights.


The Writers in Prison Committee of International PEN (WiPC) was formed in 1960 to focus PEN’s work on behalf of imprisoned or persecuted writers. It co-operates with other human right groups, the press, non-governmental organisations, inter-governmental organisations and its own membership world-wide to obtain and circulate information on these cases. The aim is for member PEN Centres to work on behalf of their colleagues, providing moral and material support to them and their families, helping to disseminate their literature, and campaigning for an improvement in their conditions or for their releases.


Its key roles are:

Questions Surround Investigation into the Assassination of Anna Politkovskaya


 International PEN Writers in Prison Committee

RUSSIA: Anna Politkovskaya – Update



10 September 2007


“I am not a political analyst. I am just one human being among many, a face in the crowd of Moscow, Chechnya, St Petersburg and elsewhere. [My writings] are my emotional reactions, jotted down in the margins of life as it is lived in Russia today…..I live in the present, noting down what I see.”

Anna Politkovskaya in the introduction to her 2004 book, Putin’s Russia.


Leading dissident writer Chen Shuqing sentenced to four years in prison


The Writers in Prison Committee of International PEN protests the four-year sentence handed down to leading dissident writer Chen Shuqing on 14 August 2007. PEN considers Chen Shuqing to be detained in violation of Article 19 of the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which China is a signatory, and calls for his immediate and unconditional release.

Iranian-American academic Haleh Esfandiari (f) released on bail; Kian Tajbakhsh still detained



 The Writers in Prison Committee of International PEN welcomes the release of Iranian-American scholar Haleh Esfandiari (f), who was freed on bail on 21 August 2007 and reportedly left Iran on 2 September 2007. However, PEN remains seriously concerned about the continued detention of Iranian-American scholar Kian Tajbakhsh, who has been held since 11 May 2007. Both are believed to be charged under national security laws for their links to U.S. institutions. International PEN protests the continued detention of Kian Tajbakhsh, apparently in violation of Article 19 of the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is a signatory, and reiterates calls for his immediate and unconditional release. PEN further calls for all charges against Haleh Esfandiari to be dropped.


International PEN Writers in Prison Committee Half Year Case List - January-June 2007


International PEN Writers in Prison Committee’s latest case list that provides summaries of recorded attacks against writers and journalists for the six month period January to June 2007 is now available in electronic form (.pdf) – see attached or go to the International PEN Website www.internationalpen.org.uk Our apologies that this has taken longer than usual to deliver. Print versions will be posted in the next few days.

Comment on Statistics

Writers Festival India 2007

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India Inter-Continental Cultural Association (Regd,) Chandigarh, (IICCA) a non-profit cultural society, is engaged in bringing together peoples of the world through cross-cultural encounter with a pick of Literature, Art & Culture of various regions and countries. To this end we have successfully organized a number of cultural and literary programs in India and abroad.

In Ethiopia, four journalists released from prison

The Writers in Prison Committee of International PEN welcomes the release on 18 August of four Ethiopian journalists following a pardon by the prime minister. The four had been given heavy custodial sentences on anti-state charges in late July. PEN calls on the Ethiopian government to make the release of these journalists - and that of the four other journalists and two academics pardoned in July – unconditional, as well as to quash the life sentence imposed on two journalists in absentia, also in July.
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