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The Writers in Prison Committee of PEN International was set up in 1960 as a result of mounting concern about attempts to silence critical voices around the world. An office was set up at the PEN head office in London to gather information and to alert the PEN membership to take action. The WiPC is now staffed by a team of experts who monitor around 1,000 attacks on writers, journalists, editors, poets, publishers and others in any given year. These include long prison terms, harassment, threats, and murder.

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AWADA is an alliance formed by Kylie Moore-Gilbert, Cheng Lei and Sean Turnell to provide support and advice to the families of those wrongfully detained, and to policy makers. It is a delicate matter, and legal advice as well as other personal supports are needed. Current cases are : Dr Yang Hengjun, Julian Assange and Robert Pether. https://www.awada.com.au/current-cases Launch: https://www.awada.com.au/events/launch Online and live ASPI is delighted to invite you to attend the launch of the Australian Wrongful and Arbitrary Detention …

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All the speeches are being posted to youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@AssangeCampaign The speakers were:       We invite you to the UPCOMING CONFERENCE Saturday 9 March 2024                  Storey Hall, RMIT, Melbourne The announcement of Julian Assange’s final appeal in the UK High Court on 20 and 21 February 2024 magnifies the critical importance of this conference in defending his case and cause. Those who have been fighting for truth, peace and justice understand the precious nature of freedom of thought and …

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Together with PEN Melbourne, we invite you to join Behrouz Boochani, Kylie Moore-Gilbert and host Karen Percy for a conversation about the importance of freedom of speech and press, and the role writers play in challenging oppressive regimes. The event can now be watched here: Day of Imprisoned Writer 2023 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDKoTrOEK3I Featuring Behrouz Boochani Kylie Moore-Gilbert Karen Percy About the Event Kurdish-Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani was imprisoned on Manus Island for over six years, and during that time he became …

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  PEN International’s video in support of Assange, featuring our spokesperson Sabrina Tucci, which is being promoted by the Free Assange campaign and on our social media channels: https://twitter.com/FreeAssangeNews/status/1752746659723800886   12 February 2024: A public hearing in the extradition trial of Wikileaks editor, publisher, and founder Julian Assange, initiated by the US authorities in 2019, will occur on 20-21 February 2024. The two-day hearing will convene before a panel of two judges reviewing a prior High Court decision made by …

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They frame to kill by Mammad Aidani The young children of Iran have been killed in the bud of their youth. The young ones never experienced freedom, justice, and the joy of growing up in their society. Iranians’ prisons continue to be full of innocent young adults who seek justice, freedom and democracy. Thousands have been arrested, including many protesters, as well as journalists, lawyers, social and environmental activists, and others. Among the imprisoned is Narges Mohammadi, the Nobel Peace …

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