APRIL 2023 Newsletter

Afghanistan: Arrest of girls’ education activist latest example of Taliban repression PEN International is deeply concerned over reports regarding last week’s arrest of educator and prominent advocate for girls’ education, Matiullah Wesa, and calls for his immediate and unconditional release. Matiullah’s detention is just the latest example of the Taliban’s intolerance towards anyone who challengesContinue reading “APRIL 2023 Newsletter”

FEB 2023 – Mother Language Day

International Mother Language Day 2023 Held every year on 21 February, International Mother Language Day is observed to promote linguistic and cultural diversity, and multilingualism. To mark this anniversary, PEN International features the case of Belarusian writer, human rights defender, Nobel Peace Prize winner and PEN Belarus member Ales Bialiatski, detained since 2021 and currently on trial.Continue reading “FEB 2023 – Mother Language Day”

OCTOBER newsletter

Contents -Chair’s message-Urgent adoptee update — Pham Doan Trang (Vietnam)-Happenings-Upcoming events-Recommended articles and media Chair’s message (Krishna Sen) Members and Fellow-travellers, it was wonderful to see those of you attended our AGM last month and stayed on for the discussion with Dr Jenny Rowena about the increasing challenges to freedom of expression in India underContinue reading “OCTOBER newsletter”

SEPTEMBER News – AGM summary and local activities

Contents – Annual General Meeting– Thank you to vacating PEN Perth committee members– Happenings– Upcoming event Annual General Meeting (AGM) On 15SEPT2022, we held our AGM at the Centre For Stories. It was wonderful to see our members gathered to hear about the importance of PEN’s work in advocating for detained writers. We also finalisedContinue reading “SEPTEMBER News – AGM summary and local activities”

AUGUST Newsletter – Annual General meeting alert

Contents Annual General Meeting (AGM) Upcoming event Newsflash – support for Salman Rushdie Achievements and other happenings Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2022 Date: 5:30PM, 15/SEPT/2022 Address: Centre for Stories (100 Aberdeen St, Northbridge, 6003) All members and prospective members are welcome but only members can vote. The agenda for the AGM is as follows: 1. Continue reading “AUGUST Newsletter – Annual General meeting alert”

JULY newsletter: Asia-focused issue

Contents Opening statement on the Hong Kong National Security Law Breaking news: Executions in Myanmar Writers and articles in focus Activities completed and achievements Upcoming activities Letter-writing campaign Opening statement – 2 years into the Hong Kong National Security Law When Britain handed Hong Kong to China in 1997, the expectation was that Beijing wouldContinue reading “JULY newsletter: Asia-focused issue”

JUNE newsletter: Post-election issue

Contents: – Opening statement from our patron and honorary member, Peter Greste– Australian writers in-focus– Events we held/attended– Brief overseas update – Ukraine– What’s happening next? Opening statement(from patron and honorary member Peter Greste) In an era when everyone’s nonsense detectors are dialled up to 11, you’d have thought the Liberal party might have beenContinue reading “JUNE newsletter: Post-election issue”