2008: India: Taslima Nasrin

14th February 2008

Dr Mamohan Singh
Prime Minister of India

Dear Prime Minister,

Novelist, poet and journalist Taslima Nasrin is an internationally acclaimed and award-wining write. Whilst her writings are undoubtedly controversial, she is an active supporter of human rights, and according to the Indian constitution should have the right to express her views freely and without fear of attack. More that ten years since she fled Bangladesh, Nasrin still cannot return to her homeland without fear for her security. She has for the past three years lived in Kolkata, West Bengal, and has applied for Indian citizenship. Her current visa reportedly expires on 17th February 2008. International PN urges the Indian authorities in the strongest possible terms to uphold their constitution and the international treaties to which they are signatories by enabling her to continue living and working safely in Kolkata.

Urging you to pay attention to this appeal,

Yours sincerely

Aase Gjerdrum
Member of  Norwegian PENs Writers in Prison Committee