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Norsk PEN til stede på årets Film fra Sør-festival

Det er bare noen dager igjen til festivalen Film fra Sør starter i Oslo, og i forbindelse med visningene av tre av årets filmer, inviterer Norsk PEN og Film fra Sør til følgende arrangementer:

Lørdag 10. november kl. 17:30-19:30, Vika kino:
Visning av filmen «The Cleaners», som følger fem såkalte «content moderators» fra Filippinene, som hver dag vurderer tusenvis av bilder og videoer lagt ut på Facebook, Twitter og YouTube. Etter filmen blir det diskusjon om det etiske, moralske og juridiske ansvaret internettgigantene har – og eventuelt burde ha – for vår tids debattklima. Til samtalen kommer forskningsleder for gruppa Politikk, Demokrati og Sivilsamfunn ved Institutt for samfunnsforskning, Kari Steen-Johnsen, og forsker, IT-gründer og lektor i informatikk på UiO, Gisle Hannemyr. Samtalen ledes av Elisabeth Eide, leder for JMIC-Journalism and Media International Center på OsloMet.
Mer informasjon: https://www.facebook.com/events/316226965629033/

Mandag 12. november kl. 17:45-19:45, Vika kino:
Visning av filmen «Rafiki», om to unge jenter, Kena og Ziki, som er døtre av to politiske rivaler og som møtes og forelsker seg i hverandre. Dermed risikerer de ikke bare lang fengselsstraff og sosial utestengelse, men står også i fare for å bli utsatt for vold og overgrep. Filmen er forbudt i hjemlandet Kenya. Etter visningen deltar regissør Wanuri Kahiu i en samtale sammen med kunstner og samfunnsdebattant Ahmed Umar om situasjonen for skeive miljøer i land i Sør og den globale kampen for skeives rettigheter. Samtalen ledes av Nisrin Maktabi Barkouki fra Norsk PEN.
Mer informasjon: https://www.facebook.com/events/176106656644290/

Torsdag 15. november kl. 19:30-21:30, Vika kino:
Visning av filmen «Stronger Than a Bullet».  Saeid Sadeghi, filmens hovedkarakter og fortellerstemme, var Irans mest kjente krigsfotograf under krigen mot Irak fra 1980 til 1988. Hans sterke og ladede bilder fra Iran/ Irak-krigen på 1980-tallet ble brukt som propaganda og rekrutterings-verktøy av det iranske regimet. Sadeghi var selv regimetilhenger, men i dag er han en angrende mann og holder seg selv ansvarlig for å ha sendt tusenvis av soldater i døden. Noen av dem helt ned i 13-årsalderen. «Stronger Than a Bullet» tar oss med på Sadeghis personlige reise for å mane frem minner og mennesker fra krigens dager. Det er en sterk og velredigert film om en fallen helt, om nasjonalisme, ideologi, propaganda og ikke minst om bildets makt. Etter filmen samtaler regissør Maryam Ebrahimi og Amir Mirzai (forfatter og leder for Rumi-festivalen) om propaganda, om bildets makt, og hva filmen kan fortelle oss om dagens situasjon i Iran og regionen for øvrig. Samtalen ledes av førsteamanuensis ved Høyskolen i Kristiania, Sharam Alghasi.
Mer informasjon: https://www.facebook.com/events/2075731322472250/

2018 Saudi Arabia: Marwan Almuraisy

PEN International and Norwegian PEN condemns the arrest and enforced disappearance of Yemeni writer and social media activist Marwan Almuraisy, who was arrested at his home in Riyadh by Saudi National Security agents on 1 June 2018. It is not known where he is being detained. To date, Almuraisy’s family have been denied information about the charges against him, the location where he is being held and are unable to visit him. The Norwegian PEN’s Writers in Prison Committee has written the following letter to the Saudi authorities, calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Almuraisy:

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His Majesty King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud
The Custodian of the two Holy Mosques Office of His Majesty
The King Royal Court, Riyadh
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Oslo, 11th October 2018

Your Majesty,

The Norwegian Writers in Prison Committee is expressing serious concern about the arrest and enforced disappearance of Yemeni writer and social media activist Marwan Almuraisy, who was arrested at his home in Riyadh by Saudi National Security agents on the 1th of June 2018. It is not known where he is being detained. To date, Almuraisy’s family have been denied information about the charges against him, the location where he is being held and are unable to visit him.

We are deeply concerned about Almuraisy’s safety and physical well-being and believes that his arrest is solely related to the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression. We call on the Saudi authorities to immediately release Marwan Almuraisy. At the very least, we urge them to disclose Almuraisy’s whereabouts, the reason for his detention, and to respect his rights as a detainee to legal representation, family visits and medical care.

We also call for the immediate and unconditional release of all other writers currently detained in Saudi Arabia in connection with the peaceful exercise of their right to freedom of expression and assembly, in accordance to international standards including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Yours sincerely,

Øivind Hånes
author
Member of Writers in Prison Committee
Norwegian PEN

COPY:
The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, Oslo

18. oktober 2018: Fengslende karikaturer

Tegnerne Ali Dorani (kjent som ”Eaten Fish”), Arifur Rahman og Fadi Abou Hassan har alle opplevd fengsling og forfølgelse på grunn av sine visuelle ytringer.

Nå bor de tre i henholdsvis Stavanger og Drøbak, to av de mange norske fribyene som gir beskyttelse til forfulgte forfattere, journalister og kunstnere. Norsk PENs komité for fengslede forfattere inviterer til et møte med dem og den norske karikaturtegneren Marvin Halleraker, for å snakke om det visuelle som uttrykk for ytringsfrihet.

Hør deres historier, se tegningene. Og vi spør: Hvorfor ytre seg visuelt? Hvilke konsekvenser kan det få? Og hvordan kan vi sikre de modige karikaturtegningene i framtiden?

Kveldens samtaleleder er Kjersti Løken Stavrum, nestleder i Norsk PEN.

Arrangementet er gratis og finner sted på Litteraturhuset i Oslo, Nedjma (3. etasje), torsdag 18. oktober kl. 19.00.

Velkommen!

Arrangementet er støttet av Stiftelsen Fritt Ord, Norsk Oversetterforening, Norske Barne- og Ungdomsbokforfattere og Norsk faglitterær forfatter- og oversetterforening

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Om de medvirkende:

Ali Dorani fra Iran begynte å tegne for å dokumentere forholdene på Manus Island, hvor han satt internert som asylsøker i fire år. Arifur Rahman fra Bangladesh ble fengslet og forfulgt for å ha laget en tegneseriestripe som illustrerer en vits om en katt. Fadi Abou Hassan, palestiner oppvokst i Syria, har blitt både fengslet og prisbelønnet for sine karikaturtegninger der han kritiserer verdensledere og politiske forhold, særlig i Midtøsten. Marvin Halleraker er en av Norges fremste avistegnere, og leverer faste bidrag til bl.a. Morgenbladet, Bergens Tidene og Aftenposten. Kjersti Løken Stavrum har tidligere jobbet som journalist og redaktør i mange år, vært og er i dag administrerende redaktør for Stiftelsen Tinius.

Arrangør er Norsk PENs Komité for fengslede forfattere, som har tatt initiativ til en serie arrangementer med hovedformål å presentere utenlandske forfattere, journalister og andre ytrere, som lever og arbeider i Norge. Komiteen består av medlemmer fra Norsk PEN, Den norske Forfatterforening, Norsk Oversetterforening, Norske Barne og Ungdomsbokforfattere og Norsk faglitterær forfatter- og oversetterforening.

2018 Russia: Oleg Sentsov - Letter to President Putin

Ukrainian filmmaker and writer Oleg Sentsov, who has been on hunger strike since 14 May 2018, is reportedly in a critical condition. According to his lawyer, who visited him in prison on 7 August 2018, Oleg Sentsov has a low haemoglobin level, resulting in anaemia and a slow heartbeat, and has lost 30 kilogrammes. He is refusing to be transferred to a civilian hospital as he is too weak to stand and says that medical staff there have previously been hostile towards him. Best known for his 2011 film Gamer, Oleg Sentsov was arrested four years ago and sentenced to 20 years in prison on 25 August 2015 on spurious terrorism charges after a grossly unfair trial by a Russian military court, marred by allegations of torture. PEN International fears that he was imprisoned for his opposition to Russia’s annexation of Crimea.  In a statement shared by his lawyer, Oleg Sentsov has declared an ‘indefinite hunger strike’ and that ‘the sole condition for its cessation is the release of all Ukrainian political prisoners located in the territory of the Russian Federation’.

His Excellency
Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin
Ul. Ilyinka, 23
103132 Moscow
Russian Federation

Dear Mr. President,

The Norwegian Writers in Prison Committee is expressing serious concern for the health of filmmaker Oleg Sentsov. He was arrested four years ago and sentenced to 20 years in prison on spurious terrorism charges after a trial by a Russian military court, marred by allegations of torture. International opinion fears that he was imprisoned for his opposition to Russia’s actions in Crimea.

Oleg Sentsov has been on hunger strike since 14th of May 2018. In a statement shared by his lawyer, Oleg Sentsov declared an ‘indefinite hunger strike’ and that ‘the sole condition for its cessation is the release of all Ukrainian political prisoners located in the territory of the Russian Federation’.

The United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (the Mandela Rules) explicitly states that prisoners should be allowed to correspond in writing with family and friends at regular intervals. Under Russian legislation, there is usually no limit to the number of letters prisoners may send or receive but correspondence needs be in Russian. The prison authorities are obliged to deliver letters with the minimum of delay. All correspondence is checked and read.

We are calling for Oleg Sentsov’s immediate and unconditional release if, as is feared, he is being persecuted for his legitimate professional activities and peaceful exercise of his right to free expression.

Oslo, August 10th 2018

On behalf of the Norwegian Writers in Prison Committee,

Øivind Hånes, author
Member of Writers in Prison Committee
Norwegian PEN

COPY:
Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, Yuri Yakovlevich Chaika
Director of the Russian Penitentiary Service of the Russian Federation, Gennady Kornienko
Embassy of the Russian Federation in Oslo, Norway
The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

28. mai: Åpen mikrofon for eksilforfattere

PEN International og Norsk PEN ønsker velkommen til litterær aften med åpen mikrofon for eksilforfattere!

Når språket er ditt arbeidsverktøy, men du av ulike grunner har måttet forlate ditt hjemland og ditt publikum, kan det være en ekstra lang vei å gå for å finne en scene der tekstene dine igjen kan bli formidlet. For i eksil er både forfatteren, publikum og deres respektive språk ukjente for hverandre.

Vi skrur derfor på mikrofonen og inviterer alle eksilforfattere som har lyst og anledning, til å komme til Litteraturhuset i Oslo mandag 28. mai 2018 for å dele sine tekster med publikum. Ta med deg et dikt eller et utdrag fra en novelle, en roman eller et essay – eller kanskje har du noen dagboknotater fra hjemlandet, fra reisen hit eller fra de første dagene i ditt nye hjemland? Eller bærer du med deg en sang eller en anekdote som du vil formidle?

Vi gir inntil 5 minutter lesetid til hver forfatter. Det er flott om du leser på originalspråk, men ta gjerne også med en oversettelse eller gjendiktning til engelsk eller norsk dersom du har fått teksten profesjonelt oversatt, så sørger vi for at publikum får høre oversettelsen også. Husk på at samlet lesning (originalspråk og oversettelse) ikke må overstige 5 minutter.

Vertskap for kvelden er Basim Mardan og Hege Newth. Basim er skribent, dramatiker og oversetter, og kommer fra Mosul i Irak. Han kom til Norge og Skien som fribyforfatter i 2006, men jobber nå i PEN International som Writers at Risk Protection Officer. Hege er generalsekretær i Norsk PEN.

Arrangementet finner sted i Kjelleren på Litteraturhuset i Oslo, og er gratis og åpent for alle. Vi begynner kl. 19, men åpner dørene og tar imot påmeldinger fra kl. 18. Vi gjør oppmerksom på at arrangementet vil bli filmet og publisert på PEN Internationals Twitterkonto og på Norsk PENs YouTube-kanal.

Det blir servert kaffe, te og frukt. Annen mat og drikke kan kjøpes i kafeen på Litteraturhuset.

Arrangementet er en del av PEN Internationals Make Space Campaign og UNHCRs #WithRefugees Campaign.

Informasjon om arrangementet på Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/451827748586474/

Vi ønsker alle varmt velkommen!

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Open Mic for Exiled Writers, House of Literature in Oslo, May 28th 2018 at 7 pm

Mastery of language is a writer’s most powerful skill. But when a writer is forced into exile, she has to start anew: she grapples with a new language, seeks new audiences, and makes a new space for expression.

We invite all exiled writers to come to the House of Literature in Oslo on Monday the 28th of May 2018 to share their words with the audience. It could be a poem, an extract from a short story or a novel. Perhaps you have some diary writings from your home country, from your journey, or from the first days in your new home country? Do you carry with you a song or an anecdote that you would like to share?

We’ll give a maximum of 5 minutes to each writer. We hope you will read in the original language, but please bring a professional translation of the text into English or Norwegian – if you have it – which we can present to the audience. Please make sure that the total reading (original language and translation) does not exceed 5 minutes.

The hosts of the evening will be Basim Mardan and Hege Newth. Basim is a writer, playwright and translator from Mosul, Iraq. He came to Norway and the city of Skien as a city of refuge writer in 2006. Basim now works for PEN International as a Writers at Risk Protection Officer. Hege is the Secretary General of Norwegian PEN.

The event is free of charge and open to everyone. The reading will begin at 7 pm, but doors and registration will be open from 6 pm. As spaces are limited we encourage early registration for everyone who would like to read. Please note that the event will be filmed and made available on PEN International’s social media accounts and on Norwegian PEN’s YouTube channel.

We will be serving coffee, tea and fruit. It is also possible to buy drinks and food from the café at the House of Literature before or after the program.

The program will be part of the PEN International Make Space Campaign and UNHCR’s #WithRefugees Campaign.

Information about the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/451827748586474/

A warm welcome to everyone!

2018 Israel: Dareen Tatour

WORLD POETRY DAY 2018: PEN International condemns the ongoing house arrest and prosecution of Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour, who has been charged with incitement to violence and solidarity with acts of violence, following publications of her work on Facebook and YouTube, and in particular her poem entitled, ‘Qawim
ya sha’abi, qawimhum (Resist, my people, resist them)
’. PEN has carefully reviewed the charge sheet and the evidence against Tatour, and has concluded that she has been targeted for her poetry and peaceful activism. Consequently, it continues to call for her immediate release and for the charges against her to be dropped.

Oslo, 21st of March 2018

Minister of Justice
Ayelet Shaked
Ministry of Justice
29 Salah al-Din Street Jerusalem, 91010, Israel

Attorney General
Avichai Mendelbilt
Ministry of Justice
29 Salah al-Din Street Jerusalem 91010, Israel

The Office of the Deputy Attorney General (International Law)
Ministry of Justice
Alisa Gannel, Adv.
P. O. B ox 929 9 Tel – Aviv 6 1 092 – Israel

Today, on World Poetry Day, our thoughts are with the ongoing house arrest and prosecution of Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour. Tatour has been charged with incitement to violence and solidarity with acts of violence, following publications of her work on Facebook and YouTube. In a poem, Tatour denounces violations committed by the Israeli authorities against Palestinians, and incites them to resist the Israeli occupation; but she does not call for violence. Peacefully exercising the right to free expression is not a crime.

PEN International has carefully reviewed the charge sheet and the evidence against Tatour, and has concluded that she has been targeted for her poetry and peaceful activism. Consequently, it continues to call for her immediate release and for the charges against her to be dropped.

Together with our PEN colleagues worldwide we call for the immediate and unconditional release of Dareen Tatour from her house arrest.

Yours sincerely,
Mr. Øivind Hånes
Writers in Prison Committee
Norwegian PEN

Copy:
The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Embassy of Israel in Oslo

2018 Eritrea: Amanuel Asrat

WORLD POETRY DAY 2018: Amanuel Asrat, an award-winning Eritrean poet, critic, songwriter, and editor-in-chief of the leading newspaper Zemen, meaning The Times, has been detained incommunicado since he was arrested at his home on the morning of 23 September 2001 amid a crackdown on state and private media. Other independent journalists, opposition politicians and students were also arrested during the crackdown. It is believed that Asrat and the other journalists have neither been charged nor tried. PEN International believes that Asrat’s ongoing detention is an attempt by the Eritrean government to stifle critical voices, including calls for establishing constitutional government.  Norwegian PEN’s Writers in Prison Committee calls for his immediate release and the end to violations of freedom of expression in Eritrea.

Oslo, 21st of March 2018

Your Excellency
President Isaias Afewerki
Office of the President
P.O. Box 257
Asmara, Eritrea

Your Excellency
Minister of Information
Hon. Yemane Gebremeskel
P.O. Box 242
Asmara, Eritrea

Today, on World Poetry Day, our thoughts are with poet Amanuel Asrat, who has been incommunicado for over 16 years. Asrat was arrested at his home on the morning of September 23rd 2001 amid a crackdown on state and private media. Other independent journalists, opposition politicians and students were also arrested during the crackdown. It is believed that Asrat and the other journalists have neither been charged nor tried.

Asrat is thought to be among the few surviving journalists from the 2001 crackdown, alive but in deteriorating health. Unconfirmed reports allege that some of the journalists have died, having been subjected to torture or other ill treatment, including lack of access to medical care.

Together with our PEN colleagues worldwide we call for the immediate and unconditional release of Mr. Asrat. We call for his immediate release and the end to violations of freedom of expression in Eritrea. We also ask for immediate clarification of the fate of all detained journalists and immediate release of those still alive.

Yours sincerely,
Mr. Øivind Hånes
Writers in Prison Committee
Norwegian PEN

Copy:
Embassy of the State of Eritrea, Stockholm
The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

2018 China: Liu Xia

WORLD POETRY DAY 2018: Liu Xia is a poet, artist, and founding member of the Independent Chinese PEN Centre. Xia has been held under unofficial house arrest in her Beijing apartment since her late husband, the poet Liu Xiaobo, was named the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in October 2010. PEN International believes that the ongoing, extra-judicial house arrest of Liu Xia is a form of punishment for the human rights work carried out by her husband, Liu Xiaobo, and is extremely concerned for her physical and psychological integrity. Norwegian PEN’s Writers in Prison Committee calls for the immediate and unconditional release from extra-judicial house arrest of the poet and artist Liu Xia, and for all restrictions on her freedom of movement and expression to be lifted.

His Excellency Xi Jinping
President of the People’s Republic of China
State Council Beijing 100032
P.R. China

Oslo, 21.03.18

Your Excellency,

Today, on World Poetry Day, our thoughts are with poet Liu Xia who has been held in unofficial house arrest during her husbands long imprisonment, and after his death still lives under strong surveillance. There are reports that Liu Xia’s mental and physical health continue to suffer due to her detention. PEN International believes that the ongoing, extra-judicial house arrest of Liu Xia is a form of punishment for the human rights work carried out by her husband, Liu Xiaobo, and is extremely concerned for her physical and psychological integrity.

Together with our PEN colleagues worldwide we call for the immediate and unconditional release from extra-judicial house arrest of the poet and artist Liu Xia, and call for all restrictions on her freedom of movement and expression to be lifted. Liu Xia should be granted access to all necessary medical care.

We urge Chinese authorities to ratify the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which provides for freedom of legitimate expression, and freedom of movement and reminding them that as a signatory to the ICCPR China is obliged to ‘refrain from acts that would defeat or undermine the treaty’s objective and purpose.

Yours sincerely,

Ms Brit Bildøen
Chair of Writers in Prison Committee
Norwegian PEN

COPY:
The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Chinese Embassy of Norway

2018 Kazakhstan: Aron Atabek

WORLD POETRY DAY 2018: Aron Atabek is a prominent Kazakh poet, journalist and dissident. He has been in prison for over 10 years, including frequent periods in punitive confinement in extremely harsh conditions. Norwegian PEN Writers In Prison Committee calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Aron Atabek and, in the meantime, for him to be moved to a prison within visiting distance of his family and to be allowed regular visits, telephone calls, correspondence, and access to writing materials.

President of Kazakhstan
President Nursultan Nazarbayev
Government House
Mangilik Yel st. 6
010000 Astana City
Kazakhstan
Oslo 21st of March 2018

Your Excellency,

Norwegian PEN is urgently concerned about the welfare of poet, journalist and dissident Aron Atabek, who has been imprisoned since 2007. Atabek was charged with organisation of mass disorder in 2007, but maintains his innocence.

Whilst in prison Atabek has suffered several periods of solitary confinement, denial of access to natural light and writing materials. Severe restrictions have also been placed on his contact with his family and on any communication with the outside world. Since 2013 Atabek has been kept in a prison located over 1000 km away from his family.

Prolonged bouts of solitary confinement are prohibited under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, by which Kazakhstan is bound. In denying Atabek visits from his family and regular correspondence with them, Kazakhstan is also violating the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (the Mandela Rules).

Norwegian PEN calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Aron Atabek. In the unwanted case of any delays to his release, we call for his transferal to a prison within visiting distance of his family, and for him to be given access to regular visits, telephone calls, correspondence and necessary writing materials.

Yours sincerely,

Ms Johanne Fronth-Nygren
Member of Writers in Prison Committee
Norwegian PEN

COPY:
Diplomatic Mission of the Republic of Kazakstan in Norway
The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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