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Message from Laura McVeigh

Dear friends,

Thank you for all the warm welcome messages. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Today I start as Executive Director with PEN International.

Please feel free to contact me at laura.mcveigh@pen-internationl.org or +44 (0) 20 7405 0338 or (m) +44 (0) 78246 40527.

It is a real honour and privilege to serve PEN.

I look forward to working with all of you.

All very best,
Laura

Laura McVeigh
Executive Director
PEN International

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Monthly Letter from PEN International

September 07, 2011

Dear friends,

I write this monthly letter from Tunis, where PEN Tunisia is rebuilding itself after the fall of the dictatorship. Naziha Rjiba, President of the Centre and Sihem Bensedrine, Secretary General,

took terrible risks during Ben Ali’s time and suffered a great deal. The situation remains complex and fragile, but they are working hard to build and solidify the role of literature and freedom of expression. They used my visit to call a public meeting of writers in order to get them involved in PEN. It was fascinating and successful.

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Egypt Pen members proclaim their rejection of bringing to trial blogger Mikel Nabil Sanad

Egypt Pen members proclaim their rejection of bringing to trial blogger Mikel Nabil Sanad infront of a A military court , and call for his immediate release .Sanad was sentenced to three years in jail last April , and began a hunger strike on 23 August ,and his life now is at risk .
We members of Egypt Pen support Sanad’s right to freedom of expression , especially after January 25 , when all Egyptians are freed from despotism and repression .

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PEN Jordan Condemns what Happens in Syria

PEN Jordan is watching closely and with great concern the criminal attacks on opposition Writers, journalists and artists in Syria;

who have chosen to voice their opposition through their performance arts or political satire. This is a flagrant attack on their right of peaceful protest. Freedom of speech is a universal human right, and as such, should not be opposed or persecuted by anyone.

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Statement of clarification re Haifa meeting

Statement of clarification re Haifa meeting
December 29th, 2010
To whom it may concern,

The meeting entitled “Words Beyond Borders” to be held in Haifa, Israel on December 1st to 4th 2010 is not a PEN International event nor a PEN Writers for Peace Committee event. It was agreed by the Assembly of Delegates at the 76th PEN World Congress in Tokyo in September 2010 that this event would not be a PEN International event, nor a PEN Writers for Peace Committee event. Any individual is free to choose in their personal capacity whether they will attend this event.

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PEN International recognizes achievement of 2010 Nobel Laureates

PEN International recognizes achievement of 2010 Nobel Laureates at global gathering of world writers

14th September 2011

Hundreds of writers, editors, translators and publishers from across the globe celebrate the achievement of 2010 Nobel Prizes by Mario Vargas Llosa and Liu Xiaobo and call for the release of Xiaobo and his wife.

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PEN International Executive Director Laura McVeigh send Message to Pen Centers

Dear friends,

It was a wonderful introduction to the world of PEN to attend this year’s Annual Congress in Belgrade . My thanks to everyone who took the time to meet me and share news, hopes and aspirations for PEN. To those members with whom I have not as yet had the opportunity to talk – please do get in touch at laura.mcveigh@pen-international.org and let me know about your work, your centre, your committee engagement and your ideas for the future of PEN.

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