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Norwegian PEN launches comprehensive report on free expression in Turkey
In November 2012, Turkish president Abdullah Gül made the following statement about the free expression situation in his country to a delegation from PEN International: "There are many good things unfolding in Turkey, but these concerns cast a shadow over the progress we are achieving." Read how the situation for freedom of expression has developed since the visit in 2012 in Norwegian PENs new report.  Download the report as pdf here.
"A manual for writing a whore poem”
"A manual for writing a whore poem” is an anthology of texts and caricatures by ICORN guest writers living in Norway. The anthology is bilingual - English and Norwegian. This is the third time that the Norwegian chapter of PEN International has initiated such an anthology.
This year´s Ossietzky Prize laureate: journalist Sidsel Wold
The Ossietzky price for 2014 has been awarded journalist Sidsel Wold. The award was presented during an event at the House of Literature in Oslo on Thursday 13 November, commemorating the Day of the Imprisoned Writer two days ahead.
Criticism of Ethiopia's violations of human rights
Hika Fekede Dugassa, Ethiopian writer and university lecturer, was present when Ethiopia was the subject of review in the UN Human Rights Council, 6 May 2014. Ethiopia received much criticism for failure to carry out their human rights obligations. Dugassa has written a comprehensive report of the hearing where he also questions whether the hearing makes a difference at all.
The History of Gezi Resistance that was almost not to be is now available On-Line

Did you know that the first person to protest against the destruction of Gezi Park was not among last year's demonstrators but a man who stood up against construction on the park six decades ago?

 

Norwegian PEN meets Dalai Lama
A delegation of members from  Norwegian PEN and PEN International had a brief meeting with the Dalai Lama this morning during his visit to Oslo. The delegation, Norwegian PEN president William Nygaard,  boardmember Peter Normann Waage and PEN International's Vice President Eugene Schoulgin, welcomed the Dalai Lama to Norway and regretted that the Norwegian government had refused to meet with him.
Do the Chinese control the Norwegian parliament ?  Norwegian politicians place business interests ahead of human rights
Norwegian PEN is concerned that the Norwegian Parliament sets narrow business interests ahead of the interests of human rights and human dignity . We deeply regret that many of our leading politicians, who previously both met the Dalai Lama and supported Tibetan struggle for human rights, now allows the pragmatic to overshadow the principal.
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