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Watch video-clips from the conference "Action on Belarus" on this website
You can now watch videos from the successful and well attended "Action on Belarus" at the House of Literature in Oslo on 22. March on this website,
Political and religious populism threatens freedom of expression
Norwegian PEN warns against a trend in which religiously based politics, at both national and international levels, weakens freedom of expression and undermine basic human rights for individuals and groups.  We need to to challenge a political development in which populist politicians abuse religious feelings and symbols in order to set groups up against each other, undermine the rights of individuals and groups and weaken freedom of expression.
22. March: Belarus Action - a one day conference
The Human Rights House Foundation (HRH), the Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC) and Norwegian PEN welcome you to a one-day conference at the House of Literature in Oslo.  Also supporting the conference are the Norwegian Union of Journalists, the Norwegian Publishers Association and the Norwegian Non-fiction Writers And Translators Association (NFF).
On United Nations Mother Tongue Day 21st of February, we at Norwegian PEN launched Maktabaa. com.
Maktabaa.com lists most African languages existing in every country, authors and their works. Maktaba means library in Kiswahili, Arabic and Urdu.
A cry from Syria
"In its modern history, the world has not yet seen valor and courage such as those displayed by the revolutionary Syrians in all our towns and villages, as the world has not yet seen such a silence, that is now considered a complicity in the murder and extermination of my people", says Syrian writer Khaled Khalifa in a letter to publisher and Norwegian PEN boardmember Asbjørn Øverås.
Turkey 2012: Turning the clock back 20 years
Turkey is on the way back where the country was 20 years ago: The country ranks among the world's worst  when it comes to imprisonment of writers and journalists. Sara Whyatt - Program Director, Freedom of Expression, at PEN International made it clear that the development has been going the wrong way under Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Iranian City of Refuge-writer awarded PEN-prize
The Iranian journalist, blogger and activist Asieh Amini, is one of the recipients of the 2011 Oxfam Novib/PEN award for 2011.  Amini is currently a City of Refuge-writer in Trondheim, Norway.
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