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writers in prison committee report - PEN Canada

writers in prison committee report - PEN Canada

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960/1961/1962/1963 1964/1965/1966/19 7/1968/1969/1970/ 971/1972/1973/1974/ 5/1976/1977/1978/ 979/1980/1981/1982 83/1984/1985/1986/ 987/1988/1989/1990 1/1992/1993/1994/ 995/1996/1997/1998/ 9/2000/2001/2002/ 3/2004/2005/2006 PEN Canada is a non-profit literary and human rights organization that works on behalf of the right to freedom of expression. We assist imprisoned or otherwise persecuted writers internationally through campaigns combining public awareness and quiet diplomacy. We also work to ensure that those responsible for the deaths of writers are brought to justice. At home, we provide opportunities for writers in exile to find a place within Canadian society and monitor issues of censorship. PEN Canada is a registered charity. contents 1 Foreword 2 Introduction: Because Writers Speak Their Minds 8 PEN International President’s Message 10 President’s Message 18 Writers in Prison Committee Report 20 Honorary Members 30 Honorary Members Released 36 National Affairs Committee Report 40 Membership Committee Report 42 Members and Supporters PEN CANADA 2

19 The empty chair on the stage at all PEN events serves as a reminder to the audience that as we are all enjoying an evening of readings and conversation there are those who cannot be with us because they are /19 in prison simply for having the audacity to express their views. Just as the empty chair is central to every PEN event, the Writers in / Prison Committee is at the heart of PEN’s raison d’être. 2010 marks the 50th anniversary of the creation of the committee that formalized the tradition of helping fellow writers in peril. The year-long celebration of the most important work PEN does is being orchestrated to a great part by the chair of the International Writers in Prison Committee, PEN Canada past president Marian Botsford Fraser. We at PEN Canada are particularly proud of her contribution, as we are 19 of other PEN Canada members involvement at the international level, most notably, PEN International President John Ralston Saul. Haroon Siddiqui, another PEN Canada past president, serves on the international board, and Margaret Atwood is an international vice president. This edition of the PEN Canada Annual Report is dedicated to the Writers in Prison Committee, and spotlights some of the historic cases of the past half century. PEN CANADA 1

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