Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Volunteering for Autumn Season

Volunteering for Autumn Season
Tuesday, August 31,

Dear All, hope everyone is well and that you've all had a great summer. Already the back to school feeling has kicked in in the PEN office and I'm now after volunteers for the Autumn schedule. Usual system - first come first served. I'll try and accommodate your preferences wherever I can. Volunteering takes the form of wine pouring, a bit of front of house work and I need one person for each event to write a report for the website. (Examples of previous reports can be found here: http://www.englishpen.org/events/reportsonrecentevents/
All the events are available to view at www.englishpen.org/events and I will need the following:
2-3 people for Granta: Crossing the Line
2-3 people for Everyone's a Critic?
2 people for Daniel Pennac
2-3 people for Ismail Kadare
2-3 people for China Mieville
2 people for PEN Pinter
2-3 people for Alberto Manguel
2-3 people for AGM and Christmas party
I'll also need around 10 people for the PEN Quiz on Monday 22nd November but we'll tackle that one a bit nearer the time.
In September, FLOW the Free Word Festival will also be happening and if you are interested in volunteering for any of the events in the festival programme: www.freewordonline/flow then please contact Rachel Buchanan on rachel@freewordonline.com. Rachel is also in need of people to invigilate an art exhibition which will be running throughout the festival period. Again, do please email her for more details.
I'll look forward to seeing some of you in the next few weeks!

Sarah Hesketh | Assistant Director | English PEN
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Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA
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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

China: Uyghur journalist and editor sentenced

China: Uyghur journalist and editor sentenced

Published: August 12, 2010

English PEN is appalled by the fifteen-year prison sentence handed down to Uyghur journalist and editor Hailaite Niyazi (aka Hairat or Gheyret Niyaz) on 23 July 2010. Niyazi, who was arrested in October 2009, was convicted on state security charges for his reporting on the July 2009 riots in Urumqi, capital of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Republic (XUAR). English PEN calls for his immediate and unconditional release in accordance with Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which China is a signatory.

According to our information, Hailaite Niyazi, freelance journalist and former editor of the website Uighur Online (www.uighurbiz.net) was taken from his home in Tianshan District, Tacheng Prefecture, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), on 1 October 2009. It is believed that his arrest stems from critical interviews given to foreign media following the unrest which broke out in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, on 5 July 2009. The prosecution reportedly used as evidence essays written by Niyazi highlighting mounting ethnic tension in the region prior to the riots, and interviews he gave to Hong Kong media after the violence. Niyazi was convicted by the Urumqi Intermediate People's Court on charges of 'endangering national security' on 23 July 2010. He is appealing the sentence. Niyazi is currently detained in Tianshan Detention Centre, Urumqi, XUAR.

Hailaite Niyazi, aged 51, is a former reporter and columnist for Xinjiang Economic Daily and Xinjiang Legal News. Until June 2009 he edited and managed uighurbiz.net, the website owned by the academic, writer and Uyghur PEN member Iham Tohti, himself arrested in July 2009 and held for six weeks for allegedly 'promoting separatism'.

Three other Uyghur webmasters arrested in August 2009 were also reportedly given lengthy sentences in late July 2010 for material published on their Uyghur-language websites following the July 2009 unrest. They are Dilsha Perhat, webmaster and owner of Diyarim, Nureli, webmaster of Salkin, and Nijat Azat, webmaster of Shabnam. The men were reportedly sentenced to five, three and ten years respectively for 'endangering national security' in closed trials at the Urumqi Intermediate People's Court. All three websites have been blocked.


On 5 July 2009, Uyghurs took to the streets of Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), to protest an incident in which a number of Uyghur workers in a toy factory in Guan Dong province, southern China, were attacked by Han Chinese and killed. These protests led to violent clashes with Han Chinese in Urumqi which were violently suppressed by the authorities. The state news agency Xinhua reports that 156 Han Chinese have been killed and over 1000 wounded, although details and figures are impossible verify. An estimated 1400 people are said to have been arrested.

Please send appeals:

- Protesting the detention of Uyghur journalist and editor Hailaite Niyazi, and webmasters Dilshat Perhat, Nureli and Nijat Azat;
- Calling for their immediate and unconditional release in accordance with Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which China is a signatory;
- Seeking assurances of their welfare in detention.

Appeals to:

His Excellency Hu Jintao
President of the People's Republic of China
State Council
Beijing 100032
P.R. China.

Chairman of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Regional People's Government
Nur Bekri
Xinjiang Weiwuer Zizhiqu Renmin Zhengfu
2 Zhongshanlu
Wulumuqishi 830041
Xinjiang Weiwuer Zizhiqu
People's Republic of China

Please send copies of your appeal letters to the diplomatic representative for China in your country:

His Excellency Liu Xiaoming
Embassy of the People's Republic of China
49 Portland Place

Please do let us know if you send appeals and certainly if you receive a response by emailing writersinprison@englishpen.org. Many thanks.

Read : http://www.englishpen.org/writersinprison/bulletins/chinauyghurjournalistandeditorsentenced/

In memory of Ms CHUN Sook-Hee

In memory of Ms CHUN Sook-Hee

It is with great sadness that Korean PEN informs the PEN Community of the death of Ms. CHUN Sook-Hee, ex-president of Korean PEN and Vice President of International PEN. She passed away due to old age at 91 at a hospital in Seoul, Korea on August 9th 2010. She served as President for Korean PEN from 1983 to 1991 devoting herself to the spirit of the PEN Charter, and hosted the International PEN Congress in 1988 in Seoul, Korea. She was elected a Vice President of International PEN in 1991.

Those who wish to offer condolences, it is recommended that you send emails to admin@penkorea.or.kr so that Korean PEN can deliver them to the bereaved family.

LEE Gil-Won
Korean PEN

Read : http://www.internationalpen.org.uk/go/news/in-memory-of-ms-chun-sook-hee

Slow Dance : a HEART RENDING story

Slow Dance

This is a poem written by a teenager with cancer. She wants to see how many people get her poem. It is quite the poem Please read it .

Through chain of e-mail I have got this sad news:

This poem was written by a terminally ill young girl in a New York Hospital.It was sent by a medical doctor - Make sure to read what is in the closing statement AFTER THE POEM.


Have you ever
On a merry-go-round?

Or listened to
Slapping on the ground?

Ever followed a
butterfly's erratic flight?

Or gazed at the sun into the
fading night?

You better slow down.

dance so
Time is short.

The music

Do you run through each day


When you ask How are you?

Do you hear

When the day is done

Do you lie
in your

With the next hundred chores

Running through
your head?

You'd better
slow down

Don't dance so fast.

Time is short.

The music won't

Ever told your

We'll do it

And in your

Not see

Ever lost

Let a good
friendship die

Cause you
never had time

To call
and say,'Hi'

better slow down.

Don't dance
so fast.

is short.

The music won't

When you run
so fast to get somewhere

miss half the fun of getting

When you worry and hurry
through your

It is like an unopened


Life is not a

Do take it

Hear the

Before the song is

Dear All:
PLEASE Do some needful help. It is the request of a special girl who will soon leave this world
due to cancer. This young girl has 6 months left to live, and as her dying wish, she wanted to send a letter telling everyone to live their life to the fullest, since she never will.

She'll never make it to prom, graduate from high school, or get married and have a family of her own. By helping her you can give her and her family a little hope, to her treatment and recovery plan.


Amita Pal, PhD, FNASc.,
Plant Molecular & Cellular Genetics,
Bose Institute, Kolkata- 700054, West-Bengal.
Office Phone: 033-25693219(Office),
Mobile 09830009846.
E.mail: amita@bic.boseinst.ernet.in
Fax: +91-033-23553886


I tried to think that my number of days on this planet have been fixed. I shall die. Its terrible.What a mental agony/ helpless state......
For a writer---- I wish my fellow writers will come forward and do something that the girl can fight her death. We writers know no boundaries or border of political cause. this globe is mine and for all in common humanity.
----- Albert Ashok