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BANGLADESHI WRITER WINS UNESCO MADANJEET SINGH PRIZE

Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasrin has been awarded the UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence.

Tasrin, who has written more than 20 books in Bengali, became known in the mid 1990's for receiving death threats because of her writings criticising Islam's treatment of women. Several of her books are banned in Bangladesh. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought and Swedish PEN's Kurt Tucholsky Award. PEN Canada has adopted Tasrin as an honorary member.

Named after the Indian writer and diplomat, the US$100,000 UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Prize is awarded every two years to an individual or organisation for "exceptional contributions in the field of tolerance promotion." Previous winners include Burmese dissident Aung San Suu Kyi and Indian anti-nuclear campaigner Narayan Desai.

Visit:
- UNESCO: http://tinyurl.com/6y2uj
- PEN Profile of Nasrin:
http://www.pencanada.ca/prison/hm.php?writerID=39

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