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Cases from Honduras, Turkey, Iran and Tibet highlighted on Day of the Imprisoned Writer

PEN International

The Day of the Imprisoned Writer is an annual, international day intended to recognise and support writers who resist repression of the basic human right to freedom of expression and who stand up to attacks made against their right to impart information. To mark this year's Day of the Imprisoned Writer, on 15 November 2013 PEN Centres around the world will stage events, commemorating friends and colleagues who resist repression of the basic human right to freedom of expression. This year the focus has been on a number of specific cases from around the world that represent the type of threats and attacks faced by our colleagues.

Our focus cases for 2013 have been:

Dina Meza - Honduran human rights defender and journalist. The victim of harassment and threats since 2006 which have not been properly investigated, while national protection mechanisms for journalists are ineffective. PEN International believes that she is targeted for exercising her right to free expression and that her physical security is at risk.

Fazil Say - Turkish writer, composer and musician. His 10-month suspended sentence for "religious defamation" was upheld on 20 September 2013. His conviction relates to a series of tweets and retweets made in April 2012, including a verse attributed to the 12th Century Persian poet Omar Khayyam.

Zahra Rahnavard - Iranian author and political activist. She has been held under unofficial house arrest in Tehran since February 2011 for her and her husband's political activism.

Kunchok Tsephel Gopey Tsang - Internet writer and editor of the Tibetan language website Chomei (The Lamp). He was convicted of "disclosing state secrets" on 12 November 2009, currently serving a 15-year prison sentence.

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