The International Cities of Refuge Network is an association of cities and regions around the world dedicated to the value of Freedom of Expression.


Writers ICORN Cities offer persecuted writers a safe haven where they can live and work without fear of being censored or silenced.


ICORN Writers1.jpgICORN supports the artistic endeavours of its guest writers and promotes new spaces for intercultural dialogues worldwide.

ICORN writer Ali Amar engages university students in Brussels

12 December 2014 Saved to Network News

Tuesday 9 December, the journalism department of the KU Leuven Campus Brussels invited students to an interactive press conference with Moroccan writer-journalist Ali Amar.

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Harstad welcomes its first guest musician!

12 December 2014 Saved to Network News

Abazar A. Bagi Hamid arrived in Harstad on 10 December 2014 as the first ICORN musician to be hosted by the city. Harstad’s new citizen has a clear mission: transforming Sudan from a country wrought with civil war to a peaceful place.

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Nawzat Shamdin on Mosul, ISIS and the future of Iraq in Granta Magazine

11 November 2014 Saved to Network News


The renowned literary magazine Grana released Larry Siems' interview with ICORN guest writer Nawzat Shamdin from its online platform on Wednesday 19 November.

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