200 writers, coordinators, city officials, activists and other guests from all parts of the world are expected to arrive in Krakow on 14 May 2013 for the jointly organised biannual PEN International Writers in Prison Committee conference and the International Cities of Refuge Network Meeting. The event is hosted by the City of Krakow and Polish PEN.
The ICORN Network Meeting is the main arena for strengthening ICORN and building our capacity to work for freedom of expression. It is a platform for the guest writers and city coordinators to meet, share experiences, and exchange and develop new ideas. In addition we invite experts and representatives of literary and human rights organisations, and of relevant organisations like ECRE and OSCE. Spokespersons for partners, funders and for the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of Europe, will also be invted to make the 2013 ICORN Network Meeting a highly relevant event for all who are involved with the work of ICORN.
Remember to register for the ICORN Network Meeting before April 4 2013.
ICORN International Cities of Refuge Network is an independent, international membership organisation, established to offer persecuted writers a safe haven where they can write and express themselves freely, without fear of being censored or silenced.
Beginning in Europe in 2006, now more than 40 cities and regions around the world have joined together in ICORN, offering shelter to persecuted writers from Europe, Africa, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia. The network is growing and welcoming new member cities from around the world. Cooperating with sister networks world wide, our aim is to make a real difference in the on-going global struggle for freedom of expression.
About Writers in Prison Committee - PEN International
The Writers in Prison Committee of PEN International works on behalf of persecuted writers worldwide. It was established in 1960 in response to increasing attempts to silence voices of dissent by imprisoning writers and journalists. The Committee currently monitors the cases of 700-900 writers annually.