(Quelle: PEN International)
(German) Der Politiker, Rechtsanwalt und Schriftsteller Selahattin Demirtaş wurde am 10. April 1973 im türkischen Palu geboren . Er engagiert sich seit 2007 politisch und trat 2014 bei der Präsidentschaftswahl als einer von drei Kandidaten gegen Erdoğan an.
Seit November 2016 befindet er sich in Haft, im September 2018 wurde er aufgrund einer 2013 gehaltenen Rede wegen Terrorpropaganda zu 4 Jahren und 8 Monaten Haft verurteilt; weitere Verfahren gegen ihn sind anhängig. Continue reading
Can Dündar. Quelle: PEN International
In May 2016, Can Dündar, Turkish journalist, documentary filmmaker, author, and editor in chief of the newspaper Cumhuriyet, was sentenced to five years and ten months in prison. His colleague, Erdem Gül, was condemned to five years imprisonment. International media deemed the trial against the two government-critical journalists a “strike against Turkish freedom of press” and there was tremendous public attention from the outset. Continue reading
In May 2016, the court sentenced Erdem Gül, journalist and head of the capital office of Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet, to five years in prison. His colleague and editor in chief Can Dündar was condemned to five years and ten months. International media deemed the trial against the two government-critical journalists a “strike against Turkish freedom of press” and there was tremendous public attention from the outset. Continue reading
Profession: Poet and artist
Date of arrest: 1 January 2014
Sentence: Four years in prison and 800 lashes, converted to a death sentence following a re-trial
Details of arrest: Initial reports suggested he was … Continue reading
Profession: Editor of the website Free Saudi Liberals
Date of arrest: 17 June 2012
Sentence: 10 years in prison, 1,000 lashes and a fine of 1 million Saudi riyals (approx.US$266,631)
Details of trial: Raif Badawi was arrested … Continue reading
Pinar Selek is a writer, scientist, feminist activist, and member of Turkish PEN. Punishment (sentenced in absentia): life imprisonment under tightened terms (36 years in solitary confinement)
She was born on 8th October 1971 in Istanbul, attended French grammar school, and studied sociology at Mimar Sinan University. She was involved in the organisation of several initiatives of the feminist movement and founded the feminist network Amargi for whose magazine she serves as editor in chief. In her publications, she addressed issues like the peace movement, discrimination of minorities as well as the connection between militarism and the development of gender identity. Continue reading
Li Bifeng, China
Profession: Chinese activist, novelist and poet.
Date of arrest: 12 September 2011
Sentence: 12 years in prison
Expires: 11 September 2023
Details of arrest: According to PEN’s information, leading Sichuan activist Li Bifeng, aged 48, was arrested on 12 September 2011 after … Continue reading
Thich Quang Do, *1928, Vietnam
Profession: Buddhist monk, writer, scholar. Secretary General of the outlawed Institute for the Propagation of the Dharma, United Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV).
Date of arrest: 9 October 2003
Details of arrest: Part of a delegation of nine … Continue reading
Ragip Zarakolu, *1948, Türkei
Publisher, freedom of expression and minority rights activist, member of PEN Turkey.
Details of Arrest: Arrested 29 October 2011.
Sentence: not yet sentenced. However, an indictment was issued on 19 March 2012, charging Zarakolu with ‘aiding and abetting an illegal … Continue reading