Archive for January, 2013

Letter Writing Campaign

Posted: January 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

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This term, Oxford Student PEN have started our weekly letter writing campaign meetings, taking place every Wednesday, 11am-12pm, in the Library upstairs at the Turl Street Kitchen.

Last week we sent letters of solidarity to the imprisoned members of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova. We also sent letters of protest about the case to His Excellent, the Russian Ambassador to the United Kingdom. If you would like to find our more about the case and how to take action click here; and if you want to send online messages of solidarity, its here.

This week, we are writing letters of appeal expressing our concern at attempts by the Nizhny Novgorod Prosecutor’s Office to ban the recent book by Stanislav Dmitrievsky, ‘International Tribunal for Chechnya’. We fear that this is part of a growing misuse of anti-extremism legislation in Russia to stifle legitimate expression, and is part of a longstanding campaign to intimidate Stanislav Dmitrievsky through a campaign of judicial harassment. You can find out more about the case, and how to take action, here.

In the coming weeks, we will be writing in support of other imprisoned writers around the world – so do come along and join us, any Wednesday at 11, upstairs in the Turl Street Kitchen.