All posts tagged: PEN International

‘Calling a halt to killings in Syria’ , Irish Times 28/04/2012.

Calling a halt to killings in Syria Sir, – Credible reports that Syrian security forces have murdered people who have had contact with UN monitors represent a challenge to all of us. The United Nations acts in our name. If silence represents complicity in the face of crimes against humanity, allowing the UN to be used to select people for summary execution makes us even more culpable, unless we take action to stop the killing.The UN Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, even before these most recent crimes, had called for the referral of the Assad regime to the International Criminal Court.In the light of the string of recent atrocities, that makes a mockery of efforts to secure peace in Syria, surely the Dáil and Seanad will demand such action in an urgent resolution, and request the Minister for Foreign Affairs to seek to lobby the Security Council to act.Thousands have died as tanks and artillery have indiscriminately shelled besieged cities and snipers have targeted peaceful protesters. But the most egregious aspect of the Assad …

Irish PEN , Urgent Need for Constitutional Referendum on Blasphemy In Ireland

I am linking here to the Irish PEN statement on Ireland’s need for a Constitutional Referendum on Blasphemy. Readers of this blog know that there is a link to the International PEN Statement on Defamation of Religions on the Site, and some links to the 2006-2009 Defamation Bill. I am adding here two links from Irish PEN, which is affiliated closely with International PEN. Urgent Need for Irish Constitutional Referendum on Blasphemy March 18th, 2011. The Executive Committee of Irish PEN, the Irish Centre for PEN International, is campaigning for a constitutional referendum to be held on blasphemy in the Republic of Ireland by the end of 2011. Why do we need a constitutional referendum? Article 40.6.1.i of the Irish Constitution requires that blasphemy be banned and hence abolishing the offence requires a constitutional referendum. Why is the move towards “defamation of religions” bad? Human rights attach to individuals, not to states, organised groups or ideas. When governments seek to limit the rights of individuals to criticise, they are not seeking, as they claim, to …

On joining the Poets Pages website.

Poet’s Pages is a new site dedicated to poets and workers in words. I have recently joined and I am currently finding my way around the site, which is interesting and fun ( it’s not at all daunting). I heard about the site when a colleague and poet from PEN International began using it. Herein follows a description of the resources available on site: “This website provides you with the opportunity to publish your poems on-line. Registration is free. When your registration has been approved you will be able to logon and edit your Profile and Pages. The pages  consist of: Contact Details. Biography. Ten Pages for your poems, and a personal Blog. Spoken Word allows you to add mp3 tracks of your work.” Thus far I have added two short journal pieces and two published poems, I don’t have mp3 yet,as I have been somewhat reluctant to do readings, being a writer who likes silent spaces between my words, to allow time for images to develop in the mind of the reader. I am …