Indonesian authorities must not censor Ubud Writers and Readers FestivalThis petition is to urge the Indonesian authorities to rescind their decision to drop three sessions related to the 50th anniversary of what is known as ‘the year of living dangerously’. Please complete and send the petition below to add your voice to ours. You may edit the petition if desired, before sending. Your Name*Email Address* Country of Origin*AfghanistanAlbaniaAlgeriaAmerican SamoaAndorraAngolaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBoliviaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBrazilBruneiBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaColombiaComorosCongo, Democratic Republic of theCongo, Republic of theCosta RicaCôte d'IvoireCroatiaCubaCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEast TimorEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFijiFinlandFranceGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuamGuatemalaGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIranIraqIrelandIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiNorth KoreaSouth KoreaKuwaitKyrgyzstanLaosLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacedoniaMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMarshall IslandsMauritaniaMauritiusMexicoMicronesiaMoldovaMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNorwayNorthern Mariana IslandsOmanPakistanPalauPalestinePanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPolandPortugalPuerto RicoQatarRomaniaRussiaRwandaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbia and MontenegroSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSpainSri LankaSudanSudan, SouthSurinameSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyriaTaiwanTajikistanTanzaniaThailandTogoTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVatican CityVenezuelaVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishVirgin Islands, U.S.YemenZambiaZimbabwe Email Subject*Email body*The purpose of the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival is, as its name suggests, for readers and writers to meet and have a dialogue about literature and society. The festival is a creative, non-violent response to the terrible terrorist attacks in Indonesia in 2002, and its premise is that reconciliation and healing are possible through conversations. In 1965 Indonesia underwent political turmoil, and in the massacres that followed, many thousands of civilians were killed. On its fiftieth anniversary, the festival had planned a series of events to remember the past and to begin a process of healing so that such events do not occur again. We, readers and writers from around the world, including writers who have attended the Ubud Festival in the past, support the festival's aims, and we are shocked and disappointed that Indonesian authorities have prevented events connected with 1965 from taking place. Not only is this counter-productive; such enforced silence is wrong. We urge the authorities to rescind their decision, even at this late stage, and let people talk, debate, and argue. Not allowing such conversations violates freedom of expression, and we join PEN International and express solidarity with the writers and readers gathered in Ubud.