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Euro-Magreb writers to Tunisian President Marzouki: please release Jabeur Mejri

Thursday 5 December 2013 - 3:58pm

Dans l'esprit de solidarité qui nous unit en tant qu'humanistes, et conformément à votre récente promesse de le libérer, nous vous demandons d'accorder votre grâce à Jabeur Mejri.

In early November, S.E Madame Laura Baeza, EU Ambassadeur to Tunisia, in collaboration with PEN International, hosted a meeting of Euro-Magreb writers in Tunis. The conference “Les Identités Plurielles” brought together writers from Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Mauritania, Libya and numerous European countries; Magda Carneci, president of Romanian PEN, Adam Fehti, Tunisian PEN, and Youssouf Elalamy, Moroccan PEN were there. WiPC Chair Marian Botsford Fraser spoke on behalf of PEN International and the organisation hosted a seminar/workshop on the subject of activism and identity. We created a strong statement of solidarity among writers from more than 20 countries, stressing the importance of such meetings in sparking a fruitful exchange of views and developing intellectual and creative connections as the basis for future encounters.

At the end of the meeting, thirty writers signed a letter to His Excellency, Mr Mohamed Moncef Marzouki President of the Republic of Tunisia, requesting that he intervene in the case of the Tunisian poet and blogger Jabeur Mejri, imprisoned since March 2012, simply for expressing his personal beliefs.

The text of the letter and signatories can be found here. PEN International’s appeal and update on the case of Jabeur Mejri can be found here.

For further information, please contact Ann Harrison, Programme Director of the Writers in Prison Committee, PEN International, Brownlow House, 50-51 High Holborn, London WC1V 6ER. Tel: +44 (0) 2074050338, Fax: +44(0) 2074050339. Email: ann.harrison@pen-international.org.