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Theme: Linguistic rights

Editorial

Welcome to PEN/Opp

To have been part of the emergence and growth of The Dissident Blog as from 2011 has been a schooling in the art of the...
Text: Elnaz Baghlanian October 18 2019
Article

The danger of teaching Uyghur language

According to the UN more than one million Uyghurs are detained in so called re-education camps in the Xinjang province in North Eastern China. Their crime is that they speak the ‘wrong’ language and...
Text: Abduweli Ayup November 18 2019
Poetry

In America

Writers all over the world are today subjected to daily threats for practicing their basic human rights to freely express what they want in whichever language they choose. During her term of office,...
Text: Jennifer Clement November 08 2019
Article

Falling apart

The right to use the Kurdish language has been a major controversy in Turkey all through the Republic’s existence. Ciwanmerd Kulek belongs to the younger generation of Kurdish writers who out of...
Text: Ciwanmerd Kulek November 01 2019
Article

How should we break the ice of silence?

How far do our words travel? This is the question that author Simona Škrabec asks in her essay about the importance of small, marginal, and “invisible” languages. She starts off in Chiapas at a three...
Text: Simona Škrabec October 29 2019
Poetry

So beautiful are the tongues

Alfred Msdala is a poet, critic, and currently the chairperson of PEN Malawi. During his term as chairperson, PEN Malawi has established a translation committee with the aim of translating important...
Text: Alfred Msadala October 25 2019
Article

Being Jts’ibajom te jbats’I k’optik

What is it to be Jts’ibajom te jbats’I k’optik – meaning, what is it to be a writer writing in one’s indigenous language? Does it entail a certain responsibility? Resistance? Defense? Taking a stand?...
Text: Ruperta Bautista October 18 2019
Poetry

“Our essence changes, fades away”

Enriqueta Lunez, born in Chiapas in Mexico in 1981, is a poet and writer who belongs to the new generation of Tsotsil writers in the country writing in Tsotsil instead of Spanish. Her poems revolve...
Text: Enriqueta Lunez October 18 2019

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