Ymgyrch lythyru | Letter writing campaign

Gweithredwch i gefnogi ysgrifenwyr sydd wedi eu carcharu yn Nhwrci, yn cynnwys Ahmet Altan, Ilhan Sami Çomak, Osman Kavala a Nedim Türfent. Take action to support the cases of writers imprisoned in Turkey, including Ahmet Altan, Ilhan Sami Çomak, Osman Kavala and Nedim Türfent.

I nodi Diwrnod Awduron Dan Glo 2020, bu Wales PEN Cymru yn cydweithio â PEN yr Alban i gynnal digwyddiad ar-lein a oedd yn canolbwyntio ar ysgrifenwyr sydd dan glo yn Nhwrci. Bydd recordiad o’r digwyddiad ar ein gwefan yn fuan, ond yn y cyfamser, mae nifer o weithredoedd y gallwch eu gwneud i gefnogi.

Ysgrifennu llythyron i awduron dan glo

I awduron sy’n wynebu dedfrydau hir yn y carchar, risg uwch i’w hiechyd a chyfyngiadau anghyfiawn ar eu rhyddid prin yn ystod pandemig COVID-19, gall derbyn llythyron o gefnogaeth wneud byd o wahaniaeth. Ystyriwch gymryd amser i gysylltu â’r ysgrifenwyr yr ydym yn eu cefnogi eleni: 

To mark the Day of the Imprisoned Writer 2020, Wales PEN Cymru partnered with Scottish PEN to host a free online event focused on imprisoned writers in Turkey. A recording of the event will be available on our website in due course, but in the meantime, there are several actions supporters can take.

Write letters to imprisoned writers

For writers facing long prison sentences, increased risks to their health and unjust restrictions on their limited freedoms during the COVID-19 pandemic, receiving letters of solidarity can make a huge difference. Please consider finding the time to contact the writers we are shining a spotlight on this year:

Ilhan Sami Çomak: Silivri 5 Numarali Cezaevi F9 ALT, SILIVRI, Istanbul, Turkey

Nedim Türfent: Van Yüksek Güvenlikli, Kapalı Ceza İnfaz Kurumu, Koğuş A-44, Van, Turkey

Ahmet Altan: Silivri 9 Numaralı Cezaevi, SILIVRI, Istanbul, Turkey

Osman Kavala: Silivri Kapalı Ceza İnfaz Kurumu, 9 No’lu Cezaevi, A-7 / C 59 34570, SILIVRI, Istanbul


Ysgrifennu at yr arweinwyr

Mae PEN yr Alban wedi drafftio templed o lythyr y gellid ei addasu a’i ddefnyddio i gysylltu gydag arweinwyr yn Llywodraeth y DU ac yn Nhwrci yn galw arnynt i weithredu.

Write to the leaders

Scottish PEN has drafted a template letter that can be adapted and used to contact leaders in the UK Government and Turkey, calling for action.


End persecution and imprisonment of writers in Turkey

Dear _____________,

I am writing to you as part of a coordinated call by Scottish PEN and Wales PEN Cymru to end the imprisonment of writers in Turkey, including Ahmet Altan, Ilhan Sami Çomak, Osman Kavala and Nedim Türfent, among others.

I have joined activists around the world in marking the Day of the Imprisoned Writer on 15 November and call on you to respond to the urgent crisis these writers face. No artist should face imprisonment for their work. These writers now face additional risks to their health and mental wellbeing as COVID-19 continues to spread. Turkey’s prisons were already notorious for human rights abuses, overcrowding and unsanitary conditions before the pandemic, and as Turkey is an epicentre of the pandemic in the Middle East (with over 382,000 cases confirmed by WHO) concerns for their safety are heightened.

For writers, poets and playwrights, a culture of censorship, surveillance, long jail sentences and ineffective legal recourse is widespread in Turkey. In the case of Kurdish poet Ilhan Sami Çomak, who has served 26 years of a life sentence, the possibility of justice being served feels particularly out of reach. I call on you to make representations to the Turkish government to free him as soon as possible. In the case of Osman Kavala, the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers ordered on 3rd September 2020 that the Turkish authorities “ensure the applicant’s immediate release,”. So far, that order has been denied.

Journalists Ahmet Altan and Nedim Türfent face trumped-up terrorism charges and long prison sentences aimed at silencing their attempts to report transparently on the issues faced by people in Turkey. Turkey ranks in 154th place of 180 countries on the World Press Freedom Index, and is the world’s biggest jailer of professional journalists. The unjust cases of these two men are important, but far from unique.

These writers have garnered international support from PEN centres and human rights campaigners around the world. Their voices will never be silenced.

Freedom of expression is an internationally recognised human right that you have a duty to uphold. I urge you to investigate the cases of these writers further, advocate on their behalf and issue the details of your actions accordingly.

I look forward to receiving your response.

Yours sincerely,

_______________________

 

Address options:

Turkey’s Ambassador to the UK

His Excellency Mr Ümit Yalçin

Turkish Embassy

43 Belgrave Square

London

SW1X 8PA

embassy.london@mfa.gov.tr

 

Wales’ Minister for International Relations

Eluned Morgan AS

Senedd Cymru

Bae Caerdydd | Cardiff Bay

Caerdydd | Cardiff

CF99 1SN

Gohebiaeth.Eluned.Morgan@llyw.cymru

 

Turkey’s Minister of Justice

Minister Abdulhamit Gül

Hukuk Birimi

06659 Kizilay

Ankara

Turkey

info@adalet.gov.tr

 

UK Foreign Minister

Minister Dominic Raab

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

King Charles Street

London

SW1A 2AH

dominic.raab.mp@parliament.uk


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