PEN International deeply distressed by the events in Oslo and Utoeya Island

PEN International is deeply distressed by the events in Oslo and Utoeya Island on 22nd July 2011

Our thoughts are with Norwegian PEN, its members, our friends and supporters at the Fritt Ord Foundation, Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cities of Refuge Network, and Norwegian publishers as well as all the people of Norway.

Norway’s tolerant and open-minded approach to the world and its deep commitment to human rights makes the attack even more shocking. Yet we believe that these very qualities will help our Norwegian friends and colleagues to find ways to overcome these very terrible events with dignity and resolve.

John Ralston Saul, International President

Takeaki Hori, International Secretary

On behalf of the PEN International Board, Committee Chairs, staff and members

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