Join us on Friday in the Norman Rea Gallery at the University of York to celebrate the award of this year’s prestigious Oxfam Novib/PEN Award for Freedom of Expression to one of the university’s fellows, Abdiaziz Abdinur Ibrahim.
The award recognises writers who work for freedom of expression, even in the face of persecution and despite the danger to their own lives. Abdiaziz is a Somali journalist and currently a participant in the Protective Fellowship Scheme for Human Rights Defenders at Risk at the University’s Centre for Applied Human Rights. He was jailed for 66 days in his native Somalia in 2013 after he interviewed a woman allegedly raped by uniformed government security forces.
There will be several speeches by Abdiaziz and representatives of the CAHR, York Amnesty, and York PEN during the evening. The walls of the gallery will display an exhibition entitled “Children of War”, a collection of photographs of child soldiers in Somalia and elsewhere taken by photo-journalists including Tim Hetherington and Martin Adler, who were killed when reporting on human rights violations in Libya and Mogadishu respectively.
The celebratory event starts at 6.15 pm. Admission is free and complimentary refreshments will be served.
This event is organised and supported by the Centre for Applied Human Rights, York PEN: The University of York English PEN Society, and Amnesty International UK’s local (York) group and University of York student group.