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Pen International: AZERBAIJAN: Writer Akram Aylisli under Threat

Dear colleagues, International PEN reports that the acclaimed novelist Akram Aylisli (1937–) is seriously threatened because his most recent novel about the conflict (1988–1994) on the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh (an Armenian-populated enclave in Azerbaijan) provided a sympathetic view of Armenians in the conflict. He was accused of “distorting facts in Azerbaijani history and insulting the feelings of Azerbaijani people.” We hope that you can send the recommended urgent appeal immediately. Please remember to write in your professional capacity. Thank you and with best wishes, Antoon De Baets (Network of Concerned Historians)

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