Aron Atabek has written a touching letter and poem to German PEN from his solitary confinement in Kazakhstan.
Kazakh poet and author Aron Atabek was sentenced to two years in solitary confinement in 2012 for writing a book that criticises President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
Since August 2013, PEN centres have been lobbying their governments and respective ambassadors to Kazakhstan, asking them to raise Atabek’s case with the Kazakh government to have him released from solitary confinement. Some members have written directly to Atabek in prison.
Recently, Atabek was able to respond to a letter of support sent by Sascha Feuchert from German PEN. You can read Atabek’s personal message, which includes a poem, here:
PEN International – 9 October 2013:
Poet Aron Atabek writes to PEN from solitary confinement in Kazakhstan
PEN International – 14 August 2013:
Letter from Imprisoned poet Aron Atabek’s son to PEN members
Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty – 29 January 2013:
‘A Real Man Must Stand Up’ — Kazakh Poet, Dissident Returns To Solitary Confinement