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    KHAMITZHAN  KHAMRAYEV President of the Uyghur PEN CenterEmail: hamra@mail.ru  KHAMITZHAN  KHAMRAYEV (Hamid Hamrayev) was born in Kazakhstan. He studied at the University of Uzbekistan. Later, under the EU program, he studied in France and Belgium. Worked as a teacher at the school and researcher at the Institute of Uighur studies of the AS Kazakhstan. Scientist, translator, writer.The author of numerous scientific publications. Translated from Uyghur into Russian a large number of poetic and prosaic works of Uyghur authors. From French to Russian translated the book by R.Grusse “The Empire of the Steppes.” The author of the dilogy (2 books) “Way tu Gulja” and tetralogy (4 books) “Mission of Khojas”. Since 2009 – General Secretary, 2014 – The President of the International Uyghur PEN Center. AZIZ ISA ELKUN Secretary of Uyghur PEN CentreEmail: azizisaa@gmail.com Aziz Isa Elkun is a writer and academic. He was born in Shayar County in East Turkistan. He graduated from Urumchi University. He has been living in London since 2001. In London, he studied at Birkbeck University. He has published many poems, stories, and research articles in both Uyghur and and English language (www.azizisa.org). He has co-authored English language articles in Inner Asia and Central Asian Survey (‘Invitation to a Mourning Ceremony’: Perspectives on the Uyghur Internet and Islam by smartphone: reading the Uyghur Islamic revival on WeChat’). From 2013, he worked as a Research Assistant on the “Sounding Islam China” project in SOAS, University of London. In 2012, he published his first book “Journey from Danube river to the Orkhun valley” in Uyghur. He is an active member of the exile Uyghur Community and founder of a Uyghur music group – the London Uyghur Ensemble. Since September 2017, he has served as Secretary of the PEN International Uyghur Centre (www.uyghurpen.org). Since September 2018, he is working as a Researcher Affiliate on a […]

     
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    KHAMITZHAN  KHAMRAYEV President of the Uyghur PEN CenterEmail: hamra@mail.ru  KHAMITZHAN  KHAMRAYEV (Hamid Hamrayev) was born in Kazakhstan. He studied at the University of Uzbekistan. Later, under the EU program, he studied in France and Belgium. Worked as a teacher at the school and researcher at the Institute of Uighur studies of the AS Kazakhstan. Scientist, translator, writer.The author of numerous scientific publications. Translated from Uyghur into Russian a large number of poetic and prosaic works of Uyghur authors. From French to Russian translated the book by R.Grusse “The Empire of the Steppes.” The author of the dilogy (2 books) “Way tu Gulja” and tetralogy (4 books) “Mission of Khojas”. Since 2009 – General Secretary, 2014 – The President of the International Uyghur PEN Center. AZIZ ISA ELKUN Secretary of Uyghur PEN CentreEmail: azizisaa@gmail.com Address: Unit 35866, PO Box 6945, London, W1A 6US, UK  Aziz Isa Elkun is a writer and academic. He was born in Shayar County in East Turkistan. He graduated from Urumchi University. He has been living in London since 2001. In London, he studied at Birkbeck University. He has published many poems, stories, and research articles in both Uyghur and and English language (www.azizisa.org). He has co-authored English language articles in Inner Asia and Central Asian Survey (‘Invitation to a Mourning Ceremony’: Perspectives on the Uyghur Internet and Islam by smartphone: reading the Uyghur Islamic revival on WeChat’). From 2013, he worked as a Research Assistant on the “Sounding Islam China” project in SOAS, University of London. In 2012, he published his first book “Journey from Danube river to the Orkhun valley” in Uyghur. He is an active member of the exile Uyghur Community and founder of a Uyghur music group – the London Uyghur Ensemble. Since September 2017, he has served as Secretary of the PEN International Uyghur Centre (www.uyghurpen.org). Since September […]

     
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    The Uyghur PEN Centre stands for the rights of the Uyghur people, for their freedom of expression and freedom of write! About Uyghur PEN and PEN International Establishment of Uyghur PEN Centre Who are the Uyghurs? About The Uyghur PEN and PEN International The Uyghur PEN Center is one of 145 International PEN centers across the globe dedicated to promoting freedom of expression, thought and information for all. It stands in solidarity with writers everywhere who have been forced into silence by censorship. It stands for the rights of the Uyghur people, for their freedom of expression and freedom of write. It also campaigns for the release of imprisoned writers, for free media, for the right to one’s mother tongue, and for other rights related to freedom of expression. Uyghur PEN’s focus of expertise is on Uyghurs (Uyghur Autonomous Region, China) and Central Asia. As a chapter of International PEN, Uyghur PEN sees the right to express ourselves as essential to a free and just world. It recognises that literature is essential for understanding and engaging with people around the world, and it also promotes freedom of expression. PEN International’s history dates back to 1921. As a writers’ association, its membership is open to all published writers who subscribe to the organization’s charter, regardless of nationality, race, mother tongue or religion. It is a non-political and non-religious nonprofit organisation and has special consultative status at the UN and UNESCO. Like PEN International, Uyghur PEN’s membership is open to all writers. Its members, mostly Uyghurs, bring a wide spectrum of experience and work in fields ranging from academia and media to film production, translation and literature. Uyghur PEN is based in London, UK, but its board and members are scattered across the globe – particularly in Central Asia, northern Europe and […]