Adichie nominates Waleed Abulkhair to share PEN Pinter prize

News - Prizes Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Activist is serving a 15-year sentence in Saudi Arabia

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is sharing her PEN Pinter Prize 2018 with Waleed Abulkhair (right), lawyer and human rights activist. Abulkhair, a founding member of the Monitor of Human Rights in Saudi Arabia and currently serving a 15-year prison sentence in the country, was named the recipient of the International Writer of Courage award at the PEN Pinter Prize ceremony last night (9 October).

Adichie said: "I am proud to share this year's PEN Pinter Prize with activist, lawyer and writer Waleed Abulkhair. Waleed has dedicated his life to holding the Saudi authorities accountable for human rights abuses. He has dedicated his life to speaking out, to supporting the victims of those abuses. Waleed, like Harold Pinter, has shown a lucid dedication to telling his truth. But rather than being lauded for this dedication, Waleed has paid a heavy price - 15 years behind bars.

"I am deeply proud to share this prize with Waleed and I hope that this small act of solidarity will bring him some comfort, and will remind him that his struggle has not been forgotten, nor will it be in vain."

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