The International Cities of Refuge Network is an association of cities and regions around the world dedicated to the value of Freedom of Expression.


Writers ICORN Cities offer persecuted writers a safe haven where they can live and work without fear of being censored or silenced.


ICORN Writers3.jpgICORN supports the artistic endeavours of its guest writers and promotes new spaces for intercultural dialogues worldwide.

ICORN goes to Brazil

April 2014 Saved to Network News

Flupp_2014_Emadi.jpgThe Brazilian literature festival and social project FLUPP is this year affiliated with the 2014 football World Cup in Brazil, with numerous writers who will be relating to the world cup. To the right: Mohsen Emadi

ICORN guest writer in Mexico City, Mohsen Emadi, will discuss freedom of expression and the creation of a House of Refuge in Brazil when he participates in a row of literary events, debates and lectures, in the cities of Curitiba, Rio de Janeiro and Ouro Preto.

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ICORN goes to Chicago

April 2014 Saved to Events, Festivals and Opportunities


On Friday 25 and Saturday 26 April, the ICORN guest writers Manal al-Sheikh (Iraq/Stavanger) and Mazen Maarouf (Palestine/Reykjavik) will be performing in  Chicago under the title “Voices of Protest – celebrating global literature + freedom of expression”. An Al-Jazeera-produced  film on each of them will be screened during the event, and the writers will read from their works and engage in dialogue with the audience.

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ICORN cartoonists in Freedom of Expression exhibition

April 2014 Saved to Network News

Extremism (2013) by ICORN guest writer Fadi Abou Hassan, Drøbak city of refuge

ICORN cartoonists and guest writers, Arifur Rahman, Fadi Abou Hassan and Abdul Muhiaddin exhibit cartoons that caused them persecution in their home countries at the Norwegian Cartoonist Gallery in Drøbak. The occasion is the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian constitution and a celebration of freedom of expression.

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Ljubljana river and center



It is a great pleasure to wish you welcome to the ICORN General Assembly 2014. Member city delegates, guest writers, city officials, activists, experts and other guests from all parts of the world are invited to join ICORN for its fifth General Assembly, in Ljubljana City of Refuge from Wednesday 21 to Saturday 24 May 2014.

The assembly will start with a reception hosted by the Mayor in the Ljubljana Castle on Wednesday 21 May, and a rich and exciting programme continues through to Saturday 24 May. Draft programme.

We kindly ask you to register online before 25 March 2014.

The only people able to view the participants’ registration online is ICORN and the software provider. If you have any hesitations about registering (one of) your guest writer(s) online, you can write to for a registration form in word. 


Registration fee
Registration fee: € 370 (includes meals, hotel accommodation, events etc. for 21-24 May)
Registration fee ICORN Guest Writers: € 300
Accompanying person (spouse, partner etc.): € 300
Extra night at the hotel: € 100

Please note, that registrations later than 25 March will include an extra fee for the increased price of keeping unverified hotel rooms.


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