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 Writers5.jpgICORN supports the artistic endeavours of its guest writers and promotes new spaces for intercultural dialogues worldwide.

ICORN is in Brazil!

10 October 2014 Saved to Network News


ICORN's Executive Director Helge Lunde is currently travelling around Brazil together with ICORN guest writers Mohsen Emadi and Julia Olivera, investigating the possibilities for establishing Brazilian ICORN member cities.

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ICORN guest writer Dessale Berekhet founds PEN Eritrea

10 October 2014 Saved to Network News

Together with Eritrean colleagues, ICORN guest writer in Bø, Norway, Dessale Berekhet, has founded a new PEN centre; PEN Eritrea. The establishment of PEN Eritrea was proposed by Norwegian PEN at PEN International’s 80th World Congress in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, this October, and unanimously agreed upon at the same Congress.

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“The Voice of Tahrir” first ICORN Guest Musician in Malmö

10 October 2014 Saved to Network News

184967_180721795305147_253823_n.jpgThe 27 year old Egyptian singer and activist Ramy Essam is the first ICORN guest musician to arrive in Malmö City of Refuge. Ramy Essam was hailed as the “singer of the revolution” at Tahrir Square during the uprising against President Mubarak’s regime in 2011.

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