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Ed. Rosemary Sullivan et al. New York: Anchor Press, Doubleday, 1983; Toronto: Lester & Orpen Dennys, 1983.

After personal trips to the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia in 1979 where Rosemary Sullivan met dissident writers and viewed samizdat literature by her colleague and friend Josef Skvorecky, she returned to Canada to work for Amnesty International. In 1980 she founded the Toronto Arts Group for Human Rights, and conceived and organized an International Congress called The Writer and Human Rights in aid of Amnesty International. The congress took place over ten days in Toronto in October 1981. Seventy writers from thirty countries participated, including Nadine Gordimer, Susan Sontag, Eduardo Galeano, Carolyn Forché, Jacobo Timerman, Allen Ginsberg, Allan Sillitoe, Josef Brodsky, Yehuda Amichai, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Wole Soyinka, Thomas Kinsella, Margaret Atwood, John Fraser, Josef Skvorecky, George Woodcock, Rick Salutin, Marie-Claire Blais, Gaston Miron, Timothy Finley, Joy Kogawa, Robert Zend, and Ian Adams.

The papers from the congress were published as The Writer and Human Rights.