An initiative of:

 

The first signatories of the call

 

United States

 

  • David Auburn –  Playwright, Pulitzer Prize winner
  • Judy Blume – Writer, young adult fiction
  • Wendy Brown – Professor political sciences, University of California, Berkeley
  • Philip Caputo – Writer, journalist
  • Noam Chomsky – Philosopher, professor Emeritus at MIT
  • Michael Cunningham – Writer, Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner Award winner
  • Edwige Danticat – Writer
  • Robert Darnton - Director of the University Library of Harvard University
  • Junot Díaz – Writer, Pulitzer Prize winner
  • Pamela Druckerman – Freelance journalist, writer
  • Jennifer Egan – Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction and laureate of the National Book Critics Circle Award
  • David Eggers – Writer
  • Jeffrey Eugenides – Writer, Pulitzer Prize winner
  • Eugene Fidell – Professor at the Yale University Law School
  • Owen Fiss  – Professor at the Yale University Law School
  • Henry Louis Gates – Literary critic, Harvard professor and director of the W.E.B du Bois Institute for African and African American Research
  • Arthur Goldhammer – Professor,   Harvard University
  • Judith Goldstein – Founder and director of Humanity in Action
  • Paul Harding – Musician and Pulitzer Prize winner
  • John Irving  novelist, script-writer, Oscar award winner in 2000
  • Stephen King  Writer
  • Dean Kootz – Writer
  • Zachary D. Kaufman – Attorney and chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Friends of the Kigali Public Library
  • Lawrence Lessig – Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Founder of Creative Commons
  • Toni Morrison – Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
  • Veronique Munoz-Darde – Professor of Philosophy at the University College London and the University of California, Berkeley
  • Joyce Carol Oates – Winner of the National Book Award
  • Thomas Pogge – Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs at Yale University 
  • Annie Proulx – Writer, Pulitzer Prize-winner
  • David Rieff – Journalist and writer
  • Saskia Sassen – Professor of Sociology at Columbia University
  • Richard Sennett – Professeur de sociologie à London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Anne-Marie Slaughter – Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University 
  • Fritz Stern  Professor Emeritus of History at Columbia University
  • Charles Kenneth Williams – winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award
  • Jody Williams – Nobel Peace Prize laureate and political activist

 

Canada

 

  • Arash Abizadeh – Professor of Philosophy, McGill University 
  • Margaret Atwood – Writer, poet, and literary critic
  • Manon Bauchemin - Librarian 
  • Joseph Carens –¨Professor of Political Sciences, University of Toronto
  • Yolaine Carrier – Story-teller
  • Ryoa Chung - Professor of philosophy, University of Montreal
  • Andrée-Anne Cormier – PhD student in philosophy and education, University of Montreal
  • Peter Dietsch – Professor of philosophy, University of Montreal
  • Marc-Antoine Dilhac – Post-doctorate researcher in philosophy, Centre of Ethics Research, University of Montreal
  • Jeanine Dion
  • Valéry Giroux – Bar of Montreal, PhD in philosophy, director of the Centre of Ethics Research, University of Montreal
  • Vincent Guillin – Professor of philosophy, University of Quebec, Montréal
  • Eric T. Jennings – Professor of history, University of Toronto
  • Hélène Lépine – Writer
  • Geneviève Lévesque
  • Dominique Leydet – Professor of philosophy, University of Quebec, Montreal
  • Colin Macleod – Professor of philosophy, University of Victoria
  • Jocelyn Maclure - Professor of philosophy, University of Laval
  • Tristan Muller – Member of the Foundation for a global library
  • Christian Nadeau - Professor of philosophy, University of Montreal
  • Attala Nora – Writer and poet
  • Ingrid Parent – President of IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations)
  • David Robichaud – Professor of philosophy, University of Ottawa 
  • Mauro Rossi – Professor of philosophyUniversity of Quebec, Montreal
  • Réjean Savard – Professor at the School of Bibliotheconomy and Information Sciences, University of Montreal
  • Robert Sparling – Postgraduate researcher in philosophy, Centre of Research in Ehtics University of Montreal
  • Christine Tappolet – Professor of philosophy, University of Montreal
  • Patrick Turmel – Professor of philosophy, University of Laval
  • Vardit Ravitsky – Professor of bioethics, University of Montreal
  • Jean-Philippe Royer – PhD in philosophy, University of Montreal
  • Lionel Villalonga – Member of the foundation for a global library
  • Mélanie Vincelette – Novelist and publisher
  • Daniel Weinstock – Professor of law philosophy, McGill University

 

United Kingdom

 

  • Todd Landman – Professor director of the "Institute for Democracy and Conflict Resolution", University of Essex
  • Doris Lessing – Nobel Prize in Literature
  • Salman Rushdie – Writer 

 

France

  • Farid Abdelouahab – Writer
  • Eliette Abécassis – Writer
  • Olivier Adam – Writer
  • Emmanuel Arnaud – Writer
  • Elisabeth Badinter – Writer, philosopher
  • Etienne Balibar – Professor at Colombia University, New York
  • Azouz Begag – Writer, politician
  • Tahar Ben Jelloun – Writer and poet
  • Jean Manuel Bourgois – Publisher, former president of the Syndicat National de l'Edition
  • Monique Bourin – Historian,  Professor Emeritus at the Sorbonne University Paris 1
  • Serge Bramly – Writer, essayist and art critic
  • Geneviève Brisac – Writer
  • Jean-Marc Brisson – In charge of rooms and meetings, Actes Sud
  • François Busnel – Journalist
  • Evelio Cabrejo Parra –  Linguist and psychoanalyst
  • Cabu – Illustrator
  • Barbara Cassin - Philologist and philosopher
  • Jean-Marc Coicaud – Law professor, Rutgers University
  • Collectif 129 (Lyor, Néobled, Rouda) – Slammers-rappers collective
  • David Chaillou – Composer
  • Roger Chartier – Historian, professor at the College de France
  • Yves Coppens – Paleontologist et paleoanthropologist, honorary professor at the College de France
  • Vincent Crouzet – Writer
  • Catherine Cusset – Writer
  • Geneviève d'Angenstein –  founder of the French School of Etiquette and Protocol
  • Marie Darrieussecq – Writer
  • Anne-France Dautheville – Writer and journalist
  • Maylis de Kerangal – Writer
  • Didier Daeninckx – Writer and politician        
  • Arnaud Delalande – Writer               
  • Delphine de la Panneterie – Manager of audovisual services at Robert Laffront Publishing
  • Christophe Deloire – Writer and journalist, Director-General of Reporters Without Borders
  • Patrick Deville – Writer
  • Emmanuel de Waresquiel – Historian
  • Rokhaya Diallo –  Radio and television commentator
  • Arthur Dreyfus – Writer
  • Stéphane Durand-Souffland – Judicial columnist
  • Gad Elmaleh –  Comedian, actor, director
  • Jacques Expert – Journalist
  • Olivier Faron – General Director of ENS in Lyon
  • Didier Fassin – Anthropologist, Director of Studies at EHESS and IRIS
  • Jérôme Ferrari – Writer, Prix Goncourt 2012
  • Jean-Louis Fournier – Writer, comedian and filmmaker 
  • François-Xavier – Journalist 
  • Thierry Fremaux – Director of the Institut Lumière and General Delegate of the Cannes Film Festival
  • Patrice Gelinet – Member of the Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel (CSA),
  • Sylvie Germain – Writer
  • Hervé Ghesquiere – Journalist 
  • Valentine Goby – Writer
  • Jean-Louis Gouraud – Writer and publisher
  • Anne Goscinny – Writer
  • Robert Guediguian – Filmmaker, producer and scriptwriter
  • Sophie Guérard de Latour – Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne 
  • Alban Guillemois – Comics illustrator
  • Denis Gombert – Writer and publisher 
  • Serge Hefez – Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst
  • Stéphane Hessel – Former French ambassador and writer
  • Fabrice Humbert – writer
  • Jean-Noel Jeanneney – Former president of the National Library of France
  • Jacques Lamalle – Writer and journalist
  • Olivier Lassu – Filmmaker and scripwriter
  • Xavier Le Clerc – Writer
  • Martine Lemalet – Director-General of Éditions Le Manuscrit 
  • Alain Mabanckou – Writer, poet and Professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles
  • Bernard Magnier – Writer and director of the collection "Lettres Africaines" at Actes Sud
  • Jean Malaurie –Ethnologist, geographer and writer
  • Jean-Pierre Marielle – Writer
  • Noëlle Meimaroglou – Editorial Director at Éditions Flammarion
  • Eric Milet – Writer and Sahara specialist
  • Olivier Mongin – Director of the journal Esprit
  • Marie Rose Moro – Writer and doctor of medicine and social studies
  • Agathe Natanson – Actress
  • Pierre-Yves Néron –  Associate Professor of Business Ethics at Université Catholique de Lille
  • Florence Noiville – Writer and journalist
  • Dominique Noguez – Philosopher and writer
  • Olivier Nora – CEO of Éditions Grasset et Fayard
  • Xavier North – Senior civil official and head of the General Delegation for the French language and the languages of France
  • Erik Orsenna – Writer and member of the French Academy
  • Michèle Petit – Anthropologist and  honorary research engineer at the French National Center for Scientific Research
  • Philomène Piegay – Journalist and head of the culture section at Elle
  • Gilles Pécout – Historian and professor at the École Normale Supérieure
  • Nicolas Philippe – Founder of Éditions Le Manuscrit
  • Hubert Prolongeau – Journalist
  • Anne Rabinovitch – Writer
  • Jean Reno – Actor
  • Pierre Rosanvallon – Historian and professor at the Collège de France
  • Jean-Marie Rouart – Writer and member of the French Academy
  • Jean-Christophe Rufin – doctor, novelist and former president of Action Against Hunger France
  • Gonzague Saint-Bris – writer
  • Jacques Schwartz-bart – Musician
  • Fabienne Servan Schreiber – Producer and Director of Cinétévé
  • Ian Soliane – Writer
  • Joy Sorman – Writer
  • Yvan Tessier – Photographer and librarian
  • Olivier Tinland – Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Université de Montpellier 
  • David Thomas – Writer
  • Lilian Thuram – President of the Lilian Thuram Foundation
  • Louis-Georges Tin – Professor of Literature at the Université d’Orléans
  • Emmanuel Todd – Historian and demographer at the Institut national d'études démographiques
  • Todorov Tzvetan – Essayist, philosopher and historian
  • Jean-Noël Tronc – Director-General of SACEM
  • Sebastian Veg – Researcher and Director of the French Center for Research on Contemporary China in Hong Kong
  • Abdourahman A. Waberi – Writer
  • Loïc Wacquant – Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Bernard Werber – Writer
  • Denis Westhoff – Photographer

 

Belgium

  • Laurent de Briey – Professor of Philosophy at the Université de Namur
  • Jacques Joset – Professor at the Université de Liège
  • Khedim Simon 
  • Justine Lacroix - Philosopher et Senior Lecturer in political sciences at the Université libre de Bruxelles
  • Liegeois Eric
  • Nezirovic Marija
  • Amélie Nothomb – writer
  • Persson 
  • Pawula Anna 
  • Stech George 
  • Welter Marie-José 

 

Bulgaria

  • Elena Kodinova – Journalist
  • Nikolay Petev – Writer and President of the Bulgarian Writers' Union
  • Julia Spiridonova – Children's author
  • Mario Trifonov – Writer and journalist

 

Denmark 

  • Jakob Broager – European Commission

 

Germany

  • Georges-Arthur Goldschmidt – Writer and translator

 

Greece

  • Vassilis Alexakis – Writer and winner of the Prix Goncourt des lycéens

 

Ireland 

  • Seamus Heaney – Poet, Nobel Prize in literature

 

Italy

  • Canfora Luciano – Demographer, historian

 

Netherlands

  • Benny Brunner – Director
  • Georg Frerks – Professor of "Conflict and Disaster Studies" at the universities of Utrecht and of Wageningen, and expert in humanitarian emergency  situations
  • Peter Geschiere – Professor of African anthropology, University of Amsterdam
  • Ramsey Nasr – Poet, writer and actor
  • Eduard Nazarski – Director of Amnesty International, the Netherlands
  • A.C.G.M. Robben – Professor of anthropology at the University of Utrecht 
  • Harry van Bommel – MP for the socialist party
  • Frieda Menco-Brommet – Former radio journalist

 

Poland 

  • Zygmunt Bauman – Professor of sociology, University of Leeds 

 

Sweden 

  • Tomas Tranströmer – Winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature

 

Chile

  • Isabel Allende – Writer, National Prize for literature

 

Cuba

  • Pedro Juan Gutiérrez – Writer 
  • Christina Garcia – Writer and former journalist

 

Haiti

  • Laeneck Hurbon – Sociologist
  • Dany Laferriere – Writer
  • Kettly Mars – Writer
  • Makenzy Orcel – Writer
  • Jean-Euphèle Milcé – Writer
  • Guy Régis Junior – Writer, translator
  • Marvin Victor – Writer, painter


Peru 

  • Mario Vargas Llosa – Writer, Nobel Prize in Literature 

 

 

South Africa

  • Frederik Willem de Klerk - Nobel Peace Prize laureate, former President of the Republic of South Africa
  • JM Coetzee - Nobel Prize in Literature

 

Ghana

  • Kwame Anthony Appiah - Professor of philosophy, Princeton University

 

Uganda

  • Jessica Kaahwa – Senior Lecturer, School of Liberal & Performing Arts, Makerere University
  • Beatrice Lamwaka – Writer and journalist
  • Mahmood Mamdani  Director of the Makere Institute of Social Research and Professor of Government at Columbia University

 

Iran

  • Rami Parham – Writer

 

Lebanon

  • Amin Maalouf – Writer

 

Palestine

  • Sam Bahour Activist and writer

 

South Korea

  • To Hyung Baik – Professor of Philosophy at Soongsil University
  • Hong Sik Cho  Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Soongsil University
  • Jeong Hun Han – Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Soongsil University
  • Yoo Junghwan – Director of the Life and Healthcare Center, National Medical Center
  • Chi-Wook Kim – Assistant Professor of International Relations at Ulsan University
  • Kyung Mee Kim  Associate Professor at Soongsil University
  • Chull Lee – Associate Professor of Christian Studies at Soongsil University
  • Jae Lyong Lee  Professor of French Literature and Language at Soongsil University
  • Jung-chul Lee – Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Soongsil University
  • Sangeun Lee  Associate Professor at Soongsil University
  • Seungjoo Lee – Professor of Political Science at Chungang University 
  • Jung Hyun Lim – Associate Professor at Soongsil University
  • Dahn Park – Professor of History at Sogang University
  • Park Ji Hyun – Contract Lecturer in History at Sogang University
  • Min Ho Whang  Professor of History at Soongsil University
  • Chulgu Woo – Emeritus Professor of Political Science at Yeungnam University and former president of the Korean International Studies Association
  • Jin Kuk Yang – Associate Professor of Chemistry at Soongsil University 
  • Seo-Koo Yoo – Associate Professor at Soongsil University

     

Russia

  • Oleg Sokolov – Historian and Professor of French Civilization at the University of Saint Petersburg

     

Vietnam

  • Dào Thanh Huyên – Journalist

 

Australie

  • Peter Singer – Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University