Announcement of Nomination for 2016 Liu Xiaobo Courage to Write Award of Independent Chinese PEN Center

Title: Liu Xiaobo Courage to Write Award
Awardee: one or two individual annually;
Candidacy: Anyone in the case list of Writers in Prison Committee of PEN International who is still imprisoned or released under legal restriction of the right to freedom of expression, such as “deprivation of political rights”;
Nominator: Three individuals, or a PEN centre;
Nomination period: Starting on 23 June, anniversary of Liu Xiaobo’s formal arrest and ending on 8 October;
Date to announce the awardee: Writers in Prison Day on 15 November;
Awarding Items: a certificate or trophy, prize check and awarding statement.
Prize: 2000 US dollars; Continue reading

The 7th Congress of ICPC Membership Assembly Held on Internet

Press Release
9 Feburary 2016

ICPC-logoThe Independent Chinese PEN Center (ICPC) held its 7th Congress of Membership Assembly at a Google group forum on Internet on 22 Janurary – 09 Feburary 2016. Among ICPC’s 318 members, 162 participated in the Congress. According to the agenda adopted by the Congress, five sessions were held. The Congress adopted an amendment to ICPC’s Rules of Procedure of Membership Assembly, approved the work report and financial report submitted by the Board and elected the new Board in accordance with the ICPC’s Charter. Columnist Mrs. Tienchi Martin-Liao, a former president, has been re-elected the new President.
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ICPC Statement for International Human Rights Day

Pu Zhiqiang and Abduljalil Al-Singace Honored
Liu Xiaobo Courage to Write Award
And 27 Writers Adopted as Honorary Members
(10 December 2015)

Liu Xiaobo-AwardingToday is the International Human Rights Day as well as the fifth anniversary of Dr. LIU Xiaobo, the former and honorary president of Independent Chinese PEN Centre (ICPC), being awarded in absence to the Nobel Peace Prize, while two day earlier it had been seventh years since his detention. For commemoration of these dates, ICPC has honoured Mr. PU Zhiqiang, its honorary member as well as a lawyer and blogger detained in China, and Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace, an academic and blogger imprisoned in Bahrain, this year’s Liu Xiaobo Courage to Write Award for their long-term tenacity and courage in writing and fighting for freedom of expression and other basic rights despite imprisonment. In addition, ICPC have adopted twenty-seven of writers imprisoned in China as its new honorary members, namely FU Zhibin, YU Shiwen, LIU Haitao, DONG Tubin, XIE Wenfei, WANG Mo, SU Changlan (f), LIANG Qinhui, CHEN Yunfei, ZHANG Shenyu, HUANG Jingyi, WU Gan, ZHAO Haitong, WANG Quanzhang, SUI Muqing, XIE Yang, YANG Weidong, XIE Yanyi, WANG Yu (f), LI Heping, LIU Shaoming, SUN Feng, WANG Xiaolu, LIU Sixin, ZHAO Wei (f), LIU Wei and XIN Lijian. Continue reading

36. QIN YONGMIN

Qin Yongmin

Pen name

Sex                          Male

Birth date                1953-08-11

Birth place              Wuhan City, Hubei Province Continue reading

Fears Grow For ‘Disappeared’ Wife of Detained Chinese Activist

Chinese democracy activist Qin Yongmin and wife Zhao Suli

Chinese democracy activist Qin Yongmin and wife Zhao Suli are shown in a photo from October 2013. Photo courtesy of rosechina.net

Fears are growing for Zhao Suli, the wife of detained opposition party member and rights activist Qin Yongmin,  Qin’s lawyer said on Wednesday. Continue reading

Chinese Blogger Who Compiled Protest Data Missing, Believed Detained

Internet surfers at a cybercafe in Beijing

Internet surfers at a cybercafe in Beijing. Lists of names from WikiLeaks cables circulate on websites and popular microblogging platforms. AFP

A blogger and social media commentator who compiled meticulous daily lists of protests in China, making the results public via Google, Twitter and Weibo, has been incommunicado for nearly a week, along with his girlfriend, rights activists said on Tuesday. Continue reading

‘I Am Definitely Being Followed in Hong Kong’: Returned Bookseller Lam Wing-kei

Returned bookseller Lam Wing-kei speaks to RFA in Hong Kong

Returned bookseller Lam Wing-kei speaks to RFA in Hong Kong, June 20, 2016. RFA

Lam Wing-kei, a slight, soft-spoken man who carries a satchel and looks extremely tired, doesn’t look like much of a threat to the ruling Chinese Communist Party. Continue reading

China Warns TV Stations: Toe The Party Line or Face Disciplinary Action

Demonstrators call for press freedom

Demonstrators call for press freedom in support of journalists from the Southern Weekend newspaper outside the company’s office building in Guangzhou, Jan. 8, 2013. AFP

The ruling Chinese Communist Party on Monday launched another volley of warnings to the country’s media that programs engaging in “mockery” of its policies or “speculation” about the news stories of the day could risk closure and other forms of sanction. Continue reading

Court Jails Veteran Democracy Activists For 10, 11 Years For Subversion

Supporters of democracy activists wait outside Zhejiang courthouse

Supporters of democracy activists wait outside Zhejiang courthouse to hear verdicts against them, June 17, 2016. Photo sent by an RFA listener

A court in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang on Friday handed down jail terms of just over a decade each to two veteran members of a banned opposition party after finding them guilty of subversion, their relatives and lawyers said. Continue reading

219. GUI MINHAI

Gui MinhaiPenname                Ah Hai

Sex                              Male

Birth date              1964-05-05

Birth place             Ning City, Zhejiang Province

Resident place       Berlin, Germany (Swedish citizen)

Education                B.A. in History at Peking University (1985), M.A. in Humanities (1990) and Ph.D in History (1996) at University of Gothenburg Continue reading