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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Michael Caster and Peter Dahlin:China should be proud of Wang Quanzhang – instead it persecutes him

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Li Wenzu, 31, wife of imprisoned lawyer Wang Quanzhang poses for a portrait with their son Wang Guangwei, 3. Photograph: Adam Dean for the Guardian

Last July, the Chinese government launched its most widespread crackdown on rule of law advocates in decades, detaining some 300 rights defenders. Some have been held incommunicado since, with lawyers and family members trying to visit them in detention being told to look elsewhere. Continue reading

China Postpones Activist’s Subversion Trial, Wife Still Missing

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

Authorities in the central Chinese city of Wuhan once more prolonged the pretrial detention of a veteran democracy activist for subversion on Thursday amid growing concerns over the safety of his ‘disappeared’ wife. Continue reading

China Detains, Questions Activists Over Wukan Foreign Media Reports

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People with land disputes in Chongqing, China show solidarity with protesting villagers in Wukan, Sept. 17, 2016. RFA

Authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong have jailed one activist and questioned another for “spreading rumors” over a recent crackdown by riot police in the rebel village of Wukan following weeks of protests. Continue reading

Exiled Chinese Writer’s New Novel Penned in Secret While in Prison

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Chinese dissident writer Liao Yiwu (aka Lao Wei) during the promotion of his book “In the Empire of Darkness,” a testimony of four years spent in Chinese prisons, in Paris, Jan.16, 2013. AFP

Exiled Chinese writer Liao Yiwu, who was once jailed for writing a poem commemorating the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen massacre, has published a novel in German based on a harrowing prison memoir penned on cheap paper during four years behind bars. Continue reading

China Detains Woman for Posting News on Wukan Crackdown

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Portrait of jailed Wukan village chief Lin Zuluan is displayed by protesters demanding the release of Lin outside China Liaison Office in Hong Kong, China, Sept. 14, 2016.

Police in China’s southern Guangdong province are detaining citizens for posting information and news reports about a government crackdown on protesters in the small fishing village of Wukan. Continue reading

195. LIANG QINHUI (released)

Liang QinhuiPen name                Jiandao (Dagger)
Sex                               Male

Birth date                1983-10-03

Birth place              Lanshan County, Hunan Province

Resident place       Haizhun District, Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province

Education                 Middel school Continue reading

‘My Brother’s Spirit Seemed Broken’

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Zhu Xiaoyan, sister of imprisoned democracy activist Zhu Yufu, calls on supporters overseas to pay attention to his case. RFA

Zhu Xiaoyan is the U.S.-based sister of veteran jailed democracy activist Zhu Yufu, who was handed a seven-year jail term for subversion by a court in the eastern city of Hangzhou after he penned a poem calling on people to vote with their feet. She spoke at a recent event in San Francisco about her brother, who wrote the poem titled “It is Time” during online calls for ‘Jasmine’ rallies inspired by protests in the Middle East in early 2011. Continue reading

139. GANGKYE DRUBPA KYAB (released)

GANGKYE DRUBPA KYABPen name                Gang Mai Da

Sex                              Male

Birth date                1979

Birth place              Seda County, Sichuan Province

Resident place         Seda County, Sichuan Province Continue reading