Announcement of Nomination for 2015 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 International PEN 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;

Nomination must be written in English or Chinese and should include the followings,

1. The nominee’s full name
2. Description of the nominee’s achievements, or at least a typical work (in any language)
3. List of nominee’s key publications (if available)
4. The nominator’s full name, affiliation and contact address
Please Email the nomination to and
Deadline: 8 October 2015


Liu Xiaobo Courage to Write Award was the “Writers in Prison Award” created in 2006. From 2010, it has been named for the commemoration of the courage to write manifested over last 20 years by Dr. Liu Xiaobo, ICPC’s honorary and former President who have now been condemned to a severe sentence of 11 years in prison as well as his constant support to this award. The awardees before include Liu Xianbin, Zarganar(Myanmar), Hada, Qin Yongmin, Chen Wei, Dolma Kyab, Wu Yilong, Tan Zuoren, Nguyen Xuan Nghia (Vietnam) and Chen Shuqing. Dr Liu Xiaobo was awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize and was also one of 50 cases featured by the Writers in Prison Committee of International PEN in its 50th anniversary campaign, Because Writers Speak Their Minds.

The Independent Chinese PEN is among 149 member centers of the International PEN, the oldest human rights organization and international literary organization. It aims to protect Chinese writers’ freedom of speech and freedom to write worldwide and advocates for the rights of Chinese writers and journalists who are imprisoned, threatened, persecuted or harassed. For more information on ICPC’s work, please contact
CHEN Biao , Executive Secretary
Tel: +61-413269486

PEN For Freedom (No.1-12)

PEN For Freedom (No.1-12, PDF) 

Protests Mark Handover Anniversary in Hong Kong

63D9BA2D-B553-46DA-8726-E3A2E2118413_w640_r1_s_cx0_cy9_cw0Pro-democracy protesters march during an annual protest marking Hong Kong’s handover from British to Chinese rule in 1997 in Hong Kong, July 1, 2015.

July 01, 2015 5:45 AM

Hundreds of pro-democracy activists took to the streets of Hong Kong Wednesday as the city marks the 18th anniversary of its handover from British to Chinese rule. Continue reading

Two More Chinese Netizens Charged With ‘Subversion’ Over Online Satire

image (19)2015-06-30

Liang Qinhui in a file photo.
Photo courtesy of

Authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong are moving ahead with the trial of a netizen for “incitement to subvert state power” after he posted “sensitive” Continue reading

Hong Kong Student Leader, Girlfriend Attacked on Mong Kok Street


Student activist Joshua Wong speaks outside the Wanchai police station in Hong Kong, Jan. 16, 2015.
AFPimage (16)

Umbrella Movement student leader Joshua Wong and his girlfriend were assaulted on the city’s streets by an unknown assailant on Monday, ahead of a planned mass demonstration to mark the return of Hong Kong’s return to Chinese rule.

Wong, who rose to prominence during last year’s Occupy Central Continue reading

Detentions Highlight Clampdown on China’s Citizen Journalists

image (15)2015-06-29

Human rights activists show their support for free speech activist Wu Gan, known online by his nickname “The Butcher,” who is being detained by police in southeastern China’s Fujian province, June 23, 2015.
(Photo courtesy of activists)

The detention of at least four contributors to a rights website based in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan in recent weeks is indicative of Continue reading

Leaked Messages Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Maneuvers During Hong Kong Election Vote

cn-sino-leak-articleInlineBy ALAN WONG June 26, 2015

On the morning of June 18, the second day of a legislative debate over how Hong Kong would pick its next leader, Christopher Chung was at ease, even high-spirited.

“This is fun!” Mr. Chung, a member of the pro-Beijing Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, wrote in a group chat among lawmakers on WhatsApp. Continue reading

The Torchbearers – Participants in the 1989 Democracy Movement Who Are Currently in Prison

By Wang Yaqiu, published: June 4, 2015

Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波)


In the spring of 1989, Dr. Liu Xiaobo left Columbia University where he was a visiting scholar and went back to Beijing to take part in the democracy movement. In Tiananmen Square, he became a leader and a mentor, drafting open letters, giving speeches and leading a hunger strike. Continue reading

Liao Yiwu: Tamer of Beasts, Tamer of Despots

By Liao Yiwu, translated by Cindy Carter, published: May 24, 2015

My friend Chen Yunfei (陈云飞) has never been of a serious disposition; his mode of dress is, if anything, even less serious. One year on June 4th, the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, he was clad from the waist up in a suit and tie, and from the waist down in a pair of short Continue reading

Southern Weekend Journalist Sues Chinese Doctors’ Association Over ‘Fake Report’ Claim


image (65)2015-06-25

Chai Huiqun during a reporting assignment in an undated photo.
(Photo courtesy of Chai Huiqun)

A journalist for a cutting-edge newspaper is waging a Continue reading