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.
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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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Czech president accused of scrapping Holocaust survivor medal due to Dalai Lama

By Robert Muller | PRAGUE

Czech Republic's President Milos Zeman addresses the United Nations General Assembly in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S. September 21, 2016.   REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Czech Republic’s President Milos Zeman addresses the United Nations General Assembly in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S. September 21, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

PRAGUE Czech President Milos Zeman has decided against awarding a state medal to a Holocaust survivor after the man’s nephew, a Czech government minister, met exiled Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama against the president’s wishes, the minister said on Friday. Continue reading


pen-logoPEN International has for many years expressed concern about serious and sweeping restrictions on freedom of expression in China, including through resolutions adopted at its annual Congresses, most recently at its 81st World Congress in October 2015.  Continue reading

Saudi Arabia must not flog Raif Badawi for blogging

Update #9 to RAN 02/13

raif-badawi20 October 2016 – PEN International is deeply concerned by news reports, as yet unconfirmed, that the Saudi government may resume the lashing punishment against blogger Raif Badawi, currently serving a 10-year sentence in Saudi Arabia. The news was announced in a statement by The Raif Badawi Foundation, which said it had received the confirmation from the same source that had notified his family about the first 50 of 1,000 lashes, which Badawi was given on 9 January, 2015. After his first flogging, Badawi’s remaining 950 lashes were postponed indefinitely on medical grounds. Continue reading

Tienchi Martin-Liao: The Muppet Show in Court


Image via YouTube user: Hong Kong Free Press

Human rights lawyers and journalists are being intimidated by the Chinese government into public confession and denunciation of human rights efforts.

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Hang Lin: Early Modern China and Northeast Asia

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Tutul receives PEN Pinter International Writer of Courage Prize 2016 with Margaret Atwood


PEN Pinter prize awardee Margaret Atwood announced tonight Ahmedur Rashid Chowdhury (Tutul) the winner of the PEN Pinter International Writer of Courage Prize.

Bangladeshi publisher, writer and editor Ahmedur Rashid Chowdhury (known as Tutul) has this evening, 13 October 2016, been named 2016 International Writer of Courage by Margaret Atwood at the PEN Pinter Prize ceremony at the British Library. Continue reading

Richard C. Bush: Hong Kong in the Shadow of China- Living with the Leviathan

bush_hong-kong-oct-7A close-up look at the struggle for democracy in Hong Kong 

Hong Kong in the Shadow of China is a reflection on the recent political turmoil in Hong Kong during which the Chinese government insisted on gradual movement toward electoral democracy, and hundreds of thousands of protesters occupied major thoroughfares to push for full democracy now. Fueling this struggle is deep public resentment over growing inequality and how the political system—established by China and dominated by the local business community—reinforces the divide been those who have profited immensely and those who struggle for basics such as housing. Continue reading

Former Masanjia Labor Camp Whistleblower Flees China For Thailand


Former detainees of the Masanjia Women’s RTL camp in an undated photo. Photo courtesy of CHRD

A Chinese woman who helped to expose the abuse of women inmates at the infamous Masanjia labor camp has fled China to seek political asylum in Thailand, she told RFA in a recent interview. Continue reading