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, Continue reading

PEN For Freedom (No.1-12)

PEN For Freedom (No.1-12, PDF) 

‘Chinese Lawyers Live in Constant Fear’: Former Chinese Judge


Zhong Jinhua (R) and a colleague in Shenzhen in an undated photo.
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Zhong Jinhua, a former judge at the Wenzhou Intermediate People’s Court in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang who became a lawyer to escape political interference, arrived last month in the United States along with his family.

His arrival on Sept. 4 coincided with a nationwide police operation targeting human Continue reading

U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power:Remarks at the Internet Freedom Technology Showcase

Remarks at the Internet Freedom Technology Showcase: The Future of Human Rights Online, City University of New York Graduate Center

Ambassador Samantha Power

U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations

U.S. Mission to the United Nations

New York City
September 26, 2015


Hi everybody. And could we have a better or more determined Assistant Secretary for Human Rights representing the United States of America? His Yankees unfortunately do appear destined for Continue reading

China Tightens Censorship on Guangxi Blasts

ECE639C0-A898-4DCA-ADA5-A85A7D442935_w640_r1_s_cx0_cy10_cw0A damaged room in a residential building is seen after several locations were targeted with parcel bombs in the southwestern city of Liuzhou, Guangxi province, Sept. 30, 2015.

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Authorities in China have imposed censorship controls on domestic media reporting on this week’s deadly bomb blasts in Guangxi Province, which claimed seven lives and caused more than Continue reading

China Mulls Plans For a Digital ID Card to Track Internet Users


China’s public security ministry is pressing ahead with moves to force more of the country’s 668 million netizens to use their real names and a digital ID card online.

The move is part of a raft of tighter Internet controls enshrined in the draft Cybersecurity Law being debated in China’s parliament, the China Youth Daily newspaper Continue reading

Stand Up for International Principles and Call on China to End Its Gross Human Rights Violations

Dear Members of Parliament,

In October 2015, the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, will make an official State Visit to Britain. We, the undersigned, are calling on the UK government to uphold human rights principles and urge China to adhere to international protocols and conventions on human rights and end its gross human rights violations in Tibet, East Turkestan (Xinjiang) and across China.

We ask you, as a member of parliament, to help us hold China to Continue reading

Chinese Activists Who Made Lawyer T-Shirts Released on ‘Bail’


Aimage (38)ctivist and businessman Huang Yongxiang in undated photo.
Photo courtesy of Chen Keyun.

Authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong have released on ‘bail’ four activists who launched a T-shirt campaign in support of detained human rights lawyers, amid an ongoing crackdown on the country’s embattled legal profession.

Police in Guangdong’s Zengcheng city had detained Liu Yajie Continue reading

China Tries Two Opposition Party Activists For Subversion

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Authorities in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang on Tuesday ended the subversion trial of two members of a banned opposition party after both men pleaded not guilty, their lawyers said.

Lu Gengsong and Chen Shuqing, both members of the banned opposition China Democracy Party (CDP), Continue reading

One Year On, Hong Kong Remembers The Umbrella Movement

image (24)Hong Kong protesters commemorate the anniversary of the Occupy Central movement, Sept. 28, 2015.
One year after thousands of Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters used umbrellas to stave off pepper spray and tear gas in clashes with riot police, some 1,000 people rallied outside Continue reading