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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Tienchi Martin-Liao: China’s “State Terrorism” Against Dissent

Gui Minghai’s books are widely distributed in Hong Kong

Gui Minghai’s books are widely distributed in Hong Kong. Image via: Wikimedia Commons.

A controversial author and publisher has been abducted by Chinese authorities in an act of state-sponsored terrorism intended to intimidate dissenting voices. Continue reading

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

Interview: ‘People Were Eaten by The Revolutionary Masses’

Song Yongyi

Independent Chinese historian Song Yongyi, in undated photo. Photo courtesy of Song Yongyi.

As China approaches the 50th anniversary of Mao Zedong’s Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution this year, Chinese independent historian and former political prisoner Song Yongyi, now a university lecturer in California, has published an e-book based on official records. His research describes an era of government-sponsored political violence and turmoil that engulfed the country from 1966-1976. Song, who had unprecedented access to secret government files in the southwestern region of Guangxi, spoke to RFA’s Mandarin Service about his findings: Continue reading

China Passes Controversial Law on Foreign NGOs Despite Criticism

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FILE – Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the closing session of the annual National People’s Congress in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, March 16, 2016.

China has passed a controversial law that imposes new rules on foreign non-governmental organizations and puts the registration and supervision of such groups under the control of public security authorities. Continue reading

Beijing Puts Tibetan Writers Under House Arrest

Tsering Woeser

FILE – Tibetan writer Tsering Woeser is pictured in Inner Mongolia, northern China, June 23, 2014.

She also tweeted a message to the foundation notifying the group of their house arrest. Continue reading

China Jails Citizen Journalist Who Witnessed Tiananmen Immolation Protest

Wang Jing (L)

Citizen journalist Wang Jing (L), Tianwang website founder Huang Qi (C) and fellow activist Zhang Jixin (R), Dec. 6, 2013.

Authorities in the northeastern Chinese province of Jilin have jailed a citizen journalist for nearly five years on public order charges after she reported on the self-immolation of a petitioner on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, her lawyer said on Monday. Continue reading

Rights Groups Call For Medical Parole For Jailed Chinese Activist

Guo Feixiong

Guangdong rights activist Guo Feixiong in an undated photo. Photo courtesy of activists

Calls are growing for the Chinese authorities to grant medical parole to jailed rights activist Guo Feixiong following a recent visit by a relative to the prison where he is serving a six-year sentence for public order offenses. Continue reading

Imprisoned Rights Activist Guo Feixiong Suffering from Serious Health Issues

Yang Maoping (杨茂平), sister of imprisoned rights activist Guo Feixiong (郭飞雄) (also known as Yang Maodong (杨茂东)), circulated online the below account about Guo’s ill health after she visited him in Yangchun Prison, Guangdong (广东阳春监狱) this morning. Yang said that she repeated a request she first made to the prison authorities on February 29 that Guo be transferred to an upper-grade hospital to receive medical treatment. HRIC has translated Yang’s account, “Guo Feixiong’s Health Condition Worrisome,” in which she provides some details on Guo’s condition (see below). Continue reading

65. YANG MAODONG

Yang MaodongPen name                Guo Feixiong

Sex                               Male

Birth date                1966-08-02

Birth place              Gucheng County, Hubei Province

Resident place         Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province Continue reading

205. YANG WEIDONG (released)

Yang WeidongSex                               Male

Birth date               1966-04-10

Birth place             Beijing

Resident place       Fengtai District, Beijing Continue reading