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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No 17. Yu Zhang: Case 36 (1982): Qin Yongmin, Sentenced for Uniting Magazines

 From Wang Shiwei to Liu Xiaobo: Prisoners of Literary Inquisition under Communist Rule in China

Qin YongminQin Yongmin (August 11, 1953 – ), a worker, social activist and editor of independent magzines, was taken into custody for his involvement in Wuhan’s Democracy Wall Movement and for uniting magazines throughout China. In 1982, he was sentenced to eight years imprisonment for “counter-revolutionary propaganda and incitement”. Continue reading

193. YU SHIWEN (released)

Yu ShiwenPenname                      

Sex                                Male

Birth date                1967-10

Birth place               Zhengzhou City, Henan Province

Resident place         Zhengzhou City, Henan Province Continue reading

Tienchi Martin-Liao: Using the Red Guard’s Language to Commemorate the Cultural Revolution

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Three young Chinese Red Guards from the Cultural Revolution. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

The rhetoric of the 50th anniversary of the Cultural Revolution in China mirrors the Red Guard’s language of 1966.

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225. LI TINGYU

Li TingyuSex                              Female

Birth date                1991-10-03

Birth place             Foshan City, Guabgdong Provine Continue reading

Champion of Human Rights in China Leaves a Tarnished Legacy

Harry Wu at the United States Capitol in 2010

Harry Wu at the United States Capitol in 2010. Credit Mandel Ngan/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

WASHINGTON — Harry Wu, who spent 19 years in Chinese labor camps, was a familiar figure on Capitol Hill, delivering searing broadsides against China’s authoritarian government that drew admiration from American politicians condemning the country’s human rights abuses. Continue reading

Chinese Activists’ Families Face House Arrest, Travel Bans: Lawyers

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Li Wenzu (R), wife of detained rights attorney Wang Quanzhang, says state security police officers prevented her and their son from leaving their home in an interview with RFA on Aug. 11, 2016. RFA

Chinese authorities are continuing to mete out punishment by association to the families of detained human rights lawyers and activists, preventing them from leaving the county on “national security” grounds, activists said. Continue reading

China Extends Pretrial Detention of Rights Activist Again

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Guangdong rights activist Su Changlan in an undated file photo. Photo courtesy of HRCChina.org

Authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong have extended the pretrial detention of a prominent women’s rights activist on subversion charges for a second time, her lawyers said. Continue reading

Tienchi Martin-Liao: Yu Jie and the Leviathan State

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Author Yu Jie. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

Chinese writer-in-exile Yu Jie attempts to reconcile his past life in China and his present life in the United States.

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