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) 

Guo Baosheng: Is Death Through Maltreatment Becoming Routine for Chinese Political Prisoners?

Published: November 17, 2015

China claims that it doesn’t have any political prisoners, but in a broad sense all of those who have been jailed or imprisoned for challenging the Chinese Communist Party on behalf of human rights or political justice ought to be considered China’s political prisoners. Before the policy of “reform and opening up” in 1979, counterrevolutionaries and other political prisoners were put under strict guard and treated worse than other criminals, and it was common in those days Continue reading

Tibetans Fight to Salvage Fading Culture in China

By EDWARD WONG NOV. 28, 2015

YUSHU, China — When officials forced an informal school run by monks near here to stop offering language classes for laypeople, Tashi Wangchuk looked for a place where his two teenage nieces could continue studying Tibetan.

To his surprise, he could not find one, even though nearly everyone living in this market town on the Tibetan plateau here is Tibetan.

Officials had also ordered other monasteries and a private school in the area not to teach the language to laypeople. And public schools had dropped true bilingual education Continue reading

China Releases 71-Year-Old Journalist from Prison

9E5FE6DB-A6F2-4C6E-8117-803461CBF1BB_w640_r1_sFILE – Pictures of jailed veteran Chinese journalist Gao Yu are displayed by protesters outside Chinese central government’s liaison office in Hong Kong.

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Chinese authorities have released on medical leave a 71-year-old journalist imprisoned on charges of leaking state secrets.

State media reported the development Continue reading

Chinese rights activist jailed for six years

Thu Nov 26, 2015 11:33pm EST

Police officers stand guard outside the court house, blocking roads to the Guangzhou People's Court in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou September 12, 2014. REUTERS/James Pomfret/Files

Police officers stand guard outside the court house, blocking roads to the Guangzhou People’s Court in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou September 12, 2014. REUTERS/James Pomfret/Files

Police officers stand guard outside the court house, blocking roads to the Guangzhou People’s Court in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou September 12, 2014.

A prominent Chinese rights activist, Guo Feixiong, was sentenced to six years imprisonment Continue reading

Chinese Court to Pass Verdict on Guo Feixiong, Two Others


imageGuo Feixiong in a file photo.
Photo courtesy of Guo Feixiong

Authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong are expected to announce the verdict in the long-delayed case of a prominent human rights activist later this week after holding him in conditions described by his family as ‘slow torture,’ his lawyer said on Monday.

Yang Maodong, better known by his pseudonym Guo Feixiong, will attend a verdict hearing in the provincial capital Guangzhou along with two co-defendants on Friday.

Guo is awaiting the verdict on charges of “gathering a Continue reading

Grassroots Activist Wang Mo Tells Court: I Committed No Crime Trying to Subvert the Communist Regime

By Wang Mo, published: November 22, 2015

On October 3, 2014, Chinese activists Xie Wenfei (谢文飞, a.k.a. Xie Fengxia 谢丰厦), and Wang Mo (王默, real name Zhang Shengyu 张圣雨) held banners in the streets of Guangzhou, expressing support for the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong. They were arrested the same evening and indicted on May 12, 2015, for “inciting subversion of state power.” On Nov. 19, Wang Mo was tried in a Guangzhou court (Zhang had been tried separately a week earlier.) Verdicts in both trials are pending. Following is an abbreviated translation of Wang Mo’s defense. The translation remains unauthorized because permission could not be secured from the writer. – The Editors

Decades ago Chinese Communist Party, crying slogans about opposing corruption, opposing dictatorship, and pursuing liberty and democracy, subverted the Nationalist regime of the Republic of China and drove the Nationalist government to Taiwan. The Republic of China was then Continue reading

Gao Yu: Court upholds verdict for jailed Chinese journalist

_86883454_030276003-1Ms Gao, seen here in a 2007 file picture, is a well-known investigative journalist

A Chinese court has upheld a guilty verdict against a senior journalist accused of leaking state secrets, her lawyer said.

Gao Yu did, however, receive a reduced sentence from seven years to five years in prison.

Ms Gao, who is 71, was found guilty last April and appealed her Continue reading

China’s President Praises Hu Yaobang, a Fallen Party Reformer

November 22, 2015

20huyaobang02-articleLarge-v2Students in Beijing on April 22, 1989, after the death of Hu Yaobang, who had been removed as Communist Party general secretary two years earlier. His death set off weeks of protests.
Catherine Henriette/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

China’s staunchly traditionalist Communist leader, Xi Jinping, paid tribute on Friday to a predecessor, Hu Yaobang, who was in many ways his opposite in temperament and politics.

Mr. Hu was a passionate liberalizer in the 1980s, Continue reading