Monthly Archives: 六月 2011

CHINA: Artist Ai Weiwei faces enormous fines

PEN INTERNATIONAL RAPID ACTION NETWORK
29 June 2011
RAN 16/11 update

CHINA: Artist Ai Weiwei faces enormous fines

On 28 June 2011, it was reported that Ai Weiwei, the internationally acclaimed artist who had been freed on bail a week earlier, had been visited by government tax officials with a demand for over 12 m yuan (c. 1.3 m Euro) in unpaid taxes and fines. Continue reading

ICPC Protests Against Severe Sentence of Journalist Qi Chonghuai

Press Release
June 10, 2011

Independent Chinese PEN Centre (ICPC) strongly protests that Journalist Qi Chonghuai, an honorary member of ICPC, has been sentenced to a further 8 years imprisonment in addition to the four years he has  almost completed for “extortion and blackmail” and “embezzlement” by Tengzhou Intermediate People’s Court, Shandong Province on June 9. ICPC calls on all the international community to pay more attention to this case, and calls on the Chinese authorities to ensure Mr. Qi’s legal rights to appeal against the verdict and his freedom from any ill-treatment during his remaining imprisonment, and for his immediate and unconditional release. Continue reading

PEN for Freedom No. 5

ICPC Quarterly Spring Issue 2011(PDF)

(Chinese Original)

PEN for Freedom No. 4

ICPC Quarterly Winter Issue 2010 (PDF)

PEN for Freedom No. 3

ICPC Quarterly Autumn Issue 2010 (PDF)

PEN for Freedom No. 2

ICPC Quarterly Summer Issue 2010 (PDF)

PEN for Freedom No. 1

ICPC Quarterly Spring Issue 2010 (PDF)

CHINA/INNER MONGOLIA: Leading activist and editor Hada remains detained; fears for safety

RAPID ACTION NETWORK
31 May 2011
RAN 26/11

CHINA/INNER MONGOLIA: Leading activist and editor Hada remains detained; fears for safety.

The Writers in Prison Committee of PEN International is seriously concerned by the reported continued detention of Hada, editor of The Voice of the Southern Mongolia and leading rights activist, who completed a fifteen-year prison term for his dissident writings on 10 December 2010 but has apparently not been released. A family source confirmed on 4 May 2011 that Hada’s wife and son have also been held since early December 2010, apparently on politically motivated charges. PEN considers Hada to be detained in violation of his rights to freedom of expression as guaranteed under Article 19 of the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which China is a signatory, and continues to call for his immediate and unconditional release. PEN is also seeking assurances of his well being from the Chinese authorities, and details of any further charges against him. Continue reading