Category Archives: Support Liu Xiaobo

China Dismisses Critics’ Human Rights Day Statements

Last Saturday was Human Rights Day, the 68th anniversary of the United Nations’ adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The occasion brought a chorus of protests over abuses in China, from detentions and prosecutions of rights lawyers to measures against citizen journalists and NGOs. Among the critical statements was an open letter from Pen International, signed by 125 writers including Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, Yann Martel, and Salman Rushdie. From The Guardian: Continue reading

On Human Rights Day, UN Urges Everyone to Stand Up for Universal Rights

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People gather at Freedom Park during a Human Rights Day celebration in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Dec. 10, 2016.

Countries around the world mark International Human Rights Day December 10.

As disrespect for basic human rights continues to be widespread in many parts of the globe, the United Nations is calling on everyone to stand up for universal rights. Continue reading

The European Union Delegation in China issues the following statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission in China

Bruxelles, 09/12/2016 – 13:49 – UNIQUE ID: 161209_11

Every year on 10 December the international community celebrates the anniversary of the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This anniversary is an opportunity for both the EU and China to examine their progress in protecting the human rights of all persons. Continue reading

Tienchi Liao: An empty chair for Liu xiaobo on the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony

liu-xiaobo-nobel-prizeTo Chair Woman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee
Mrs. Kaci Kullmann

Former Chairman
Mr. Thorbjorn Jagland

Dear Mrs. Kullmann,
Dear Mr. Jagland,

The 2010 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mr. Liu Xiaobo is still kept in prison in China, he is serving his 11 years imprisonment and will not be released till 2020. Continue reading

Six Years On, China’s Jailed Nobel Laureate, Family Face a Bleak Future

 

(FILES) This file photo taken on October 22, 2002 shows Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo (L) and his wife Liu Xia posing for a photograph in Beijing. Jailed Chinese pro-democracry activist Liu Xiaobo won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize on October 8, 2010, the Norwegian Nobel Committe said.      CHINA OUT   AFP PHOTO

Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia in Beijing, Oct. 22, 2002. AFP

Six years after winning the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize, jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo looks unlikely to be given the chance to ‘seek medical parole’ overseas like high-profile dissidents have done before him, a close associate told RFA. Continue reading

German President Presses China on Political Prisoners During Visit

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President Joachim Gauck of Germany meeting with students after his speech at Tongji University in Shanghai on Wednesday. Credit Johannes Eisele/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

BEIJING — Four days before President Joachim Gauck of Germany began his first state visit to China on Sunday, the exiled writer Liao Yiwu visited Schloss Bellevue, the presidential residence in Berlin. Continue reading

On World Poetry Day Take Action for Dissident Poets

World Poetry Day, marked each year on 21 March, is an opportunity to celebrate poetry, the power and creativity of language and to promote reading, writing, publishing, and teaching poetry throughout the world. PEN International uses this day to highlight the great challenges poets face across the globe simply for their work. Each year PEN focuses its campaigning on behalf of poets who have paid a high price for their poetry and ask Centres, PEN members and supporters to take action on their behalf. Continue reading

The English PEN Modern Literature Festival

Saturday 2 April, 2:00 pm9:30 pm |Free

As part of the Enemies Project, over 30 contemporary English writers will present new works in tribute to writers at risk around the world. 

On 2 April 2016, over 30 writers, poets, novelists, playwrights and artists will come together to celebrate English PEN’s Writers at Risk programme and the incredible individuals we support. Continue reading