Category Archives: Writers

China’s Independent NGOs Face Hard Times

A translation of a VOA report in Chinese, published: March 11, 2015

Professor Xia Min of CUNY: “Xi’s fear is exactly that the maturing of civil society will organically provide, with the organizing capacity and solidarity within Chinese society, a platform for the building of political parties.”

A documentary produced by the well-known investigative journalist Chai Jing, Continue reading

Saudi Arabia: Imprisoned editor Raif Badawi may face death penalty

According to unconfirmed reports, Raif (or Raef) Badawi, who was sentenced by a Saudi Arabian court to 10 years in prison, 1,000 lashes , a fine, a 10-year travel ban and 10-year media participation ban for “insulting Islam” and “founding a liberal website”, may now face a retrial for Continue reading

Finalists for the 2015 Front Line Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk

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On Wednesday 04 March the Jury for the 2015 Front Line Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk announced the 5 finalists for this year’s Award, all of whom are either in jail, Continue reading

China: Writers and Publishers arrested in a New Wave of Repression

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He Zhengjun, director of the Transition Institute and prominent writer Xu Xiao were both detained on November 26, along with Xue Ye and Liu Jianshu, a sign of growing suppression against government critics in China. Continue reading

Kazakhstan: Aron Atabek denied medical treatment

Posted June 23rd, 2014 by English PEN staff & filed under Campaigns.

PEN is deeply concerned at reports that the Kazakh prison authorities are denying medical treatment to imprisoned poet Aron Atabek

Poet Aron Atabek is reportedly suffering intense spine and leg pain due to injuries sustained during an assault by Continue reading