Briefings on the Eighth Congress of ICPC and Its Administration Change

Never Ever Put Our Pens Down

Briefings on the Eighth Congress of ICPC and Its Administration Change

ICPC Secretariat

(May 2nd, 2018)

From March 28 to April 9, 2018, the Independent Chinese PEN Center (ICPC) held the eighth congress of its membership assembly in its online community. 115 of its 213 voting members were recorded to attend the congress. The membership assembly held four sessions, amended the “Charter of Independent Chinese PEN Center” and the “Independent Chinese PEN Center’s Rules of Procedure of Membership Assembly”, and approved the work report and financial report submitted by the Board of Directors. The Membership Assembly reelected the board of directors according to its Charter. Among 12 candidates, 9 were elected as board members. They are Mr. WANG Jinbo, Ms. Tienchi MARTIN-LIAO, Ms. GAO Yu, Mr. ZHAO Shiying, Mr. HE Depu, Ms. QI Jiazhen, Mr. LI Hai, Ms. LIU Di and Mr. DU Daobin. Among them, seven are based in China. It is worth mentioning that Ms. GAO Yu, a famous dissident who had been jailed three times for freedom of speech, Mr. HE Depu and Mr. WANG Jinbo who were jailed due to founding the Democratic Party of China in the 1990s, have brought in new blood to the Board of Directors. Mr. PAN Yongzhong and Mr. XU Yonghai were elected as alternate board members. Continue reading

PEN International’s Open Letter: Time for China to release writers, journalists and activists

pen2016Today, on World Human Rights Day, our Pen International community of writers, readers, activists and publishers condemn the Chinese authorities’ sustained and increasing attack on free expression and call for an immediate end to China’s worsening crackdown on fundamental human rights. Continue reading

China: PEN renews its calls to release all writers, journalists and publishers

pen-digital-freedom-logo7 December 2016

RAN 24/16



Ahead of World Human Rights Day, PEN International reiterates its calls on the Chinese authorities to immediately and unconditionally release all writers, journalists, bloggers and publishers held for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of opinion, expression and association. The number of detained and imprisoned writers in China is among the highest in the world. PEN also calls on the authorities to ratify the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights without further delay. Continue reading

PEN International Letter to ICPC President Tienchi Martin-Liao



liu-yanliPen name                Zhuaizhuai Reappearing
Sex                               Female

Birth date                1975-06-01

Birth place              Jingmen City, Hubei Province

Resident place       Dongbao District, Jingmen City, Hubei Province

Education                 Colleage Continue reading

85. GUO QUAN (Released)

Guo QuanSex                               Male

Birth date                1968-05-08

Birth place              Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province

Resident place      Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province Continue reading


Hu ShigenPen name

Sex                          Male

Birth date                1955-11-14

Birth place              Nanchang City, Jiangxi Province

Resident place         Beijing Continue reading

PEN International: Resolution on the People’s Republic of China (2018)

 (Approved by the Assembly of Delegates of PEN International, meeting at its 84th World Congress, in Pune, India from 25-29 September 2018)

PEN International has for many years expressed concern about serious and sweeping restrictions on freedom of expression in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), including through resolutions adopted at its annual Congresses, most recently at its 83rd World Congress in September 2017. Continue reading


tianwang-human-rights-website-founder-huang-qiPen name                Nanbo

Sex                           Male

Birth date                1963-04-07

Birth place              Neijiang City, Sichuan Province Continue reading

Charter of Independent Chinese PEN Center

(Adopted by the 2nd Congress of Membership Assembly, 23 October 2005, and amended by the 5th Congress of Membership Assembly, 19 October 2011 and the 8th Congress of Membership Assembly, 11 April 2018)

Chapter One: Generals

Article 1.

This PEN Center shall be a nongovernmental, nonprofit and nonpartisan organization beyond borders based on free association of those (generalized below as the Workers of Chinese Literature) who write, edit, translate, research and publish literature work in Chinese worldwide.

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131. CAO HAIBO (Released)

Cao HaiboPen name                CAO Dapao

 Sex                              Male

 Birth date                1985-04-23

Birth place              Yangjian Village, Tinghu District, Yancheng City, Jiangsu Province

Resident place         Chejiabi, Xishan District, Kunming City, Yunnan Province Continue reading


Qin Yongmin

Pen name

Sex                          Male

Birth date                1953-08-11

Birth place              Wuhan City, Hubei Province Continue reading