PEN International was founded in London in 1921 to promote friendship and intellectual co-operation among writers everywhere, emphasize the role of literature in developing understanding, stand for freedom of expression and act as a powerful voice on behalf of writers harassed, silenced, imprisoned and sometimes killed for their views. Continue reading

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 Letter to ICPC President Tienchi Martin-Liao



Name                      Iminjan Seydin


Sex                              Male

Birth date                1965-04-28

Birth place             Ustun Atush , Atush City, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

Resident place      Urumqi, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

Education               B.A. in History, Xinjiang University (1990)

Profession               Uyghur historian and publisher, associate professor of history at the Xinjiang Islamic Institute, legal representative, executive director and general manager of Xinjiang Imin Book Publishing Company

Date of arrest          2017-05=10

Organ of arrest       Tianshan District Branch of Public Security Bureau of Urumqi City, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

Cause of arrest       Believed to be related to the publication of Arabic rhetoric books in 2014

Charge                         Propagating extremism

Date of sentence     2019-02

Organ of sentence  People’s Court of Tianshan District, Urumqi City, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

Sentence                   15 years imprisonmnet, 5 years deprivation of political rights and 500,000 CNY fine

Defender                  Unknown

Place of jail               Unknown prison, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

Situation in jail      Unknown

Date of release        2032-05-09 (?)

Family contact        Daughter Semire Imin (in USA)

Donation to

Case adopted by     ICPC

Current Status        Investigation



Guo QuanSex                               Male

Birth date                1968-05-08

Birth place              Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province

Resident place      Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province Continue reading


Xu Zhiyong1Pen name               

Sex                               Male

Birth date                1973-03-02

Birth place              Minquan County, Shangqiu City, Henan Province

Resident place         Beijing City Continue reading


Gui MinhaiPenname                Ah Hai

Sex                              Male

Birth date              1964-05-05

Birth place             Ning City, Zhejiang Province

Resident place       Düsseldorf, Germany (Swedish citizen)

Education                B.A. in History at Peking University (1985), M.A. in Humanities (1990) and Ph.D in History (1996) at University of Gothenburg Continue reading

114. CHEN WEI (Released)

Chen Wei Sex                              Male

 Birth date                1969-02-21

Birth place                 Sichuan Province

Resident place         Suining City, Sichuan Province

Education                  Beijing University of Technology (1988-1989)

Profession                 Freelance writer (ICPC honorary member) Continue reading


Name                      Qimangul Awut (aka Chimengul Awut)

Penname               Chimenqush (flower bird)

Sex                              Female

Birth date                1973

Birth place             Kashgar, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Continue reading


Penname                An Ran

Sex                              Male

Birth date                1979-02-20

Birth place              Jinan City, Shandong Province Continue reading


Penname                Chen Wendan

Sex                              Male

Birth date                1966-09-27

Birth place              Pingpo Village, Longsheng Town, Beiliu County, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Continue reading