Monthly Archives: 十二月 2014

Yang Zili: Exile in My Own Country – A Letter to Domestic Security Officer Li in Beijing

By Yang Zili, published: December 13, 2014

The Transition Institute researcher is on the run, and his letter provides clues (or no clues) about the recent detention of Guo Yushan and other TI personnel. – The editor

Dear Officer Li,

This is Yang Zili (杨子立), a veteran employee of Continue reading

China in 2014 through the Eyes of a Human Rights Advocate

By Yaxue Cao, published: December 11, 2014

This time last year, volunteers and I were busy writing and translating articles to prepare for the New Citizens Movement trials. Many Chinese voices were speaking out forcefully against these trials: Continue reading

Chinese Court Frees Uyghur Linguist Following Appeal


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Photo courtesy of Ayup’s family

Chinese authorities have freed a U.S.-educated Uyghur linguist who sought Continue reading

Liu Xiaobo, Nobel-Winning Chinese Dissident, Is Said to Send Message From Prison


BEIJING — A prominent Chinese writer living in Berlin said Wednesday that he had received a message from Liu Xiaobo, the Nobel Peace Prize winner who has been held by the Chinese authorities since 2008 and is serving a long prison sentence.

The writer, Liao Yiwu, who has known Mr. Liu for decades, declined to elaborate on how he received the message or what form it arrived in.

The message said: “I am O.K. Here in prison, I have continually been able to read and think. In my studies, I have become even more convinced I have no personal enemies. The nimbus around me is shiny enough by now. I hope the world could pay more attention to other victims who are not well known, or not known at all!”

Mr. Liao said he received the message early Tuesday from people in China. Mr. Liu has rarely if ever gotten messages out from his prison in Jinzhou, Liaoning Province, where he is serving an 11-year sentence.

“This is absolutely real,” Mr. Liao said. “It’s the first time I’ve received communication in all these years. I can’t say how I received it, but I know it is genuine. It is touching to hear this from him.”

11liu-master180Liu Xiaobo in an undated photo released by his family in 2010. He has been imprisoned since 2008. Credit via Reuters
Mr. Liu was detained by the police in 2008 after he helped write and circulate an online petition called Charter 08, calling for gradual political change in China that would eventually result in a Western-style democracy based on constitutional rights. Mr. Liu was formally charged in June 2009 with “inciting subversion of state power,” and on Dec. 25, 2009, he was given an 11-year prison sentence by a Beijing court.

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China: PEN renews calls for release of poet Liu Xiaobo and wife Liu Xia

8 December 2014

PEN is calling for immediate and unconditional release of Liu Xiaobo and wife, Liu Xia.

8 December 2014 marks the sixth anniversary of the arrest of Chinese poet and human rights defender Liu Xiaobo, who is serving an 11-year prison sentence for his dissident writings and peaceful activism. Liu Xiaobo was imprisoned for “inciting subversion of state power” for his part as the leading author behind “Charter ‘08”, a manifesto calling for protection of universal human rights and democratic reform in China. Continue reading

China Rails Against Pollution, of the Journalistic Variety

By JESS MACY YU DECEMBER 8, 2014 1:00 AMDecember 8, 2014 1:00 am

05sino-JOURNALISM-blog480A newsstand in Beijing. The government is calling for greater attention to ethics in journalism.Credit Rolex Dela Pena/European Pressphoto Agency

The Chinese government appears to have Continue reading

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

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

China Sentences Uighur Scholar’s Tohti Students to Up to 8 Years

By Joshua Fellman Dec 8, 2014 3:12 PM ET

China sentenced seven students of incarcerated scholar Ilham Tohti, a member of the country’s Uighur minority, to three to eight years in prison for separatism, Hong Kong government broadcaster RTHK said. Continue reading