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Hu ShigenPen name

Sex                          Male

Birth date                1955-11-14

Birth place              Nanchang City, Jiangxi Province

Resident place         Beijing

Education               M. A. in Chinese Literature at Beijing University (1986)

Profession              Freelance writer, family church leader, former lecturer at Beijing Language Institute (now Beijing Language and Culture University)

(Honorary member of ICPC, English PEN and PEN Canada, and ICPC member since December 2009)

Date of arrest          1992-05-27 (detained), 1992-09-27 (arrested, 1st); 2015-07-10 (detained, 2nd) ;2015-08-07 (assigned residence residential surveillance, 3rd), 2016-01-08 (arrest)

Organ of arrest       Public Security Bureau of Beijing City (1st); Haidian Branch of Public Security Bureau of Beijing City (2nd); Public Security Bureau of Tianjin City (3rd)

Cause of arrest       Founding Liberal Democratic Party of China (LDPC) and Free Labour Union of China, and drafting documents for LDPC and articles for commemoration of June-fourth victims in 1989 (1st); participation in a small home-gethering for anniversary commemoration of June-Fourth Tiananmen event in  Beijing; dissident speeches on China’s democratization at meetings (3rd)

Charge                    Organising and leading counter-revolutionary group and counter-revolutionary propaganda instigation (1st); suspecion of making troubles (2nd); subversion of the state powder (3rd)

Date of sentence     1994-12-16, 1995-06-14 (appeal); 2016-08-03 (3rd)

Organ of sentence   Beijing Intermediate People’s Court, Beijing High People’s Court (appeal)

Sentence                  20 years imprisonment and 5 years deprivation of political rights (1st); 7.5 years imprisonment and 5 years deprivation of political rights (3rd);

Defender                 Self (plea of not guilty); lawyers assigned by the court (3rd)

Place of jail             Beijing No 2 Prison, Postbox: 2357, Chaoyang District, 100023 Beijing (1st); No. 1 Detention Center of Beijing City (2nd); Changtai Prison, Tianjin City (3rd)

Situation in jail        Under secondary restriction; tortured to have a broken and deformed finger (1st); forced to confess, and suffering from severe neurasthenia and diseases of  heart, liver, stomach and ears but medical parole denied (3rd)

Date of release        2008-08-26 (reduction by 3 years and 9 months); 2016-06-05 (on bail, 2nd); 2022-10-25 (3rd)

Family contact        HU Fengyun (elder sister), Tel: 0086-13807912885

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Case adopted by     ICPC, English PEN, PEN Canada

Current Status         Main case