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Independent Chinese PEN Center Award Ceremony Remarks by Chris Smith

ICPC held its annual conference in Taipei, on Oct. 5th, 2023. Famous female Chinese writer Yan Geling was award the Prize of Free Writing, and a member of ICPC and a dissident writer, Mr. Chen Yunfei was awarded the Prize of Liu Xiaobo Brevity Writing.

Congressman Christopher Smith, Chairman of Congressional Executive Commission on China of the US sent his congratulations for this awarding conference. Below is his letter.

An Open Letter to Wang Zheng, Director of Zhejiang Prison Administration, on the protection of Lü Gengsong’s human rights and interests

Dear Director Wang Zheng,

Independent Chinese PEN Center (ICPC), PEN America, and PEN International are writing to you to draw your attention to the case of Mr. Lü Gengsong, a member of ICPC.  Mr. Lü is serving his sentence in Huzhou Changhu Prison, which is under your administration. Mr. Lü is 67 years old and is serving an 11-year prison sentence. It is reported that he has been repeatedly abused by a prison officer in various ways, his legal rights have been seriously violated, and his physical and mental health is worrying. For this reason, we ask your bureau to investigate and deal with it and ensure Mr. Lü ‘s basic rights and humane treatment in accordance with the law.

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