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ICPC Statement on Criminal Detention of ICPC Member Du Daobin and Others

Press Release
8 June 2013

Independent Chinese PEN Centre is seriously concerned about the arrests of its member Du Daobin and another two writers Du Bin and Zheng Youwu, as well as the opening of the trial of Liu Benqi on June 5 who was arrested in July last year on the charge of “inciting subversion of state power”. Continue reading

ICPC Statement for International Human Rights Day

For Press Release
8 December 2012

Today is the fourth detention anniversary of Dr. Liu Xiaobo, the former and honorary president of Independent Chinese PEN Centre (ICPC), and two days later it will be the second anniversary of awarding him the Nobel Peace Prize. Gazed by the whole world, the CCP’s 18th Congress held in Beijing last month has not resulted in any goodwill toward freedom but launched a new series of crackdown since prior to the Congress to repress freedom of expression and violate basic human rights of Chinese people. Not only Liu Xiaobo and other prisoners of conscience have been still in jail, and Liu Xiaobo’s wife Liu Xia, a poet and founding member of ICPC, has been still under house arrest since more the two years ago, but also a young activist Cao Haibo who initiated an online organization Zhenhua Club has been sentenced to 8-year imprisonment in Yunnan Province as well as a dissident writer Li Bifeng has been sentenced to 12-year imprisonment in Sichuan Province, respectively. In recent two months, there have been many forced disappearances, forced travels and illegal house arrest of many dissidents and activists including ICPC members for political “stability”. ICPC expresses its strong protest against these acts of Chinese authorities, and calls on the Chinese authorities to end their persecutions and respect citizens’ basic human rights including freedom of expression guaranteed by the Chinese Constitution and the International Human Rights Conventions, and to release Liu Xiaobo, Liu Xia and all of others under unjustl imprisonments and house arrest immediately and unconditionally. Continue reading

ICPC Statement on PEN International Day of Imprisoned Writers

For Press Release
15 November 2012

Two Writers Honoured Liu Xiaobo Courage to Write Award

Independent Chinese PEN Centre (ICPC) has honoured two imprisoned writers, Dolma Kyab and WU Yilong, the laureates of ICPC’s Liu Xiaobo Courage to Write Award in 2012 for their long-term tenacity and courage in writing regardless of imprisonments. Besides, ICPC have named 8 new honorary members – CHEN Xi, GAO Zhisheng, Tashi Rabten, Kunchok Tsephel Gopey Tsang, Kunga Tseyang, Gangkye Drubpa Kyab, RAO Wenwei and LI Bifeng. Continue reading

Announcement of Nomination for Liu Xiaobo Courage to Write Award

Title: Liu Xiaobo Courage to Write Award
Awardee: one or two individual annually;
Candidacy: Anyone in the case list of Writers in Prison Committee of International PEN who is still imprisoned or released under legal restriction of the right to freedom of expression, such as “deprivation of political rights”;
Nominator: Three individuals, or a PEN centre;
Nomination period: Starting on 23 June, anniversary of Liu Xiaobo’s formal arrest and ending on 8 October;
Date to announce the awardee: Writers in Prison Day on 15 November;
Awarding Items: a certificate or trophy, prize check and awarding statement.
Prize: 2000 US dollars; Continue reading

A Letter to the British Council on the London Book Fair

Press release

Dear Madams/Sirs

It has come to our attention that for this month’s London Book Fair that you have invited the Administration of Press and Publication of the People’s Republic of China (GAPP-PRC), which has long banned the works written by a large number of dissident writers, among them Dr. Liu Xiaobo, laureate of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize and the former and honorary president of Independent Chinese PEN Centre. The GAPP-PRC has carefully selected 181 publishers and 31 official writers to present its own achievement in government-approved and censored literatures. Continue reading

ICPC Statement to Protest Severe Sentence of Its Member Zhu Yufu

10 February, 2012

Independent Chinese PEN Centre (ICPC) is alarmed to have learnt that its member Mr. ZHU Yufu has been sentenced this afternoon by Hangzhou Intermediate People’s Court, Zhejiang Province in eastern China, to 7 years imprisonment with further 3 years deprivation of political rights for “inciting subversion of the state power “ after the trial on 31 January. The conviction based on his speech published in the overseas Chinese websites, and interviews with the foreign media and collecting money for other prisoners of conscience.

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ICPC Statement on PEN International Day of Imprisoned Writers

For Press Release

Three Writers Honored To Liu Xiaobo Courage to Write Awards

On 15 November 2011, Independent Chinese PEN Centre (ICPC) announced that three imprisoned writers, Hada, QIN Yongmin and CHEN Wei, were honored as this year’s laureates of its Liu Xiaobo Courage to Write Award for their long-term tenacity and courage in writing regardless of repeated imprisonments; Besides, ICPC have granted 9 new honorary members, CHEN Wei, LI Tie, Memetjan Abdulla, WANG Lihong (Female), Jangtse Donkho, Buddha, Kalsang Jinpa, Dokru Tsultrim, and WEN Yan (aka SUN Buer). Continue reading