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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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Chinese activist Liu Feiyue given five years’ jail for ‘inciting subversion’

Xi Jinping takes a public oath of allegiance to the Constitution in the Great Hall of the People 13th National People’s Congress, Beijing, China Liu Feiyue is one of many Chinese human rights activists who have been swept up in Xi Jinping’s crackdown on dissent. Photograph: Xinhua/REX/Shutterstock

Flawed trial shows how Beijing abuses the judicial system to silence dissent, says Amnesty International

The founder of a prominent Chinese civil and human rights website has been sentenced to five years in prison for inciting state subversion, according to human rights organisations. Continue reading

Wang Quanzhang: China jails leading human rights lawyer

Wang Quanzhang went missing in a 2015 crackdown

China has sentenced prominent human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang to four and a half years in prison for state subversion.

Wang, 42, had defended political campaigners and victims of land seizures, as well as followers of the banned spiritual Falun Gong movement. Continue reading

Six Years On, China’s Jailed Nobel Laureate, Family Face a Bleak Future


(FILES) This file photo taken on October 22, 2002 shows Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo (L) and his wife Liu Xia posing for a photograph in Beijing. Jailed Chinese pro-democracry activist Liu Xiaobo won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize on October 8, 2010, the Norwegian Nobel Committe said.      CHINA OUT   AFP PHOTO

Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia in Beijing, Oct. 22, 2002. AFP

Six years after winning the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize, jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo looks unlikely to be given the chance to ‘seek medical parole’ overseas like high-profile dissidents have done before him, a close associate told RFA. Continue reading

Chinese Analysis Website Stays Offline as Media Crackdown Widens

Police check the ID cards of netizens at an Internet cafe in Shandong province

Police check the ID cards of netizens at an Internet cafe in Shandong province, July 31, 2013. Imagine China

An outspoken Chinese website that specialized in wide-ranging political and economic analysis remained unavailable on Tuesday, three days after going offline, amid an ever-tightening crackdown on public spaces for debate. Continue reading