China: Dissident writer charged

English PEN is seriously concerned about the charges of ‘inciting splittism’ against Chinese dissident writer and journalist Chen Daojun, who was detained on 9 May 2008 near the city of Chengdu, Sichuan province.

According to our information, freelance journalist Chen Daojun was among a number of people detained on 9 May 2008 whilst protesting the building of a chemical plant in the town of Pengzhou, 39 km outside the capital Chengdu.

It was initially thought that Chen Daojun would be charged with “inciting subversion of state power.” However, according to recent reports, he has in fact been charged with “inciting splittism”. This charge, one which is most often used against Tibetans and Uighurs in China, most likely stems from an article Chen published following the Tibetan protests in which he defended the basic rights of Tibetans and condemned the Chinese government’s violent crackdown on protesters.

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Please send appeals:

·Expressing serious concern about the charges against detained journalist Chen Daojun;
·Pointing out that he appears to have been charged in violation of Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which China is a signatory, and if so calling for his immediate and unconditional release.

Appeals to:

His Excellency Hu Jintao
President of the People’s Republic of China
State Council
Beijing 100032
P.R. China.

Mr. Meng Jianzhu
Minister of the Public Security
East Chang’an Avenue 14
100741 Beijing
P.R. China

Please note that fax numbers are no longer available for the Chinese authorities, so you may wish to ask the diplomatic representative for China in your country to forward your appeals:

Her Excellency Mrs. Fu Ying
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
49 – 51 Portland Place
London W1B 1JL

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