China: International PEN protests detention of Liu Xiaobo

We the undersigned, support International PEN, the world association of writers with members in over 100 countries, in its call for the release of Liu Xiaobo, prominent dissident writer, former President and current Board member of the Independent Chinese PEN Centre, who has been detained since 8 December 2008 for signing Charter 08, a declaration calling for political reforms and human rights. Liu Xiaobo is being held under Residential Surveillance, a form of pre-trial detention, at an undisclosed location in Beijing, and no charges against him have been made known.

Liu Xiaobo is among a large number of dissidents to have been detained or harassed after issuing an open letter calling on the National People’s Congress Standing Committee to ratify the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), and launching Charter 08, a declaration calling for political reforms and human rights. These activities formed part of campaigns across China to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (10 December), and the Charter has now been signed by more than 7000 scholars, journalists, freelance writers and activists.  International PEN is alarmed about an apparent crackdown on those who have endorsed the Charter, and urges that all signatories of Charter 08 are protected from further harassment.

International PEN considers Liu Xiaobo to be held solely for the peaceful exercise of his right to free expression, and therefore in violation of Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which China is a signatory, as well as Article 35 of the Chinese Constitution. PEN demands the immediate and unconditional release of Liu Xiaobo and all those currently detained in the People’s Republic of China for the peaceful expression of their opinions.

NB. PEN members who have not yet signed and wish to do so should email their name and the name of their PEN centre to cathy.mccann@internationalpen.org.uk before 23 January 2009.

Edward Albee, American PEN
Homero Aridjis, President Emeritus of International PEN
Margaret Atwood, Vice President of International PEN  
Paul Auster, American PEN
Alan Ayckbourn, CBE, International PEN Author Advocate
Jung Chang, Independent Chinese PEN
J. M. Coetzee, Vice President of International PEN  
Don DeLillo, American PEN
Carol Ann Duffy OBE, CBE, International PEN Author Advocate
Umberto Eco, American PEN  
Ian McEwan CBE, International PEN Author Advocate
Moris Farhi MBE, Vice President of International PEN
Michael Frayn, English PEN
Sir David Hare, International PEN Author Advocate
Ronald Harwood CBE, Vice President of International PEN
Ha Jin, Independent Chinese PEN
Ma Jian, Independent Chinese PEN
Azar Nafisi, International PEN Author Advocate
Michael Ondaatje, Canadian PEN
Wole Soyinka, American PEN
Sir Tom Stoppard OM, CBE, International PEN Author Advocate
Salman Rushdie, CBE, American PEN  
Per Wästberg, President Emeritus of International PEN


International PEN Board
Jiří Gruša, International President
Eugene Schoulgin, International Secretary
Eric Lax, International Treasurer
Karin Clark, Writers in Prison Committee Chair
Mike Butscher
Cecilia Balcázar
Yang Lian
Mohamed Magani
Kristin T. Schnider
Haroon Siddiqui
Hori Takeaki

President Emeritus
Terry Carlbom

Vice Presidents of International PEN
Joanne Leedom-Ackerman
Lucina Kathmann
Boris A. Novak
Gloria Guardia

Adelaide PEN
Miriel Lenore
Dominique Wilson

American PEN
Siri Hustvedt
Ron Chernow
K. Anthony Appiah
Francine Prose
Rick Moody

Austrian PEN
Wolfgang Kubin

Canadian PEN
Alison Gordon
Marian Botsford Fraser
Camilla Gibb
Reza Beraheni
Charles Foran
Sandra Martin
Martha Butterfield
Susan Coyne
Graeme Gibson
Louise Dennys
Katherine Govier
Brenda Carr Vellino
Kathryn E Langley Hope
Kevin McLoughlin
Pamela Porter
John Eerkes-Medrano
David Williams
Jack E.G. Dixon
Lola Tostevin
Mark Frutkin
Sheila Whyte
Joseph Simons
Talia Zajac
Ruth Bradley-St-Cyr
Maurice Breslow
Linda Spaulding
Bruce MacDougall
David Bergen
Hank Bulmash
Phil Jenkins
Michael Helm
Jay Macpherson
Vera Frenkel  
Oscar Goodman
Murray Melville
Dahlia Liwsze
Nino Ricci
Ellen Seligman
Ron Graham
John Ralston Saul

Catalan PEN
Carme Arenas
David Figueres Felip
Rosa Fabregat
Daniel Nomen i Recio
Valentí Gómez i Oliver
Carme Ramilo Martínez
Margarita Ballester Figueras
Joan Buades
Helena Porteros Liroz  
Guillem-Jordi Graells
Assumpta Cantalozella
Tònia Passola
Gabriel de la S. T. Sampol
August Bover Font
Helena Vidal
Manel Ollé Rodríguez
Miquel Berga
Miquel Cardell Santandeu
Vicent Pitarch i Almela
Raffaella Salierno
Ramon N. Prats
Carme Riera
Jaume Cabré
Adrià Chavarria
Josep Maria Fonalleras
Joan Guasp Vidal
Antònia Vicens
Pep Coll
Helena Pol
Miquel Desclot
Emili Olcina Aya
Carmen Borja
Iolanda Bonet
Maria Teresa Pous
Josep-Ramon Bach
Ainara Munt Ojanguren
Joan Rendé i Masdéu
Teresa Colom Pich
Jordi Vintró
Assumpció Forcata
Antoni Puigverd
Ramon Pla i Arxé
Alex Broch
Mercè Otero Vidal
Ponç Pons
Josep Lozano
Bartomeu Fiol
Antoni Vidal Ferrando
Pilar Garriga
Patrícia Gabancho
Francesc Parcerisas Vázquez
Miquel M. Gibert
Maria Mercè Roca
Oriol Izquierdo
Joaquim Carbó Masllorens
Sebastià Perelló
Quim Monzó
Maria-Antònia Oliver
Jordi Valls Pozo
Arnau Pons
Núria Cabré Castellví
Lluís Urpinell-i-Jovani
Maria Barbal Farré

Cuban Writers in Exile PEN
Luis Ignacio Larcada

English PEN
Julian Evans
Martin Goodman
Eric Clark
Rosemary Friedman
Christopher Southgate
Wendy Mulford
Tom Cheesman
Carole Seymour-Jones
Marilyn Malin
Xandra Bingley
Barry Kernon
Paul Levy
Ros Schwartz
Amanda Craig
Liu Hongbin
Frances Spalding
Jonathan Prichard
Elizabeth Maslen
Lynne Reid Banks
Anne Louise Fisher
Nicholas Murray
Cat Lucas
Ivan Jones
Ruth Fainlight
Miriam Moss
Penelope Bennett
Paul Griffiths
Nouritza Matossian

Independent Chinese PEN (ICPC)
JIANG Qisheng
ZHENG Yi
MENG Lang
JIANG Bo
CAI Chu
YU Jie
Xiaogang ZHANG
QI Jia Zhen
Yu ZHANG
Emily WU
You You  
Tienchi LIAO
DING Xu
WANG Jianbo
Patrick POON
WANG Xiaoshan
Jimbut Jun FENG
WEN Kejian
QI Yanchen
Han Xin
LU Wen
ZHANG Xianyang
Jin Wa
LIU Tao
SUN Wenguang
LI Changyu
YEN Minju
CAI Yong Mei
ZHU Xinxin
Ah Zhong
GAO Yu
Yongyi SONG
SHU Yang
LU Xuesong
LIAO Yiwu
XUAN Gui
MA Lan
YU Zhangfa  
Kuide CHEN
ZHAO Dagong
ZHANG Langlang
QIU Yueshou
LIU Jianyong
ZAN Aizong
ZOU Hongfu
JIANG Fuzhen
SUN Liyong
LIU Jingsheng
TIAN Qizhuang
LIN Maochun
MO Jiangang
SHEN Youlian
Bin Lang
TENG Biao
YANG Guang
WANG Debang
LIU Ning
LIU Yiming
XU Wen-Li
HE Xingtong
HU Ping
XU Xiang
WANG Ju
Ye Huo
LI Yuanlong
A Shen
HUANG Dachuan
LIU Di
AI Ge
YU Zhijian
GUAN Dangsheng
A Mu
Lao David
WANG Yiliang
ZHANG Ci
Ye Du
Yi Ping
HUANG Heqing
WU Yi Shan
Lisa LEE
Qing ZHOU
Pu ZHANG
 
Japan PEN
Wakamatsu Jotaro
Shokan Kondo
Tamiko Tanimoto
Hayakawa Kazuo
Kiyoko Iwabuti
Tatsuya Kusaba
Eiko Miyamoto
Hata Kouhei
Hiromi Ikeuchi
Sadanaga  Washizuka
Akemi Kamiyama
Yasuhiko Simazaki
Naoe Wakita
Yusuke Hayashi
Randy.Taguchi
Kenichi Kawaguchi
Yukio Nagashima
Yukiko Chino
Fujii Shozo
Kikuchi-Michito
Bin Konno
Satoko Tamura
Motohiko Fuma
Takashi Yodono
Ayuko Izumi
Tomoko Funaki
Yotaro Konaka
Shinkai   Hitoshi
Tendo Taijin
Masuo Tasai

Liechtenstein PEN
Mathias Ospelt

Nepal PEN
Greta Rana

Norwegian PEN
Trine Kleven

Quebec PEN
Maya Khankhoje
Émile Martel
Roger Paul Gilbert
Gary Klang

Swiss German PEN
Egidius Aebli
Brigitta Klaas Meilier
Rafaël Newman

Swiss Italian PEN
Chiara Macconi

Suisse Romand PEN
Nguyên Hoàng Bao Viêt
Fawzia Assaad
Zeki Ergas

Scottish PEN
Iseabail Macleod
Zoë Strachan
Robin Lloyd-Jones
Drew Campbell
Bashabi Fraser

Sydney PEN
Gaby Naher
Margot Morris
Susan Sheridan
Virginia Lloyd
Carole Cogdon
Gaby Naher
Jane Camens
Sylvia Lawson
Annamaria Weldon
Caroline Lurie
Nicholas Jose
Chip Rolley
Barbara Brooks
Kyra Giorgi
Bridget McKern
Sylvia Petter
Gillian Rubinstein
Lian Hearn
Frank Moorhouse
Carol Dettmann
Dr Carolyn van Langenberg
Joan Dugdale
Tony Brooks
Ray Tyndale
Julie Marcus

Originally posted with the url: www.englishpen.org/writersinprison/bulletins/chinainternationalpenprotestsdetentionofliuxiaobo/

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