China: Leading dissident writer Chen Shuqing still detained without trial

*** UPDATE: According to PEN’s information, dissident writer Chen Shuqing was sentenced to four years in prison and one year’s deprivation of political rights on charges of ‘inciting the government’s overthrow’, on 14 August 2007. Chen Shuqing was reportedly convicted following the publication of seven articles on the banned magazine of the CDP and on overseas websites Boxun, Dajiyan (Epoch Times), Zhongguo Shiwu Luntan (China Affairs Forum), Yi Bao (China E Weekly) and Duowei Xinwen (Duowei News). English PEN considers Chen Shuqing to be detained in violation of Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which China is a signatory, and calls for his immediate and unconditional release.***

 

English PEN protests the continued detention of leading dissident writer Chen Shuqing, who has been held without trial since 14 September 2006, in violation of both Chinese and international law.
 
According to PEN’s information, Chen Shuqing, a dissident writer and leading member of the Zhejiang Branch of the banned Chinese Democratic Party (CDP), was arrested on 14 September 2006 on charges of subversion. His case has been handed back to the police twice due to lack of evidence. He voluntarily went to the Daguan Police Station, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province after receiving a police summons and following his arrest, police raided his home and took away his computer and some documents. No reason has been given for his charge, although he is known for his critical articles published on various overseas Chinese websites such as Boxun, Minzhu Luntan, Dajiyuan, Yi Bao, Guancha, and Xin Shiji.
 
Chen, aged 42, was previously detained in 1999 for 4 months for his role in establishing the banned Chinese Democratic Party. After his release, he trained to become a lawyer, but after passing his exams in 2005, the Justice Bureau of Zhejiang Province refused to give him a lawyer’s licence, claiming that his online articles violated China’s Constitution. Chen challenged this ruling in court, but lost the case in both the lower and the appeal courts. He has since been subject to police harassment.
 
Please send appeals:
 
– Protesting the detention of Chen Shuqing, and calling for his immediate and unconditional release in accordance with Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which China became a signatory in 1998;
–  Urging the authorities to respect his basic rights whilst detained and to grant him full access to his family, lawyer and any necessary medical care.
 
Addresses:

His Excellency Hu Jintao
President of the People’s Republic of China
State Council
Beijing 100032
P.R.China.
 
Procurator General Mr. Jia Chunwang
Supreme People’s Procuratorate
Beiheyan Street 147
100726 Beijing
P.R.China
 
Please note that fax numbers are no longer available for the Chinese authorities, so it may be more effective to forward appeals via Chinese representatives in London:

HE Mrs. Fu Ying
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
49-51 Portland Place
London W1B 4JL
 

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