When China was bidding for the Olympics in 2001, the Chinese government made explicit promises to improve its human rights record. But the Olympics have come and gone, and the climate for freedom of expression in China has only steadily declined. Chinese writers continue to be censored, harassed, imprisoned, and, even disappeared throughout the country. Four members of the Independent Chinese PEN Center are in prison, including Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo, and PEN continues to monitor the cases of at least 35 other writers behind bars. In this new digital age, even a tweet could get a citizen detained. Still, writers continue to write, and citizens continue to become more and more emboldened in their criticism of government malfeasance. While pressure comes from above to clamp down on dissent, citizens build pressure from below. Stand with them in their struggle.
What You Can Do
- Press Release 06/December/2012-Liu Xia Speaks
- Press Release 27/September/2012-PEN Protests Restrictions Against Ai Weiwei
- Press Release 18/September/2012-PEN Member Jiao Guobiao Jailed in Beijing on Allegations of Subversion
- Press Release 03/February/2012-PEN Abhors Free Expression Violations in Tibet
- Press Release 18/January/2012-PEN Protests Charges Against Zhu Yufu, Insisting "Poetry Is Not a Crime"
- Rapid Action 23/November/2012-Dissident Poet Li Bifeng Sentenced to 12 Years