Chen Yu

Chen is the owner of an online book retailer that sells foreign-published Christian books to readers living in China. In September 2019, he was detained in Linhai city on… More

Chen Yunfei

Chen Yunfei | Status: Detained | China

Chen Yunfei is a performance artist who works at the intersection of human rights activism and art. His art is overtly political, promoting the Chinese pro-democracy movement. More

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Chen Yu | Status: Imprisoned | China

Bookseller Chen Yu was detained in September 2019 on suspicion of “illegal business activities” related to selling unapproved books in China. More

Ai Weiwei | Status: Continued Harassment | China

Dissident Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei has been free to travel since Beijing authorities returned his passport in July 2015. However, Ai was previously banned from foreign travel… More

Gui Minhai

Gui Minhai | Status: Imprisoned | China

Hong Kong publisher and Swedish national Gui Minhai was disappeared from his vacation home in Pattaya, Thailand on October 17, 2015. He remained in Chinese detention for more than… More

Chai Xiaoming

Xiaoming was detained on March 21, 2019 for his involvement in the publication of a politically sensitive article on Red Reference, a magazine where he worked as an editor.… More

Chen Zhaozhi

Chen Zhaozhi, a scholar and online commentator, was detained in March 2020 for his online writings criticizing the government during COVID-19. His prolonged detention has placed Chen, who already… More

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Our sister organization PEN Belarus has spent years uplifting writers and supporting the freedom to write. Now, the government is trying to shut them down. Show your support and tell them they’re not alone.

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