Wife of Chinese dissident asks Obama for help

The case of jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo flared up in the American media this weekend, after Liu's wife Liu Xia published a Washington Post editorial asking President Barack… More

US activists back Chinese dissident

US human rights activists have launched a campaign to free prominent Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo (劉曉波), whose case has become a cause celebre outside China. The Washington Post carried… More

Liu Xiaobo to Receive Top PEN Honor

PEN American Center today named Liu Xiaobo, one of China’s preeminent dissident writers and activists and a leading figure in the PEN movement internationally, as the recipient of its… More

PEN Honors Chinese Writer, Dissident…

With the recent English-language publication of books like Yu Hua’s Brothers and Wang Gang’s English, Western readers might perceive a thaw ongoing in China. After all, these books and… More

Petition Urges China to Free Dissident

More than 160 prominent writers, scholars and human rights advocates outside mainland China have signed an open letter to President Hu Jintao asking him to release a well-known intellectual… More

Prominent Dissident Writer Liu Xiaobo Detained

International PEN is seriously concerned about the detention of prominent dissident writer Liu Xiaobo, former President and Board member of the Independent Chinese PEN Center, who was arrested on… More

PEN Appeal: Liu Xiaobo

December 10, 2008 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 Beijing 100741 P.R. China Your Excellencies, On behalf of… More

PEN Condemns Detention of Chinese Writers

Officers and staff of PEN American Center today expressed alarm at the news that Chinese authorities detained three prominent intellectuals yesterday, including two writers who helped found a new… More