International PEN protests the four-year prison sentence handed down to writer and human-rights activist Lu Gengsong on February 5, 2008, for “inciting subversion of state power” with his critical writings published online. Lu has been detained since August 24, 2007. PEN considers Lu Gengsong to be detained in violation of Article 19 of the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights, to which China is a signatory, and calls for his immediate and unconditional release.


More information:

PEN Press Release: Two Releases, One Conviction, One Indefinite Detention
We Are Ready for Freedom of Expression


Background Information

Lu Gengsong was arrested in Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, on August 24, 2007, following the online publication of articles critical of the authorities. His home was searched and his computer and personal files were reportedly confiscated. Lu Gengsong was formally charged on September 29, 2007, with "inciting subversion of state power," which is often used to silence dissidents. He was tried behind closed doors on January 22, 2008, and sentenced to four years in prison by the Hangzhou City Intermediate People’s Court on February 5, 2008. Lu is held at the Xihu (West Lake) Detention Center in Hangzhou City.

Lu Gengsong, a history graduate from Zhejiang University, taught at the Zhejiang Higher Professional School of Public Security before being expelled in 1993 because of his pro-democracy activities. He went on to become a freelance writer, and has published several books on political reform, including A History of Chinese Community Party Corrupt Officials in 2000. Lu is known for his reporting on human-rights violations and his political commentaries published on the Internet. He is also an active member of the banned China Democracy Party.

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  • protesting the four-year sentence handed down to dissident writer Lu Gengsong for his critical writings and pro-democracy activities;
  • calling for his immediate and unconditional release in accordance with Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which China is a signatory.

Send Your Letter To

President of the People’s Republic of China
His Excellency Hu Jintao
State Council
Beijing 100032
P.R. China

Supreme People's Procuratorate
Procurator General Mr. Jia Chunwang
Supreme People's Procuratorate
Beiheyan Street 147
100726 Beijing
P.R. China

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