美国笔会会长安东尼·阿皮亚（Anthony Appiah）与自由写作及国际项目主任拉里·赛姆斯（Larry Siems）、加拿大笔会会长爱伦.薩里格曼（Ellen Seligman），分别代表美国笔会3300名会员和加拿大笔会1200名会员，致信中国国家主席胡锦涛和公安部长孟建柱，对中国当局继续拘押独立中文笔会前会长刘晓波博士表示了极大的关注。
New York City, June 16, 2009—PEN American Center protested the continued detention of prominent writer Liu Xiaobo today with a letter to Chinese authorities, citing the clear violation of international and Chinese law. As of June 8, 2009, Liu had been held under “residential surveillance” for the maximum six months permitted under Chinese law and should have been released that day. Instead, police informed his wife, Liu Xia, that the former president of the Independent Chinese PEN Center (ICPC) would continue to be held at an undisclosed location while the investigation against him continues.
PEN has received reports that since June 11, guards have been posted outside the Beijing home of Liu Xia, as well as the homes of ICPC Vice President Jiang Qisheng and constitutional scholar Zhang Zuhua, who was instrumental in the promulgation of Charter 08, the document for which it is believed Liu Xiaobo is being held on suspicion of “inciting subversion of state power.” Neither Liu Xia nor his lawyer, Mo Shaoping, have seen Liu Xiaobo in over two months, and there are growing concerns for his well-being.
PEN American Center is among the 145 worldwide centers of International PEN, an organization that works to promote friendship and intellectual cooperation among writers everywhere, to fight for freedom of expression, and represent the conscience of world literature. It has been working together with the Independent Chinese PEN Center to protest China’s imprisonment, harassment, and surveillance of writers and journalists and to seek an end to Internet censorship and other restrictions on the freedom to write in that country. For more information, please visit www.pen.org/china.
June 16, 2009
His Excellency Hu Jintao
President of the People’s Republic of China
Mr. Meng Jianzhu
Minister of the Public Security
East Chang’an Avenue 14
On behalf of the 3,300 members of PEN American Center, an international organization of writers dedicated to protecting freedom of expression wherever it is threatened, we are writing to express our extreme concern regarding the continuing detention of prominent writer and former president of the Independent Chinese PEN Center Liu Xiaobo. As you know, as of June 8, 2009, Mr. Liu had been held the maximum six months under “residential surveillance,” and he therefore should have been freed under Chinese law.
We are particularly troubled by information suggesting that rather than release Mr. Liu, officials at the Haidian District Branch of the Beijing Public Security Bureau informed Ms. Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo’s wife, that Liu Xiaobo was not to be released from the undisclosed location where he is being held as the investigation continues beyond the allowed six-month period. We have received reports that guards were later posted outside of her Beijing home, as well as the homes of writer Jiang Qisheng and scholar Zhang Zuhua, both of whom are colleagues of Dr. Liu and friends of the family. The guards have remained there since Thursday, June 11. We understand that neither Liu Xia nor Mo Shaoping, Mr. Liu’s lawyer, have been permitted to visit Liu Xiaobo in over two months.
Liu Xiaobo is a respected colleague and an internationally-recognized advocate for the rights Chinese citizens are guaranteed under both international law and China’s own constitution. PEN American Center is seriously concerned that he is being arbitrarily detained in violation of those guarantees. We therefore call for Dr. Liu’s immediate and unconditional release.
Thank you for your attention to this urgent matter.
Director, Freedom to Write and International Programs
CC: H. E. Mr. Zhou Wenzhong
Ambassador of the PRC to the U.S.
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the U.S.
2201 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W.
Washington D.C. 20007
Fax: (202) 588-9760