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Liu Xiaobo

Writer, academic and Honorary President of Independent Chinese PEN Centre, Liu Xiaobo, has been in prison since 2009. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010, while in prison.

Sydney PEN is shocked and dismayed by the sentencing of dissident Chinese writer and academic Liu Xiaobo to eleven years imprisonment on charges of “subverting state power”. The trial was held on December 23, 2009 in Beijing, following Liu’s detention late last year. The trial concluded until Friday, December 25 without providing a verdict. Liu was detained shortly before the publication of Charter 08, a petition which he co-wrote and which was signed by numerous Chinese intellectuals and writers in December 2008 calling for political reforms, including an end to the Communist Party’s single-party rule.

ince Liu’s detention, Sydney PEN has joined International PEN, Independent Chinese PEN Centre (ICPC) and other PEN centres in the region and worldwide in publicly protesting the charges against him. The American government and the United Nations joined hundreds of international writers in the movement in favour of Liu’s release. Liu Xiaobo is an Honorary Member of Sydney PEN. On 11 February 2010 it was reported that his appeal against an 11-year sentence had been rejected by a Beijing court. PEN continues to demand his immediate and unconditional release.


Please send appeals:


  • demanding the immediate and unconditional release of dissident writer and Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo and all writers who remain behind bars or silenced in China today, in flagrant violation of its own laws and the international treaties which it has ratified;
  • expressing alarm at the crackdown on dissent in which writers, journalists and human rights defenders are amongst those to have been targeted; and
  • reminding the Chinese authorities of their obligations under Article 35 of the Chinese constitution and Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which it is a state party.

Send appeals to:

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

Sydney PEN recommends that supporters copy their appeal to the Chinese embassy in Australia, asking them to forward it and welcoming any comments:

His Excellency Mr CHEN YUMING
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
15 Coronation Drive
Yarralumla ACT 2600
Tel: (02) 6273 4780
Fax: (02) 6273 4878
Email: chinaemb_au “at” mfa.gov.cn