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In his letter, the exiled dissident Chinese writer Liao Yiwu raises questions about the character, as well as writings, of Mo Yan, the recipient of the 2012 Nobel Prize for Literature.
In order to implement the New Countryside Plan, the Yushan Development District of Jinxiang County, Shandong Province demanded that farmers leave their land and homes and move into low-quality apartment buildings. The farmers refused to sign their eviction contracts and move. In the early morning...
This open letter (CH) from Lu Qing (路青) , the wife of Ai Weiwei (艾未未) , to the Legislative Affairs Commission of the National People’s Congress (NPC) urges that the NPC not adopt the Draft Amendment without dropping several exceptional provisions that would allow the authorities to execute...
Shanghai-based human rights activist Feng Zhenghu sent a letter to the National People’s Congress (NPC) and to individuals in legal circles to ask for their support for the “I Want to File a Case” action that he initiated on August 3, 2011. Feng says that this action has garnered 189 signatures. In...
[Chen Guida's Death] Chen Guida, a Korean War veteran who worked for Tsinghua University for more than 34 years, spent the past few years negotiating with the University to reinstate his cadre status so that he could obtain the full retirement benefits accorded to cadres. On August 28, 2011, when...
Author Salman Rushdie responds to Liao Yiwu’s recent open letter .
Because Salman Rushdie wrote The Satanic Verses , Iran's Ayatolla Khomeini tried to kill him by putting a $5,000,000 reward on his head. This was in the 1980s, when I was still a young poet, and it was the first time I had heard his name. I was deeply shocked. Even though I cannot cross the ocean...
[Translated by Human Rights in China] What Premier Wen Jiabao said during the National People’s Congress – such as “let the people live happier and more dignified lives; let the society be more just and harmonious” – warmed my heart. However, on March 8, International Women’s Day, even before the...
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton US Department of State 2201 C Street NW Washington, DC 20520 VIA FACSIMILE Dear Secretary Clinton, As you prepare to make your first trip to the People’s Republic of China as Secretary of State, our organizations strongly urge you to make human rights issues a...
[Translated by Human Rights in China] Honorable Members of the United States Congress, My name is Geng He (耿和) and I am the wife of political prisoner and lawyer Gao Zhisheng (高智晟), who is currently being persecuted in mainland China. On March 11 this year, I arrived in the United States with my...

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