Prisoners of Conscience

Free Liu Xiaobo Now! An Open Letter

Posted in Prisoners of Conscience on December 10th, 2010    Comment
The following open letter to the Chinese government was drafted by Chinese Human Rights Defenders and delivered to the Chinese Embassy in Oslo at 3:30 pm on December 9, on the eve of the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to imprisoned Chinese writer Liu ...read more>>

A Letter to Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo from Václav Havel

Posted in Prisoners of Conscience on December 10th, 2010    Comment
Dear Liu Xiaobo I am one of the thousands and possibly millions of people who rejoice that you have received this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. It is always encouraging when one sees that respect for human rights and freedoms does not capitulate in the face ...read more>>

On Liu Xiaobo and the Nobel Peace Prize

Posted in Prisoners of Conscience on October 15th, 2010    Comment
The awarding of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese citizen, has drawn strong reactions both inside and outside China. This is a major event in modern Chinese history. It offers the prospect of a significant new advance for Chinese society ...read more>>

Signatories of Charter 77 and Czech Helsinki Committee Congratulates Liu Xiaobo, Winner of 2010 Nobel Peace Prize

Posted in Prisoners of Conscience on October 14th, 2010    Comment
Dear friends from Charter 08, dear Mrs. Liu Xia, As the guardians of the legacy of Charter 77 we, in the name of the activists and signatories of Charter 77 and the Czech Helsinki Committee that also originated in the pre-1990 era, send our congratulations ...read more>>

Letter to Members of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee Urging it to Award Prize to Liu Xiaobo

Posted in Prisoners of Conscience on September 27th, 2010    1 Comment
To the Esteemed Members of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee: More than thirty years ago “Charter 77” appeared in Czechoslovakia, and today three of the courageous people who drafted that milestone document have not forgotten a prisoner of conscience who ...read more>>

Recognizing Chinese Women Human Rights Defenders

Posted in Prisoners of Conscience, Urgent Actions on March 8th, 2010    Comment
Recognizing Chinese Women Human Rights Defenders (Chinese Human Rights Defenders, March 8, 2010) – While women make significant contributions to the promotion of human rights in China, their efforts are often overlooked. Many women human rights defenders ...read more>>

The Human Rights Activist Liu Xiaobo, Imprisoned in China, Deserves the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize

Posted in Prisoners of Conscience on February 3rd, 2010    Comment
On Christmas Day last year, one of China’s best-known human rights activists, the writer and university professor Liu Xiaobo, was condemned to 11 years in prison. Liu is one of the main drafters of Charter 08, a petition inspired by Czechoslovakia’s ...read more>>

Czech and Slovak MPs Nominate Chinese dissident for Nobel Peace prize

Posted in Prisoners of Conscience on February 3rd, 2010    Comment
Prague, Czech Republic – February 3, 2010 - Forty Czech and fifty Slovak MPs have nominated Liu Xiaobo - a prominent Chinese human rights activist, writer and university professor - for Nobel Peace Prize. The nomination was also endorsed by ex-president ...read more>>

Activist Huang Qi Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for “Illegal Possession of State Secrets”

Posted in Prisoners of Conscience, Urgent Actions on November 22nd, 2009    Comment
Activist Huang Qi Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for "Illegal Possession of State Secrets" (Chinese Human Rights Defenders, November 23, 2009) -Huang Qi (黄琦), prominent human rights activist and director of Tianwang Human Rights Center ...read more>>

Letter to President Obama Concerning His Upcoming China Trip

Posted in Prisoners of Conscience, Urgent Actions on November 10th, 2009    Comment
November 10, 2009 President Barack Obama The White House Washington, DC 20500 Dear Mr. President: We, members and affiliates of the Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD), a network of Chinese and international human rights activists and groups, ...read more>>