Is the English PEN or the British Council endorsing the Chinese law that sentenced Liu Xiaobo to 11 years?
In a recent BBC interview, English PEN's Events Manager Sarah Hesketh, when asked why Liu Xiaobo was not invited to the London Book Fair, answered: '...Liu Xiaobo is a criminal according to the Chinese law, so the British Council couldn't invite Liu Xiaobo.' http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Ehjmtpe0SMA#!
I am wondering if the English PEN or the British Council is endorsing the Chinese law that sentenced Liu Xiaobo to 11 years? What about your mission of promoting freedom to write and read?
Liu’s conviction was based entirely on his writings, nonviolent expressions of his own opinions. Along with Charter 08, six articles written by Liu Xiaobo between October 2005 and July 2007 were cited as evidence and used to convict him. These articles include:
- “CCP’s Dictatorial Patriotism,” in which Liu points out that the CCP government has no democratic legitimacy to represent the Chinese people, nor does its ideology, including “officially-promoted patriotism,” speak for Chinese culture;
- “Who Said Chinese People Only Deserve Accepting ‘Party-Rule Democracy?’” In this article, Liu criticizes a white paper issued by the Information Office of the State Council, entitled “China’s Construction of Democratic Democracy,” for rejecting the universality of democratic rights;
- “Political Reform through Social Change,” in which Liu advocates non-violent disobedience, calling on citizens to stand up against repression.
- “Many Facets of CCP Dictatorship,” in which Liu tries to explain that widespread corruption is a symptom of the growing illegitimacy of the CCP’s dictatorial rule.
- “Negative Impact of Rising Dictatorship on Democratization,” in which Liu criticizes President Hu Jintao’s foreign policy of “promising China’s commitment to peaceful rise;”
- And “Follow-up Questions about the Case of Illegal Child Labor Brick Factories,” denouncing the government’s cover-up and disregard for the lives of young children.
The arrest and conviction of Liu Xiaobo have been marred by violations of Liu’s legal, constitutional, and human rights. His wife, Liu Xia, herself a poet, has been under house arrest since 10 October 2010.
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