News: Read for Liu Xiaobo
PEN International, in partnership with the Dublin-based human rights group Frontline Defenders, will be launching an international campaign for imprisoned Chinese poet and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo in early December 2012, and is asking for your support. The campaign is aimed at pressuring the Chinese authorities at this time of leadership transition to release the acclaimed writer from his harsh imprisonment, the fourth year of which will be marked on 8 December 2012.
We are gathering video recordings of writers and poets around the world reading excerpts of Liu Xiaobo’s poetry, which will be uploaded onto a website and used as the basis for a series of actions and events leading up to December 10, International Human Rights Day. The videos will be hosted online at the launch of the campaign, and an edited compilation will be created for use in campaign events.
The process for uploading a video is very simple. Please click here for instructions for submitting your video recording, and writing samples by Liu Xiaobo (in English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Farsi and Chinese). A campaign paper with recommended actions will follow.