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Liu Xiaobo Anniversary: Take Action for Qin Yongmin

Friday 4 December 2020 - 10:43am

Qin Yongmin

Name: Qin Yongmin
Occupation: Writer and human rights defender
Situation: Detained. Sentenced to 13 years’ imprisonment
#LiuXiaoboanniversary #QinYongmin

Qin Yongmin is a writer, member of the Independent Chinese PEN Centre (ICPC), and lifelong human rights defender. He first became politically engaged in the 1970s, when he participated in the Democracy Wall Movement and co-founded The Bell, an independent magazine that published essays that were critical of CCP policies during Mao’s rule.

Over the following decades, Qin has worked fearlessly, and at great personal cost, to use his writing to promote human rights and to seek greater dialogue between the People’s Republic of China (PRC) government and Chinese civil society. His many achievements include the drafting of the Peace Charter, which sought to promote human rights and political reform in the PRC, and the establishment of the Human Rights Watch in China activist group. Other achievements include the Rose China website, which published online lecture series and pro-democracy writing.

In 2015 Qin was detained for three years before being sentenced to 13 years’ imprisonment in July 2018. Recent reports of his detention have highlighted his deteriorating health and that he has been denied access to reading and writing materials. At 67 years old, Qin will have spent the majority of his life in prison by the time of his scheduled release in 2028.

PEN International considers Qin Yongmin’s detention to be a clear breach of his right to freedom of expression and calls for his immediate and unconditional release.

Take Action

  • Send an appeal to the Chinese authorities
  • Tell others: share Qin’s case and his work
  • Donate to Pen International

Ask the authorities to:

  • Release Qin Yongmin immediately and unconditionally.
  • Provide Qin Yongmin with immediate access to appropriate medical care.
  • End all policies that contravene the PRC government’s international human rights obligations.

Sample tweet:

#QinYongmin’s detention is a breach of his right to freedom of expression. On the #LiuXiaoboanniversary, I call for his immediate and unconditional release.

President Xi Jinping – General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party and President of the People’s Republic of China.

Address: General Secretary Office, Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, Zhongnanhai Ximen, Fuyou Street, Xicheng District, Beijing 100017, People’s Republic of China


Ambassador CHEN Xu –Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations Office in Geneva.

Address: 11, Chemin de Surville 1213 Petit-Lancy, Geneva, Switzerland.



Ambassador ZHANG Jun – Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of the People's Republic of China to the United Nations.

Address: 350 East 35th Street, New York, NY 10016, USA.



Send copies to the diplomatic representatives in country:‌/zwjg_665342‌/2490_665344/

We encourage PEN members to continue to:

  • Publish articles and opinion pieces about this case in your national or local press;
  • Share information about Qin Yongmin and your campaigning via social media; please use #LiuXiaoboanniversary and #QinYongmin
  • Organise public events, press conferences and demonstrations.

Please let us know about your activities and actions. This helps us monitor the impact of our campaigning.

Sample tweet:

On the Liu Xiaobo Anniversary join @PEN_Int and call for the release of writer and human rights defender #QinYongmin. Detained. Sentenced to 13 years’ imprisonment. [insert link]

Qin Yongmin, To Zhao Suli, a poem written to his wife while in detention in 2018.

Mobile chat at night recalling the year when
I got lost in front of the station of flying train
Blaming suspiciously that new town of Kaifeng
Appeared unexpectedly like Pen Rack Mountain
Crossing the lake and laughing at the geese for their late return
Unware of the atrocity of bandits until arriving ashore
Regretting for unpaying on your three-year detention
I will certainly compensate you on our long wish to Lhasa

English translation by Yu Zhang, Secretary General of ICPC

To learn about Liu Xiaobo Anniversary campaign, click here

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