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Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 19 1 Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. International...
Translation by HRIC. February 5, 2010 After being denied permission by Chinese authorities to attend a literary festival in Cologne, writer Liao Yiwu wrote a letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel seeking intervention. Liao is the author of The Corpse Walker: Real Life Stories: China from the...
January 13, 2000 Translation by HRIC. Dear Beardie or Baldie: I’ve been reading your My Testimony [unofficial translation of 《证词》, Zhengci ] day and night. Liu Xia read it very fast; I read it much more slowly. Between reading it ten lines at a time and spending time to understand each word, I’m...
Letter by Liao Yiwu March 2010 Translation by HRIC. I regret to say that I have exhausted all my efforts. I remain unable to reach Germany and unable to make it to my reading arranged by the Cologne literature festival [lit.Cologne]. I am physically and mentally exhausted, but I still want to say...
Translation by HRIC. On December 10, 2009, the day the Beijing Municipal Intermediate People’s Procuratorate indicted Liu Xiaobo, 165 signers of Charter 08 issued an online statement claiming shared responsibility with Liu Xiaobo for any punishment imposed. Other signers of Charter 08 actively...
HRIC Interview On January 19, 2010, Václav Havel—playwright and former dissident who became the last president of Czechoslovakia and later the first president of the Czech Republic—spoke with HRIC executive director Sharon Hom about Liu Xiaobo, Charter 08 , and the difficult process of democratic...
Liu Xiaobo 2006 Translation by HRIC, based on a translation by J.
Freedom of Speech Constitution of the People’s Republic of China 1
December 10, 2009 Criminal Indictment (2009) No. 247 Beijing Municipal People’s Procuratorate Branch No. 1 Defendant Liu Xiaobo: male; born December 28, 1955; identification number 210203195512285575; PhD education; Han ethnicity; unemployed; registered residence: 2-1-2 No. 5 Qingchun Street,...
Liu Xiaobo 2005 Translation by HRIC, based on a translation by Wen Huang. A nation is composed of its people. People are the mainstay of a nation; they are also the source of national sovereignty and the owners of national interests. In a rational political system, the political power is conferred...

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