2007: China: Zhang Jianhong

His Excellency Hu Jintao
President of the People’s Republic of China
State Council, Beijing 100032, P.R.China.

Governor of the Zhejiang Provincial People’s Government
LU Zushan, Zhejiangsheng Renmin Zhengfu
9 Shengfulu, Hangzhoushi 310007, P.R.China.

Chief of the Zhejiang Provincial Prison Management Bureau
GE Bingyao, Zhejiangsheng Jianyu Guanliju
110 Tianmushanlu, Hangzhoushi. P.R.China

President of the Zhejiang Provinsial High People’s Court
Zhejiangsheng Gaoji Renmin Fayuan
5 Machenglu, Hangzhoushi 310012, P.R.China.

19 December 2007

Your Excellencies,

I, as Chair of the Writers in Prison Committee of Norwegian PEN, am alarmed about reports that the health of prominent writer Zhang Jianhong (aka Li Hong) is rapidly deteriorating.

Norwegian PEN is protesting the six-year prison sentence handed down to Zhang Jianhong , and we call for his immediate and unconditional release in accordance with Article 19 of the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which China is a signatory, and on humanitarian grounds.

Norwegian PEN urges that he receives all necessary and adquate medical treatment pending his release.

Confident that you, Your Excellencies, will take action accordingly, I remain,
Yours sincerely,

Elisabet W. Middelthon
Chair, Writers in Prison Committee, Norwegian PEN Centre

Copies to:
Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Chinese Embassy, Oslo, Norway
The Norwegian Embassy, Beijing, China