21 December 2007
His Excellency Hu Jintao
President of the People’s Republic of China
State Council, Beijing 100032, P.R.China.
Procurator General Mr. Jia Chunwang
Supreme People’s Procuratorate
Beiheyan Street 147
100726 Beijing, P.R.China
I, as Chair of the Writers in Prison Committee of Norwegian PEN, am seriously concerned about the detention of dissident writer Wang Dejia.
Wang Dejia was taken from his home in Guilin, in China’s southern Guangxi Province, on 13 December 2007 and brought to the Quanzhou Chengbei police Station, where he was detained on suspicion of ‘inciting subversion of state power’.
We fear that he is arrested in violation of Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which China became a signatory in 1998.
Confident that you, Your Excellencies, will take action accordingly, I remain,
Elisabet W. Middelthon
Chair Writers in Prison Committee, Norwegian PEN Centre
Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Chinese Embassy, Oslo, Norway
The Norwegian Embassy, Beijing, China