2011: China: Ai Weiwei

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

Director of the Beijing Public Security Bureau
MA Zhenchuan Juzhang
Beijingshi Gong’anju
9 Dongdajie, Qianmen
Beijingshi 100740
People’s Republic of China .
Fax: +86 1065242927

Minister of Justice
WU Aiying Buzhang
10 Chaoyangmen Nandajie
Beijingshi 100020
People’s Republic of China .

Minister of Public Security of the People’s Republic of China .
MENG Jianzhu
14 Dongchang’anjie
Beijingshi 100741
People’s Republic of China .

19 April 2011

I, Soudabeh Alishahi, member of the writers in prison committee of the Norwegian PEN, hereby express my concern about the health and condition of Mr Ai Weiwei, artist and prominent government critic following his arrest at Beijing airport on 3 April 2011.
He has been investigated for suspected involvement in economic crimes and previous to that he has been harassed and beaten several times.

I hereby remind you of your obligations under Article 35 of the Chinese constitution and Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which the Chinese government is a signatory.

I seek urgent guarantees of the safety of Ai Weiwei and that he is given full access to his family, legal representation immediately
and necessary medical care.

I call for his immediate and unconditional release and that of all those currently detained in China for the peaceful expression of their views.

Soudabeh Alishahi
Member of norwegian PEN,wipc

Copy: To Norwegian Foreign Ministry and to Chinese Embassy in Norway and Norwegian Embassy in China