15 March 1999

Alert

Writer detained in Xinjiang


Incident details

Wang Lixiong

writer(s)

detained


(WiPC/IFEX) - WiPC has received confirmation that Chinese author Wang
Lixiong was arrested in Xinjiang Province. According to WiPC's
information,
he was detained on 4 February 1999 and officially arrested on 11
February,
although his family were not informed of the arrest until 4 March. As of
10
March Wang remained detained for investigation.





**For background on the Xinjiang province see IFEX alert of 21 October
1997**


It is believed that Wang was collecting material for a book on the
Xinjiang
Province at the time of his arrest, and that his detention is an attempt
to
prevent publication of the book. Xinjiang Province is home to several
Muslim
minorities, and is a centre for separatist unrest.


Wang Lixiong, aged forty-five, is author of "Yellow Peril," which
predicted
civil war and the collapse of the Communist Party. His detention comes
at a
time of tightening government control over media and publishing.

Recommended Action


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  • expressing concern about the reported detention of writer Wang
    Lixiong,
    and seeking clarification of the reasons for his arrest
  • expressing fears that he may be held in violation of his right to
    freedom
    of expression as guaranteed by Article 19 of the United Nations
    Universal
    Declaration of Human Rights, and urging that, if so, he be released
    immediately and unconditionally




    Appeals To



    His Excellency Jiang Zemin
    President, State Council
    Beijing 100032
    People's Republic of China.
    Fax: +86 10 512 5810







    Please copy appeals to the source if possible.





  • Source

    International PEN
    Writers in Prison Committee
    International PEN
    Brownlow House
    50-51 High Holborn
    London WC1V 6ER
    United Kingdom
    wipc (@) internationalpen.org.uk
    Fax:+ 44 0 20 74050339
    China
     
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