Chinese professor Guo Quan released

Chinese writer and professor, human rights activist Guo Quan was released yesterday due to expiry of his 10-year imprisonment, his colleague Zhang Yu reports.

Guo Quan, a writer and former associate professor of literature at Nanjing Normal University, was detained for his articles on the government response to the May 12th earthquake in Sichuan Province on subversion charges in what PEN called part of “a pattern of intensified harassment of dissident writers in China.”

Guo Quan, aged 50, holds a Master’s Degree in Law and a PhD in Philosophy, and has published a number of books and articles in China. His early writings focused mainly on philosophy, religion, and literary analysis, and turned political November 2008 when he challenged the one-party system by writing an open letter to government officials advocating multi-party competition and founding the Chinese New Democracy Party, which allegedly claims 30 million members.