Statement on the detention of Ai Weiwei
By The Editors
It has now been 11 days since Ai Weiwei was detained by the Beijing police as he boarded a flight to Hong Kong on April 3.
ArtAsiaPacific has closely followed Ai’s career, in particular the authorities’ increasing use of intimidation and physical violence against him over the past three years. In light of these developments, we are deeply concerned for his safety and for his fair treatment by the authorities.
As a publication that gives unequivocal support to free speech and human rights, ArtAsiaPacific calls on the Chinese government to immediately release Ai Weiwei, his associates and all other outspoken artists, intellectuals and social critics detained without cause.
For the latest information on Ai Weiwei, please visit freeaiweiwei.org
To sign a petition for his release, please visit change.org