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A Call for a UN Investigation, and US Sanctions, on the Human Rights Disaster Unfolding in Xinjiang

Posted on Aug 12, 2018 in News, Publications, Uyghur | Comments Off on A Call for a UN Investigation, and US Sanctions, on the Human Rights Disaster Unfolding in Xinjiang

A Call for a UN Investigation, and US Sanctions, on the Human Rights Disaster Unfolding in Xinjiang August 10, 2018   It is now clear, from numerous reliable sources, that shocking human rights atrocities are being perpetrated in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region of China (XUAR). The Communist Party authorities have established a large number of political re-education centers in Xinjiang, detaining people without any judicial process, stripping them of their personal liberty, imprisoning them, and detaining them for indeterminate ‘sentences.’ Estimates of the numbers detained range from hundreds of thousands to over a million, primarily targeting Uighurs, but also Kazakhs, Hui people, and other minorities who follow Islam. Among those detainees are peasants, workers, university, college, high-school and middle-school students, teachers, poets, writers, artists, scholars, the head of a provincial department, bureau chiefs, village chiefs, and even Uighur police officers. Uighurs overseas, as well as their family members and Uighur students who return to China after studying abroad – and even Uighurs who have simply visited abroad for tourism – have been particular targets of attack. Those locked up in detention centers have been forced to sing Red Songs, learn Mandarin Chinese, and study Xi Jinping Thought. Many have been forced to eat pork, drink alcohol, and been force-fed unidentified drugs. Abuse and...

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Beijing Reaches Far And Wide To Silence Critics – We Must Not Stay Silent

Posted on Jul 19, 2018 in Global Efforts, International Relations, News | Comments Off on Beijing Reaches Far And Wide To Silence Critics – We Must Not Stay Silent

Beijing Reaches Far And Wide To Silence Critics – We Must Not Stay Silent Speaking up for freedom and autonomy for Hong Kong is no longer simply a matter of duty and moral obligation, but a matter of self-interest too  13/07/2018 07:47 BST | Updated 13/07/2018 07:47 BST The abduction of booksellers, the imprisonment of democracy activists, and the disqualification of candidates and legislators who don’t toe Beijing’s line all illustrate the extremes to which the Chinese Communist Party is prepared to go to silence dissent in Hong Kong. By comparison, I have nothing to worry about. I am safe, free and able to continue to speak out. But remember the words of Pastor Martin Niemöller in Nazi Germany, who said: First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out- Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out-Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out-Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me-and there was no one left to speak for me. It is increasingly clear that China is reaching well beyond its borders to silence critics of its president, Xi Jinping. You only have to read Clive Hamilton’s excellent book Silent Invasion to understand that it is already happening...

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CECC Statement on Anniversary of Liu Xiaobo’s Death & Welcoming Release of Liu Xia

Posted on Jul 13, 2018 in House Arrest of Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Publications | Comments Off on CECC Statement on Anniversary of Liu Xiaobo’s Death & Welcoming Release of Liu Xia

Statement by Chairs on Anniversary of Liu Xiaobo’s Death  &  Welcoming Release of Liu Xia Press Contact: Scott.Flipse@mail.house.gov July 12, 2018 (Washington)-Senator Marco Rubio and Representative Chris Smith, Chair and Cochair of the bipartisan Congressional-Executive Commission on China (Commission), issued the following statements to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo and the release of his wife Liu Xia. “Friday marks the one-year anniversary of Chinese Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo’s death in state custody,”...

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On the first anniversary of Liu Xiaobo’s death, IFC launches “Liu Xiaobo Research” website and solicits articles

Posted on Jul 12, 2018 in House Arrest of Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News | Comments Off on On the first anniversary of Liu Xiaobo’s death, IFC launches “Liu Xiaobo Research” website and solicits articles

Yibao reporter Anna Chen July 12, 2018 WASHINGTON – On the anniversary of the death of Mr. Liu Xiaobo, Initiatives for China has officially launched the Liu Xiaobo Research website and is openly soliciting articles from all sectors. The URL of the Liu Xiaobo Research website iswww.liuxiaobo.net. On July 13, 2017, in the absence of freedom and cut off from contact with the outside world, Liu Xiaobo passed away. This was a major loss for China’s civil society and...

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Freedom Now: China Releases Liu Xia, Widow of Liu Xiaobo

Posted on Jul 10, 2018 in House Arrest of Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News | Comments Off on Freedom Now: China Releases Liu Xia, Widow of Liu Xiaobo

Freedom Now is greatly relieved by reports that Liu Xia boarded a flight early Tuesday morning from Beijing en route for Germany. Her release comes nearly eight years after she was placed under house arrest without any formal charges and monitored by strict surveillance. Her physical and mental condition had worsened since the death of her husband Liu Xiaobo, the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, last year. Freedom Now joins the international community in celebrating Liu Xia’s release after eight painful...

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China Finally Releases Liu Xia, Widow of Liu Xiaobo, Detained Under House Arrest Without Charge or Trial for Years

Posted on Jul 10, 2018 in House Arrest of Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News | Comments Off on China Finally Releases Liu Xia, Widow of Liu Xiaobo, Detained Under House Arrest Without Charge or Trial for Years

Washington – After years of extraordinary suffering, Liu Xia, the widow of Chinese Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo, is finally free.  She departed Beijing overnight and is traveling to Berlin via Helsinki.   Jared Genser, her pro bono counsel issued the following statement:  “I am relieved and very grateful to Chancellor Merkel, President Trump, and so many others in the international community who helped make today possible.  Liu Xia was never a political person and yet for almost...

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Liu Xia, widow of Nobel Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, flies out of China bound for Germany

Posted on Jul 10, 2018 in Highlights, House Arrest of Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News | Comments Off on Liu Xia, widow of Nobel Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, flies out of China bound for Germany

Source: https://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2154570/liu-xia-widow-nobel-prize-winner-liu-xiaobo-flies-out Liu Xia, the widow of Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, flew out of China bound for Germany on Tuesday morning, the South China Morning Posthas learned. The 57-year-old poet and artist had been under house arrest for more than seven years since her late husband was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2010 while in jail. News of Liu Xia’s release came as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is on a visit to Germany. He met German Chancellor Angela...

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On eve of third anniversary of “709” crackdown, UN human rights body writes letter to Initiatives for China regarding disappearance of Wang Quanzhang

Posted on Jul 8, 2018 in 2015 Arrests of Lawyers, News | Comments Off on On eve of third anniversary of “709” crackdown, UN human rights body writes letter to Initiatives for China regarding disappearance of Wang Quanzhang

On eve of third anniversary of “709” crackdown, UN human rights body writes letter to Initiatives for China regarding disappearance of Wang Quanzhang Zhou Hong / Yibao July 5, 2018 WASHINGTON – On July 5, 2018, the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances wrote a letter to Initiatives for China in response to Initiatives for China’s Feb. 20 report of regarding the forced disappearance of Wang Quanzhang. In its letter to Initiatives for China, the UN Working Group on...

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Nine Congressional Members Issue Joint Letter to VP Pence Regarding Rev. CAO Sanqiang

Posted on Jun 25, 2018 in Christian, News, Prisoners of Conscience | Comments Off on Nine Congressional Members Issue Joint Letter to VP Pence Regarding Rev. CAO Sanqiang

The Congressional Members ask Vice President Pence to “prioritize the release of Rev. Cao Sanqiang” and to “meet with Mr. Cao’s family to show the level of solidarity…”   The Congressional Members ask Vice President Pence to “prioritize the release of Rev. Cao Sanqiang” and to “meet with Mr. Cao’s family to show the level of solidarity…” Please see original copy of letter below. Or download...

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Initiatives for China Congratulates Dr. Tenzin Dorjee Elected as Chair of U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

Posted on Jun 14, 2018 in News, Publications | Comments Off on Initiatives for China Congratulates Dr. Tenzin Dorjee Elected as Chair of U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

Initiatives for China Congratulates Dr. Tenzin Dorjee  Elected as Chair of U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom On June 12, 2018, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, a bipartisan body, unanimously elected Dr. Tenzin Dorjee as its Chair. Initiatives for China congratulates Dr. Tenzin Dorjee for his new position. Dr. Tenzin Dorjee and Dr. Yang Jianli Dr. Tenzin Dorjee is Associate Professor at the Department of Human Communication Studies, California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). He dedicated his work in...

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