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CP/IFC Statement On New Clue About Tiananmen Tank Man

Posted on Jul 21, 2017 in News, Publications, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register, Two Tank Men | Comments Off on CP/IFC Statement On New Clue About Tiananmen Tank Man

Is the Tank Man is still alive? According to a report yesterday from Hong Kong-based newspaper Apple Daily, the young Chinese man who single-handedly blocked a long column of the Chinese military’s tanks on Chang’an Avenue during the Tiananmen Massacre in 1989 is still in prison. His real name is Zhang Weimin, and he was imprisoned twice after the Tiananmen Massacre. For years, the Tank Man’s whereabouts remained a mystery. Citizen Power, a.k.a. Initiatives for China (CP/IFC) is highly concerned about this new clue. The Tank Man’s photo, one of the most influential images of all time, inscribed his heroic act into history. The image continues to stand as a symbol for one individual’s defiance of state violence. For twenty-eight years, the whole world has been asking where the Tank Man is, but there have never been any reliable clues – he has never been...

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Dr. Yang Jianli’s Speech at “Remembering The Legacy Of Liu Xiaobo”

Posted on Jul 18, 2017 in Global Efforts, House Arrest of Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Publications | Comments Off on Dr. Yang Jianli’s Speech at “Remembering The Legacy Of Liu Xiaobo”

Dr. Yang Jianli’s Speech at “Remembering The Legacy Of Liu Xiaobo” Hosted by Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation Monday, July 17th, 2017 at Victims of Communism Memorial Tonight we mourn the tragic passing of Liu Xiaobo, a great loss to the people of China, indeed, to the entire humanity. Liu Xiaobo was not only the best known freedom and democracy fighter of China, but, in life as well as in death, he represents the best of what China can ever be. In April 1989, when the Tiananmen democracy movement just broke out, he returned to Beijing from New York and became the most important intellectual leader of the movement. After the Tiananmen Massacre, he shouldered both moral and political responsibilities and continued to fight from inside China while many others left the country and even abandoned the movement. He was...

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Dr. Yang Jianli’s Remarks on Congressional Hearing: The Tragic Case of Liu Xiaobo

Posted on Jul 16, 2017 in House Arrest of Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Publications | Comments Off on Dr. Yang Jianli’s Remarks on Congressional Hearing: The Tragic Case of Liu Xiaobo

Opening Remarks before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations   Yang Jianli Initiatives for China/Citizen Power Hearing on “The Tragic Case of Liu Xiaobo”  July 14, 2017 Yang Jianli, Jared Genser, Perry Link. MICHAEL REYNOLDS/European Pressphoto Agency  Chairman Smith and Ranking Members, I had a sleepless night. At this grievous moment, I would like to thank you for holding this critical hearing. It is critical for us to discuss how we can still lend a helping hand to assist Liu Xiaobo’s family, and how we can fight to honor the legacy of his courage and sacrifice. Liu Xiaobo’s tragedy represents the tragedies of many human rights activists in China, but it is also unique in its own way. In all of Nobel Peace Prize history, there have only been three...

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Why the Chinese Communist Party Murdered Liu Xiaobo

Posted on Jul 14, 2017 in House Arrest of Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Op Ed, Prisoners of Conscience | Comments Off on Why the Chinese Communist Party Murdered Liu Xiaobo

Steven W. Mosher Liu Xiaobo, China’s most famous dissident, has died after languished in a Manchurian prison since 23 June 2009. Liu has spent decades calling for respect for human rights and far-reaching political reform, efforts that in 2010 won him the Nobel Peace Prize. In awarding him the prize, the Nobel Committee noted “his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.” Liu has even committed the ultimate “counter-revolutionary” act, courageously calling for an end of the one-party dictatorship that rules China. But it was not solely for these crimes that he was charged with “inciting subversion of state power” and sentenced to a prison term of eleven years. Liu’s problems with Chinese political culture–and the Party-State’s problems with him–go much, much deeper. Professor Liu is a polymath-he was literary critic, prolific writer, poet, and human...

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IFC/CP Statement on Liu Xiaobo’s Passing

Posted on Jul 13, 2017 in Highlights, House Arrest of Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Prisoners of Conscience, Publications | Comments Off on IFC/CP Statement on Liu Xiaobo’s Passing

The news of Liu Xiaobo’s passing makes our hearts ache. We weep for the loss of a visionary leader, heroic freedom fighter, uncompromising colleague, dear friend and loving brother. To Liu Xiaobo’s devoted wife Liu Xiao, we offer our deepest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with her. Liu Xia has accompanied her husband to the end of his journey and her love for Liu Xiaobo overcame all the unbearable suffering that she and her extended family sustained. We salute Liu Xia for her sacrifices and courage, and urge her to be strong and to carry on Xiaobo’s legacy. We believe the Chinese Communist regime is responsible for Liu Xiaobo’s death because it never allowed him early diagnosis and proper treatment, and denied his wish to seek medical treatment abroad. We vow to hold the Chinese regime and those individuals who mistreated Liu Xiaobo accountable. The tragedy of Liu Xiaobo is not...

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Statement by Liu Xiaobo’s International Counsel Jared Genser

Posted on Jul 10, 2017 in House Arrest of Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Publications | Comments Off on Statement by Liu Xiaobo’s International Counsel Jared Genser

July 10, 2017 Statement by Liu Xiaobo’s International Counsel Jared Genser I urge President Xi to allow Liu Xiaobo and his wife Liu Xia to travel abroad for medical treatment in accordance with their wishes. As Liu Xiaobo’s counsel, I have arranged for a Medevac with life support and a team of medical professionals to enable this to happen on an emergency basis as soon as permission were to given to let them leave. No one should believe that the Chinese government’s refusal to let him leave is for medical reasons. Both the American and German doctor who visited him agreed that he could travel abroad for treatment and they emphasized there were additional treatments abroad that he could not access in China. These treatments could extend his life for several more weeks and better palliative care available abroad...

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Doctors’ Joint Statement: Recommendation for the Further Treatment of Chinese Nobel Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo

Posted on Jul 9, 2017 in Highlights, House Arrest of Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Prisoners of Conscience, Publications | Comments Off on Doctors’ Joint Statement: Recommendation for the Further Treatment of Chinese Nobel Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo

July 9, 2017 Recommendation for the Further Treatment  of Chinese Nobel Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo   Joint Statement from Dr. Joseph M. Herman, Clinical Research Director, Department of Radiation Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Dr. Markus Büchler, Chairman, Department of Surgery, University of Heidelberg On Saturday, July 8, Dr. Joseph M. Herman of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Dr. Markus W Büchler of University of Heidelberg met with the medical team at the No. 1 Hospital of the China Medical University to participate in a medical consultation for Liu Xiaobo and provide their professional recommendations. Drs. Herman and Büchler acknowledge the quality of care that the No. 1 Hospital of the China Medical University has provided to Mr. Liu since his admission. Drs. Herman and Büchler agree with Mr. Liu’s...

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Open Letter to G20 Leaders on Liu Xiaobo

Posted on Jul 4, 2017 in House Arrest of Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo's Case, Mongolia, News, Publications, Tibet, Uyghur | Comments Off on Open Letter to G20 Leaders on Liu Xiaobo

Open Letter to G20 Leaders on Liu Xiaobo 4 July 2017 To: Mauricio Macri, President of Argentina; Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia; Michel Temer, President of Brazil; Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada; Emmanuel Macron, President of France; Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany; Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India; Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia; Paolo Gentiloni, Prime Minister of Italy; Shinzō Abe, Prime Minister of Japan; Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico; Vladimir Putin, President of Russia; Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia; Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa; Moon Jae-in, President of South Korea; Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Turkey; Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; Donald Trump, President of the United States of America; Donald Tusk, President of the European Council; Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission cc Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of The Netherlands; Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway; Mariano Rajoy, Prime Minister of Spain. We are shocked and outraged at the news that Liu Xiaobo, an innocent human rights...

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Pelosi, Smith Resolution to Help Human Rights Giant Liu Xiaobo Passes House

Posted on Jun 30, 2017 in House Arrest of Liu Xia, International Relations, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Prisoners of Conscience | Comments Off on Pelosi, Smith Resolution to Help Human Rights Giant Liu Xiaobo Passes House

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jeff Beck (202) 225-3765 June 29, 2017  http://chrissmith.house.gov                                                              Pelosi, Smith Resolution to Help Human Rights Giant  Liu Xiaobo Passes House WASHINGTON, DC-Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H. Con. Res. 67, calling on the People’s Republic of China to unconditionally release Liu Xiaobo and, with his wife Liu Xia, allow them to freely meet with family and seek medical treatment, overseas if necessary.  Liu Xiaobo, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010, was in the midst of serving an 11 year sentence when he was diagnosed with liver cancer that had metastasized throughout his body. The resolution, introduced by Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04), co-Chairman of the Congressional Executive Commission on China (CECC), and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, also urges the Administration to assist in gaining Liu Xiaobo and his wife humanitarian transfer so that...

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154 Nobel Laureates across the six Nobel disciplines urge Chinese President Xi Jinping to allow Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo to travel to the U.S. for medical treatment

Posted on Jun 29, 2017 in House Arrest of Liu Xia, International Relations, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Prisoners of Conscience | Comments Off on 154 Nobel Laureates across the six Nobel disciplines urge Chinese President Xi Jinping to allow Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo to travel to the U.S. for medical treatment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELE 154 NOBEL LAUREATES ACROSS THE SIX NOBEL DISCIPLINES URGE CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING TO ALLOW NOBEL PEACE PRIZE LAUREATE LIU XIAOBO AND HIS WIFE LIU XIA TO TRAVEL TO THE UNITED STATES FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT Washington, D.C.: Today, Freedom Now released a letter (full text and signatories below) just sent by 154 Nobel Laureates to Chinese President Xi Jinping. The letter states: “The Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo has been diagnosed with liver cancer. His wife, Liu Xia, who has been under house arrest for almost seven years, is also ill. They have the wish to leave the country so they can receive medical care. Time is running out. We urge the Chinese government on humanitarian grounds to grant Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia’s wish to travel to the United States for medical treatment.” The letter was also...

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