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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 years and can only hope that she will finally have the space and support to grieve and heal. Freedom Now’s Executive Director Maran Turner adds “the tragedy of what has been done to her by the Chinese government is shameful. We are relieved she is now safely outside the country that held her hostage for many years. While the government...

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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 eight years enormous misery was heaped upon her by Chinese authorities for the crime of merely having married her husband.  While Liu Xia is free, our work is not complete.  Her brother, Liu Hui, remains in China.  Until he is able to leave China to be reunited with his sister, Liu Xia will remain a hostage of the Chinese government.”...

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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 Merkel on Monday. Liu Xiaobo died aged 61 in hospital on July 13 last year. He was the first Nobel Peace Prize winner to die in custody since German pacifist Carl von Ossietzky in 1938. Liu left the country aboard a Finnair flight, her friends said. Her brother, Liu Hui, was not on the plane, they...

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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 Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances said that during its 115th session, held from April 23 to May 2, 2018, the Working Group discussed the case of Wang Quanzhang (case number 10008239), reported by Initiatives for China, and transmitted the case to the Chinese government on May 25, 2018. The Working Group hopes that the Chinese government will properly investigate the case...

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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 religious freedom, this includes his travel to Burma and Iraq to monitor religious freedom conditions there. He testified before U.S. Congress about the religious freedom conditions in Tibet and China, and Long Arm of China in the U.S. academic institutions. He spoke at various venues, such as USCIRF events and Parliament of the World’s Religions, about Tibet, Buddhism, Tibetan culture...

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IFC Participated in Panel Discussion “Mongolian Experience and Countermeasures in China”

Posted on Jun 13, 2018 in News, Publications | Comments Off on IFC Participated in Panel Discussion “Mongolian Experience and Countermeasures in China”

IFC Participated in Panel Discussion “Mongolian Experience and Countermeasures in China” On June 9, 2018, the “Mongolian Experience and Countermeasures in China” conference was held in New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States. The conference was organized by the “Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center” and co-organized by several other non-governmental organizations such as the Mongol American Cultural Association, Chinggis Khan Memorial Foundation, Mongol Heritage Foundation, and Buryat Association Inc. Over than 30 religious leaders, experts and scholars, human rights activists, and NGO executives from the United States, China, Japan, and Sweden attended the conference. Dr. QIU Jiajun, Director of Citizen Power Institute, participated and spoke at the conference on behalf of Dr. Yang Jianli, President of Initiatives for China/ Citizen Power. His Eminence Arjia Rinpoche—host of the Qinghai Ta’er Temple, director of the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center, and...

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Our Demands to Facebook

Posted on Jun 11, 2018 in Facebook, News, Publications | Comments Off on Our Demands to Facebook

Our Demands to Facebook Initiatives for China/Citizen Power  June 11, 2018   We noticed that Facebook, after being pressed by the media, admitted on June 5 to having signed multi-year cooperation agreements with Huawei, Lenovo and other Chinese mobile phone manufacturers. Under the terms of these agreements, Facebook allowed mobile phones produced by these firms to be “compatible with U.S. social networks at a technical level.” Specifically, Chinese mobile phone makers were allowed to obtain the personal data of Facebook users and their friends. Of particular consideration is the close relationship between China’s handset makers and the Chinese government, as well as the Chinese government’s long-term adoption of strict monitoring measures against its people. In light thereof, as an NGO committed to the protection of human rights in China, Initiatives for China expresses regret about the latent risks associated...

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Initiatives for China Congratulates Hillel Neuer, Executive Director of UN Watch, on receiving Honorary Doctorate of Law of McGill University

Posted on Jun 11, 2018 in News, Publications | Comments Off on Initiatives for China Congratulates Hillel Neuer, Executive Director of UN Watch, on receiving Honorary Doctorate of Law of McGill University

UN Watch Initiatives for China Congratulates Hillel Neuer, Executive Director of UN Watch, on receiving Honorary Doctorate of Law of McGill University Congratulations to Hillel Neuer on being selected by McGill University for an Honorary Doctorate of Laws. Hillel surely deserves such an honor. Hillel is one of the world’s most committed, energetic human rights leaders. He has helped the cause of human rights and democracy in many countries including my homeland China particularly by giving us a platform at the United Nations. His constant and passionate voices stirs the consciences of the world’s statesmen and the public and rallies diplomats, scholars, activists, students and business people to the cause of defending basic human freedoms within the borders of the most powerful countries such as China, which so many world leaders are afraid of confronting about human rights issues. Please...

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Congressman Chris Smith Speaks at the Commemoration of the 29th Anniversary of 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre

Posted on Jun 8, 2018 in News, Publications | Comments Off on Congressman Chris Smith Speaks at the Commemoration of the 29th Anniversary of 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre

Congressman Chris Smith Speaks at the Commemoration of the 29th Anniversary of 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre and Presents Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation Human Rights Award to Mr. Fang Zheng Event organized by Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation  ...

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