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Investing in internet freedom supports human rights, national security: Katrina Lantos Swett

Posted on May 19, 2018 in Global Efforts, International Relations, News | Comments Off on Investing in internet freedom supports human rights, national security: Katrina Lantos Swett

Investing in internet freedom supports human rights, national security BY KATRINA LANTOS SWETT, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR – 05/17/18 01:00 PM EDT   There is growing recognition that internet freedom has become an indispensable human right of the 21st century. This new reality has created an urgent need to update America’s strategy for informing and engaging the world in support of freedom and democracy by bringing it into the internet era. Congress has responded to that challenge by appropriating $50 million annually to fund internet freedom and firewall circumvention technologies. Sadly, the agencies charged with fulfilling this mission have not done their jobs.   Recently, I had the opportunity to testify before congressional leaders about this issue. I warned that the continued failure of the State Department and the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the independent federal agency that oversees Voice of America and similar...

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China’s UN rep spies on dissident, interrupts UN testimony three times

Posted on Mar 20, 2018 in Challenge China's Membership to UN Human Rights Council, Highlights, International Relations, News, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on China’s UN rep spies on dissident, interrupts UN testimony three times

UN WATCH China’s UN rep spies on dissident, interrupts UN testimony three times https://www.unwatch.org/chinas-un-rep-spies-dissident-interrupts-un-testimony-three-times/ GENEVA, March 20, 2018 – The Chinese government today interrupted UN testimony (see below) by one of its most well-known former political prisoners, who took the floor on behalf of the Geneva based human rights group UN Watch, as he addressed the 47-nation Human Rights Council in Geneva. China lashed out at the end, saying in a right of reply that “NGOs and individuals with ulterior motives use this forum to fulfill their evil purposes.” Before the speech, one of the Chinese government delegates sought to intimidate the speaker, Dr. Yang Jianli, by taking pictures of him outside the hall for more than 10 minutes. UN Watch has filed a formal complaint with UNHRC President Vojislav Suc, demanding that the Chinese delegate-believed to be Mr. Wei Zhimin...

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Dr. Yang Jianli’s Speech at the 10th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy

Posted on Mar 2, 2018 in Geneva Human Rights Summit, International Relations, No Category, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on Dr. Yang Jianli’s Speech at the 10th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy

Speech at the 10th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy YANG Jianli Feb. 20, 2018, Geneva It’s wonderful to see so many old and new friends here at the 10th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy, and it is an honor to speak at the gathering again this year. And I am proud that my organization, Initiatives for China/ Citizen Power, is a partner of the Geneva Summit. The camaraderie, and the sharing of experiences and strategies at this Summit has always given me hope, even during the darkest days of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) autocratic rule. Dr. Yang talks about Mr. Wang Quanzhang on Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), and the 20th anniversary of China’s signing of the International...

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Does the Chinese government want to be the world’s censor?

Posted on Feb 24, 2018 in International Relations, News, Op Ed, Publications | Comments Off on Does the Chinese government want to be the world’s censor?

By Yang Jianli 2/23/2018  Recently, a poster for Mercedes-Benz by the same-named German auto maker sparked a “public opinion” protest in China. Caving to pressure, on February 6, 2018, Daimler AG (of which Mercedes-Benz is a division) issued a public apology. Although China’s foreign ministry spokesperson did not explicitly state that the apology was made at the behest of Chinese authorities, nevertheless, he still declared in a victor’s tone: “Recognizing one’s mistakes and correcting them is the most basic principle of conduct.” Indeed, there is no need to speculate whether the Chinese government exerted direct pressure on Daimler AG. Under Beijing’s increasingly strict control, no large-scale online media story can develop in China without official permission. The so-called “pressure of public opinion” is, in fact, pressure applied by the Chinese government. I think the most surprising aspects of this...

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Initiatives for China seeking support on letter to President Trump Calling to bring Castro Regime to an International Tribunal

Posted on Feb 23, 2018 in International Relations, News | Comments Off on Initiatives for China seeking support on letter to President Trump Calling to bring Castro Regime to an International Tribunal

Initiatives for China seeking support on letter to President Trump Calling to bring Castro Regime to an International Tribunal Attached is a letter addressed to President Trump calling on him to simply follow what is in the law…to bring the Castro Regime to an international tribunal for the massacre of February 24, 1996, when two US unarmed civilian planes were shot down over international air space, with the 4 Americans on board murdered.  We need your help with your signature and that of those international human rights activists who are part of your network and who you can reach out to.  The anniversary of the massacre is coming up on Saturday.  We are very thankful and grateful for any and all help that you can give. Please send your response to Mr. Orlando...

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Concluding Remarks at the Opening Session of 10th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy

Posted on Feb 19, 2018 in International Relations, Publications | Comments Off on Concluding Remarks at the Opening Session of 10th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy

 YANG Jianli It’s wonderful to see so many old and new friends here at the 10th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy. I want to express my profound gratitude to Hillel and his terrific team for putting together just another important assembly of people’s voices in the week leading to the opening of the annual session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. The camaraderie, and the sharing of experiences and strategies at this Summit has always given me hope, even during the darkest days for human rights when too many eyes have adjusted the shadows that power and greed cast on the existence of our brothers and sisters around the world, and when what has been gained in principle, what has been recognized in fact, has been eroded by an acceptance that it is better to accommodate...

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Rubio Warns of Beijing’s Growing Influence, Urges Florida Schools to Terminate Confucius Institute Agreements

Posted on Feb 9, 2018 in International Relations, News | Comments Off on Rubio Warns of Beijing’s Growing Influence, Urges Florida Schools to Terminate Confucius Institute Agreements

Rubio Warns of Beijing’s Growing Influence, Urges Florida Schools to Terminate Confucius Institute Agreements Feb 05, 2018 Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today urged Miami Dade College, the University of North Florida, the University of South Florida, the University of West Florida, and Cypress Bay High School to terminate their agreements with Chinese government-run programs known as Confucius Institutes. In a letter sent to each Florida school, along with its board of trustees, Rubio warned of China’s growing foreign influence operations in the United States.   The full text of the letters is below: Dear X: I write with regards to growing foreign influence operations of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in the United States, particularly in our academic institutions. There is mounting concern about the Chinese government’s increasingly aggressive attempts to use “Confucius Institutes” and other means to influence foreign academic institutions and critical...

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