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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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12IILC: Day 2 Report 5: Workshops: Digital Security and UN Human Rights Mechanisms

Posted on Jan 11, 2018 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, International Relations, News, Publications | Comments Off on 12IILC: Day 2 Report 5: Workshops: Digital Security and UN Human Rights Mechanisms

Day 2 Report 5 Workshops: Digital Security and UN Human Rights Mechanisms Mr. Luo Shihong, a human rights activist based in Geneva, Switzerland, gave two training workshops in the late afternoon of: 1) Digital Security, and 2) UN Human Rights Mechanisms.   1.   Digital Security   In this very practical and important workshop, Mr. Luo explained to the participants the multiple ways they were likely vulnerable online, and concrete steps they could take to give themselves, their colleagues and partners, some added protection online. He gave an overview of the risks and how to add protection on multiple platforms used by most activists, from email to browsing and searches, to video calling and conferencing and messaging platforms.  He emphasized that the most important thing was to have “safety consciousness,” i.e., to be aware of, and pay attention to, digital security and...

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More than two months on, Hong Kong Immigration Director Ignores Questions About Benedict Roger’s Denial of Entry

Posted on Jan 7, 2018 in International Relations, News | Comments Off on More than two months on, Hong Kong Immigration Director Ignores Questions About Benedict Roger’s Denial of Entry

Over two months after a formal letter was sent to Hong Kong’s Director of Immigration by solicitor Albert Ho, of Messrs Ho, Tse, Wai and Partners, enquiring into the reasons for Hong Kong’s denial of entry to British human rights activist Benedict Rogers, the Director of Immigration has said “we do not feel it necessary to deal with the specific assertions” and “will not comment on or disclose information relating to any individual case”. Albert Ho, acting on behalf of Benedict Rogers, wrote to the Director of Immigration on 19 and 24 October 2017, following the decision by Hong Kong authorities to deny Mr Rogers entry to Hong Kong on 11 October. In a reply dated 23 December, the Director of Immigration referred to his office’s previous replies to Mr Ho on 23 October and 22 November, but added...

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Liu Xiaobo’s Shining Example and Stern Warning

Posted on Oct 8, 2017 in International Relations, News, Publications | Comments Off on Liu Xiaobo’s Shining Example and Stern Warning

Liu Xiaobo’s Shining Example and Stern Warning By YANG Jianli For speech at Forum 2000, Oct 2017 This speech would have been made by Dr. Jianli Yang, President of Initiatives for China, on the night of Oct. 8 at the opening ceremony of Forum 2000 held in Prague, Czech. Dr. Yang was not able to make it to the Forum due to a travel document issue. We are sharing the text of the speech for your reference. Dr. Yang Jianli at Forum 2000 in September, 2013 Standing on this Forum 2000 stage created by Václav Havel, I cannot help but thinking of our Václav Havel, China’s Václav Havel, my friend and hero-Liu Xiaobo. Liu Xiaobo died a martyr’s death less than three months ago. In this oblivious world, while many people are yet to know him, many others are...

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Guo Wengui’s Press Conference on Chinese Kleptocracy

Posted on Oct 4, 2017 in International Relations, News, Publications, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on Guo Wengui’s Press Conference on Chinese Kleptocracy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: October 4, 2017 CONTACT: Glen Zhang (cell) 240-467-6986 James.chen.ifc@gmail.com   Guo Wengui’s Press Conference on Chinese Kleptocracy and Hudson Institute’s cancellation of his first public appearance Chinese businessman turned whistleblower Guo Wengui, a.k.a Miles Kwok, will hold his first-ever press conference in the U.S. on the high-level corruption in the Chinese Communist regime and its implications for the upcoming 19th Party Congress, as well as the threat China’s kleptocracy poses to the United States and its allies. Mr. Guo will also discuss the Hudson Institute’s last- minute cancellation of its event ” A Conversation With Guo Wengui,” which would have been his first live public appearance in the United States, scheduled for October 4 at 10 am.   WHO: Guo Wengui WHERE:  National Press Club   529 14 St. NW, Washington, DC 20045 WHAT: Chinese Kleptocracy...

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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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