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Dear President Trump: Please Let Liu Xiaobo Die As a Free Man

Posted on Jun 27, 2017 in House Arrest of Liu Xia, International Relations, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Prisoners of Conscience | Comments Off on Dear President Trump: Please Let Liu Xiaobo Die As a Free Man

Dear President Trump: Please Let Liu Xiaobo Die As a Free Man The Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Has Devoted His Life to the Cause of Freedom in China. June 27, 2017 By Jared Genser and Yang Jianli On Monday, China released Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo from prison on parole, after he was diagnosed as being in the final stages of liver cancer. He is being treated at a hospital in the northeastern city of Shenyang, but he has asked Chinese authorities to let him travel to the United States with his wife, Liu Xia, for medical treatment. President Trump should immediately urge Chinese President Xi Jinping to grant Liu’s request on humanitarian grounds. It is incredibly disturbing that the Chinese government failed to diagnose its most famous political prisoner as having cancer until it was too late...

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Pelosi Statement on Release of Liu Xiaobo

Posted on Jun 26, 2017 in International Relations, News, Prisoners of Conscience, Publications | Comments Off on Pelosi Statement on Release of Liu Xiaobo

June 26, 2017 Contact: Ashley Etienne/Caroline Behringer, 202-226-7616 Pelosi Statement on Release of Liu Xiaobo Washington, D.C. – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement after the release of the Nobel Peace Prize winner and Chinese democracy advocate Liu Xiaobo, following a diagnosis of late-stage liver cancer: “Liu Xiaobo is a hero who stands in the pantheon of great leaders for non-violence, justice and freedom throughout history.  His arrest and imprisonment were a disgraceful betrayal of the rule of law and China’s own constitution, but his courage throughout his persecution and imprisonment has been an inspiration to the world. “Liu Xiaobo’s release is a deeply bittersweet moment for all freedom-loving people.  While we are encouraged by the end of Liu’s unjust imprisonment, we are profoundly heartbroken by the news of his cancer and by the role the...

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CECC: Statement on the Medical Parole of Nobel Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo

Posted on Jun 26, 2017 in International Relations, News, Prisoners of Conscience | Comments Off on CECC: Statement on the Medical Parole of Nobel Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo

dawChairs Urge President Trump To Seek Immediate Transfer to U.S. for Treatment, Medical Parole for Other Detained Dissidents in Poor Health June 26, 2017 (Washington, DC)-Senator Marco Rubio and Representative Chris Smith, the chair and cochair respectively of the bipartisan Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC), issued the following statements about the reported transfer of 2010 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo from Jinzhou Prison in Liaoning province to a hospital in Shenyang municipality for treatment of late-stage liver cancer.  Dr. Liu is almost 8 years into his 11-year prison sentence for “inciting subversion of state power” in connection with his efforts to press for political reform and human rights protections.  The Chairs urge President Trump to seek Dr. Liu’s immediate transfer with his wife Liu Xia to the United States to explore treatment options, and call on the Administration...

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“Red Notices” for Human Rights Abusers

Posted on Jun 23, 2017 in Global Efforts, InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, International Relations, Op Ed, Publications | Comments Off on “Red Notices” for Human Rights Abusers

“Red Notices” for Human Rights Abusers by YANG Jianli Interpol, the intergovernmental organization that facilitates police cooperation among member states, often issues red notices to alert its members to locate and arrest wanted persons with the aim of extradition or similar lawful action.  Interpol’s mission is guided by the principle of neutrality and Article 3 of its Constitution forbids the organization involved in any political activities. However, authoritarian governments have increasingly used this process to target activists and journalists who are critical of the regime, and located outside the country. The governments’ aim is not only to secure their return to face trial on trumped-up charges, but also discredit and intimidate them, thereby damaging their reputation and harming their professional and possible business interests. When Guo Wengui, a Chinese businessman-turned-whistleblower, began to reveal information about corruption among China’s top leadership, Interpol, –whose current...

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Statement of Sasha Gong, Fred Wang, Huchen Zhang, and Robert Li

Posted on May 5, 2017 in International Relations, News, Publications | Comments Off on Statement of Sasha Gong, Fred Wang, Huchen Zhang, and Robert Li

We, the four Voice of America journalists who have been placed on administrative leave pending a VOA internal investigation, believe that the incident regarding Guo Wengui’s interview has seriously undermined VOA’s integrity and credibility as a US media outlet, and damaged the US national interests.  We demand the following: An independent, fair, and comprehensive federal investigation on the incident of the interview with Guo, the Chinese businessman-turned whistleblower who intended to expose how Chinese state security agencies control huge sum of financial assets for ruling the country and injecting influence around the world. We demand the investigation by authorities independent from Voice of America to cover all parties involved in the incident, including the VOA top management. The issues to be investigated should be: 1. Has the VOA top management caved in to the Chinese government’s demand and threat...

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Our Statement on Boycotting VOA

Posted on May 4, 2017 in International Relations, News, Publications | Comments Off on Our Statement on Boycotting VOA

Our Statement on Boycotting VOA  Yang Jianli, Chen Guangcheng, Han Lianchao, Ho Pin, Wang Kang May 3, 2017 In view of the Voice of America’s top leadership’s arbitrary action under the direct pressure from the Chinese government to cut short a live VOA interview with Guo Wengui, a Chinese businessman turned whistleblower on Chinese government corruption, and considering VOA management’s  subsequent unsatisfying explanation of its decision for this interruption which broke the commitment made by VOA to Mr. Guo for three hours pre-announced interview on April 19 and to its audience, and most importantly on the grounds that VOA director Amanda Bennett’s recent decision to suspend indefinitely five VOA Mandarin Service reporters and digital media experts (Gong Xiaoxia, Dong Fang, Li Su, Baoshen and Yang Chen) who resisted the VOA leadership’s attempt to interrupt the program, we, contracted commentators and regular guests...

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Staff suspended at Voice of America after interview with fugitive tycoon Guo Wengui

Posted on May 4, 2017 in International Relations, News, No Category, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on Staff suspended at Voice of America after interview with fugitive tycoon Guo Wengui

SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST Staff suspended at Voice of America after interview with fugitive tycoon Guo Wengui   Broadcaster says decision based on journalistic principles – not pressure from the US or China PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 02 May, 2017, 9:05pm UPDATED : Wednesday, 03 May, 2017, 5:48pm Source: http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2092376/staff-suspended-voice-america-after-interview-fugitive A group of journalists at US ­government-funded broadcaster Voice of America (VOA) had been suspended after they were involved in an interview with ­Chinese fugitive tycoon Guo Wengui last month, one of the ­reporters said on Tuesday. Mandarin service host Dong Fang said on Twitter that the ­measure against him was part of an unspecified investigation. In a written reply to the South China Morning Post, the broadcaster confirmed the suspension of VOA Mandarin service chief ­Sasha Gong Xiaoxia and four ­other Mandarin service employees over the interview, but denied it had...

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