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Second activist sentenced on subversion charges after huge crackdown on rights campaigners in China

Posted on Aug 3, 2016 in Prisoners of Conscience, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on Second activist sentenced on subversion charges after huge crackdown on rights campaigners in China

SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST Veteran pro-democracy activist Hu Shigen jailed for 7½ years for subverting state  Jun Mai and Nectar Gan PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 03 August, 2016, 3:39pm UPDATED : Wednesday, 03 August, 2016, 11:23pm Hu Shigen, a veteran pro-democracy activist and underground church leader in China, was sentenced to 7½ years in jail on Wednesday on charges of subverting state power. The sentencing at a court in Tianjin took place on the second day of hearings against four human rights advocates. The defendants were among those detained during a sweeping crackdown on rights lawyers and activists in July last year. Rights campaigner Zhai Yanmin was given a three-year jail term, suspended for four years, by the court on Tuesday. The hearing against Hu at the Tianjin No 2 Intermediate People’s Court lasted two hours and 20 minutes. Hu pleaded guilty,...

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2016 National Captive Nations Week Luncheon Report (China)

Posted on Jul 19, 2016 in Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Publications, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on 2016 National Captive Nations Week Luncheon Report (China)

On July 13, 2016, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation and the Heritage Foundation hosted the 2016 National Captive Nations Week Luncheon. Scholars and activists from five remaining communist regimes in the world gave reports on the nations’ current situations. These representatives are Dr. Yang Jianli (China), Mr. John Suarez (Cuba), Ms. Bounchanh Senthavong (Laos), Ms. Suzanne Scholte (North Korea), and Ms. Anhthu Lu (Vietnam). The purpose of National Captive Nations Week is to recognize those peoples and nations suffering under the oppression of communist and other totalitarian regimes. The first Captive Nations Week was observed in 1959 under President Dwight D. Eisenhower. As mandated by U.S. Law, every president since has reserved the third week of July to remember the captive nations. Following is the luncheon speech on China by Dr. Yang Jianli at the event. Report at the...

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Seven Rights Groups Launch the 2016 Solidarity Sabbath to Freedom of Religion

Posted on Mar 14, 2016 in Global Efforts, News, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on Seven Rights Groups Launch the 2016 Solidarity Sabbath to Freedom of Religion

Led by the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights & Justice,  seven human rights groups including Initiatives for China/Citizen Power for China, launched the 2016 Solidarity Sabbath to Freedom of Religion last week to highlight the strength and bravery of Chinese citizens who courageously live out their faith despite threats of harassment, imprisonment, and even torture by the ruling Communist Party.   www.solidaritysabbath.org   https://www.change.org/p/leaders-of-the-free-world-pressure-china-to-uphold-the-freedom-of-religion-conscience-and-belief   On the weekend of May 20-22, 2016, religious and spiritual communities around the world will join together in the 2016 Solidarity Sabbath. Freedom of religion, conscience, and belief is a vital human rights issue for all global citizens, and you have a chance to help highlight the plight of the millions of Chinese denied this basic entitlement. There are a number of ways in which you can join the Solidarity Sabbath’s efforts in China for...

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Please Sign on the Petition to Seek Truth About the Two Tiananmen Tank Men

Posted on Dec 14, 2015 in Highlights, News, Rule of Law in China, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register, Two Tank Men | Comments Off on Please Sign on the Petition to Seek Truth About the Two Tiananmen Tank Men

  Please Sign on the Petition  to Seek Truth About the Two Tiananmen Tank Men The iconic image on Beijing’s Chang’an Street bravely confronting PLA tanks is one of the most important photographs of the twentieth century.  It represents ordinary citizens confronting the State violence, and it is not forgotten by history.  Over more than two decades, the whole world has been asking: Where is the tank man?  As of today, the background of the tank man “Wang Weilin,” and his subsequent fate are still unknown to the world.  At the same time, we should not forget that, despite  the CCP’s massacre order, the soldier in the tank chose not to shoot or run over his compatriot. The most logical explanation is that his conscience made him disobey the order.  This soldier is equally a hero.  As Time magazine pointed...

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‘Three giants steps’ for a new birth of freedom

Posted on Dec 10, 2015 in News, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on ‘Three giants steps’ for a new birth of freedom

‘Three giants steps’ for a new birth of freedom Democracy Digest:  http://www.demdigest.org/three-giants-steps-for-a-new-birth-of-freedom/ By Yang Jianli Recently I was privileged to speak at the 8th Assembly of the World Movement for Democracy in Seoul, Korea. The conference – “Empowering Civil Society for Democracy and Its Renewal” – was a moving demonstration of the truly universal nature of human rights and of the bonds that unite all of us devoted to those fundamental principles. We are at a critical juncture in the pursuit of liberty and democracy.  Throughout much of the world, the modest progress we had seen in earlier years toward greater respect for human rights has halted in a number of dictatorships. And in too many places, prior progress is replaced by a resurgence of authoritarianism. At the same time, increasing global economic interdependence leads countries previously outspoken in defense...

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Release Liu Xiaobo On Human Rights Day

Posted on Dec 10, 2015 in Global Efforts, Highlights, House Arrest of Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Prisoners of Conscience, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on Release Liu Xiaobo On Human Rights Day

  December 9, 2015 Rep. Chris Smith   On the eve of Human Rights Day, we gather here because China is in a race to the bottom with North Korea for the title of world’s worst violators of human rights.  The hope that an economically prosperous and “rising China” would embrace political reform and human rights has been completely destroyed.  It is time for a new approach.   Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo remains in prison and his wife Liu Xia remains detained and isolated in conditions of arbitrary detention.   We are here today because private diplomatic efforts have not lead to Liu Xiaobo’s release.  We are here to ask that President Obama, and other world leaders, renew efforts to, publically and privately, seek their release.   For the past five years, we have called on China...

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COP21 Paris: China’s Failed Environment Policies Exacerbate Human Rights Abuses

Posted on Dec 8, 2015 in Global Efforts, InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on COP21 Paris: China’s Failed Environment Policies Exacerbate Human Rights Abuses

For Immediate Release: 8 December 2015 China’s failed environment policies exacerbate human rights abuses of Tibetans, Uyghurs, Southern Mongolians and Han Chinese   Paris COP21 agreement must include strong language to enshrine the protection of human rights   [PARIS] The civil and political human rights abuses perpetrated by China on its citizens and on the people of occupied Tibet, East Turkestan and Southern Mongolia are well documented, but the COP21 negotiations taking place in Paris over the last ten days provide an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the major human rights implications of climate change on vulnerable communities, and illustrate how China’s failed environmental policies are threatening the very existence of traditional culture and livelihoods. Tibetans in Tibet are on the frontline of a climate crisis with the temperature of the plateau rising twice as fast as the rest...

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