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Second Embassy of People’s Republic of China Marked with Protesting Graffiti

Posted on Jul 14, 2013 in Forced Eviction, International Relations, News, Sparrow Initiative | Comments Off on Second Embassy of People’s Republic of China Marked with Protesting Graffiti

Chinese Embassy in Ottawa, ON, Canada is marked with Chinese word 拆, which in China, this word is marked on buildings that are slated to be demolished and literally mean “dismantle,” July 14, 2013 On Sunday, July 14th, 2013, protesting graffiti against forced eviction appeared on another Chinese Embassy, which this one is in Ottawa, ON, Canada. This is thesecond embassy to be marked with the Chinese word[拆]since July 10th. The first one was graffitied onto the front gate of the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C., right before U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogue. In China, the word “拆” is marked on buildings that are slated to be demolished and literally mean “dismantle”. This character clearly expresses the desire for the dismantling of the Chinese Embassy and the deep resentment towards the Chinese Communist regime’s lies and its heavy-handed policy of demolishing people’s homes. This policy of removing people from...

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Protesting-Graffiti Appeared on Chinese Embassy

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 in Forced Eviction, Highlights, International Relations, News, Sparrow Initiative | Comments Off on Protesting-Graffiti Appeared on Chinese Embassy

Statement on the fifth China-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogue    Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C. Its gate is marked with big chinese word 拆, which in China, this word is marked on buildings that are slated to be demolished and literally mean “dismantle” While the Chinese delegation for the fifth China-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) began talks with its American counterparts and the Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi wrote in the Washington Post describing the cooperation between China and the United States as an “anchor” for world peace and stability, ensuring that China’s development is not a threat to other countries, three big graffiti-ed Chinese words “拆” appeared on the front gate of the Chinese Embassy in Washington, DC. In China, the word “拆” is marked on buildings that are slated to be demolished and literally mean “dismantle”. This...

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Demonstration in front of the Chinese Embassy

Posted on Jun 30, 2013 in Forced Eviction, News, Publications, Sparrow Initiative | 1 comment

Press Advisory: Demonstration in front of the Chinese Embassy July 1st, 2013   Time: 11:00am Place:   Chinese Embassy in Washington D.C. 3505 International Place, NW Washington, DC 20008  July 1st marks the anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party and the anniversary of a regime which has worked to oppress its own people’s freedom of religion, expression, press, and many other universal human rights.  One of the CCP’s most damaging practices is known as forced evictions, also known as “land grabbing,” in which the government wrongly seizes property legally held by citizens of China or acquiesces in its seizure by others.  To raise awareness of this cruel abuse and to appeal on behalf of those whose land has been seized, Initiatives for China founded the Sparrow Initiative. The Sparrow Initiative is used to coordinates protests at places of international significance, including the...

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An Open Letter to Chinese Authorities Regarding the Recent Detention of Citizens including Zhao Changqing and Ding Jiaxi

Posted on Apr 24, 2013 in Forced Eviction, International Relations, News, Prisoners of Conscience, Publications, Rule of Law in China | 1 comment

April 19th, 2013 Mr. Xi Jingping, President of the People’s Republic of China, Mr. Meng Jianzhu, State Councilor of the People’s Republic of China, Mr. Guo Shengkun, Minister of Public Security of the People’s Republic of China, Mr. Fu Zhenghua, Chief of Beijing Public Security Bureau: At a time when all walks of life in China are still interpreting President’s Xi Jingping’s new concept of “the China Dream” with greatest goodwill, we are shocked to hear that the Beijing Public Security Bureau has criminally detained ten citizens with absurd excuses. They are Zhao Changqing (赵常), Ding Jiaxi (丁家喜), Sun Huihan (孙含会), Yuan Dong (袁冬), Zhang Baocheng (张宝成), Hou Xin (侯欣), Ma Xinli (马新立), Wang Yonghong (王永红) and Li Wei (李蔚). Anyone can tell, that their real “crime” is nothing but demanding wealth disclosure by government officials. What Zhao Changqing,...

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An Open Letter to the Delegates of the 18th CPC Congress

Posted on Nov 8, 2012 in Forced Eviction, International Relations, Prisoners of Conscience, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on An Open Letter to the Delegates of the 18th CPC Congress

In preparation for the November 8 convening of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in Beijing, Citizen Power for China (formerly known as Initiatives for China) is authorized to release an open letter from leading citizens in China to all delegates attending the congress. The letter, entitled “Our Chinese Dream,” details the primary grievances of the Chinese people over the six decades of the Communist Party’s rule, and demands immediate action to rectify these grievances before it is too late. The serious grievances cited in the letter include the broken promises of a free and democratic China made by the CPC before it took power in 1949. Instead, the Chinese people’s political fate is still controlled and decided by an autocracy shrouded in secrecy, who guard their own privilege and wealth rather than serve the people. The result is the...

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Letter Campaign to Issue Travel Ban on Human Rights Abusers

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 in Buddhist, Charter 08, Christian, Falun Gong, Forced Eviction, Highlights, International Relations, Liu Xiaobo's Case, Mongolia, News, Prisoners of Conscience, Publications, Religious Freedom, Rule of Law in China, Taiwan, Tibet, Topics, Uyghur | Comments Off on Letter Campaign to Issue Travel Ban on Human Rights Abusers

Dear All, Initiatives for China (Citizen Power for China) is launching this letter campaign urging the Speaker of the US House of Representatives to expand Magnitsky Bill to invoke a travel ban against serious violators of human rights across the world, freeze any U.S. assets they may possess and publish their names. The original Magnitsky Bill targets only Russia. Please join us in this effort to promote human rights situation globally by signing your organization’s name on this letter. (Please sign this letter by replying to dcoffice@initiativesforchina.org) Please see proposed letter below: The Honorable Speaker Boehner United States House Washington, D.C. 20515   September 7, 2012 Dear Mr. Speaker, As you prepare for the House to take up a bill to extend Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) to Russia, we strongly urge you to support the Senate version of the legislation that includes...

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American Enterprise Institute Conference

Posted on Jun 13, 2012 in Forced Eviction, International Relations, News, Prisoners of Conscience, Publications, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on American Enterprise Institute Conference

American Enterprise Institute – Conference: From glasnost to the Arab Spring: the moral foundation of anti-authoritarian revolutions What sparks anti-authoritarian revolutions in today’s world? In his just-published book “Roads to the Temple,” Leon Aron argues that values and morality lie at the heart of every revolution. From glasnost to the Arab Spring, the battle against authoritarians has been characterized by the triumph of human dignity over an over-centralized, brutal and corrupt state. Leading anti-authoritarian activists and intellectuals from Iraq, Iran, Syria, China, Russia and Sudan will share their experiences and provide insights of critical importance to U.S. policymakers seeking to understand and support the international quest for freedom.   If you cannot attend, we welcome you to watch the event live on this page. Full video will be posted within 24 hours at: http://www.aei.org/events/2012/06/13/from-glasnost-to-the-arab-spring-the-moral-foundation-of-the-fight-for-freedom/ Agenda 12:00 PM Registration 12:30 PM Lunch...

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