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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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154 Nobel Laureates across the six Nobel disciplines urge Chinese President Xi Jinping to allow Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo to travel to the U.S. for medical treatment

Posted on Jun 29, 2017 in House Arrest of Liu Xia, International Relations, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Prisoners of Conscience | Comments Off on 154 Nobel Laureates across the six Nobel disciplines urge Chinese President Xi Jinping to allow Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo to travel to the U.S. for medical treatment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELE 154 NOBEL LAUREATES ACROSS THE SIX NOBEL DISCIPLINES URGE CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING TO ALLOW NOBEL PEACE PRIZE LAUREATE LIU XIAOBO AND HIS WIFE LIU XIA TO TRAVEL TO THE UNITED STATES FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT Washington, D.C.: Today, Freedom Now released a letter (full text and signatories below) just sent by 154 Nobel Laureates to Chinese President Xi Jinping. The letter states: “The Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo has been diagnosed with liver cancer. His wife, Liu Xia, who has been under house arrest for almost seven years, is also ill. They have the wish to leave the country so they can receive medical care. Time is running out. We urge the Chinese government on humanitarian grounds to grant Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia’s wish to travel to the United States for medical treatment.” The letter was also...

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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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IFC/CP Statement on Liu Xiaobo’s Condition

Posted on Jun 26, 2017 in House Arrest of Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, No Category, Prisoners of Conscience, Publications | Comments Off on IFC/CP Statement on Liu Xiaobo’s Condition

We are shocked and saddened to learn that China’s only Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo has recently been diagnosed with advanced liver cancer. We are relieved that he has been released from prison for medical treatment. However, we are seriously concerned that the Chinese regime will continue to deny Liu Xiaobo freedom, restrict his movement, and prevent him from receiving adequate medical care. The transfer from prison to hospital does not guarantee that his friends or family will be able to visit. We therefore strongly urge the Chinese authorities to let Liu Xiaobo free, ensure he received effective access to his family, allow him to choose where and how he wants to be treated. If Liu Xiaobo and his family choose to seek medical treatment overseas, IFC/CP will provide full assistance. We believe that the Chinese Communist regime is...

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China, the West, and Leverage

Posted on Jan 16, 2017 in International Relations, Liu Xiaobo's Case | Comments Off on China, the West, and Leverage

NATIONAL REVIEW   China, the West, and Leverage By Jay Nordlinger December 16, 2016 Yesterday, I wrote a post headed “The Quiet Death of ‘Liu Xiaobo Plaza.'” It was about the House GOP and its spiking of a move to honor a Chinese political prisoner. In that post, I wrote, My guess is, Republican donors don’t like the idea of “Liu Xiaobo Plaza,” because they want commercial relations with China. They fear that honoring a dissident will endanger commercial relations. I doubt this is so. The Free World has more leverage than it knows. This is something I learned from Jianli Yang, among others: The Free World has much more leverage than it knows. (Yang is a leading Chinese democracy activist and former political prisoner.) The West thinks that China holds all the cards and we have none. So...

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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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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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