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Statement on Mo Yan’s Winning Nobel Literature Prize

Posted on Oct 12, 2012 in Charter 08, Empty Seat at Nobel Peace Prize, Highlights, International Relations, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Prisoners of Conscience, Publications, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on Statement on Mo Yan’s Winning Nobel Literature Prize

Initiatives For China (Citizen Power For China) congratulates Mr. Mo Yan on winning this years Nobel Literature Prize, which makes him the third Chinese from mainland China to receive a Nobel prize. The other two Nobel laureates are Gao Xingjian and Liu Xiaobo, one is currently in exile in France and the other remains in jail in China, serving an 11 year prison term for exercising his right of free speech. We are extremely pleased that this year`s Chinese Nobel winner has not forgotten his fellow Nobel laureates. Mo Yan, a pen name that literally means “Don’t Speak”,  has finally spoken out during an interview that he hopes the jailed Nobel Peace prize winner of 2010, Liu Xiaobo, will be freed soon. Considering Mr. Mo`s official position in China`s Writers Association (a government agency), his previous distance from pro-democracy...

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International Remembrance of Imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo

Posted on Sep 23, 2012 in Charter 08, Highlights, International Relations, Liu Xiaobo's Case, No Category, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on International Remembrance of Imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo

Initiatives For China (Citizen Power For China) Announces International Remembrance of Imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo on Oct 9, 2012 For event in Washington, DC, USA, Contact: Lianchao Han, phone in Washington:  1-571-482-9188, email: lianchao@initiativesforchina.org or John King,  phone in Washington: 1-301-806-5209 For event in Budapest, Hungary, Contact: Fei Liangyong, phone in Germany: +49-911-223820, Fax: -223828 Email: fei@fdc64.de Initiatives For China, also known as Citizen Power For China, announced plans today for a remembrance of Liu Xiabo, to commemorate the second anniversary of his Nobel Peace Prize Award. The event will take place on October 9, 2012 at 12 Noon local time at Lafayette Square Park which is located at 16th and H St NW in Washington, DC, USA. Simultaneously, a commemoration event for Liu Xiaobo will be held at 7 PM local time in Budapest, Hungary...

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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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Letter to Assistant Secretary Posner Regarding Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 in Charter 08, Empty Seat at Nobel Peace Prize, Highlights, International Relations, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Prisoners of Conscience, Publications, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on Letter to Assistant Secretary Posner Regarding Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo

Honorable Michael Posner Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor U.S. Department of State 2201 C Street NW Washington, DC 20520 July 22, 2012 Dear Assistant Secretary Posner, We are writing to urge you to firmly press China to free Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo during the 17th session of U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue with your counterpart Chen Xu, Director General for International Organizations and Conferences of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As you well know, Dr. Liu is serving an 11-year jail sentence in a Liaoning provincial prison of Northeastern China for drafting Charter 08 to peacefully call for greater freedoms and democracy in China within the Chinese Constitutional framework. Nearly four years since his incarceration and two years since his Nobel Peace Prize, despite many calls for his release from every corner of the earth, including 15...

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Don’t Let Liu Xia Stand Alone

Posted on Jun 15, 2012 in Charter 08, Empty Seat at Nobel Peace Prize, Highlights, Liu Xiaobo's Case, Prisoners of Conscience, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on Don’t Let Liu Xia Stand Alone

A reliable source told IFC that Liu Xia, the wife of Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo, is still under house arrest. Recently two old friends of Liu Xia, Cui Weiping and Liu Di, were worried about her being too lonely and decided to visit her. Unfortunately they were turned back by hired security guards.   Unlike the blind lawyer Chen Guangcheng, who successfully escaped to the United States in May, Liu Xia, a well-known artist, has not yet suffered physical abuses that we know of. But she has been mentally tortured since her husband was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010. Since that time, Liu Xia’s freedom of movement has been severely restricted. Her contact with the outside world has been completely cut off and visitors are not allowed to see her. At one point, Liu Xia was...

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Three Chinas and Liu Xiaobo

Posted on May 14, 2012 in Charter 08, Empty Seat at Nobel Peace Prize, International Relations, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Op Ed, Publications | Comments Off on Three Chinas and Liu Xiaobo

Text of Speech at Oslo Freedom Forum, the 4th Annual May 9, 2012, Oslo Everyone asks: Why is China, a seemingly increasingly assertive world power, afraid of a single man like Liu Xiaobo? Why is it afraid of a moderate document like Charter 08, a manifesto authored by Liu Xiaobo and his colleagues demanding for political reform? Liu Xiaobo and his colleagues recognize there are two Chinas. They have tried to bring together these two severely separated Chinas and construct a society based on universal values. By “two China”, I am not talking about “mainland China” and “Taiwan.” Geographically there is only one entity of mainland China, but politically, economically, sociologically, and even sentimentally, it has largely broken into two societies.   Over the past 23 years after Tiananmen Square, the CCP regime has established a two China structure and one...

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Nonviolence from Damascus and Manama to Moscow and Beijing: Why the Middle East revolution makes dictatorships tremble

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 in Buddhist, Charter 08, Christian, Forced Eviction, InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, 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 Nonviolence from Damascus and Manama to Moscow and Beijing: Why the Middle East revolution makes dictatorships tremble

Chibli Mallat is a law professor and a practicing attorney, and an active defender of human rights, constitutional law, and judicial accountabillity. He is Presidential Professor of Law at the University of Utah and EU Jean Monnet Professor of European Law at Université Saint Joseph in Lebanon. He was the 2011 Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Visiting Professor of Islamic Legal Studies at Harvard Law School, and will be teaching at Yale Law School in the fall of 2012. Mallat has published and edited over thirty five books, including Introduction to Middle Eastern Law, OUP 2007; and Iraq: Guide to Law and Policy, Kluwer 2009, and is the founder and chairman of Right to Nonviolence, an international NGO based in Beirut. We are into the second year of the Middle East Nonviolent Revolution. I had the privilege to...

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