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CPIFC Briefing Series: A tightening grip: The rise of authoritarianism and the erosion of freedom in Hong Kong

Posted on Nov 5, 2018 in News | Comments Off on CPIFC Briefing Series: A tightening grip: The rise of authoritarianism and the erosion of freedom in Hong Kong

This is the summary of Benedict Rogers’ Nov.1 talk at Citizen Power Forum run by Citizen Power Initiatives for China. To watch the video for the whole event, please click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_WKQyvb9Tc&t=17m20s)   It is my great privilege to be speaking today at the first of the Citizen Power Forum events. Initiatives like this are vital in a day when the Chinese Communist Party are using sharp power to attempt to silence pro-democracy and human rights voices.  I have worked on and spoken widely on a range of issues relating to China, from the persecution of Uighur, Falun Gong and Christians, to writing articles about Taiwan or the imprisonment of Uighurs, to commenting on China-Vatican relations. I do so in several capacities: as East Asia Team Leader at the international human rights organisation CSW, which is my full-time job; as co-founder...

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Latest Feedback from Dawu Group on Yibao’s Support for Chinese Private Enterprises

Posted on Oct 29, 2018 in News | Comments Off on Latest Feedback from Dawu Group on Yibao’s Support for Chinese Private Enterprises

Latest Feedback from Dawu Group on Yibao’s Support for Chinese Private Enterprises (Yibao, Citizen Power Initiatives for China’s online magazine, has recently published three articles submitted by China’s Dawu Group about difficulties facing it.  The most recent of the three was published as an issue of our bilingual CPIFC Series. Yibao received a feedback from Dawu Group over last weekend. As requested by Dawu, we are publishing the feedback.) The CCTV program team “tanshi shuoli(Talk & Reason)” came to Dawu Group yesterday to follow up on the issue of real-name reporting. In the near future, our company will organize a seminar on the topic of “Health Township”. If the court still holds a hearing on our case around Oct. 30th and we lose this case, we will definitely appeal after November 5th and will not surrender. Although President Xi Jinping has stated to...

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CPIFC Briefing Series: The People are Breaking the Laws, The Government Officials are Committing Crimes, Where’s the Exit?

Posted on Oct 28, 2018 in News, Publications, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on CPIFC Briefing Series: The People are Breaking the Laws, The Government Officials are Committing Crimes, Where’s the Exit?

CPIFC Briefing Series*    Oct. 20, 2018 The People are Breaking the Laws, The Government Officials are Committing Crimes, Where’s the Exit? by Sun Dawu  (Chairman of Supervisory Board of Hebei Dawu Group, China) (This article is recommended by Chinese Entrepreneurs Rights Association) On July 25, 2018, a 77,000-square meter senior nursing homes in the small town of Dawu Kangyang, were confiscated by the Xushui District Land Bureau. The account is that the buildings were built without approval, an illegal occupation of land. We were not only given a deadline to remove the buildings and had of hundreds of millions of yuan’s worth of property confiscated, we also had to accept high fines. 1. Strange Punishment The Ecological Center of Nursing Homes of Dawu Group was approved in 2015. In 2016, the district chief, the executive deputy district chief and...

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A tightening grip: The rise of authoritarianism and the erosion of freedom in Hong Kong

Posted on Oct 21, 2018 in Hong Kong, News, Publications | Comments Off on A tightening grip: The rise of authoritarianism and the erosion of freedom in Hong Kong

Title: A tightening grip: The rise of authoritarianism and the erosion of freedom in Hong Kong   a discussion featuring Benedict Rogers Chair of Trustees of Hong Kong Watch, UK moderated by YANG Jianli President of Citizen Power Initiatives for China Thursday, November 1, 2018 7:30PM-9:00PM 415 2ND Street, NE, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20002 (new office of Citizen Power Initiatives for China) To RSVP: dcoffice@initiativesforchina.org Twitter: English @citizenpowerifc | 中文 @iforchina Live Broadcast at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2Gz65rU_l-9UcHAV9MsVpg   Media Are Welcome   Since the student-led pro-democracy protests of 2014, Hong Kong has experienced an unprecedented crackdown on its freedoms. Student protestors have been imprisoned, political candidates have been disqualified from running for election and legislators have been barred from the city’s legislature. Press freedom, academic freedom and the rule of law are all facing pressures in an atmosphere where Xi Jinping’s authoritarian...

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Statement on the Meng Hongwei (孟宏伟) Incident from Citizen Power Initiatives for China

Posted on Oct 9, 2018 in News, Publications | Comments Off on Statement on the Meng Hongwei (孟宏伟) Incident from Citizen Power Initiatives for China

October 7, 2018    Washington, DC According to the midnight news on the website of China’s State Supervision Commission of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection on October 7, Meng Hongwei, who had been missing for 12 days, is suspected of breaking the law and is currently under the investigation of the State Supervision Commission. Citizen Power Initiatives for China has expressed strong concern about this incident. Meng Hongwei is one of the heads of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). He is a deputy minister of the Chinese Ministry of Public Security. He also has a compelling identity — the first Chinese chairman of Interpol. On October 5, Meng Hongwei’s wife, Grace Meng, reported in Lyon, France, where the headquarters of Interpol is located, that Meng Hongwei had disappeared after returning to China in late September. Before the official announcement about Meng...

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Initiatives for China reports ten Chinese State Funded Media to DOJ that have failed to register as a Foreign Agent required by Foreign Agents Registration Act

Posted on Sep 27, 2018 in International Relations, News, Publications | Comments Off on Initiatives for China reports ten Chinese State Funded Media to DOJ that have failed to register as a Foreign Agent required by Foreign Agents Registration Act

Honorable Jeff Sessions Attorney General of the United States U.S. Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20530-0001 September 25, 2018 Dear Mr. Attorney General: I applaud your decision to order Xinhua News Agency and China Global Television Network, the two major Chinese state media firms, to register as foreign agents. This is a timely and urgent move much needed to counter the Chinese Communist regime’s aggressive foreign propaganda strategy aiming to gain political influence and win Americans’ hearts and minds. However, there are still hundreds of other Chinese state media outlets that serve as the backbone of the Chinese regime’s propaganda apparatus operating in this country. They have failed to comply with the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) to register their firms as Chinese government agents and disclose information of acting on behalf of the Chinese government. I therefore urge...

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UN experts urge China to prevent discrimination against Tibetans, Uyghurs and other ethnic groups

Posted on Aug 31, 2018 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, Mongolia, News, Tibet, Uyghur | Comments Off on UN experts urge China to prevent discrimination against Tibetans, Uyghurs and other ethnic groups

Geneva – United Nations experts on racial discrimination today urged the Chinese government to review policies and laws that discriminate against Tibetans, Uyghurs and Mongols. The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination made this recommendation in its concluding observations from its review of China at a hearing last month in Geneva. The committee issued a number of recommendations while highlighting torture and ill-treatment against ethnic groups, the use of anti-terror and anti-separatism laws to stifle dissent and the diminishing space for civil society in China. The committee also issued detailed recommendations with regard to the human rights of Mongols, Tibetans and Uyghurs. The committee said that it is “concerned by reports that Tibetans are subjected to significant restrictions on movement within and beyond Tibet Autonomous Region, and that the issuance of passports for foreign travel is almost...

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