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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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Letter from Mr. Václav Havel, a week before passing away.

Posted on Dec 18, 2011 in Charter 08, Empty Seat at Nobel Peace Prize, International Relations, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Publications, Tibet, Topics | Comments Off on Letter from Mr. Václav Havel, a week before passing away.

Letter from Czech Republic Former President, Mr. Václav Havel VACLAV HAVEL 11/12/2011 Faculty of Arts Dear friends, First of all I am very sorry that due to a serious illness I can not attend a roundtable on human rights in Asia that I – together with my friend His Holiness the Dalai Lama – convened to Prague today. Allow me a few introductory words. Recently I have a feeling that we are entering a rather dangerous period when it comes to perception of human rights and their protection and defence. I think that one of the great mistakes of politics today – and here I am referring to the politics of the Euro- Atlantic community – is the superimposing of economic interests over everything else; and the fact that attitudes towards different conflicts and problems in today’s world are...

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Three Chinas and Liu Xiaobo

Posted on Dec 13, 2011 in Challenge China's Membership to UN Human Rights Council, Charter 08, Chen Guangcheng, Empty Seat at Nobel Peace Prize, International Relations, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Op Ed, Publications | Comments Off on Three Chinas and Liu Xiaobo

Yang Jianli Speech at Democracy and Human Rights in Asia forum – Prague, Czech Republic   Mr. President Havel, Your Holiness the Dalai Lama, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a great honor for me to share a panel with such a  group of world human rights leaders and speak to the audience whose velvet revolution I profoundly admire as a Chinese activist. Exactly one year ago, I attended the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony to honor my friend and colleague Liu Xiaobo. He was being awarded the Nobel Prize for his pursuit of democratic reform in China. Sadly, he spent the occasion locked alone in a cell. Liu Xiaobo’s  wife, Liu Xia, was placed under house arrest. Today, a year later, Liu Xiaobo is still imprisoned and his wife is still under house arrest. This past Thursday also...

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Prague Declaration

Posted on Dec 13, 2011 in Charter 08, Empty Seat at Nobel Peace Prize, International Relations, Liu Xiaobo's Case, Mongolia, News, Prisoners of Conscience, Publications, Rule of Law in China, Taiwan, Tibet, Topics, Uyghur | Comments Off on Prague Declaration

Prague Declaration Forum: Democracy and Human Rights in Asia – One Year after an empty Chair in Oslo 11 December 2011 We, the participants of the conference “Democracy and Human Rights in Asia: One Year after an Empty Chair in Oslo”, who have gathered here in Prague at the invitation of President Vaclav Havel wish to join in the international efforts to promote awareness and improve progress in human rights across the globe. Yesterday, the 63rd anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was commemorated worldwide. The Declaration affirms that all human beings have the right to freedom from want and freedom from fear. These rights are indivisible and universal. In recent time the rise of economic development and strength of Asia have been the focus of much international attention. Regrettably, however, little importance and notice have been...

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Liu Xiaobo, The Spirit that Cannot Be Imprisoned

Posted on Dec 8, 2011 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 Liu Xiaobo, The Spirit that Cannot Be Imprisoned

Liu Xiaobo, The Spirit that Cannot Be Imprisoned An interview with Yang Jianli On December 10th, 2010, The Norwegian Nobel Prize Committee gave the Nobel Peace Prize to famous Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo. A year has passed. We have heard nothing from Liu Xiaobo, and his wife Liu Xia is cut off from contact with the world as well. Some organizations will hold events to bring focus on Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia’s plight. Dissident Yang Jianli is heading to Europe to attend a conference on China’s human right situation. He will discuss Liu Xiaobo’s rescue with other conference participants, including former Czech President Vaclav Havel, His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi, an Iranian human rights activist. Mr Yang was interviewed by a reporter from CanYu, an online Chinese journal. Reporter: Liu...

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Yang Speech at Third Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy

Posted on Mar 15, 2011 in Charter 08, Empty Seat at Nobel Peace Prize, Geneva Human Rights Summit, International Relations, Jasmine Revolution Rescue, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Op Ed, Prisoners of Conscience, Publications, Rule of Law in China, Tiananmen Anniversaries | Comments Off on Yang Speech at Third Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy

SPEECH by Dr. Yang Jianli Geneva, March 15, 2011 Good afternoon fellow delegates and distinguished guests. Thank you for the opportunity to address you here today. I am compelled to begin with a call for a moment of silence for the Japanese people, whose unimaginable suffering continues.  Their suffering speaks to our common humanity and to our recognition that their suffering is our suffering. (Moment of Silence) The nations of the world are providing assistance to the Japanese people, collectively working to help Japan regain its physical well being.   Unfortunately, we are here today because our collective response to willful destruction of the human spirit by the tyrannies of the world is not the same as our collective response to natural disaster. Please allow me to present this situation, and appeal for help; since late February, the Chinese Government...

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Dr. Yang Jianli to Address Tomorrow’s Geneva Rights Summit

Posted on Mar 14, 2011 in Charter 08, Empty Seat at Nobel Peace Prize, Geneva Human Rights Summit, International Relations, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Prisoners of Conscience, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on Dr. Yang Jianli to Address Tomorrow’s Geneva Rights Summit

Yang Jianli, the world-renowned Chinese dissident and survivor of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, will join other former prisoners of conscience March 15-16 for the third annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy.  Dr. Yang, who served a five-year jail term in China for his social activism, will speak about the situation of jailed writer Liu Xiaobo, whom he represented at the Oslo Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in December. The Chinese government has been criticized by human rights groups and the U.S. State Department for gross and systematic violations of basic rights such as freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and freedom of religion, and for oppressing minority groups. Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese literary critic, writer, professor, and human rights activist was sentenced to 11 years in prison last year for “inciting subversion of state power.” His receipt...

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