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IFC Will Present Open Letter to UN Secretary General on June 4, 2011

Posted on Apr 18, 2011 in Charter 08, Chen Guangcheng, Forced Eviction, I am Liu Xianbin, International Relations, Jasmine Revolution Rescue, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Prisoners of Conscience, Rule of Law in China, Sparrow Initiative, Tiananmen Anniversaries | Comments Off on IFC Will Present Open Letter to UN Secretary General on June 4, 2011

On June 4, 2011 Initiatives for China will present an Open Letter to UN Secretary General Ban-ki Moon regarding the Chinese government’s serious and on-going human rights violations against its own people Open Letter to the Secretary-General of United Nations His Excellency Ban Ki-moon The United Nations 1 United Nations Plaza New York, New York 10017-3515 CC:     Member States of the UN Security Council, Member States of the UN Human Rights Council, and European Parliament June 4, 2011 Dear Mr. Secretary-General: Twenty-two years ago today, Chinese Communist dictators, responding to student-led pro-democracy protests, called out tens of thousands of troops to “crush a counter-revolutionary riot.” In a spasm of unimaginable violence, heavily armed soldiers and tanks attacked peaceful protesters. They shot at unarmed Chinese in and near Tiananmen Square, resulting in the death and maiming of thousands...

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Sparrow Initiative Stages Protest Inside UN Headquarter

Posted on Sep 3, 2010 in Forced Eviction, International Relations, News, Rule of Law in China, Sparrow Initiative | Comments Off on Sparrow Initiative Stages Protest Inside UN Headquarter

Washington DC, August 31, 2010– The Sparrow Initiative escalated its three month long protest with a dramatic demonstration inside UN Headquarters in New York City.  Under the watchful eyes  of NYC police and reporters, several dozen protesters unfurled large banners calling on the Chinese government to compensate the 18000 families whose homes were demolished to clear land for the Shanghai World Expo, which opened on May 1, 2010.   The Sparrow Initiative is a band of Chinese citizens and their supporters who have been victimized by forced evictions and land grabbing.  Sparrow Initiative groups have  formed in virtually every province of China to counter the widespread practice of local governments collaborating with developers to grab land for special projects or private development.  With no independent judiciary in China, victims of forced evictions have virtually no means for redress of...

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Sparrow Initiative at UN Headquarter, Press Conference Transcript

Posted on Sep 3, 2010 in Forced Eviction, International Relations, News, Publications, Rule of Law in China, Sparrow Initiative | Comments Off on Sparrow Initiative at UN Headquarter, Press Conference Transcript

Good afternoon. My name is Yang Jianli, President of Initiatives for China and Fellow at Harvard University. We are here as a delegation of the Sparrow Initiative. The Sparrow Initiative is a coalition of citizens and victims of forced evictions instigated by the Chinese government in clear violation of China’s own constitution and Articles #8 and #12 of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights.   This press conference and the protest action we took this morning at the United Nations has three objectives:   First objective is: To hold the United Nations and in particular UN-HABITAT, accountable for their failure to protect 18000 citizens of Shanghai. 18000 families were forcibly evicted without fair compensation or due process when their land and homes were appropriated for the building of the Shanghai World Expo. Furthermore we hold the UN contempt...

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Initiatives for China President Calls UN Pavilion At Shanghai Expo “Stolen Property”

Posted on Aug 30, 2010 in Forced Eviction, International Relations, News, Rule of Law in China, Sparrow Initiative | Comments Off on Initiatives for China President Calls UN Pavilion At Shanghai Expo “Stolen Property”

Wasington, D.C. August 30, 2010–Initiatives for China President and Harvard Fellow, Dr. Yang Jianli, will call on UN HABITAT to reveal the details behind its acquisition of the UN Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo.   At a 1 pm press conference in Ralph Bunche park across from UN Headquarters in New York, Dr. Yang will present the case that the UN Pavilion “rests on property stolen from 18000 families by the Shanghai Government.”  According to Dr. Yang, the Shanghai government gave the pavilion without charge to the United Nations. “The United Nations and in particular, UN-HABITAT,  knew or should have known, that it was in receipt of stolen property.”   New York State Senator, Tony Avella, will speak at the press conference as well as several  respected Chinese citizens and Charter 08 signatories. Jim Geheran, Director of Initiatives for...

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Chinese Victims To Hold Sit-In To Protest UN Role in Shanghai Expo Forced Evictions

Posted on Aug 25, 2010 in Forced Eviction, International Relations, News, Rule of Law in China, Sparrow Initiative | Comments Off on Chinese Victims To Hold Sit-In To Protest UN Role in Shanghai Expo Forced Evictions

Wasington, D.C. August 25, 2010–Victims of forced evictions by the Chinese government and their supporters will stage a sit-in at 11:00 am at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Tuesday, August 31, 2010.  A press conference will follow the sit-in at 1:00 pm in Ralph Bunche Park at 1st Ave., E. 42 St., directly opposite UN Headquarters   Under the banner of the Sparrow Initiative, Chinese citizens have banded together to protest the forced eviction of more than 18,000 families in Shanghai to clear land for the Shanghai World Expo, which opened on May 1st. “The Chinese government gave a Pavilion to the UN for Free”, said Dr. Yang Jianli, Sparrow Initiative organizer and President of the citizen’s movement, Initiatives for China.  “However it was not free.  It was paid for by   homes of 18,000 families who...

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California Congressman Adam Schiff Meets with Chinese Forced Eviction Victims

Posted on Aug 5, 2010 in Forced Eviction, International Relations, News, Rule of Law in China, Sparrow Initiative | Comments Off on California Congressman Adam Schiff Meets with Chinese Forced Eviction Victims

Washington, D.C. August 5,  2010 U.S. Congressman Adam Schiff met with a delegation from the Sparrow Initiative on Friday, August 5th, to discuss the Chinese government’s practice of forced evictions. The Sparrow Initiative is a movement of Chinese citizens dedicated to ending the practice of forced evictions and to obtaining fair compensation for the victims of this illegal practice.  Forced evictions are a common occurrence on Mainland China, accounting for more than 80% of all the formal petitions of grievances filed with the Chinese government every year.  Sparrow Initiative groups have now formed in more than a half dozen Chinese provinces. During the meeting at the Congressman’s 29th district California office, Mr. Yang Haihan, a constituent of Congressman Schiff, gave a first hand account of how Changchun government officials conspired with local developers to take over his family’s business...

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People in Suzhou Continue Their Protests by Walking

Posted on Jul 27, 2010 in Forced Eviction, Gong Min Walk 2010, News, Rule of Law in China, Sparrow Initiative | Comments Off on People in Suzhou Continue Their Protests by Walking

By Chen Yu (Canyu News Reporting) July 27, 2010 The fight against illegal eviction and demolition, and for fair compensation for property taken, has been going on for about two weeks in and around the small town of Tongan, Suzhou, in Jiangsu Province.   The government has mobilized its resources to contain the mass protests and cut their supply lines.  At present, there are over 10,000 paramilitary and riot police forces stationed presented in Tongan and neighboring towns. The local protesters are facing unprecedented pressure, and so on July 25, the protests in the towns of Tongan and Dongzhu were largely abated.  There were only a few groups of about one hundred people going out for a “walk” and “cooling down” at the Fortune Square in the town of Dongzhu, while policemen forcefully passed out government issued pamphlets to...

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