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Pelosi Statement on Release of Liu Xiaobo

Posted on Jun 26, 2017 in International Relations, News, Prisoners of Conscience, Publications | Comments Off on Pelosi Statement on Release of Liu Xiaobo

June 26, 2017 Contact: Ashley Etienne/Caroline Behringer, 202-226-7616 Pelosi Statement on Release of Liu Xiaobo Washington, D.C. – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement after the release of the Nobel Peace Prize winner and Chinese democracy advocate Liu Xiaobo, following a diagnosis of late-stage liver cancer: “Liu Xiaobo is a hero who stands in the pantheon of great leaders for non-violence, justice and freedom throughout history.  His arrest and imprisonment were a disgraceful betrayal of the rule of law and China’s own constitution, but his courage throughout his persecution and imprisonment has been an inspiration to the world. “Liu Xiaobo’s release is a deeply bittersweet moment for all freedom-loving people.  While we are encouraged by the end of Liu’s unjust imprisonment, we are profoundly heartbroken by the news of his cancer and by the role the...

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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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“Red Notices” for Human Rights Abusers

Posted on Jun 23, 2017 in Global Efforts, InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, International Relations, Op Ed, Publications | Comments Off on “Red Notices” for Human Rights Abusers

“Red Notices” for Human Rights Abusers by YANG Jianli Interpol, the intergovernmental organization that facilitates police cooperation among member states, often issues red notices to alert its members to locate and arrest wanted persons with the aim of extradition or similar lawful action.  Interpol’s mission is guided by the principle of neutrality and Article 3 of its Constitution forbids the organization involved in any political activities. However, authoritarian governments have increasingly used this process to target activists and journalists who are critical of the regime, and located outside the country. The governments’ aim is not only to secure their return to face trial on trumped-up charges, but also discredit and intimidate them, thereby damaging their reputation and harming their professional and possible business interests. When Guo Wengui, a Chinese businessman-turned-whistleblower, began to reveal information about corruption among China’s top leadership, Interpol, –whose current...

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The Prague Appeal for Democratic Renewal

Posted on Jun 15, 2017 in News, Publications | Comments Off on The Prague Appeal for Democratic Renewal

The Prague Appeal for Democratic Renewal Adopted in Prague on May 26, 2017 Liberal democracy is under threat, and all who cherish it must come to its defense. Democracy is threatened from without by despotic regimes in Russia, China, and other countries that are tightening repression internally and expanding their power globally, filling vacuums left by the fading power, influence, and self-confidence of the long-established democracies. The authoritarians are using old weapons of hard power as well as new social media and a growing arsenal of soft power to create a post-democratic world order in which norms of human rights and the rule of law are replaced by the principle of absolute state sovereignty. Democracy is also being threatened from within. Illiberalism is on the rise in Turkey, Hungary, the Philippines, Venezuela, and other backsliding democracies. In other countries – even long-established democracies – support for liberal democracy has eroded in recent years, especially among younger people who have no memory of the struggles against totalitarianism. Faith in democratic institutions has been declining for some time, as governments seem unable to cope with the complex new challenges of globalization, political processes appear increasingly sclerotic and dysfunctional, and the bureaucracies managing both national and global institutions seem remote and overbearing. Compounding the difficulties, terrorist violence...

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Opinion: UCSD Chinese Should Welcome Dalai Lama -Not Parrot Party Line

Posted on Jun 12, 2017 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, News, Op Ed, Publications, Tibet | Comments Off on Opinion: UCSD Chinese Should Welcome Dalai Lama -Not Parrot Party Line

Opinion: UCSD Chinese Should Welcome Dalai Lama -Not Parrot Party Line June 11, 2017 By Yang Jianli What do Richard Spencer, Ann Coulter, and the Dalai Lama have in common? Each of them has been the target of college student protests opposing their speeches on campus. But unlike Mr. Spencer and Ms. Coulter, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama was born on a straw mat in a cowshed to a poor Tibetan family, and is now one of the most beloved and sought after world leaders. The most recent college campus speaker controversy involves the University of California at San Diego‘s invitation to the Dalai Lama to deliver the commencement address on June 17. The invitation has triggered strong opposition from some Chinese students on campus. As an ethnic Han Chinese myself, I am deeply troubled by the reaction of these Chinese students. Not because they...

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Göran Lindblad: My Supporting Voice for Our Tiananmen Brothers

Posted on Jun 11, 2017 in News, Publications, Tiananmen Anniversaries, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register | Comments Off on Göran Lindblad: My Supporting Voice for Our Tiananmen Brothers

My Supporting Voice for Our Tiananmen Brothers Göran Lindblad Again approaching the day to remember the heroic peaceful protests by students at Tiananmen Square 1989. The totalitarian communist regime responded to the non-violent manifestation with brutal force. Tanks against unarmed shocked the world. As time flies, and current world events consumes daily news media attention, we now, 28 years later need to commemorate and remember the heroes as well as not forget the perpetrators. The best symbol of the Tiananmen protests and regime massacre is of course the Tank Man. The young protester, holding his shopping bags, standing in front of, and seemingly stopping the tank column. The pictures of Tiananmen Man spread epidemically in the world media at the time. However it is still, now today a very powerful message of the importance of individuals can make a...

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IFC/CPFC Statement on the Human Rights Positions Taken by Secretary of State Tillerson and Ambassador Haley

Posted on Jun 8, 2017 in Challenge China's Membership to UN Human Rights Council, News, Publications, Tiananmen Anniversaries | Comments Off on IFC/CPFC Statement on the Human Rights Positions Taken by Secretary of State Tillerson and Ambassador Haley

Initiatives for China a.k.a Citizen Power in China (IFC/CPFC) enthusiastically applauds Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s June 4 statement on the 28th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square Massacre, and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley’s June 6th remarks at the United Nations Human Rights Council and in the Graduate Institute of Geneva. We and many other participants in the 1989 pro-democracy movement and families of the massacre victims are very grateful that the Trump Administration has not forgotten the bloody crackdown of a peaceful protest by the Chinese Communist regime, and truly commits to universal rights and fundamental freedoms. IFC believes that the United States’ calling on China to make a full accounting of the tragedy and urging the regime to stop further persecution of the protesters and their families will encourage the Chinese people, and that the satisfactory resolution of the...

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