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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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CECC: Statement on the Medical Parole of Nobel Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo

Posted on Jun 26, 2017 in International Relations, News, Prisoners of Conscience | Comments Off on CECC: Statement on the Medical Parole of Nobel Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo

dawChairs Urge President Trump To Seek Immediate Transfer to U.S. for Treatment, Medical Parole for Other Detained Dissidents in Poor Health June 26, 2017 (Washington, DC)-Senator Marco Rubio and Representative Chris Smith, the chair and cochair respectively of the bipartisan Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC), issued the following statements about the reported transfer of 2010 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo from Jinzhou Prison in Liaoning province to a hospital in Shenyang municipality for treatment of late-stage liver cancer.  Dr. Liu is almost 8 years into his 11-year prison sentence for “inciting subversion of state power” in connection with his efforts to press for political reform and human rights protections.  The Chairs urge President Trump to seek Dr. Liu’s immediate transfer with his wife Liu Xia to the United States to explore treatment options, and call on the Administration...

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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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A High-Proof Tribute to Tiananmen’s Victims Finds a Way Back to China

Posted on May 31, 2017 in Hong Kong, Prisoners of Conscience, Tiananmen Anniversaries, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register | Comments Off on A High-Proof Tribute to Tiananmen’s Victims Finds a Way Back to China

  By Didi Kirsten Tatlow May 30, 2017 BEIJING – It’s a big journey for a little bottle, even one so potent in alcohol and symbolism. The liquor bottle – whose label commemorates the 1989 crackdown on democracy demonstrators in Tiananmen Square in Beijing – made a monthslong trip around the world and arrived in Hong Kong days before the 28th anniversary of the killings on Sunday and one year after it was produced in Chengdu, in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan. It was carried by hand, reportedly by a sympathetic Chinese official, from Chengdu to the Middle East and then by someone else to Paris, where it was mailed to Washington, arriving about four weeks ago, said Yang Jianli, a Chinese-born rights activist based in Washington who aided its passage around the world. Finally, coming nearly full...

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Free China’s Heroes Initiative: CECC Highlights Prisoners of Conscience Cases in Advance of President Xi Jinping’s Visit

Posted on Apr 4, 2017 in News, Prisoners of Conscience | Comments Off on Free China’s Heroes Initiative: CECC Highlights Prisoners of Conscience Cases in Advance of President Xi Jinping’s Visit

Free China’s Heroes Initiative: CECC Highlights Prisoners of Conscience Cases in Advance of President Xi Jinping’s Visit #FreeChinasHeroes WASHINGTON, DC (April 3, 2017) – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and U.S. Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ)—chair and co-chair of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC)—announced today the “Free China’s Heroes” initiative to highlight cases of individuals who are imprisoned, detained, or disappeared in China. These cases, among many others, should be raised during Chinese President and Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping’s upcoming visit this week. In its 2016 Annual Report, the CECC documented the Chinese government and Communist Party’s efforts to silence dissent, suppress human rights advocacy, and control civil society. This repression has continued apace in 2017. These cases shed light on the human toll of the Chinese government’s crackdown on basic human rights and those who defend...

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In Human Rights Speech, Rubio Calls for Release of Two Chinese Political Prisoners

Posted on Feb 7, 2017 in International Relations, Prisoners of Conscience | Comments Off on In Human Rights Speech, Rubio Calls for Release of Two Chinese Political Prisoners

In Human Rights Speech, Rubio Calls for Release of Two Chinese Political Prisoners FEB 07 2017 Washington, D.C. – During a Senate floor speech last night, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) highlighted the plight of two lawyers imprisoned by the Chinese government for their human rights advocacy. Rubio’s speech was his second in 2017 as part of his #expressionNOToppression initiative, which highlights human rights abuses around the world. Rubio, the Chairman of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, called on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to prioritize the release of these two dissidents in his diplomatic engagement with China. Rubio also stated that he would bring up these human rights cases, among others, with Governor Terry Branstad (R-IA) during his Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing to serve as U.S. ambassador to China. Rubio’s full speech can be watched here, and a downloadable broadcast quality...

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G20 Leaders, Please Put People before Chinese Party-State’s Glory

Posted on Sep 2, 2016 in International Relations, News, Op Ed, Prisoners of Conscience, Publications | Comments Off on G20 Leaders, Please Put People before Chinese Party-State’s Glory

By Yang Jianli & Han LianchaoOne of the main themes of the 2016 G20 Hangzhou summit which China’s president Xi Jinping will chair next w  eek is to build an inclusive world economy. To achieve that goal, the Chinese organizer claims that “China is working with all parties to pull in one direction in the spirit of a win-win partnership and to help pool wisdom and form synergy.” However, for 2.5 million Hangzhou residents, the upcoming summit put them in a lose-lose situation because the government’s preparation and policing for the event has become so unconscionably disruptive and abusive that the summit will be an embarrassing contradiction of G-20 principles.  The government has sealed many Hangzhou’s residential districts or neighborhoods, and special passes are required to get in and out. Ahead of the G20 summit, the Chinese regime reportedly spent over $100 billion...

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