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Liu Xia, widow of Nobel Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, flies out of China bound for Germany

Posted on Jul 10, 2018 in Highlights, House Arrest of Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News | Comments Off on Liu Xia, widow of Nobel Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, flies out of China bound for Germany

Source: https://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2154570/liu-xia-widow-nobel-prize-winner-liu-xiaobo-flies-out Liu Xia, the widow of Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, flew out of China bound for Germany on Tuesday morning, the South China Morning Posthas learned. The 57-year-old poet and artist had been under house arrest for more than seven years since her late husband was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2010 while in jail. News of Liu Xia’s release came as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is on a visit to Germany. He met German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday. Liu Xiaobo died aged 61 in hospital on July 13 last year. He was the first Nobel Peace Prize winner to die in custody since German pacifist Carl von Ossietzky in 1938. Liu left the country aboard a Finnair flight, her friends said. Her brother, Liu Hui, was not on the plane, they...

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China’s UN rep spies on dissident, interrupts UN testimony three times

Posted on Mar 20, 2018 in Challenge China's Membership to UN Human Rights Council, Highlights, International Relations, News, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on China’s UN rep spies on dissident, interrupts UN testimony three times

UN WATCH China’s UN rep spies on dissident, interrupts UN testimony three times https://www.unwatch.org/chinas-un-rep-spies-dissident-interrupts-un-testimony-three-times/ GENEVA, March 20, 2018 – The Chinese government today interrupted UN testimony (see below) by one of its most well-known former political prisoners, who took the floor on behalf of the Geneva based human rights group UN Watch, as he addressed the 47-nation Human Rights Council in Geneva. China lashed out at the end, saying in a right of reply that “NGOs and individuals with ulterior motives use this forum to fulfill their evil purposes.” Before the speech, one of the Chinese government delegates sought to intimidate the speaker, Dr. Yang Jianli, by taking pictures of him outside the hall for more than 10 minutes. UN Watch has filed a formal complaint with UNHRC President Vojislav Suc, demanding that the Chinese delegate-believed to be Mr. Wei Zhimin...

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IFC/CP Statement on Liu Xiaobo’s Passing

Posted on Jul 13, 2017 in Highlights, House Arrest of Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Prisoners of Conscience, Publications | Comments Off on IFC/CP Statement on Liu Xiaobo’s Passing

The news of Liu Xiaobo’s passing makes our hearts ache. We weep for the loss of a visionary leader, heroic freedom fighter, uncompromising colleague, dear friend and loving brother. To Liu Xiaobo’s devoted wife Liu Xiao, we offer our deepest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with her. Liu Xia has accompanied her husband to the end of his journey and her love for Liu Xiaobo overcame all the unbearable suffering that she and her extended family sustained. We salute Liu Xia for her sacrifices and courage, and urge her to be strong and to carry on Xiaobo’s legacy. We believe the Chinese Communist regime is responsible for Liu Xiaobo’s death because it never allowed him early diagnosis and proper treatment, and denied his wish to seek medical treatment abroad. We vow to hold the Chinese regime and those individuals who mistreated Liu Xiaobo accountable. The tragedy of Liu Xiaobo is not...

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Doctors’ Joint Statement: Recommendation for the Further Treatment of Chinese Nobel Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo

Posted on Jul 9, 2017 in Highlights, House Arrest of Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Prisoners of Conscience, Publications | Comments Off on Doctors’ Joint Statement: Recommendation for the Further Treatment of Chinese Nobel Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo

July 9, 2017 Recommendation for the Further Treatment  of Chinese Nobel Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo   Joint Statement from Dr. Joseph M. Herman, Clinical Research Director, Department of Radiation Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Dr. Markus Büchler, Chairman, Department of Surgery, University of Heidelberg On Saturday, July 8, Dr. Joseph M. Herman of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Dr. Markus W Büchler of University of Heidelberg met with the medical team at the No. 1 Hospital of the China Medical University to participate in a medical consultation for Liu Xiaobo and provide their professional recommendations. Drs. Herman and Büchler acknowledge the quality of care that the No. 1 Hospital of the China Medical University has provided to Mr. Liu since his admission. Drs. Herman and Büchler agree with Mr. Liu’s...

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IFC Statement on Passage of Global Magnitsky Act

Posted on Dec 9, 2016 in Global Magnitsky Act, Highlights, News, Publications | Comments Off on IFC Statement on Passage of Global Magnitsky Act

Initiatives for China (IFC a.k.a Citizen Power for China) applauds the final passage of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act by Congress, which will allow the president to deny U.S. visas and freeze U.S.-based assets of any individual human rights abusers and corrupt  officials in the world.   IFC believes this paradigm shift will significantly strengthen and enhance the enforcement of international human rights laws, and give a powerful tool for global human rights activists fighting against authoritarian regimes and hold any human rights abusers accountable.   In the celebration of the Global Magnitsky Act’s historic passage, we would like to extend our deep gratitude and appreciation to Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), John McCain (R-AZ) , Representatives Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Jim McGovern (D-MA) for their leadership and their hard work. We also want to thank Mr. Bill...

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CECC hosts Human Rights Hearing In advance of Human Rights Day

Posted on Dec 8, 2016 in Highlights, News | Comments Off on CECC hosts Human Rights Hearing In advance of Human Rights Day

Congressional Executive Commission on China hosts  Human Rights Hearing  In advance of Human Rights Day On Wednesday December 7, 2016, the Congressional Executive Commission on China (CECC) hosted hearing: Dissidents Who Have Suffered for Human Rights in China: A Look Back and A Look Forward. The hearing was led by CECC Chairman Representative Christ Smith and Cochairman Senator Marco Rubio, Representative Randy Hultgren and Representative Timothy Walz. Witness to the hearing are Ms. Kadeer Rebiya (President of World Uyghur Congress), Mr. Penpa Tsering (Representative of H.H. the Dalai Lama), Dr. Yang Jianli (President of Initiatives for China), Mr. Chen Guangcheng (the famous “barefoot blind lawyer” from China),  Mr. Wei Jingsheng (Chairman of Wei Jingsheng Foundation), Rev. Bob Fu (President of ChinaAid), and Ms. Wang Xiaodan (the daughter of former prisoner of conscience, Wang Zhiwen). The Congressional-Executive Commission on China, currently led by its Chairman,...

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IFC Statement on The Tank Man Image Selected As 100 Most Influential Photographs of All Time

Posted on Nov 23, 2016 in Highlights, News, Publications, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register, Two Tank Men | Comments Off on IFC Statement on The Tank Man Image Selected As 100 Most Influential Photographs of All Time

After three years of work, TIME has released its 100 most influential images of all time, a collection curated by international historians, photo editors, photographers, and reporters from around the world. Initiatives for China (a.k.a. Citizen Power for China) is pleased that The Tank Man image from the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests was selected as one of the 100. We applaud TIME’s effort and celebrate the selection of the Tank Man image, which once again confirms the historic value and significance of this iconic and powerful photograph. TIME’s selection criteria was based on whether the images’ influence can be quantified by examining how specific photographs drive and change the course of history. Indeed the Tank Man image has become not only a symbol of the 1989 Beijing pro-democracy protest, but also a symbol of nonviolent resistance against oppression worldwide,...

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