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Democracies: The Vote That Will Test Your Commitment to Democracy

Posted on Nov 6, 2013 in Challenge China's Membership to UN Human Rights Council, Falun Gong, Hong Kong, Macao, Mongolia, News, Publications, Taiwan, Tibet, Uyghur | Comments Off on Democracies: The Vote That Will Test Your Commitment to Democracy

Updates on Petitions Challenging China’s Seat in UNHRC:  + Petition on  Avaaz.org reaching almost 700,000. + Around 3000 more signatures of petitioner inside China added to Citizen Power for China’s petition, reaching a total of 12,000 signatories. —————————————————————–   By YANG Jianli Speech at the 6th annual briefing on Human Rights Council Candidates hosted by UN Watch and Human Rights Foundation November 4, 2013, UN Headquarters, New York   At about 9:00pm, September 24, I was on the phone with Ms. Zhang Jing in China, the wife of the street vendor Xia Junfeng. Four years ago, Xia Junfeng, acting in self-defense, stabbed two para-police who were beating him and taking his things. She and their son had just had the last meeting with Xia Junfeng who was that morning notified he was to be executed the same day. She cried to me for help. At the same time, the online community...

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Three Ongoing Campaigns Challenging China’s Next Term to UN Human Rights Council

Posted on Nov 4, 2013 in Challenge China's Membership to UN Human Rights Council, Highlights, Hong Kong, Macao, Mongolia, News, Taiwan, Tibet, Uyghur | Comments Off on Three Ongoing Campaigns Challenging China’s Next Term to UN Human Rights Council

430,000 on Avaaz.org. 8,500 on Citizen Power for China. 690 on Moveon.org Two more campaigns recently launched on Avaaz.org and Moveon.org, challenging China’s up coming election to UN Human Rights Council. On Avaaz.org campaign, there are more than 430,000 signatures collected. This campaign requests the UN Members States to “ask China for specific and monitorable commitments” on Tibetan human rights issues “as it seeks votes to return to the UN Human Rights Council.“ The other campaign is hosted on moveon.org, with 690+ signatures collected, directing to President Obama, asking to block China from UNHRC. The original campaign launched by Citizen Power for China, with so far over 8,500 signatures collected, also challenged China’s up coming election to UNHRC. Please join the petition by the following instruction: – For Tibetans, Uyghurs, Mongolians, Han Chinese from territories controlled by P. R. China, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan, please sign petition at Avaaz.org and  Citizen Power for...

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We can Prove China is unfit for the UN Human Rights Council

Posted on Nov 4, 2013 in Challenge China's Membership to UN Human Rights Council, News, Publications, Rule of Law in China, Tibet, Uyghur | Comments Off on We can Prove China is unfit for the UN Human Rights Council

Panel discussion and rally on November 5 to highlight abuses in China   NYC, NY – Renowned Chinese human rights activists, dissidents, former political prisoners and victims of China’s gross human rights violations will hold two events in New York City on November 5 to call on member states of the United Nations not to support China’s membership vote to join the UN Human Rights Council.   WHO: Hosted by Dr. Yang Jianli and participated by various New York pro-democracy and human rights organizations.   Speakers include: Lawrence Moss (Director, Human Rights Program, Hunter College), Ryan Kaminski(Leo Nevas Human Rights Fellow), Joshua Cooper (Four Freedoms Forum), Rebiya Kadeer (World Uyghur Congress), Padma Dolma (Students for a Free Tibet), Ti-Anna Wang (Daughter of jailed dissident Dr. Wang Bingzhang), Jim Glanzer (friend of Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia), Hu Ping, Tang Yuanjun, Zhang Jing, Chen Liqun, Yang Yu, Bei Feng, Li Xinai, Ma Yongtian, Zhao Faguang.   WHAT:   Panel Discussion on the United Nations Human...

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China hasn’t earned a spot on Human Rights Council

Posted on Nov 2, 2013 in Challenge China's Membership to UN Human Rights Council, News, Op Ed, Publications | Comments Off on China hasn’t earned a spot on Human Rights Council

China hasn’t earned a spot on Human Rights Council By Yang Jianli, Published: November 1 Yang Jianli is founder and president of Initiatives for China. He was imprisoned in China from 2002 to 2007 for attempting to observe labor unrest. While it is debatable whether the United States should intervene in criminal cases in China, such as that of the recently executed street vendor Xia Junfeng, it is unacceptable for Washington to ignore China’s human rights record when it can raise the issue without being accused of “interfering in internal affairs.” Washington will have such an opportunity when the U.N. General Assembly chooses new members of its Human Rights Council this month. China, after a year of leave, is seeking a three-year term on the council. It is critical for the United States to show Beijing’s new leaders that their horrific treatment of...

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Online Petition: Block China’s UN Human Rights Council Membership

Posted on Oct 29, 2013 in Challenge China's Membership to UN Human Rights Council, News, Publications, Tibet | Comments Off on Online Petition: Block China’s UN Human Rights Council Membership

Online Petition: Block China’s UN Human Rights Council Membership The UN election for China to an influential Human Rights Council seat takes place on November 12th, 2013. This seat would cement China’s ability to control the direction and priorities of international human rights activity. China’s pervasive contempt for human rights is well-documented by UN monitors, human rights organizations, and the US State Department. Chinese prisons hold tens of thousands of dissidents persecuted for their faith, ethnicity, or political beliefs, including Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo. For decades, China has impeded worldwide efforts by the United States to effectively monitor or reduce human rights abuses in UN member states. The United States cannot allow China to gain a world leadership position on human rights. By voting NO, we will be taking a stand for not just our own values,...

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China Again Proven Unfit for UNHRC

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 in Challenge China's Membership to UN Human Rights Council, News, Publications, Tibet | Comments Off on China Again Proven Unfit for UNHRC

CPFC’s Statement on China’s Human Rights UPR in Geneva   GENEVA– On October 22nd, the United Nations scrutinized China’s human rights record for three and a half hours at its quadrennial Universal Periodical Review (UPR) meeting in the Palace of Nations. Given an opportunity to demonstrate improvements to its atrocious view on human rights, China instead brazenly mounted a public relations campaign of exhaustive refutation and denial to silence its critics. Citizen Power for China (CPFC, aka Initiatives for China) regrets the lies told by Ambassador Wu Hailong and ten other Chinese government officials in shamelessly claiming that China had improved their human rights situation in each and every field. Wu’s group, who spoke for seventy minutes, repeated their vicious attacks blaming his Holiness the Dalai Lama for Tibetans’ self-immolation, China’s failed policy in Tibet, and the alleged violence of...

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On China’s Universal Periodic Review in Geneva: Human Rights Watch, Tibet Movement Leaders & Activists will give on-the-spot analysis and reaction

Posted on Oct 18, 2013 in Challenge China's Membership to UN Human Rights Council, News, Tibet | Comments Off on On China’s Universal Periodic Review in Geneva: Human Rights Watch, Tibet Movement Leaders & Activists will give on-the-spot analysis and reaction

Contact: Mandie McKeown, International Tibet Network, +44 7748 158 618, mandie@tibetnetwork.org Human Rights Watch, Tibet Movement Leaders & Chinese Democracy Activists will give on-the-spot analysis and reaction to China’s Universal Periodic Review in Geneva GLOBAL ONLINE PRESS CONFERENCE TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY 22 OCTOBER   On Tuesday 22 October at 13.30hrs Geneva local time [08.30hrs EST], Tibet movement leaders, Human Rights Watch and Yang Jianli, a leading Chinese democracy activist, will hold an online global press briefing to analyse and respond to China’s performance during its second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the Human Rights Council. During the UPR, China’s human rights situation will be put under the microscope as other UN States “peer review” whether it has met stated requirements. International Tibet Network, a global coalition of Tibet groups, and its Member groups submitted a written set of recommendations for Governments to...

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