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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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Truth, Compassion, Courage, and Hope

Posted on Sep 29, 2013 in Challenge China's Membership to UN Human Rights Council, News, Tibet | Comments Off on Truth, Compassion, Courage, and Hope

Speech at International Tibet Network 2013 European Regional Meeting  By: YANG Jianli Sept.27-29, 2013, Basel, Switzerland Dear Friends, Brothers and Sisters, Tashi Delek. I am delighted to be with you again and feel honored to speak to you. On the flight to come here, I asked myself:  “What can I say to you this time after I have said so much on so many occasions in support of a free Tibet ? What can I say that has not been said before. What can I say as we continue to be confronted with so many of my indifferent Chinese compatriots and, indeed, the motionless world?” Then I felt the need of going back to listen once again to the voices in the saffron flames to search for my words, indeed, my moral compass. The Tibetan writer Gudrub wrote before setting himself on fire: We are declaring...

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Statement on Mr. Xia Junfeng’s Execution

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 in Challenge China's Membership to UN Human Rights Council, News, Publications, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on Statement on Mr. Xia Junfeng’s Execution

We are shocked by the Chinese Supreme People’s Court approval of the death penalty for Mr. Xia Junfeng, and are outraged at his rush execution on September 25. Mr. Xia’s conviction and execution are a grave injustice that shows the Communist regimes total disregard for the rights of Chinese citizens. Xia Junfeng, a street vendor from Shenyang City in Liaoning Province, struggled to earn enough money to take care of his elderly parents and raise his own family. On May 16, 2009, Mr. Xia and his wife Zhang Jing were selling kebab on the street when he was illegally arrested by the local urban management officers. The officers senselessly beat him up on the street and in their office. To defend himself, Xia Junfeng grabbed a fruit knife to fend off his attackers, and in the process fatally stabbed the two officers...

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Signatory Campaign to Oppose China’s Membership on UN Human Rights Council

Posted on Sep 24, 2013 in Challenge China's Membership to UN Human Rights Council, News, Publications | Comments Off on Signatory Campaign to Oppose China’s Membership on UN Human Rights Council

Signatures Top 1,500 as More Influential Figures’ Support Campaign  As of September 23 at noon, there were 1,541 people who signed our online campaign to oppose China’s membership in the UN Human Rights Council. In the past week, prominent figures from around the world have signed the letter and expressed their support in various ways. The honorable Lee Cheuk-yan(李卓人先生), chairman of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China, has called on Hong Kong people from all walks of life to actively participate in the signatory campaign to support democratic progress. The honorable Emily Lau Wai-hing  (劉慧卿女士), Chairperson of the Democratic Party (Hong Kong) is intending to lobby in person at the UN General Assembly, adding her voice on behalf of the victims of human rights abuses in China and providing an update on the real situation in Hong Kong in order...

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Appeal against China’s Membership of UN Human Rights Council

Posted on Sep 10, 2013 in Challenge China's Membership to UN Human Rights Council, Highlights, International Relations, News, Publications | Comments Off on Appeal against China’s Membership of UN Human Rights Council

Appeal against China’s Membership of UN Human Rights Council By Initiatives for China/Citizen Power for China   For Immediate Release: 09/10/2013   To Sign the Appeal to UN Human Rights Council: A.   Go to google form, and sign the petition with your name, occupation, country or region.Click here to enter petition page B.   Sign appeal by sending your name, occupation, country or region to the following email address: lianheguoqianming@gmail.com and unhrcouncil@gmail.com C.   Send your name, occupation, country or region directly to Initiatives for China staff D.   Sign hard copy during related events, and send the collection of signatures to  lianheguoqianming@gmail.com and unhrcouncil@gmail.com.   To our fellow Chinese on the Mainland, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and around the World; and to brothers and sisters in Tibetan, Uyghur and Mongolian and other ethnic communities:   Today, Initiatives for China has launched a large-scale signature appeal against the...

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Human Rights Groups Launch UN Action Project

Posted on Mar 6, 2012 in 2010 International Hunger Strike, Buddhist, Challenge China's Membership to UN Human Rights Council, Charter 08, Chen Guangcheng, Christian, Falun Gong, Forced Eviction, Highlights, International Relations, Liu Xiaobo's Case, Mongolia, News, Prisoners of Conscience, Publications, Religious Freedom, Rule of Law in China, Sparrow Initiative, Tibet, Topics, Uyghur | Comments Off on Human Rights Groups Launch UN Action Project

Initiatives for China, International Campaign for Tibet, the Uyghur American Association, Southern Mongolian Human Rights Center, and International Uyghur Human Rights and Democracy Foundation announce the launch of their UN Action Project, a strategic initiative focused against China’s membership on the United Nations Human Rights Council. Together, these organizations will conduct activities designed to (1) increase awareness of China’s complete lack of accountability with regards to the human rights of its citizens, and (2) to defeat China’s bid in 2013 for another three-year term on the Council. The UN Human Rights Council is regarded as the pre-eminent body for the protection and advancement of human rights worldwide. Conversely, China is recognized by all as a country that routinely denies its citizens their basic rights to freedom of speech, assembly, religion, and property; viciously persecutes religious and ethnic minorities; and ‘re-educates’...

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Three Chinas and Liu Xiaobo

Posted on Dec 13, 2011 in Challenge China's Membership to UN Human Rights Council, Charter 08, Chen Guangcheng, Empty Seat at Nobel Peace Prize, International Relations, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Op Ed, Publications | Comments Off on Three Chinas and Liu Xiaobo

Yang Jianli Speech at Democracy and Human Rights in Asia forum – Prague, Czech Republic   Mr. President Havel, Your Holiness the Dalai Lama, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a great honor for me to share a panel with such a  group of world human rights leaders and speak to the audience whose velvet revolution I profoundly admire as a Chinese activist. Exactly one year ago, I attended the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony to honor my friend and colleague Liu Xiaobo. He was being awarded the Nobel Prize for his pursuit of democratic reform in China. Sadly, he spent the occasion locked alone in a cell. Liu Xiaobo’s  wife, Liu Xia, was placed under house arrest. Today, a year later, Liu Xiaobo is still imprisoned and his wife is still under house arrest. This past Thursday also...

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