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Seven Rights Groups Launch the 2016 Solidarity Sabbath to Freedom of Religion

Posted on Mar 14, 2016 in Global Efforts, News, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on Seven Rights Groups Launch the 2016 Solidarity Sabbath to Freedom of Religion

Led by the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights & Justice,  seven human rights groups including Initiatives for China/Citizen Power for China, launched the 2016 Solidarity Sabbath to Freedom of Religion last week to highlight the strength and bravery of Chinese citizens who courageously live out their faith despite threats of harassment, imprisonment, and even torture by the ruling Communist Party.   www.solidaritysabbath.org   https://www.change.org/p/leaders-of-the-free-world-pressure-china-to-uphold-the-freedom-of-religion-conscience-and-belief   On the weekend of May 20-22, 2016, religious and spiritual communities around the world will join together in the 2016 Solidarity Sabbath. Freedom of religion, conscience, and belief is a vital human rights issue for all global citizens, and you have a chance to help highlight the plight of the millions of Chinese denied this basic entitlement. There are a number of ways in which you can join the Solidarity Sabbath’s efforts in China for...

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Will Obama dump dissidents for baseball in Cuba?

Posted on Mar 8, 2016 in Global Efforts, International Relations, News | Comments Off on Will Obama dump dissidents for baseball in Cuba?

Will Obama dump dissidents for baseball in Cuba? By Editorial Board March 7 at 8:07 PM   THE WHITE House is said to be thrilled that President Obama will attend a baseball game when he visits Cuba two weeks from now: The matchup between the Tampa Bay Rays and a Cuban team will provide a splashy exhibition of the warming relations with the Castro regime. There’s still no word, however, about a promised presidential meeting with Cuban dissidents, the brave women and men whose fight for democratic freedoms in one of the world’s most repressive countries is less glamorous – and more dangerous – than Major League Baseball. So let’s be clear: Notwithstanding Mr. Obama’s expectation that Cuba will “be fun,” his visit will be an ignoble failure if he does not have a meaningful encounter with the island’s most important human rights activists. The...

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Release Liu Xiaobo On Human Rights Day

Posted on Dec 10, 2015 in Global Efforts, Highlights, House Arrest of Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Prisoners of Conscience, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on Release Liu Xiaobo On Human Rights Day

  December 9, 2015 Rep. Chris Smith   On the eve of Human Rights Day, we gather here because China is in a race to the bottom with North Korea for the title of world’s worst violators of human rights.  The hope that an economically prosperous and “rising China” would embrace political reform and human rights has been completely destroyed.  It is time for a new approach.   Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo remains in prison and his wife Liu Xia remains detained and isolated in conditions of arbitrary detention.   We are here today because private diplomatic efforts have not lead to Liu Xiaobo’s release.  We are here to ask that President Obama, and other world leaders, renew efforts to, publically and privately, seek their release.   For the past five years, we have called on China...

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COP21 Paris: China’s Failed Environment Policies Exacerbate Human Rights Abuses

Posted on Dec 8, 2015 in Global Efforts, InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on COP21 Paris: China’s Failed Environment Policies Exacerbate Human Rights Abuses

For Immediate Release: 8 December 2015 China’s failed environment policies exacerbate human rights abuses of Tibetans, Uyghurs, Southern Mongolians and Han Chinese   Paris COP21 agreement must include strong language to enshrine the protection of human rights   [PARIS] The civil and political human rights abuses perpetrated by China on its citizens and on the people of occupied Tibet, East Turkestan and Southern Mongolia are well documented, but the COP21 negotiations taking place in Paris over the last ten days provide an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the major human rights implications of climate change on vulnerable communities, and illustrate how China’s failed environmental policies are threatening the very existence of traditional culture and livelihoods. Tibetans in Tibet are on the frontline of a climate crisis with the temperature of the plateau rising twice as fast as the rest...

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Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation Hosts the China Forum

Posted on Nov 3, 2015 in Global Efforts, Highlights, International Relations, News, Publications, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation Hosts the China Forum

The inaugural China Forum is a two-day conference in Washington, D.C. bringing together scholars from China with top experts and policy makers in the areas of trade and economics, foreign policy and security studies, and political development. The goal is to enable Americans to understand China in a more realistic and comprehensive way. REGISTER NOW AGENDA Thursday, November 5, 2015 The Library of Congress (Members’ Room) 10 First Street SE, Washington, D.C. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 9:00-9:10 am OPENING OF THE CHINA FORUM Marion Smith Executive Director, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation 9:10-10:30 am THE COMMUNIST PARTY’S PATH TO POWER A discussion of how the Chinese Communist Party came to rule more than 1.3 billion people, how the People’s Republic of China has evolved since the era of Chairman Mao, and why key episodes of 20th century history are now contested...

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Senator Rubio: Chinese dissidents deserve U.S. support

Posted on Sep 22, 2015 in Global Efforts, International Relations, News, Xi Jinping Visit to America | Comments Off on Senator Rubio: Chinese dissidents deserve U.S. support

By MARCO RUBIO * 9/22/15 12:02 AM   Events in China have garnered significant media attention in recent months. From wildly fluctuating markets, which have directly affected American businesses and families, to unprecedented cyberattacks on government networks, which compromised the personal data of millions of Americans – China is in the news. These issues, along with China’s continued aggression in the South China Sea, will most assuredly be on the agenda during the State Visit of Chinese President and Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping this week. Whether the Obama administration will be able to secure meaningful progress on any of these fronts remains to be seen, although if previous rounds of cordial dialogue are any indication, the prospects are bleak. In addition to these myriad issues is China’s grave and deteriorating human rights landscape – a particularly intractable area in...

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What Were Mao Zedong and the Chinese Communists Doing Around the Time of the Cairo Conference?

Posted on Sep 1, 2015 in Global Efforts, News, Op Ed, Publications, Taiwan | Comments Off on What Were Mao Zedong and the Chinese Communists Doing Around the Time of the Cairo Conference?

What Were Mao Zedong and the Chinese Communists Doing Around the Time of the Cairo Conference? By Yang Jianli, published: September 1, 2015 www.chinachange.org CAIRO CONFERENCE, 1943. VIA @HEGUISEN “At the time of the Cairo Conference, although the US military had already gained the upper hand in the Pacific and was actively planning an Allied invasion of Europe, and despite the first glimmerings of hope for an Allied victory over Germany, Italy and Japan, another threat was already taking shape, this time within Allied ranks: it would grow to become the greatest and most persistent threat to global peace in the post-war era.” On the eve of the 70th anniversary celebration of the victory over Japan in World War II, The Cairo Declaration – a so-called “historical epic” produced by the August First Film Studio – has managed to cause a public outcry even before...

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