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Does the Chinese government want to be the world’s censor?

Posted on Feb 24, 2018 in International Relations, News, Op Ed, Publications | Comments Off on Does the Chinese government want to be the world’s censor?

By Yang Jianli 2/23/2018  Recently, a poster for Mercedes-Benz by the same-named German auto maker sparked a “public opinion” protest in China. Caving to pressure, on February 6, 2018, Daimler AG (of which Mercedes-Benz is a division) issued a public apology. Although China’s foreign ministry spokesperson did not explicitly state that the apology was made at the behest of Chinese authorities, nevertheless, he still declared in a victor’s tone: “Recognizing one’s mistakes and correcting them is the most basic principle of conduct.” Indeed, there is no need to speculate whether the Chinese government exerted direct pressure on Daimler AG. Under Beijing’s increasingly strict control, no large-scale online media story can develop in China without official permission. The so-called “pressure of public opinion” is, in fact, pressure applied by the Chinese government. I think the most surprising aspects of this...

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Initiatives for China seeking support on letter to President Trump Calling to bring Castro Regime to an International Tribunal

Posted on Feb 23, 2018 in International Relations, News | Comments Off on Initiatives for China seeking support on letter to President Trump Calling to bring Castro Regime to an International Tribunal

Initiatives for China seeking support on letter to President Trump Calling to bring Castro Regime to an International Tribunal Attached is a letter addressed to President Trump calling on him to simply follow what is in the law…to bring the Castro Regime to an international tribunal for the massacre of February 24, 1996, when two US unarmed civilian planes were shot down over international air space, with the 4 Americans on board murdered.  We need your help with your signature and that of those international human rights activists who are part of your network and who you can reach out to.  The anniversary of the massacre is coming up on Saturday.  We are very thankful and grateful for any and all help that you can give. Please send your response to Mr. Orlando...

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Concluding Remarks at the Opening Session of 10th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy

Posted on Feb 19, 2018 in International Relations, Publications | Comments Off on Concluding Remarks at the Opening Session of 10th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy

 YANG Jianli It’s wonderful to see so many old and new friends here at the 10th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy. I want to express my profound gratitude to Hillel and his terrific team for putting together just another important assembly of people’s voices in the week leading to the opening of the annual session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. The camaraderie, and the sharing of experiences and strategies at this Summit has always given me hope, even during the darkest days for human rights when too many eyes have adjusted the shadows that power and greed cast on the existence of our brothers and sisters around the world, and when what has been gained in principle, what has been recognized in fact, has been eroded by an acceptance that it is better to accommodate...

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Rubio Warns of Beijing’s Growing Influence, Urges Florida Schools to Terminate Confucius Institute Agreements

Posted on Feb 9, 2018 in International Relations, News | Comments Off on Rubio Warns of Beijing’s Growing Influence, Urges Florida Schools to Terminate Confucius Institute Agreements

Rubio Warns of Beijing’s Growing Influence, Urges Florida Schools to Terminate Confucius Institute Agreements Feb 05, 2018 Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today urged Miami Dade College, the University of North Florida, the University of South Florida, the University of West Florida, and Cypress Bay High School to terminate their agreements with Chinese government-run programs known as Confucius Institutes. In a letter sent to each Florida school, along with its board of trustees, Rubio warned of China’s growing foreign influence operations in the United States.   The full text of the letters is below: Dear X: I write with regards to growing foreign influence operations of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in the United States, particularly in our academic institutions. There is mounting concern about the Chinese government’s increasingly aggressive attempts to use “Confucius Institutes” and other means to influence foreign academic institutions and critical...

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12IILC: Day 2 Report 5: Workshops: Digital Security and UN Human Rights Mechanisms

Posted on Jan 11, 2018 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, International Relations, News, Publications | Comments Off on 12IILC: Day 2 Report 5: Workshops: Digital Security and UN Human Rights Mechanisms

Day 2 Report 5 Workshops: Digital Security and UN Human Rights Mechanisms Mr. Luo Shihong, a human rights activist based in Geneva, Switzerland, gave two training workshops in the late afternoon of: 1) Digital Security, and 2) UN Human Rights Mechanisms.   1.   Digital Security   In this very practical and important workshop, Mr. Luo explained to the participants the multiple ways they were likely vulnerable online, and concrete steps they could take to give themselves, their colleagues and partners, some added protection online. He gave an overview of the risks and how to add protection on multiple platforms used by most activists, from email to browsing and searches, to video calling and conferencing and messaging platforms.  He emphasized that the most important thing was to have “safety consciousness,” i.e., to be aware of, and pay attention to, digital security and...

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More than two months on, Hong Kong Immigration Director Ignores Questions About Benedict Roger’s Denial of Entry

Posted on Jan 7, 2018 in International Relations, News | Comments Off on More than two months on, Hong Kong Immigration Director Ignores Questions About Benedict Roger’s Denial of Entry

Over two months after a formal letter was sent to Hong Kong’s Director of Immigration by solicitor Albert Ho, of Messrs Ho, Tse, Wai and Partners, enquiring into the reasons for Hong Kong’s denial of entry to British human rights activist Benedict Rogers, the Director of Immigration has said “we do not feel it necessary to deal with the specific assertions” and “will not comment on or disclose information relating to any individual case”. Albert Ho, acting on behalf of Benedict Rogers, wrote to the Director of Immigration on 19 and 24 October 2017, following the decision by Hong Kong authorities to deny Mr Rogers entry to Hong Kong on 11 October. In a reply dated 23 December, the Director of Immigration referred to his office’s previous replies to Mr Ho on 23 October and 22 November, but added...

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International Campaign for Tibet welcomes former political prisoner Dhondup Wangchen to freedom and safety

Posted on Dec 28, 2017 in News, Tibet | Comments Off on International Campaign for Tibet welcomes former political prisoner Dhondup Wangchen to freedom and safety

International Campaign for Tibet welcomes former political prisoner Dhondup Wangchen to freedom and safety ICT press release, December 27, 2017 View press release online » The International Campaign for Tibet strongly welcomes the news that Tibetan filmmaker and former political prisoner Dhondup Wangchen has been able to leave his homeland and reunite with his wife and children in the United States. Despite having served his prison sentence, Dhondup continued to be limited in his freedom of movement, but was finally able to overcome those challenges, leave Tibet and pursue his deeply held desire to reunite with his family. In a statement on December 27, 2017, the Swiss based organization “Filming for Tibet”, which has been campaigning for Dhondup Wangchen’s release over the past years, said: “Dhondup Wangchen arrived to safety in San Francisco on the afternoon of 25 December,...

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