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Ilham Tohti listed as one of the 2016 Sakharov Prize Nominees.

Posted on Sep 16, 2016 in News, Uyghur | Comments Off on Ilham Tohti listed as one of the 2016 Sakharov Prize Nominees.

Sakharov Prize 2016: nominees revealed http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/20160909STO41754/sakharov-prize-2016-nominees-revealed Journalist Can Dündar and fellow defenders of freedom of thought and expression in Turkey, the Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzemilev, the Yazidi survivors and public advocates Nadia Murad Basee and Lamiya Aji Bashar as well as Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti are this year’s nominees for the Sakharov Prize. The Parliament awards the Sakharov Prize every year to honour exceptional individuals and organizations defending human rights and fundamental freedoms. The laureate is selected in late October. The nominees for this year’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought are: Can Dündar Can Dündarn the former editor-in-chief of Turkish daily Cumhuriyet, was arrested last November after his newspaper reported on Turkey’s intelligence service smuggling arms to rebels in Syria. He was later sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison for “revealing state secrets”, survived an assassination attempt and now lives in exile. He w nominated by Greens/EFA, EFDD and GUE/NGL. Mustafa Dzhemilev Mustafa Dzhemilev, former chair of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars People (Tatars parliament), a former Soviet dissident and a Ukrainian MP, has been standing up for human and minority rights for more than half a century. He was six months old when he and his family were deported to central Asia along with all other Crimean Tatars and...

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A statement on the victory of Democrats in Hong Kong’s Legislative Council Election by Initiatives for China/Citizen Power for China (IFC/CPFC)

Posted on Sep 9, 2016 in News, Op Ed, Publications | Comments Off on A statement on the victory of Democrats in Hong Kong’s Legislative Council Election by Initiatives for China/Citizen Power for China (IFC/CPFC)

A statement on the victory of Democrats in Hong Kong’s Legislative Council Election by Initiatives for China/Citizen Power for China (IFC/CPFC) Sept. 5, 2016   The results of the sixth Hong Kong’s Legislative Council (LegCo) election was announced today, and the non-establishment camp won 30 seats, with winners including the traditional pan-democratic groups and local groups that rose from the Umbrella Movement. They won three more seats than in the last LegCo and successfully held the “critical minority” – one third of the veto power of political reform and the veto power of the local direct election count.  This is a victory of the Democrats in Hong Kong.  IFC/CPFC hereby expresses our congratulations. Nathan Law speaking at the Hong Kong Panel of the 10th Interethnic Interfaith Leadership Conference, Washington, D.C. April 2015 The past LegCo election was the first of its kind in the post-Umbrella Movement era.  Due to the Chinese Communist regime’s arrogance and its betrayal of the public opinion of Hong Kong, the movement did not achieve any progress toward democratization at the institutional level.  However, it has made citizens of Hong Kong distrustful of the Chinese Communist Party’s “one country, two systems” policy. It also gave birth to a number of organizations mainly consisting of the younger generation who advocate Hong Kong’s self-determination or political independence.  This...

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G20 Leaders, Please Put People before Chinese Party-State’s Glory

Posted on Sep 2, 2016 in International Relations, News, Op Ed, Prisoners of Conscience, Publications | Comments Off on G20 Leaders, Please Put People before Chinese Party-State’s Glory

By Yang Jianli & Han LianchaoOne of the main themes of the 2016 G20 Hangzhou summit which China’s president Xi Jinping will chair next w  eek is to build an inclusive world economy. To achieve that goal, the Chinese organizer claims that “China is working with all parties to pull in one direction in the spirit of a win-win partnership and to help pool wisdom and form synergy.” However, for 2.5 million Hangzhou residents, the upcoming summit put them in...

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Open Letter to G20 Leaders from Chinese, Tibetan, Uyghur, Hong Kong, and Southern Mongolian democracy and rights movement leaders

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 in Highlights, International Relations, News, Publications | Comments Off on Open Letter to G20 Leaders from Chinese, Tibetan, Uyghur, Hong Kong, and Southern Mongolian democracy and rights movement leaders

Open Letter to G20 Leaders attending the 2016 G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China from Chinese, Tibetan, Uyghur, Hong Kong, and Southern Mongolian democracy and rights movement leaders For Immediate Release, 31 August 2016 2016’s G20 Summit will take place during a period in which the host, the government of the People’s Republic of China, is undertaking an extreme crackdown on human and civil rights across all areas under its rule. Since 2013, when President Xi Jinping assumed power, the authorities...

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Embrace Australian Values: Stop Maoist Concert in Melbourne

Posted on Aug 30, 2016 in International Relations, News | Comments Off on Embrace Australian Values: Stop Maoist Concert in Melbourne

Change.org Petition Embrace Australian Values: Stop Maoist Concert in Melbourne By: Embrace Australian Values Alliance This petition will be delivered to:   Melbourne City Council Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle   Director City Economy and Activation at City of Melbourne Katrina Mckenzie Please sign petition at: https://www.change.org/p/melbourne-lord-mayor-robert-doyle-embrace-australian-values-stop-maoist-concert-in-melbourne To the Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle and fellow Melbourne City Councillors We are Australian Citizens deeply concerned about a concert in tribute to Mao Zedong (Mao Tse-tung), to be held at the Melbourne Town Hall on...

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Times Wang: When Trudeau visits China, spare a thought for my father

Posted on Aug 29, 2016 in No Category | Comments Off on Times Wang: When Trudeau visits China, spare a thought for my father

The Global and Mail When Trudeau visits China, spare a thought for my father Times Wang Published Friday, Aug. 26, 2016 6:00AM EDT   Times Wang of Montreal is a lawyer based in Washington, D.C. His family’s website provides details about his father’s case. When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits China next week, my family and I will be watching very closely. We are Canadian Chinese, but our particular interest in his visit stems not from heritage, but from heartache. My father...

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An open letter to G20 leaders attending the 2016 Hangzhou summit

Posted on Aug 29, 2016 in International Relations, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on An open letter to G20 leaders attending the 2016 Hangzhou summit

An open letter to G20 leaders attending the 2016 Hangzhou summit   Dear G20 leaders,   As you get ready for your two-day summit in Hangzhou, China on September 4 and 5, we would like to bring to your attention precisely how the Chinese Communist regime’s preparation for this summit has become unconscionably disruptive and abusive to that city’s and region’s residents.   Ever since China’s decision to host the 11th G20 summit in Hangzhou, Zhenjiang Province, the city has been under...

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Taipei Times: Chinese exile urges Taiwanese to protect democracy

Posted on Aug 14, 2016 in International Relations, Taiwan | Comments Off on Taipei Times: Chinese exile urges Taiwanese to protect democracy

Taipei Times Chinese exile urges Taiwanese to protect democracy ‘BEACON’: If Taiwanese can bring human rights to another level, it will have a positive influence on China, which will also promote Taiwanese interests, Yang Jianli said Staff writer, with CNA, Sun, Aug 14, 2016 Taiwanese should work hard to protect democracy and improve human rights so that Taiwan can “shine as a beacon for the people of China,” exiled Chinese dissident and former political prisoner Yang Jianli (楊建利) said during...

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Human Rights Foundation mulling forum in Taipei

Posted on Aug 13, 2016 in International Relations, Taiwan | Comments Off on Human Rights Foundation mulling forum in Taipei

Staff writer, with CNA, Taipei, August 13, 2016 The Human Rights Foundation is seeking to hold one of its freedom forums in Taipei next year to highlight Taiwan’s suppression in the international community and its democratic achievements, the New York-based group said. The forum usually brings the experience of the foundation’s flagship annual conference – the Oslo Freedom Forum – to different regions of the world to discuss human rights, political freedom and democracy issues. As the foundation is...

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Human Rights Foundation eying Taipei as host of Freedom Forum

Posted on Aug 12, 2016 in International Relations, Taiwan | Comments Off on Human Rights Foundation eying Taipei as host of Freedom Forum

Taipei, Aug. 11, 2016 (CNA) The New York-based Human Rights Foundation (HRF) is seeking to hold one of its Freedom Forums in Taipei next year to highlight Taiwan’s suppression in the international community and its democratic achievements, according to the organizers. The forum usually brings the experience of the HRF’s flagship annual conference, the Oslo Freedom Forum, to different regions of the world to discuss current issues of human rights, political freedom and democracy. As the foundation is seeking...

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