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President Trump’s letter to House & Senate Committees on Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act

Posted on Apr 21, 2017 in Global Magnitsky Act, International Relations, News, Publications | Comments Off on President Trump’s letter to House & Senate Committees on Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 20, 2017 TEXT OF A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT TO THE CHAIRMEN OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE COMMITTEES ON APPROPRIATIONS AND THE JUDICIARY, THE HOUSE COMMITTEES ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND FINANCIAL SERVICES, AND THE SENATE COMMITTEES ON FOREIGN RELATIONS AND BANKING, HOUSING, AND URBAN AFFAIRS April 20, 2017 Dear Mr. Chairman: In accordance with section 1264 of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act (Subtitle F, Public Law 114-328)(the “Act”) I have enclosed the initial report on its implementation. This report, compiled by the Departments of State, the Treasury, and other relevant executive departments and agencies (agencies), outlines my Administration’s support for this important legislation and makes clear our commitment to its robust and thorough enforcement. As noted in the report, my Administration is actively identifying persons and entities to whom the Act may apply and are collecting the evidence necessary to apply it. Over the coming weeks and months, agencies will undertake thorough interagency vetting to ensure we fulfill our commitment to hold perpetrators of human rights abuses and corruption accountable. As we implement this legislation, the United States will continue its leadership role in championing fundamental human rights and sound, transparent governance. Sincerely, DONALD J. TRUMP Read more about the...

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An appeal for public, clear opposition to China’s rights record on Xi Jinping’s visit

Posted on Apr 5, 2017 in News, Publications, Religious Freedom, Rule of Law in China, Xi Jinping Visit to America | Comments Off on An appeal for public, clear opposition to China’s rights record on Xi Jinping’s visit

A Joint Statement by Human Rights NGOs An appeal for public, clear opposition to China’s rights record  on Xi Jinping’s visit We write to the US administration as a group of International US-based organizations advocating for human rights in China, Tibet, East Turkestan, and other regions. For decades, we have regularly engaged with successive U.S. governments and representatives – sharing information, raising concerns and advancing recommendations for U.S. policy on China. Our groups provide a wide breadth of advocacy expertise and experience with respect to human rights in China. Today, during the Chinese President’s visit to the Mar-a-lago resort, we call on US President Trump and his administration to share our concerns and recommendations, and to clearly and strongly communicate them. Our group shares the common view that advocacy for human rights and freedom cannot be compromised in the face of increased challenges, but rather that it should be raised more emphatically in such circumstances. Any compromise in the expression of both advocacy for and solidarity with human rights defenders marks an erosion in American values and priorities rooted in democracy and freedom of expression. We ask the US Government to take into account the following key areas of concern: Intensified Religious Repression Since July of 2016, the demolitions and evictions of thousands of...

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Why President Trump Should Break the ‘One China’ Spell

Posted on Apr 5, 2017 in News, Op Ed, Publications, Taiwan, Xi Jinping Visit to America | Comments Off on Why President Trump Should Break the ‘One China’ Spell

NATIONAL REVIEW Why President Trump Should Break the ‘One China’ Spell Standing up for Taiwan, a key democratic ally, will benefit American interests in the long run. By Jianli Yang – April 5, 2017 During China’s recent “Two sessions,” in which some 5,000 governing elites gathered in Beijing to rubber-stamp the agenda of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Wang Hongguang, a retired Chinese general, publicly dared the United States to deploy a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD)...

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Free China’s Heroes Initiative: CECC Highlights Prisoners of Conscience Cases in Advance of President Xi Jinping’s Visit

Posted on Apr 4, 2017 in News, Prisoners of Conscience | Comments Off on Free China’s Heroes Initiative: CECC Highlights Prisoners of Conscience Cases in Advance of President Xi Jinping’s Visit

Free China’s Heroes Initiative: CECC Highlights Prisoners of Conscience Cases in Advance of President Xi Jinping’s Visit #FreeChinasHeroes WASHINGTON, DC (April 3, 2017) – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and U.S. Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ)—chair and co-chair of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC)—announced today the “Free China’s Heroes” initiative to highlight cases of individuals who are imprisoned, detained, or disappeared in China. These cases, among many others, should be raised during Chinese President and Communist Party General Secretary...

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Chinese Activist Yang Jianli on Why He Left Communist Party

Posted on Mar 23, 2017 in News, School Campus Projects | Comments Off on Chinese Activist Yang Jianli on Why He Left Communist Party

Chinese Activist Yang Jianli on Why He Left Communist Party by Katherine Murphy Dr. Yang Jianli Speaks at Boston College   Former Tiananmen Square protester Yang Jianli, who spent five years in prison in China, talked to a packed room Monday night in an event organized by the Chinese Students Association. “When I talk about my story, I say it’s bigger than myself,” Yang proclaimed while introducing himself to a packed room of students at an event organized by the...

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Rubio, Cardin Introduce Bill Targeting Chinese Aggression in South China Sea

Posted on Mar 16, 2017 in International Relations, News | Comments Off on Rubio, Cardin Introduce Bill Targeting Chinese Aggression in South China Sea

PRESS RELEASES Rubio, Cardin Introduce Bill Targeting Chinese Aggression in South China Sea   MAR 15 2017 Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) today introduced the South China Sea and East China Sea Sanctions Act which would sanction Chinese individuals and entities that participate in Beijing‘s illegitimate activities in the South China Sea and East China Sea. “China‘s illegitimate actions in the South China Sea threaten the region‘s security and American commerce,“ said Rubio, a senior...

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Speech by Adela Lan (of IFC & Int. Chinese-Tibetan Association) at the 58th Tibetan Uprising Day Rally

Posted on Mar 13, 2017 in News, Publications, Tibet | Comments Off on Speech by Adela Lan (of IFC & Int. Chinese-Tibetan Association) at the 58th Tibetan Uprising Day Rally

March 10, 2017 is the 58th anniversary of the Tibet Uprising, when Tibetans in Lhasa revolted against the People’s Liberation Army control, triggering the H.H. Dalai Lama’s flight into exile a week later. It is commemorated by Tibetans worldwide as their National Day. This year’s commemoration in Washington D.C. is organized by Capital Area Tibetan Association. Tibetans and their supporters started with a rally in front of the Chinese Embassy, then marched to the White House. They demanded the Chinese...

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Initiatives for China joins the Commemoration of the 58th Anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising Day

Posted on Mar 13, 2017 in News, Publications, Tibet | Comments Off on Initiatives for China joins the Commemoration of the 58th Anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising Day

March 10, 2017 is the 58th anniversary of the Tibet Uprising, when Tibetans in Lhasa revolted against the People’s Liberation Army control, triggering the H.H. Dalai Lama’s flight into exile a week later. It is commemorated by Tibetans worldwide as their National Day. This year’s commemoration in Washington D.C. is organized by Capital Area Tibetan Association. Tibetans and their supporters started with a rally in front of the Chinese Embassy, then marched to the White House. They demanded the Chinese...

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A human rights agenda for the Trump administration and the 115th Congress

Posted on Feb 28, 2017 in International Relations, News, Op Ed | Comments Off on A human rights agenda for the Trump administration and the 115th Congress

A human rights agenda for the Trump administration and the 115th Congress BY FORMER REPS. FRANK WOLF (R-VA.), TONY HALL (D-OHIO), OPINION CONTRIBUTORS –  02/24/17 12:55 PM EST   President Reagan once said the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are a covenant, not only with the people of Philadelphia in 1776 and 1787, but with the people of the world. This covenant extends not only to those who live in free and democratic countries, but also the people...

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Unfair Trade Hurts Ordinary Workers in Both China and the U.S.

Posted on Feb 25, 2017 in International Relations, News, Publications | Comments Off on Unfair Trade Hurts Ordinary Workers in Both China and the U.S.

National Review Unfair Trade Hurts Ordinary Workers in Both China and the U.S. Jianli Yang & Lianchao Han February 23, 2017 4:00 AM http://www2.nationalreview.com/article/445160/donald-trump-china-trade-human-rights-tougher-stance By getting tough with Beijing, President Trump can make life better for American and Chinese citizens alike. President Trump’s views on China are ridiculed by China hands and foreign-policy pundits because they stray from the last 25 years of conventional wisdom about the PRC. But there is much more to his perspective than meets the eye....

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