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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 is Chinese political prisoner Wang Bingzhang, whose experience of Canadian democracy led him to devote his life to democracy activism. After obtaining his PhD from McGill University, he started several opposition parties, including in China, from which he was exiled and expelled.  Fourteen years ago, he was kidnapped in Vietnam and taken to China, where he was held incommunicado for months, and then convicted in a one-day, closed-door trial where he was not allowed to present evidence, much less mount a meaningful defence. The Canadian government has been helpful, but my father remains in prison. Our heartache deepens, as weddings, births and funerals slip by with only a flower on an empty chair to make up for his absence. Meanwhile, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) continues to jail anyone who dares challenge its power, from...

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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 de facto martial law. In the name of “G20 leaders’ security”, the Chinese regime is reportedly spending over $100 billion to launch a massive construction and renovation program in Hangzhou. The city’s underway “Zhengqian Qingling(征迁清零)” operation, a special action that the Government takes to expropriate land, resettle the households and clear all holdouts, has forced many residents to lose their ancestral homes to ruthless demolition.   The Government’s array of other draconic measures include: shutting down all churches and prohibiting any religious gatherings; harassing underground “house church-goers” and human rights activists; delaying all students from returning to their schools during the summit — even closing daycare centers; ordering all non-local permanent residents and those critical of official misdeeds, whom the regime deems “political dissidents”, to leave Hangzhou; prohibiting passengers without national ID cards to take the subway; creating a food-cooking crisis by drastically...

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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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LA Times: Chinese activist charged with ‘subversion’ for attending a meeting and a conference

Posted on Aug 6, 2016 in Prisoners of Conscience, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on LA Times: Chinese activist charged with ‘subversion’ for attending a meeting and a conference

Los Angeles Times   Chinese activist charged with ‘subversion’ for attending a meeting and a conference By Jonathan Kaiman August 5, 2016 | Beijing A Chinese court on Friday found a Christian activist guilty of “subverting state power,” primarily for discussing political issues with other activists at a restaurant and attending a religious conference in Taiwan. After a one-day trial, the Second Intermediate People’s Court in Tianjin, a sprawling port city near Beijing, handed Gou Hongguo, 55, a suspended...

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Demanding Political Reform Is Not a Crime IFC/CPFC Statement on the Chinese Regime’s Persecution of Hu Shigen

Posted on Aug 4, 2016 in Prisoners of Conscience, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on Demanding Political Reform Is Not a Crime IFC/CPFC Statement on the Chinese Regime’s Persecution of Hu Shigen

Demanding Political Reform Is Not a Crime IFC/CPFC Statement on the Chinese Regime’s Persecution of Hu Shigen On August 3, a court of the Chinese Communist regime in Tianjin staged a so-called “open trial” of Mr. Hu Shigen, a 62-year old pillar of China’s democracy movement, and recipient of the Citizen Power Award from Initiatives for China/Citizen Power for China (IFC/CPFC), a Washington-based pro-democracy and human rights NGO. After the sham trial, Mr. Hu was sentenced to 7 years...

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Second activist sentenced on subversion charges after huge crackdown on rights campaigners in China

Posted on Aug 3, 2016 in Prisoners of Conscience, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on Second activist sentenced on subversion charges after huge crackdown on rights campaigners in China

SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST Veteran pro-democracy activist Hu Shigen jailed for 7½ years for subverting state  Jun Mai and Nectar Gan PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 03 August, 2016, 3:39pm UPDATED : Wednesday, 03 August, 2016, 11:23pm Hu Shigen, a veteran pro-democracy activist and underground church leader in China, was sentenced to 7½ years in jail on Wednesday on charges of subverting state power. The sentencing at a court in Tianjin took place on the second day of hearings against four...

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Tenzin Delek Rinpoche’s niece escapes Tibet

Posted on Jul 30, 2016 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, Tibet | Comments Off on Tenzin Delek Rinpoche’s niece escapes Tibet

July 29, 2016, Students for a Free Tibet, Dharamsala, India We just received news that Tenzin Delek Rinpoche’s niece, Nyima Lhamo, has fled Tibet and arrived in Dharamsala. While the news was a surprise to all of us, we are relieved to hear that she has safely made it out of Tibet. In a press conference held yesterday in Dharamsala, Nyima Lhamo made the following statement: “I came out of Tibet to speak out to the world about Tenzin Delek...

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Sens. Cruz and Cornyn send letter to Secretary Kerry calling for the release of Chinese human rights activist Guo Feixiong

Posted on Jul 28, 2016 in International Relations, News, Prisoners of Conscience | Comments Off on Sens. Cruz and Cornyn send letter to Secretary Kerry calling for the release of Chinese human rights activist Guo Feixiong

UNITED STATES SENATE Sen. Ted Cruz Press Office   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Cruz Press Office: 202-228-7561 Rachael Slobodien: rachael_slobodien@cruz.senate.gov Cornyn Press Office: 202-224-0704 Drew Brandewie: drew_brandewie@cornyn.senate.gov July 22, 2016 Sens. Cruz and Cornyn Lead Fight for Human Rights in China Send letter to Secretary Kerry calling for the release of Chinese human rights activist Guo Feixiong WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) today sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, urging the administration to press...

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