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The Photo of the Tank Man Is Endangered – Adding Extra Urgency to Our Signature Campaign

Posted on Feb 2, 2016 in News, Tiananmen Anniversaries, Two Tank Men | Comments Off on The Photo of the Tank Man Is Endangered – Adding Extra Urgency to Our Signature Campaign

According to foreign media reports, VISUAL CHINA, a company with Chinese government ties, recently acquired Corbis, a photograph and video footage licensing company founded by Bill Gates.  Visual China has bought the copyrights of nearly 50 million original photographs, including a large number of photos taken on the site of the 1989 Tiananmen massacre and the well-known photo of “Wang Weilin Blocking the Tank”. This development has caused great concern in China and across the world, with people worrying that this move is likely to lead to many Tiananmen massacre photos being sealed or destroyed.  Clearly, the CCP’s dollar politics has penetrated from diplomacy into commercial arenas.   They are trying to cover up the evidence of their crimes through legitimate commercial means. On December 10, 2015, the fifth anniversary of Liu Xiaobo’s winning of the Nobel peace prize, we launched two worldwide campaigns. One is the Campaign to Inscribe the Tiananmen the Massacre on the UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register, and the other is the Campaign to Seek Truth About the Two Tiananmen Tank Men. We need to act as quickly as possible to avoid additional documents being directly and indirectly controlled by the Chinese Communists.  Please send any Tiananmen Massacre-related literature, videos and photographs to64shenyi@gmail.com.  For non-electronic materials, please send to...

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U.S. Senate Passes Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act.

Posted on Dec 20, 2015 in Global Magnitsky Act, News | Comments Off on U.S. Senate Passes Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act.

Senate passes Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act. Now the Act is held at House of Representatives. 114th Congress 1st Session S. 284 AN ACT To impose sanctions with respect to foreign persons responsible for gross violations of internationally recognized human rights, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,  SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the “Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act”. SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) FOREIGN PERSON.—The term “foreign person” means a person that is not a United States person. (2) PERSON.—The term “person” means an individual or entity. (3) UNITED STATES PERSON.—The term “United States person” means— (A) a United States citizen or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence to the United States; or (B) an entity organized under the laws of the United States or of any jurisdiction within the United States, including a foreign branch of such an entity. SEC. 3. AUTHORIZATION OF IMPOSITION OF SANCTIONS. (a) In General.—The President may impose the sanctions described in subsection (b) with respect to any foreign person the President determines, based on credible evidence— (1) is responsible for extrajudicial killings, torture, or other gross violations of internationally recognized human rights committed against individuals in any foreign...

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Please Sign on the Petition to Seek Truth About the Two Tiananmen Tank Men

Posted on Dec 14, 2015 in Highlights, News, Rule of Law in China, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register, Two Tank Men | Comments Off on Please Sign on the Petition to Seek Truth About the Two Tiananmen Tank Men

  Please Sign on the Petition  to Seek Truth About the Two Tiananmen Tank Men The iconic image on Beijing’s Chang’an Street bravely confronting PLA tanks is one of the most important photographs of the twentieth century.  It represents ordinary citizens confronting the State violence, and it is not forgotten by history.  Over more than two decades, the whole world has been asking: Where is the tank man?  As of today, the background of the tank man “Wang Weilin,” and...

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Speech by YANG Jianli at the CECC Press Conference Commemorating the 5th Anniversary of Liu Xiaobo’s Winning the Nobel Peace Prize

Posted on Dec 11, 2015 in Highlights, News, Tiananmen Anniversaries, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register, Two Tank Men | Comments Off on Speech by YANG Jianli at the CECC Press Conference Commemorating the 5th Anniversary of Liu Xiaobo’s Winning the Nobel Peace Prize

Dec. 9, 2015 Liu Xiaobo, How are you? Thank you Chairman Smith and the CECC for holding this important press conference where we are standing together in solidarity with Liu Xiao and his fellow political prisoners of China. We are sending a clear and strong message to China and the rest of the world that we have not forgotten. Nobel prize anniversaries are usually happy occasions. But the fifth anniversary of Liu Xiaobo’s winning of the Nobel Peace Prize...

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‘Three giants steps’ for a new birth of freedom

Posted on Dec 10, 2015 in News, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on ‘Three giants steps’ for a new birth of freedom

‘Three giants steps’ for a new birth of freedom Democracy Digest:  http://www.demdigest.org/three-giants-steps-for-a-new-birth-of-freedom/ By Yang Jianli Recently I was privileged to speak at the 8th Assembly of the World Movement for Democracy in Seoul, Korea. The conference – “Empowering Civil Society for Democracy and Its Renewal” – was a moving demonstration of the truly universal nature of human rights and of the bonds that unite all of us devoted to those fundamental principles. We are at a critical juncture in 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...

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CECC Cochairs Mark Five-Year Anniversary of Liu Xiaobo Receiving the Nobel Prize, Annual Observation of International Human Rights Day

Posted on Dec 10, 2015 in House Arrest of Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Tiananmen Anniversaries | Comments Off on CECC Cochairs Mark Five-Year Anniversary of Liu Xiaobo Receiving the Nobel Prize, Annual Observation of International Human Rights Day

  CECC Cochairs Mark Five-Year Anniversary of Liu Xiaobo Receiving the Nobel Prize, Annual Observation of International Human Rights Day   Say Liu Xiaobo Represents Principles Enshrined in the Declaration   On December 10, 2010, Liu Xiaobo, a writer, professor, human rights activist and one of the chief authors of Charter 08, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in absentia for his “long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.”  He was the first Chinese national and resident...

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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...

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The Two Tank Men

Posted on Dec 8, 2015 in Highlights, News, Prisoners of Conscience, Tiananmen Anniversaries | Comments Off on The Two Tank Men

By Yang Jianli, published: December 7, 2015   In Washington, D.C. recently, my friend Alan Curtis invited me to watch Chimerica, which was written by the British playwright Lucy Kirkwood. The play focuses on finding clues to the identity of Tank Man, the iconic and still unknown protester from Tiananmen Square, and explores the contemporary relationship between China and the West. During my three hours in the theater, my mind repeatedly returned to Tiananmen Square, where I was a participant...

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McGovern Concludes Congressional Delegation Visit to China

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 in Highlights, Hong Kong, International Relations, Tibet | Comments Off on McGovern Concludes Congressional Delegation Visit to China

McGovern Concludes Congressional Delegation Visit to China   November 14, 2015 Congressman McGovern with Leader Pelosi and the Congressional delegation in front of the Potala Palace in Lhasa during their historic visit to Tibet. WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02), the Co-Chair of the bipartisan Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, issued the following statement after joining Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and other lawmakers on an historic Congressional delegation to Tibet, Beijing and Hong Kong. “With this trip, our Congressional delegation continued the...

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