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Statement of Sasha Gong, Fred Wang, Huchen Zhang, and Robert Li

Posted on May 5, 2017 in International Relations, News, Publications | Comments Off on Statement of Sasha Gong, Fred Wang, Huchen Zhang, and Robert Li

We, the four Voice of America journalists who have been placed on administrative leave pending a VOA internal investigation, believe that the incident regarding Guo Wengui’s interview has seriously undermined VOA’s integrity and credibility as a US media outlet, and damaged the US national interests.  We demand the following: An independent, fair, and comprehensive federal investigation on the incident of the interview with Guo, the Chinese businessman-turned whistleblower who intended to expose how Chinese state security agencies control huge sum of financial assets for ruling the country and injecting influence around the world. We demand the investigation by authorities independent from Voice of America to cover all parties involved in the incident, including the VOA top management. The issues to be investigated should be: 1. Has the VOA top management caved in to the Chinese government’s demand and threat...

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Our Statement on Boycotting VOA

Posted on May 4, 2017 in International Relations, News, Publications | Comments Off on Our Statement on Boycotting VOA

Our Statement on Boycotting VOA  Yang Jianli, Chen Guangcheng, Han Lianchao, Ho Pin, Wang Kang May 3, 2017 In view of the Voice of America’s top leadership’s arbitrary action under the direct pressure from the Chinese government to cut short a live VOA interview with Guo Wengui, a Chinese businessman turned whistleblower on Chinese government corruption, and considering VOA management’s  subsequent unsatisfying explanation of its decision for this interruption which broke the commitment made by VOA to Mr. Guo for three hours pre-announced interview on April 19 and to its audience, and most importantly on the grounds that VOA director Amanda Bennett’s recent decision to suspend indefinitely five VOA Mandarin Service reporters and digital media experts (Gong Xiaoxia, Dong Fang, Li Su, Baoshen and Yang Chen) who resisted the VOA leadership’s attempt to interrupt the program, we, contracted commentators and regular guests...

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Staff suspended at Voice of America after interview with fugitive tycoon Guo Wengui

Posted on May 4, 2017 in International Relations, News, No Category, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on Staff suspended at Voice of America after interview with fugitive tycoon Guo Wengui

SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST Staff suspended at Voice of America after interview with fugitive tycoon Guo Wengui   Broadcaster says decision based on journalistic principles – not pressure from the US or China PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 02 May, 2017, 9:05pm UPDATED : Wednesday, 03 May, 2017, 5:48pm Source: http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2092376/staff-suspended-voice-america-after-interview-fugitive A group of journalists at US ­government-funded broadcaster Voice of America (VOA) had been suspended after they were involved in an interview with ­Chinese fugitive tycoon Guo Wengui last month, one of the ­reporters said on Tuesday. Mandarin service host Dong Fang said on Twitter that the ­measure against him was part of an unspecified investigation. In a written reply to the South China Morning Post, the broadcaster confirmed the suspension of VOA Mandarin service chief ­Sasha Gong Xiaoxia and four ­other Mandarin service employees over the interview, but denied it had...

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IFC Statement on the Trial of CHEN Bing, FU Hailu, ZHANG Juanyong, and LUO Fuyu

Posted on May 1, 2017 in News, Publications, Rule of Law in China, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register | Comments Off on IFC Statement on the Trial of CHEN Bing, FU Hailu, ZHANG Juanyong, and LUO Fuyu

IFC Statement on the Trial of CHEN Bing, FU Hailu, ZHANG Juanyong, and LUO Fuyu We are shocked to learn that the Chinese Communist regime is to put CHEN Bing, FU Hailu, ZHANG Juanyong, and LUO Fuyu on trial for so called “Inciting subversion of state power”, a catch-all crime to incarcerate human rights activists for their free speeches. One of the four activists, CHEN Bing, was an ordinary participant in the June 4 student movement that took place 28 years ago, and was arrested in 2016 for commemorating the 27th anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown by promoting a Chinese alcohol with a ‘June 4’ label including a picture of the “Tank Man”. We deeply regret that the regime shows no remorse for the Tiananmen Massacre which resulted in hundreds or even thousands of protesters being killed by the People’s Liberation Army.  We believe that facing up...

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Dr. YANG Jianli Joins the International Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes Against Humanity of the Castro Regime

Posted on Apr 29, 2017 in International Relations, News, Publications | Comments Off on Dr. YANG Jianli Joins the International Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes Against Humanity of the Castro Regime

Initiatives for China/Citizen Power for China April 30, 2017, Washington, DC Initiatives for China/Citizen for China is glad to announce that its founder and president Dr. YANG Jianli has joined 7 other prominent human rights leaders from the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, Uruguay, Spain and Italy on International Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes Against Humanity of Castro Regime. “I am honored to serve on this important commission” said Dr.YANG, “my appointment on the commission reminds each of us that we must not only support the victims of human rights abuse in our own homelands, but also support and stand with those defending human rights in other lands. Our work on the commission will serve as an important source of inspiration, not only to the freedom-loving people of Cuba, but also of the rest of the...

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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...

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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...

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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) in Taiwan. He boasted that the deployment would provide the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) with an excuse to use force to “liberate” the island. Wang had earlier dared the U.S. to deploy Marines to guard the site of the American Institute in Taiwan, the de facto American Embassy on the island. He has threatened to use harsh countermeasures to retaliate against...

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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 Xi Jinping’s upcoming visit this week. In its 2016 Annual Report, the CECC documented the Chinese government and Communist Party’s efforts to silence dissent, suppress human rights advocacy, and control civil society. This repression has continued apace in 2017. These cases shed light on the human toll of the Chinese government’s crackdown on basic human rights and those who defend...

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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 Chinese Student Association. Yang decided to leave China shortly after the protests in 1989. When Yang returned years later, he was caught traveling with fake identification papers and imprisoned for five years. Yang was born in 1963, three years before the Cultural Revolution, to a Communist Party official and his wife. The Cultural Revolution was started by Mao Zedong to...

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