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Initiatives for China reports ten Chinese State Funded Media to DOJ that have failed to register as a Foreign Agent required by Foreign Agents Registration Act

Posted on Sep 27, 2018 in International Relations, News, Publications | Comments Off on Initiatives for China reports ten Chinese State Funded Media to DOJ that have failed to register as a Foreign Agent required by Foreign Agents Registration Act

Honorable Jeff Sessions Attorney General of the United States U.S. Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20530-0001 September 25, 2018 Dear Mr. Attorney General: I applaud your decision to order Xinhua News Agency and China Global Television Network, the two major Chinese state media firms, to register as foreign agents. This is a timely and urgent move much needed to counter the Chinese Communist regime’s aggressive foreign propaganda strategy aiming to gain political influence and win Americans’ hearts and minds. However, there are still hundreds of other Chinese state media outlets that serve as the backbone of the Chinese regime’s propaganda apparatus operating in this country. They have failed to comply with the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) to register their firms as Chinese government agents and disclose information of acting on behalf of the Chinese government. I therefore urge...

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China Denies Visa to BuzzFeed Reporter and Oslo Freedom Forum Speaker Megha Rajagopalan

Posted on Aug 23, 2018 in International Relations, News | Comments Off on China Denies Visa to BuzzFeed Reporter and Oslo Freedom Forum Speaker Megha Rajagopalan

NEW YORK (August 23, 2018) — The Human Rights Foundation (HRF) condemns the Chinese government’s decision to deny a journalist visa to BuzzFeed reporter and Oslo Freedom Forum speaker Megha Rajagopalan. Rajagopalan, who has worked in China for six years, submitted an application for a long-term, resident journalist visa shortly after publishing an in-depth article on China’s state-sponsored discrimination against members of the country’s ethnic minority group, the Uighurs. Her application was delayed for months before being formally denied in May. “China’s authoritarian regime has for decades banned all political discourse within the country. It owns and directly influences major news outlets, and censors coverage it does not like. Lately, the regime is also harassing foreign journalists like Rajagopalan who dare to criticize the regime, while it officiallypretends to welcome them,” HRF Chief Legal Officer Javier El-Hage said. “The government’s sudden turn against Megha Rajagopalan, who has...

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Beijing Reaches Far And Wide To Silence Critics – We Must Not Stay Silent

Posted on Jul 19, 2018 in Global Efforts, International Relations, News | Comments Off on Beijing Reaches Far And Wide To Silence Critics – We Must Not Stay Silent

Beijing Reaches Far And Wide To Silence Critics – We Must Not Stay Silent Speaking up for freedom and autonomy for Hong Kong is no longer simply a matter of duty and moral obligation, but a matter of self-interest too  13/07/2018 07:47 BST | Updated 13/07/2018 07:47 BST The abduction of booksellers, the imprisonment of democracy activists, and the disqualification of candidates and legislators who don’t toe Beijing’s line all illustrate the extremes to which the Chinese Communist Party is prepared to go to silence dissent in Hong Kong. By comparison, I have nothing to worry about. I am safe, free and able to continue to speak out. But remember the words of Pastor Martin Niemöller in Nazi Germany, who said: First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out- Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did...

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Thank You Senator Cruz for Introducing the Stop Higher Education Espionage and Theft Act of 2018

Posted on May 30, 2018 in International Relations, News, Publications | Comments Off on Thank You Senator Cruz for Introducing the Stop Higher Education Espionage and Theft Act of 2018

Initiatives for China to Senator Cruz on  “Stop Higher Education Espionage and Theft Act of 2018” Dear Senator Cruz: On behalf of Initiative for China/Citizen Power, and all Americans deeply concerned about China’s insidious efforts to covertly invade the American Education system, I wish to express our great appreciation for your introduction of the Stop Higher Education Espionage and Theft Act of 2018. We strongly support it. Your legislation would clearly strengthen the US Government’s capacity to deal with foreign, intelligence organizations of any nation secretly operating inside American colleges and universities. But the official U.S. investigations, and the congressional testimony that we and others have provided in recent years, taken together, overwhelmingly demonstrates that the Chinese Communist Party’s intelligence agencies pose the greatest threat to the democratic way of life in America and the rest of the free world. A variety...

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Investing in internet freedom supports human rights, national security: Katrina Lantos Swett

Posted on May 19, 2018 in Global Efforts, International Relations, News | Comments Off on Investing in internet freedom supports human rights, national security: Katrina Lantos Swett

Investing in internet freedom supports human rights, national security BY KATRINA LANTOS SWETT, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR – 05/17/18 01:00 PM EDT   There is growing recognition that internet freedom has become an indispensable human right of the 21st century. This new reality has created an urgent need to update America’s strategy for informing and engaging the world in support of freedom and democracy by bringing it into the internet era. Congress has responded to that challenge by appropriating $50 million annually to fund internet freedom and firewall circumvention technologies. Sadly, the agencies charged with fulfilling this mission have not done their jobs.   Recently, I had the opportunity to testify before congressional leaders about this issue. I warned that the continued failure of the State Department and the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the independent federal agency that oversees Voice of America and similar...

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China’s UN rep spies on dissident, interrupts UN testimony three times

Posted on Mar 20, 2018 in Challenge China's Membership to UN Human Rights Council, Highlights, International Relations, News, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on China’s UN rep spies on dissident, interrupts UN testimony three times

UN WATCH China’s UN rep spies on dissident, interrupts UN testimony three times https://www.unwatch.org/chinas-un-rep-spies-dissident-interrupts-un-testimony-three-times/ GENEVA, March 20, 2018 – The Chinese government today interrupted UN testimony (see below) by one of its most well-known former political prisoners, who took the floor on behalf of the Geneva based human rights group UN Watch, as he addressed the 47-nation Human Rights Council in Geneva. China lashed out at the end, saying in a right of reply that “NGOs and individuals with ulterior motives use this forum to fulfill their evil purposes.” Before the speech, one of the Chinese government delegates sought to intimidate the speaker, Dr. Yang Jianli, by taking pictures of him outside the hall for more than 10 minutes. UN Watch has filed a formal complaint with UNHRC President Vojislav Suc, demanding that the Chinese delegate-believed to be Mr. Wei Zhimin...

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Dr. Yang Jianli’s Speech at the 10th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy

Posted on Mar 2, 2018 in Geneva Human Rights Summit, International Relations, No Category, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on Dr. Yang Jianli’s Speech at the 10th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy

Speech at the 10th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy YANG Jianli Feb. 20, 2018, Geneva It’s wonderful to see so many old and new friends here at the 10th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy, and it is an honor to speak at the gathering again this year. And I am proud that my organization, Initiatives for China/ Citizen Power, is a partner of the Geneva Summit. The camaraderie, and the sharing of experiences and strategies at this Summit has always given me hope, even during the darkest days of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) autocratic rule. Dr. Yang talks about Mr. Wang Quanzhang on Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), and the 20th anniversary of China’s signing of the International...

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