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A Joint Statement Upon the Establishment of China Human Rights Accountability Center

Posted on Jan 9, 2017 in Global Magnitsky Act, International Relations, News, Publications | Comments Off on A Joint Statement Upon the Establishment of China Human Rights Accountability Center

A Joint Statement Upon the Establishment of China Human Rights Accountability Center January 10, 2017   On December 23, 2016, President Obama signed into law “The Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act.” The law authorizes the U.S. president to levy sanctions against foreign nationals who engage in the following acts: significant corruption, extrajudicial killings, torture, violation of international human rights covenants, and persecution of those who expose government corruption or seek to defend internationally recognized human rights. The mechanisms it provides to the president to carry out such sanctions include prohibiting or revoking U.S. entry visas or other entry documentation;freezing and prohibiting U.S. property transactions of an individual if such property and property interests are in the United States, come within the United States, or are in or come within the control of a U.S. person or entity.  ...

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Trump’s Unlikely Ally: The Chinese Dissident

Posted on Jan 1, 2017 in International Relations, News | Comments Off on Trump’s Unlikely Ally: The Chinese Dissident

The News Lens Trump’s Unlikely Ally: The Chinese Dissident By: Edward White Why you need to know A high-profile Chinese dissident sees U.S. President-elect Donald Trump as a potential game changer for human rights in China.   This March, Donald J. Trump, then standing to become the Republican presidential nominee, drew the ire of three prominent Chinese dissidents after referring to the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre as a “riot,” and praising the “strength” shown by the Chinese government in suppressing the protests.   “Trump’s callous dismissal of the tragedy, and his apparent esteem for Beijing’s butchers, left us speechless, in pain and in tears,” wrote Yang Jianli (楊建利), Fang Zheng (方政) and Zhou Fengsuo (周鋒鎖) in a Washington Post op-ed.   While Trump’s comment on Tiananmen has probably been largely forgotten by many, swept up in the torrent of Tweets and soundbites flowing from the...

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China Forum

Posted on Oct 18, 2016 in International Relations | Comments Off on China Forum

The China Forum brings scholars and leaders from China together with experts and policymakers in a yearly dialogue on the issue areas of trade and economics, foreign policy and security, and political development. This year’s China Forum continues the important mission of equipping Americans with a more realistic and comprehensive understanding of China.  REGISTER NOW Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Opening Dinner “The Cultural Revolution 50 Years Later” with Dr. Frank Dikötter BY INVITATION OR SPONSORSHIP 6:30pm reception 7:30pm dinner Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill Thornton Room 400 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC Thursday, October 20, 2016 Public Forum OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 9:00am – 2:00pm Business Roundtable 300 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC Film Screening of “High Tech, Low Life“ FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 4:00pm Landmark E Street Cinema 555 11th Street NW, Washington, DC Friday, October 21, 2016...

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G20 Leaders, Please Put People before Chinese Party-State’s Glory

Posted on Sep 2, 2016 in International Relations, News, Op Ed, Prisoners of Conscience, Publications | Comments Off on G20 Leaders, Please Put People before Chinese Party-State’s Glory

By Yang Jianli & Han LianchaoOne of the main themes of the 2016 G20 Hangzhou summit which China’s president Xi Jinping will chair next w  eek is to build an inclusive world economy. To achieve that goal, the Chinese organizer claims that “China is working with all parties to pull in one direction in the spirit of a win-win partnership and to help pool wisdom and form synergy.” However, for 2.5 million Hangzhou residents, the upcoming summit put them in a lose-lose situation because the government’s preparation and policing for the event has become so unconscionably disruptive and abusive that the summit will be an embarrassing contradiction of G-20 principles.  The government has sealed many Hangzhou’s residential districts or neighborhoods, and special passes are required to get in and out. Ahead of the G20 summit, the Chinese regime reportedly spent over $100 billion...

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Open Letter to G20 Leaders from Chinese, Tibetan, Uyghur, Hong Kong, and Southern Mongolian democracy and rights movement leaders

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 in Highlights, International Relations, News, Publications | Comments Off on Open Letter to G20 Leaders from Chinese, Tibetan, Uyghur, Hong Kong, and Southern Mongolian democracy and rights movement leaders

Open Letter to G20 Leaders attending the 2016 G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China from Chinese, Tibetan, Uyghur, Hong Kong, and Southern Mongolian democracy and rights movement leaders For Immediate Release, 31 August 2016 2016’s G20 Summit will take place during a period in which the host, the government of the People’s Republic of China, is undertaking an extreme crackdown on human and civil rights across all areas under its rule. Since 2013, when President Xi Jinping assumed power, the authorities have systematically crushed a vast range of civil and religious society. In recent months hundreds of human rights lawyers, legal assistants and rights activists – such as Li Heping, Hu Shigen and Wu Gan – have been detained for simply exercising their fundamental rights. New laws, emanating from President Xi’s National Security Commission, now tightly control the work of overseas...

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Embrace Australian Values: Stop Maoist Concert in Melbourne

Posted on Aug 30, 2016 in International Relations, News | Comments Off on Embrace Australian Values: Stop Maoist Concert in Melbourne

Change.org Petition Embrace Australian Values: Stop Maoist Concert in Melbourne By: Embrace Australian Values Alliance This petition will be delivered to:   Melbourne City Council Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle   Director City Economy and Activation at City of Melbourne Katrina Mckenzie Please sign petition at: https://www.change.org/p/melbourne-lord-mayor-robert-doyle-embrace-australian-values-stop-maoist-concert-in-melbourne To the Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle and fellow Melbourne City Councillors We are Australian Citizens deeply concerned about a concert in tribute to Mao Zedong (Mao Tse-tung), to be held at the Melbourne Town Hall on 9 September 2016. Mao was the head of the Chinese Communist Party. His regime and legacy is controversial among the Chinese people. This sentiment is also reflected in the Australian-Chinese community. More and more people see him as one of the most cold blooded dictators in human history, surpassing the cruelty of Hitler in Germany, Stalin in Russia and Pol Pot...

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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...

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