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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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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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Rubio, Cardin Introduce Bill Targeting Chinese Aggression in South China Sea

Posted on Mar 16, 2017 in International Relations, News | Comments Off on Rubio, Cardin Introduce Bill Targeting Chinese Aggression in South China Sea

PRESS RELEASES Rubio, Cardin Introduce Bill Targeting Chinese Aggression in South China Sea   MAR 15 2017 Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) today introduced the South China Sea and East China Sea Sanctions Act which would sanction Chinese individuals and entities that participate in Beijing‘s illegitimate activities in the South China Sea and East China Sea. “China‘s illegitimate actions in the South China Sea threaten the region‘s security and American commerce,“ said Rubio, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and its East Asia and the Pacific Subcommittee. “These ongoing, flagrant violations of international norms cannot be allowed to go unchecked, and the sanctions called for in this legislation would put Beijing on notice that the United States means business and intends to hold violators accountable.“ Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) during the Jan. 11 Senate...

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A human rights agenda for the Trump administration and the 115th Congress

Posted on Feb 28, 2017 in International Relations, News, Op Ed | Comments Off on A human rights agenda for the Trump administration and the 115th Congress

A human rights agenda for the Trump administration and the 115th Congress BY FORMER REPS. FRANK WOLF (R-VA.), TONY HALL (D-OHIO), OPINION CONTRIBUTORS –  02/24/17 12:55 PM EST   President Reagan once said the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are a covenant, not only with the people of Philadelphia in 1776 and 1787, but with the people of the world. This covenant extends not only to those who live in free and democratic countries, but also the people who suffer under challenging conditions in countries like Pakistan, China, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan and North Korea. It binds the ideals and principles on which we have stood for nearly 250 years to the plight of people yearning for freedom everywhere. Extend this thought and we find that America, by virtue of both our founding and our current position of...

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