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A Statement of Solidarity from a Tibetan, Uyghur, Southern Mongolian, and Chinese Activist

Posted on Dec 9, 2016 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, Mongolia, News, Publications, Rule of Law in China, Tibet, Uyghur | Comments Off on A Statement of Solidarity from a Tibetan, Uyghur, Southern Mongolian, and Chinese Activist

A Statement of Solidarity from   a Tibetan, Uyghur, Southern Mongolian, and Chinese Activist Press Contact: Dorjee Tseten: [Tibetan, English] +91 9882511636 Yang Jianli: [Chinese, English]+1 (857)472-9039 Dolkun Isa (Rebiya Kadeer contact): [Uyghur, German, English] +49 89 54321999 Enghebatu Togochog: [Mongolian, English] +1 (917) 698-4367   10 December 2016 In 2016, for those under China’s rule, freedoms have continued on a steep downward spiral. 2016 has been a year of tumultuous, global social injustices and human rights violations. From Syria to Brazil, Russia to Burundi, governments around the world have openly broken fundamental, international laws that exist to protect the freedoms of people around the world, and give them justice. For those living under China’s rule human rights conditions have continued on a steep downward spiral. Human rights defenders in China remain casualties of the State’s aggressive campaign against...

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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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LA Times: Chinese activist charged with ‘subversion’ for attending a meeting and a conference

Posted on Aug 6, 2016 in Prisoners of Conscience, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on LA Times: Chinese activist charged with ‘subversion’ for attending a meeting and a conference

Los Angeles Times   Chinese activist charged with ‘subversion’ for attending a meeting and a conference By Jonathan Kaiman August 5, 2016 | Beijing A Chinese court on Friday found a Christian activist guilty of “subverting state power,” primarily for discussing political issues with other activists at a restaurant and attending a religious conference in Taiwan. After a one-day trial, the Second Intermediate People’s Court in Tianjin, a sprawling port city near Beijing, handed Gou Hongguo, 55, a suspended three-year sentence, according to a post on the court’s verified microblog account. Gou’s sentence is light compared with many other convicted activists – he will only serve out his term in jail if he disobeys the terms of his release. Yet his case marks the country’s fourth high-profile political trial in four days, throwing the ruling Communist Party’s ongoing crackdown...

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Demanding Political Reform Is Not a Crime IFC/CPFC Statement on the Chinese Regime’s Persecution of Hu Shigen

Posted on Aug 4, 2016 in Prisoners of Conscience, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on Demanding Political Reform Is Not a Crime IFC/CPFC Statement on the Chinese Regime’s Persecution of Hu Shigen

Demanding Political Reform Is Not a Crime IFC/CPFC Statement on the Chinese Regime’s Persecution of Hu Shigen On August 3, a court of the Chinese Communist regime in Tianjin staged a so-called “open trial” of Mr. Hu Shigen, a 62-year old pillar of China’s democracy movement, and recipient of the Citizen Power Award from Initiatives for China/Citizen Power for China (IFC/CPFC), a Washington-based pro-democracy and human rights NGO. After the sham trial, Mr. Hu was sentenced to 7 years and 6 months in prison on charges of subversion of state power. It is clear that Mr. Hu’s trial was a farce perpetrated by the Chinese Communist regime to persecute a true Chinese patriot. Their real aim is to not only stop Mr. Hu’s activities but also to suppress civil society and prevent democratic transition in China in order to...

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Second activist sentenced on subversion charges after huge crackdown on rights campaigners in China

Posted on Aug 3, 2016 in Prisoners of Conscience, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on Second activist sentenced on subversion charges after huge crackdown on rights campaigners in China

SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST Veteran pro-democracy activist Hu Shigen jailed for 7½ years for subverting state  Jun Mai and Nectar Gan PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 03 August, 2016, 3:39pm UPDATED : Wednesday, 03 August, 2016, 11:23pm Hu Shigen, a veteran pro-democracy activist and underground church leader in China, was sentenced to 7½ years in jail on Wednesday on charges of subverting state power. The sentencing at a court in Tianjin took place on the second day of hearings against four human rights advocates. The defendants were among those detained during a sweeping crackdown on rights lawyers and activists in July last year. Rights campaigner Zhai Yanmin was given a three-year jail term, suspended for four years, by the court on Tuesday. The hearing against Hu at the Tianjin No 2 Intermediate People’s Court lasted two hours and 20 minutes. Hu pleaded guilty,...

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2016 National Captive Nations Week Luncheon Report (China)

Posted on Jul 19, 2016 in Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Publications, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on 2016 National Captive Nations Week Luncheon Report (China)

On July 13, 2016, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation and the Heritage Foundation hosted the 2016 National Captive Nations Week Luncheon. Scholars and activists from five remaining communist regimes in the world gave reports on the nations’ current situations. These representatives are Dr. Yang Jianli (China), Mr. John Suarez (Cuba), Ms. Bounchanh Senthavong (Laos), Ms. Suzanne Scholte (North Korea), and Ms. Anhthu Lu (Vietnam). The purpose of National Captive Nations Week is to recognize those peoples and nations suffering under the oppression of communist and other totalitarian regimes. The first Captive Nations Week was observed in 1959 under President Dwight D. Eisenhower. As mandated by U.S. Law, every president since has reserved the third week of July to remember the captive nations. Following is the luncheon speech on China by Dr. Yang Jianli at the event. Report at the...

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Seven Rights Groups Launch the 2016 Solidarity Sabbath to Freedom of Religion

Posted on Mar 14, 2016 in Global Efforts, News, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on Seven Rights Groups Launch the 2016 Solidarity Sabbath to Freedom of Religion

Led by the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights & Justice,  seven human rights groups including Initiatives for China/Citizen Power for China, launched the 2016 Solidarity Sabbath to Freedom of Religion last week to highlight the strength and bravery of Chinese citizens who courageously live out their faith despite threats of harassment, imprisonment, and even torture by the ruling Communist Party.   www.solidaritysabbath.org   https://www.change.org/p/leaders-of-the-free-world-pressure-china-to-uphold-the-freedom-of-religion-conscience-and-belief   On the weekend of May 20-22, 2016, religious and spiritual communities around the world will join together in the 2016 Solidarity Sabbath. Freedom of religion, conscience, and belief is a vital human rights issue for all global citizens, and you have a chance to help highlight the plight of the millions of Chinese denied this basic entitlement. There are a number of ways in which you can join the Solidarity Sabbath’s efforts in China for...

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