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Sparrow Initiative Resumes Protest at Chinese Embassy

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 in Forced Eviction, News | Comments Off on Sparrow Initiative Resumes Protest at Chinese Embassy

After giving President Xi Jinping nearly two months to help resolve her case,  Ms. Ma Yongtian, one of the two “sparrows” described in the report below, will start another round of protest in front of the Chinese Embassy in Washington, DC.  Initiatives for China calls for international spotlights on her property rights defending story and that of many many other victims of China’s policies of forced eviction and land grabbing. Contacts For Chinese  Ma Yongtian (626)283-2175 For English   Adela Lan     (202)780-5998   Two “Sparrows” Blocked Xi Jinping’s Motorcade   In Washington, D.C. on September 25th, Sparrow Initiative key members: Ms. MA Yongtian and Ms. LI Huanjun successfully broke through police line, and blocked the motorcade of Chinese president, Xi Jinping, to petition the illegal land grabbing crimes of local Chinese officials.   Sparrow Initiative is a campaign lunched...

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Citizen Power for China’s Statement on the Global Times’ Defamation

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 in Forced Eviction, International Relations, Publications | Comments Off on Citizen Power for China’s Statement on the Global Times’ Defamation

Chinese Embassy in Washington D.C. is the first oversea facility of P. R. China to be marked with protesting graffiti, July 10th, 2013 The Global Times, a state-run subsidiary newspaper of China’s People’s Daily, recently published a report filled with lies and fabrications that defames the Sparrow Initiative and its organizer Dr. YANG Jianli of Citizen Power for China (also known as Initiatives for China). In the article, the Global Times claimed it had interviewed Dr. YANG when it did not, and provided misleading and false information about the initiative in an attempt to discredit the organization. The Sparrow Initiative is a campaign launched by Citizen Power for China to help Chinese citizens defend their property rights and obtain justice for the victims of China’s violent dismantling and forced evictions. The name of the initiative comes from the belief that...

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Chinese Embassy in Italy is marked with Graffiti

Posted on Aug 14, 2013 in Forced Eviction, Highlights, International Relations, News, Publications, Rule of Law in China, Sparrow Initiative | Comments Off on Chinese Embassy in Italy is marked with Graffiti

Chinese Embassy in Italy marked with protesting graffiti on August 12, 2013.   Rome, Italy | August 13, 2013 The Chinese Embassy in Italy becomes the fourth oversea Chinese consulate to be marked by protesting graffiti (拆, chai, meaning demolition, written on houses in China to be demolished, with or without the owner’s consent.) On August 12th, 2013, around 2 p.m., Initiatives for China correspondence in France, WU Yifei, received a telephone call from someone who claimed that he has marked the Chinese Embassy in Italy. This person presented himself anonymously, as a strong supporter of “Sparrow Initiative,” a movement that calls an end of force eviction in China. Later, this person also sent over photos of him with an anonymous mask with the graffiti. This has been the fourth Chinese Consulate to be marked, following the first one...

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Congressman Bentivolio Sends Request to Ambassador Cui for Release of Li Huanjun

Posted on Jul 26, 2013 in Forced Eviction, Highlights, International Relations, News, Prisoners of Conscience, Rule of Law in China | 2 comments

Script:   Ambassador Cui Tiankai Embassy of the People’s Republic of China 3505 International Place, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20008   Dear Ambassador Cui:   I am personally concerned for the welfare of housing rights activist and mother Ms. Li Huanjun. She was arrested on the night of July 12th, 2013, by at least 10 police officers. They searched her apartment for 2-3 hours and confiscated many items, including her computer and cell phone. To my knowledge, she is currently being held in the Beijing Municipality’s Bureau of Public Security in Detention Center 1. She has been peacefully protesting the demolition of homes resulting from the forced evictions of residents. Properties are being sold without the consent of people who live in them, which are then subsequently demolished to make room for new construction and private development. Many people are...

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Amnesty International is Requesting Urgent Action for Freedom of Recent Detained Activists

Posted on Jul 26, 2013 in Forced Eviction, News, Prisoners of Conscience, Rule of Law in China | 2 comments

DOCUMENT – CHINA: DETAINED ACTIVISTS AT RISK OF TORTURE  UA: 181/13 Index: ASA 17/023/2013 China Date: 19 July 2013   URGENT ACTION   DETAINED ACTIVISTS AT RISK OF TORTURE   Xu Zhiyong, a legal scholar and activist, has been detained in Beijing since 16 July, alongside two of his associates, Li Huanjun and Li Gang, on suspicion of “gathering a crowd to disturb social order”. Another of Xu Zhiyong’s associates, Song Ze has gone missing and his family believe he may be detained. All four are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.   According to the detention notice, a copy of which has been circulated online, Xu Zhiyong was detained on 16 July 2013 by the Public Transportation Safety Protection Branch of the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau and is held at the Beijing No. 3 Detention Centre. According to...

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Young mother jailed for protesting demolition of homes

Posted on Jul 17, 2013 in Forced Eviction, News, Prisoners of Conscience, Sparrow Initiative | 14 comments

Please sign online petition to Ambassador Cui Tiankai for mother jailed for protesting demolition of homes.   Petition Target: Ambassador Cui Tiankai, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China Petition Sponsored by: Georgina Shanley Petition Link: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/190/638/409/free-young-mother-jailed-because-she-protested-demolition-of-homes/ Ms. Li Huanjun at her home site after demolition. Li Huanjun cannot defend herself, her child or her neighbors. Where we have rights we have obligations. Without our help and pressure on the government of China evictions and demolitions will contine unabated. The human cost is huge with thousands of decent families  left homeless and penniless. See video of Li and understand what she is up against: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BzrVn5pACX0CN3VDQm1Ma3EtS0k/edit According to Amnesty International 2013 report on China, “Sudden and violent evictions were widespread, and were typically preceded by threats and harassment. Consultation with affected residents was rare. Compensation, adequate alternative housing and the ability to access legal...

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Third Chinese Embassy Being Marked with Protesting-Graffiti

Posted on Jul 16, 2013 in Forced Eviction, International Relations, News, Sparrow Initiative | 1 comment

Chinese Embassy in Sydney, Australia becomes the third embassy marked with force eviction protesting graffiti.The word “强拆” was covered up at the time this photo was taken. However, after gamma-rate corrections, the graffiti painted under can still be seen. July 16, 2013 Today, the Chinese Embassy in Sydney, Australia, becomes the third Embassy of China to be marked with force eviction graffiti. First one was in the Chinese Embassy at Washington, D.C. United States on July 10th, 2013. Second one was just two days ago in the Chinese Embassy at Ottawa, Canada. This time, the word marked is “强拆.” It means “forced demolition,” which is a common term used for forced eviction. The practice of marking “demolition” on those buildings to be demolished are very common in China. Many of these demolished building residence became the victim of force eviction....

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