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China, the West, and Leverage

Posted on Jan 16, 2017 in International Relations, Liu Xiaobo's Case | Comments Off on China, the West, and Leverage

NATIONAL REVIEW   China, the West, and Leverage By Jay Nordlinger December 16, 2016 Yesterday, I wrote a post headed “The Quiet Death of ‘Liu Xiaobo Plaza.'” It was about the House GOP and its spiking of a move to honor a Chinese political prisoner. In that post, I wrote, My guess is, Republican donors don’t like the idea of “Liu Xiaobo Plaza,” because they want commercial relations with China. They fear that honoring a dissident will endanger commercial relations. I doubt this is so. The Free World has more leverage than it knows. This is something I learned from Jianli Yang, among others: The Free World has much more leverage than it knows. (Yang is a leading Chinese democracy activist and former political prisoner.) The West thinks that China holds all the cards and we have none. So...

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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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Release Liu Xiaobo On Human Rights Day

Posted on Dec 10, 2015 in Global Efforts, Highlights, House Arrest of Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Prisoners of Conscience, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on Release Liu Xiaobo On Human Rights Day

  December 9, 2015 Rep. Chris Smith   On the eve of Human Rights Day, we gather here because China is in a race to the bottom with North Korea for the title of world’s worst violators of human rights.  The hope that an economically prosperous and “rising China” would embrace political reform and human rights has been completely destroyed.  It is time for a new approach.   Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo remains in prison and his wife Liu Xia remains detained and isolated in conditions of arbitrary detention.   We are here today because private diplomatic efforts have not lead to Liu Xiaobo’s release.  We are here to ask that President Obama, and other world leaders, renew efforts to, publically and privately, seek their release.   For the past five years, we have called on China...

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CECC Cochairs Mark Five-Year Anniversary of Liu Xiaobo Receiving the Nobel Prize, Annual Observation of International Human Rights Day

Posted on Dec 10, 2015 in House Arrest of Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Tiananmen Anniversaries | Comments Off on CECC Cochairs Mark Five-Year Anniversary of Liu Xiaobo Receiving the Nobel Prize, Annual Observation of International Human Rights Day

  CECC Cochairs Mark Five-Year Anniversary of Liu Xiaobo Receiving the Nobel Prize, Annual Observation of International Human Rights Day   Say Liu Xiaobo Represents Principles Enshrined in the Declaration   On December 10, 2010, Liu Xiaobo, a writer, professor, human rights activist and one of the chief authors of Charter 08, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in absentia for his “long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.”  He was the first Chinese national and resident in China to receive the prestigious award.  However, he was unable to claim his prize; he was serving an 11 year sentence in Jinzhou Prison in Liaoning province, some 4,000 miles from Oslo, after being found guilty of “inciting subversion.” His wife, the artist and poet Liu Xia, was placed under illegal home confinement in Beijing shortly after the Nobel committee’s announcement...

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Freedom Now released letter from Nobel Peace Prize Laureates to President Obama

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 in Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Publications, Xi Jinping Visit to America | Comments Off on Freedom Now released letter from Nobel Peace Prize Laureates to President Obama

Washington, D.C.: Today, Freedom Now released a letter sent by a dozen Nobel Peace Prize Laureates to President Barack Obama on September 2, 2015, urging him to call publicly for the release of Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia. The letter states:   “We are writing as your fellow Nobel Peace Prize Laureates to ask that you call publicly on the Government of China to release from house arrest Liu Xia, the wife our imprisoned fellow Laureate Dr. Liu Xiaobo, and to allow her to travel abroad for medical treatment as she has requested. We also ask that you urge his immediate release as well . . . All attempts to resolve their detentions through private diplomacy have failed. We believe that unless leaders like you take urgent action, both publicly and privately, that China will continue to believe it can...

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Citizen Power for China Holds “Head Shaving for Liu Xia” Event

Posted on Mar 9, 2014 in Geneva Human Rights Summit, Highlights, House Arrest of Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Publications | Comments Off on Citizen Power for China Holds “Head Shaving for Liu Xia” Event

Citizen power for China (a.k.a. Initiatives for China) holds “Head Shaving for Liu Xia” event in front of the Chinese Embassy in Washington DC on March 7, attracting almost 30 activists and supporters from Washington and New York. The event echos a similar one in Hong Kong by the newly established “Care for Liu Xia’s Freedom” group. Chinese Embassy, March 7, 2014 The 2010 Nobel Peace Laurent Liu Xiaobo’s wife Liu Xia has been under illegal house arrest since October 2010. In the last three and half years, her health has been deteriorated. Citizen Power for China (Initiatives for China), and other human rights groups have been working hard to call global attention to her case, and yet have not achieved any major breakthrough due to the restricted control of the Chinese authorities. Liu Xia has an image of...

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UN Watch hosts Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy

Posted on Feb 27, 2014 in Challenge China's Membership to UN Human Rights Council, Geneva Human Rights Summit, Liu Xiaobo's Case, Tibet, Wang Binzhang Case | Comments Off on UN Watch hosts Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy

UN Watch hosts Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy Geneva, Switzerland – On February 25th, the 2014 6th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy, organized by UN Watch, co-sponsored by twenty-two other human rights groups including Citizen Power for China (CPFC, aka Initiatives for China), was held in the Geneva International Conference Center across from the United Nations. The Summit was opened by Professor Irwin Cotler, MP of Canadian Parliament, and a world voice for human rights. The 6th Geneva Summit, organized by UN Watch, is a civil society forum designed to inform and enhance the upcoming session of the UN Human Rights Council. Renowned dissidents, formal political prisoners, rights activists and experts gathered to urge an end to impunity for rights abusers, support pro-democracy dissidents world wide, and issue a call for action. Arranged by UN Watch, conference speakers, including...

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