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Liu Xia’s Open Letter to Chinese Leader Xi Jinping

Posted on Jun 15, 2013 in Charter 08, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Prisoners of Conscience, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on Liu Xia’s Open Letter to Chinese Leader Xi Jinping

June 14, 2013. Liu Xia, wife of Liu Xiaobo, imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, has written an open letter to China’s resident Xi Jinping. Liu Xia has been under house arrest ever since the announcement of Liu Xiaobo’s Nobel Peace Prize. The letter is written after the Chinese government has sentenced her brother to 11 years  to prison. Please read the full translation of the letter below. Translated by Ms. Cao Yaxue (chinachange.org/citizenpower.org) —————————————————————————- I’m Liu Xia, citizen of the People’s Republic of China. I have been placed under house arrest in my own home since October, 2010. That deprives me of my personal freedom. However, no one has told me why I have been subjected to house arrest. Thinking about it over and over again, I conclude that, in this country, it must be a “crime” to be the...

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Dr.YANG Jianli’s Opening Remarks at EU Public Hearing on Human Rights in China

Posted on Dec 31, 2012 in Charter 08, Empty Seat at Nobel Peace Prize, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Publications | Comments Off on Dr.YANG Jianli’s Opening Remarks at EU Public Hearing on Human Rights in China

Dr.YANG Jianli’s Opening Remarks at Public Hearing “Prospects for human rights and democracy in China after the leadership change; the freedom of expression, the situation of artists, writers and intellectuals” held by Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROIT) of European Parliament on Dec. 6, 2012, Brussels, Belgium   Thank you, Madam Chair.   I want to first take this opportunity to congratulate the EU for its honor of winning this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. But we should not forget that, as I speak, the winner of the 2010 Prize, Liu Xiaobo, is languishing in China’s prison. Liu Xiaobo is the only detained Nobel laureate in the world.   Neither should we forget the human disaster now unfolding in Tibet. As of today, 92 Tibetans have self immolated since 2009 in protest of the Chinesecultural genocide policies against the Tibetan people. Today silence on this crisis is no longer, indeed never,...

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The Significance of Liu Xiaobo for China’s Democracy

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 in Charter 08, Empty Seat at Nobel Peace Prize, International Relations, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Publications | Comments Off on The Significance of Liu Xiaobo for China’s Democracy

Opening Statement at the Dec.12, 2012 CECC Hearing on Liu Xiaobo By YANG Jianli Congressman Smith and Senator Brown: Thank you for hosting this important hearing. Liu Xiaobo and his wife’s plight and the Chinese reactions to his winning the Nobel Peace Prize and the mounting international outcry for the couple’s freedom are well known and I won’t repeat these facts today. Instead, I want to focus on the significance of Liu Xiaobo for democracy in China. Liu Xiaobo’s Nobel honor indicates the international recognition of the Chinese democracy movement represented by him. He has become the symbol of democracy in China. Simply because of such a symbolism, his continued imprisonment presents itself as a footnote to the vow made by Hu Jintao in his political report at the recent Party’s 18th Congress that China’s leadership would “never take the evil road of changing flags and...

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IFC Releases exclusive short film “WAITING FOR LIU”

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 in Charter 08, Highlights, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Publications | Comments Off on IFC Releases exclusive short film “WAITING FOR LIU”

  Contact: Lianchao Han Washington, DC:  1-571-482-9188, email:  lianchao@initiativesforchina.org December 6, 2012: Initiatives For China, also known as Citizen Power For China, released a powerful 4 minute film today to call for the release of Liu Xiaobo and to mark the second anniversary of his Nobel Peace Prize Award. “This hard hitting film reminds us very clearly of how terrible the situation is for Liu Xiaobo and for human rights all over China,” said Mr. Yang Jianli, President of Citizen Power for China. Upon the film’s release, Mr. Han Lianchao, Vice President of Citizen Power for China, said  “We hope people in China and all over the world will help us to spread this film and the story of Liu Xiaobo and his wife, Liu Xia. We need to remember them and all those like them whose only crimes...

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AP Exclusive: Detained China Nobel wife speaks out

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 in Charter 08, Highlights, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Prisoners of Conscience, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on AP Exclusive: Detained China Nobel wife speaks out

By By ISOLDA MORILLO and ALEXA OLESEN, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — Stunned that reporters were able to visit her, Liu Xia trembled uncontrollably and cried Thursday as she described how absurd and emotionally draining her confinement under house arrest has been in the two years since her jailed activist husband, Liu Xiaobo, was named a Nobel Peace laureate. In her first interview in 26 months, Liu Xia spoke briefly with journalists from The Associated Press who managed to visit her apartment while the guards who watch it apparently stepped away for lunch. Her voice shook and she was breathless from disbelief at receiving unexpected visitors. Liu said her continuing house arrest has been painfully surreal and in stark contrast to Beijing’s celebratory response to this year’s Chinese victory among the Nobels — literature prize winner Mo Yan. Liu...

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134 Nobel Laureates Urge China to Release Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia

Posted on Dec 4, 2012 in Charter 08, Empty Seat at Nobel Peace Prize, Highlights, International Relations, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Prisoners of Conscience, Publications, Rule of Law in China | 5 comments

134 Nobel Laureates Urge Incoming Chinese President Xi Jinping to Release Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo and Wife Liu Xia Citizens Petition to Chinese Government Launched at Change.Org by Archbishop Tutu (Washington, D.C. – New York – Paris – London – Brussels – Geneva) Today, 134 Nobel Peace Laureates across all six Nobel disciplines wrote to incoming Chinese President Xi Jinping, urging him to immediately and unconditionally release Liu Xiaobo and his wife Liu Xia.  Liu Xia has been under house arrest since shortly after the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced her husband’s selection as the Peace Prize Laureate for 2010.  The letter was released by the International Committee for Liu Xiaobo, which is comprised of six Nobel Peace Prize Laureates and 15 non-governmental organizations. [1]  The Nobel Laureates wrote: Across all disciplines, the distinguishing feature which led to our recognition as Nobel Laureates...

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International Remembrance of Liu Xiaobo

Posted on Oct 23, 2012 in Charter 08, Highlights, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Prisoners of Conscience, Rule of Law in China | 1 comment

Washington, D.C. October 9th, 2012 – Initiatives for China (aka Citizen Power for China) called for the release of jailed 2010 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiabo and marked the second anniversary of Liu’s receipt of the prize by hosting coordinated, silent commemorations in both Washington D.C. and Budapest, Hungary. Liu received the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize one year after he began serving an 11 year prison sentence in China’s jail system for “incitement to subvert state power” – a charge and a sentence that have been condemned outside of China with near uniformity. Despite worldwide condemnation, Liu continues to be held in prison – the only Nobel Prize recipient languishing in jail, and, historically, the only Nobel Peace Prize recipient to be treated so harshly since the imprisonment of German pacifist Carl Ossietzky in the 1930s. The Chinese...

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