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Human Rights Lawyer Enters Shanghai After 90-Day Stand Off With Chinese Government

Posted on Feb 14, 2010 in News, Publications, Rule of Law in China, Tokyo Airlift | Comments Off on Human Rights Lawyer Enters Shanghai After 90-Day Stand Off With Chinese Government

Washington, DC, February 12, 2010.  Initiatives for China has received confirmation that Feng Zhenghu, a Chinese Citizen and human rights lawyer, safely entered Shanghai, China at approximately 11:30 am local time (11:30 pm EST).    This ends a remarkable test of wills between Feng and the Chinese government regarding his right to return home. Chinese authorities refused Feng entry into China on eight separate occasions between June and November, 2009.  During his last attempt on November 3, Chinese police at Shanghai Airport forcibly put Feng on a plane back to Japan’s Narita Airport where he voluntarily surrendered his Japanese visa and vowed to remain at the terminal in front of the customs area until the Chinese government recognized his right to return home.  Feng is one of thousands of Chinese citizens who are victims of a policy, known as...

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Chinese Government Allows Human Rights Lawyer to Return Home

Posted on Feb 3, 2010 in International Relations, News, Rule of Law in China, Tokyo Airlift | Comments Off on Chinese Government Allows Human Rights Lawyer to Return Home

Feng Zhenghu ends 90-day vigil at Tokyo International Airport Agreement seen as the result of Feng’s tenacity and the galvanizing power of an uncensored Internet   Washington, DC, February 3, 2010.   Initiatives for China has received confirmation from representatives in Japan that the Chinese government has agreed to allow human rights lawyer, Feng Zhenghu, to return to his home in Shanghai China.  This announcement ends a more than 90-day vigil at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport.   The vigil began on November 3, 2009 when Mr Feng was refused entry into China for the eighth time since June of 2009.  Chinese authorities at Shanghai Airport forcibly put Feng on a plane back to Japan’s Narita Airport where he voluntarily surrendered his Japanese visa and vowed to remain at the terminal in front of the customs area until the Chinese...

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Google, Feng, and Freedom

Posted on Feb 2, 2010 in Forced Eviction, International Relations, News, Op Ed, Publications, Rule of Law in China, Tokyo Airlift | Comments Off on Google, Feng, and Freedom

This morning a Chinese journalist from the Voice of America called our office in Washington, DC to report that the Chinese government had agreed to allow Mr. Feng Zhenghu, a noted human rights lawyer, to leave Tokyo airport and return to his home in Shanghai. This agreement ended a 90-day standoff between Mr. Feng and the Chinese authorities. It also highlights in a very and personal way, the power of an uncensored Internet to provide a counterbalance to the repressive inclinations of authoritarian governments. Mr. Feng is a Chinese citizen with a valid Chinese passport. Between June and November, 2009, he had been refused entry into China on eight separate occasions. During his last attempt on November 3, 2008, Chinese authorities at the Shanghai airport forcibly put Mr. Feng on a plane to Japan. Upon his arrival in Japan,...

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Google Should Stay in China

Posted on Jan 14, 2010 in International Relations, News, Op Ed, Publications, Tokyo Airlift | Comments Off on Google Should Stay in China

Google deserves the unanimous praise of world governments and the international business community for its decision to no longer censor its Chinese search engine, google.cn. This action in defense of its mission to “do no evil” stands in stark contrast with Yahoo’s decision, in 2005, to hand over to the Chinese government the private emails of journalist, Shi Tao. Those emails were subsequently used against Shi for “divulging state secrets abroad.” He was sent to prison for 10 years. Unfortunately, Yahoo is not alone. Today many companies in the IT sector and other sectors routinely acquiesce to the censorship demands of the Chinese  government. But as Google now realizes, such cooperation provides no security.  Compromise with tyranny eventually returns to haunt the accomplices. While I applaud Google’s stand, I also caution it not to withdraw from China. Doing so...

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Feng Zhenghu Receives Freedom Award

Posted on Jan 4, 2010 in Charter 08, International Relations, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Prisoners of Conscience, Tokyo Airlift | Comments Off on Feng Zhenghu Receives Freedom Award

Chinese Human Rights Lawyer Receives Freedom Award At Tokyo Airport Where He Has Been Stranded Since November 4 Washington DC, January 4, 2010. Beijing Spring, the Chinese pro-democracy magazine based in New York, has selected human rights lawyer, Feng Zhenghu, as the recipient of its annual Freedom Pioneer award. Well-known in China for his passionate defense of citizen’s rights, Feng has been at Terminal 1, in Tokyo’s Narita Airport, since November 4, when he was forcibly returned by Chinese authorities at Shanghai Airport as he tried to enter China. Feng has vowed to stay at the terminal in Tokyo until the Chinese government allows him to return home. Dr. Yang Janli, a Harvard Fellow and a 2007 Freedom Pioneer recipient, flew to Japan on Christmas Eve to present the award to Feng. The award recognizes individuals on the forefront...

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Dr. Yang Flies to Tokyo Airport to Join Mr. Feng

Posted on Dec 24, 2009 in International Relations, News, Rule of Law in China, Tokyo Airlift | Comments Off on Dr. Yang Flies to Tokyo Airport to Join Mr. Feng

Harvard Democracy Adovocate Flies To Tokyo Airport To Join “Blacklisted” Human Rights Lawyer Arrival of Dr. Yang Jianli marks 7th “airlift” of support and supplies for Chinese lawyer stranded in Japanese customs area since November 4. Washington, DC., December 24, 2009. Dr. Yang Jianli, Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and President of Initiatives for China, will land at Terminal 1 of Tokyo’s Narita International Airport at 3:30pm, December 26 (Tokyo time) to join Chinese Human Rights lawyer, Mr. Feng Zhenghu, who has been stranded there since November 4. A Chinese citizen, Mr. Feng was forcibly returned to Japan after he was refused entry into China on November 3. Chinese authorities have blocked Feng from entry China eight times since June 2nd, 2009.  During his last attempt on November 3, 2009, Chinese authorities stopped him at Shanghai Airport and...

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Conference Regarding the Situation of Human Rights Lawyer Feng Zhenghu

Posted on Nov 24, 2009 in International Relations, News, Rule of Law in China, Tokyo Airlift | Comments Off on Conference Regarding the Situation of Human Rights Lawyer Feng Zhenghu

Update: Airlift of food and supplies enters 4th week amid growing pressure on Obama Administration to take decisive action on the deteriorating human rights situation in China. (for Complete Statement and Updates, please visit: http://www.initiativesforchina.org search in events) Conference Information: Date: Tuesday, November 24, 2009 Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm Where: Rayburn HOB Room: #2456 Who: T Kumar, Director of International Advocacy, Amnesty International Yang Jianli, President, Initiatives for China, Harvard Fellow Michael Horowitz, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute 10 Blacklisted Chinese Citizens will speaker on the practice by the Chinese government of denial of entry to its citizens. Overview: Presenting a clear challenge to the “blacklisting” practices of the Chinese government, which bar Chinese citizens with valid passports from returning home, noted human rights lawyer and signatory to Charter 08, Mr. Feng Zhenghu has been encamped at the customs area in Tokyo’s Narita Airport...

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