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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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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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Statement on Mo Yan’s Winning Nobel Literature Prize

Posted on Oct 12, 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 | Comments Off on Statement on Mo Yan’s Winning Nobel Literature Prize

Initiatives For China (Citizen Power For China) congratulates Mr. Mo Yan on winning this years Nobel Literature Prize, which makes him the third Chinese from mainland China to receive a Nobel prize. The other two Nobel laureates are Gao Xingjian and Liu Xiaobo, one is currently in exile in France and the other remains in jail in China, serving an 11 year prison term for exercising his right of free speech. We are extremely pleased that this year`s Chinese Nobel winner has not forgotten his fellow Nobel laureates. Mo Yan, a pen name that literally means “Don’t Speak”,  has finally spoken out during an interview that he hopes the jailed Nobel Peace prize winner of 2010, Liu Xiaobo, will be freed soon. Considering Mr. Mo`s official position in China`s Writers Association (a government agency), his previous distance from pro-democracy...

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Letter to Assistant Secretary Posner Regarding Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo

Posted on Jul 24, 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 | Comments Off on Letter to Assistant Secretary Posner Regarding Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo

Honorable Michael Posner Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor U.S. Department of State 2201 C Street NW Washington, DC 20520 July 22, 2012 Dear Assistant Secretary Posner, We are writing to urge you to firmly press China to free Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo during the 17th session of U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue with your counterpart Chen Xu, Director General for International Organizations and Conferences of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As you well know, Dr. Liu is serving an 11-year jail sentence in a Liaoning provincial prison of Northeastern China for drafting Charter 08 to peacefully call for greater freedoms and democracy in China within the Chinese Constitutional framework. Nearly four years since his incarceration and two years since his Nobel Peace Prize, despite many calls for his release from every corner of the earth, including 15...

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Don’t Let Liu Xia Stand Alone

Posted on Jun 15, 2012 in Charter 08, Empty Seat at Nobel Peace Prize, Highlights, Liu Xiaobo's Case, Prisoners of Conscience, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on Don’t Let Liu Xia Stand Alone

A reliable source told IFC that Liu Xia, the wife of Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo, is still under house arrest. Recently two old friends of Liu Xia, Cui Weiping and Liu Di, were worried about her being too lonely and decided to visit her. Unfortunately they were turned back by hired security guards.   Unlike the blind lawyer Chen Guangcheng, who successfully escaped to the United States in May, Liu Xia, a well-known artist, has not yet suffered physical abuses that we know of. But she has been mentally tortured since her husband was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010. Since that time, Liu Xia’s freedom of movement has been severely restricted. Her contact with the outside world has been completely cut off and visitors are not allowed to see her. At one point, Liu Xia was...

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Three Chinas and Liu Xiaobo

Posted on May 14, 2012 in Charter 08, Empty Seat at Nobel Peace Prize, International Relations, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Op Ed, Publications | Comments Off on Three Chinas and Liu Xiaobo

Text of Speech at Oslo Freedom Forum, the 4th Annual May 9, 2012, Oslo Everyone asks: Why is China, a seemingly increasingly assertive world power, afraid of a single man like Liu Xiaobo? Why is it afraid of a moderate document like Charter 08, a manifesto authored by Liu Xiaobo and his colleagues demanding for political reform? Liu Xiaobo and his colleagues recognize there are two Chinas. They have tried to bring together these two severely separated Chinas and construct a society based on universal values. By “two China”, I am not talking about “mainland China” and “Taiwan.” Geographically there is only one entity of mainland China, but politically, economically, sociologically, and even sentimentally, it has largely broken into two societies.   Over the past 23 years after Tiananmen Square, the CCP regime has established a two China structure and one...

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