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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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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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Second Embassy of People’s Republic of China Marked with Protesting Graffiti

Posted on Jul 14, 2013 in Forced Eviction, International Relations, News, Sparrow Initiative | Comments Off on Second Embassy of People’s Republic of China Marked with Protesting Graffiti

Chinese Embassy in Ottawa, ON, Canada is marked with Chinese word 拆, which in China, this word is marked on buildings that are slated to be demolished and literally mean “dismantle,” July 14, 2013 On Sunday, July 14th, 2013, protesting graffiti against forced eviction appeared on another Chinese Embassy, which this one is in Ottawa, ON, Canada. This is thesecond embassy to be marked with the Chinese word[拆]since July 10th. The first one was graffitied onto the front gate of the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C., right before U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogue. In China, the word “拆” is marked on buildings that are slated to be demolished and literally mean “dismantle”. This character clearly expresses the desire for the dismantling of the Chinese Embassy and the deep resentment towards the Chinese Communist regime’s lies and its heavy-handed policy of demolishing people’s homes. This policy of removing people from...

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Protesting-Graffiti Appeared on Chinese Embassy

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 in Forced Eviction, Highlights, International Relations, News, Sparrow Initiative | Comments Off on Protesting-Graffiti Appeared on Chinese Embassy

Statement on the fifth China-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogue    Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C. Its gate is marked with big chinese word 拆, which in China, this word is marked on buildings that are slated to be demolished and literally mean “dismantle” While the Chinese delegation for the fifth China-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) began talks with its American counterparts and the Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi wrote in the Washington Post describing the cooperation between China and the United States as an “anchor” for world peace and stability, ensuring that China’s development is not a threat to other countries, three big graffiti-ed Chinese words “拆” appeared on the front gate of the Chinese Embassy in Washington, DC. In China, the word “拆” is marked on buildings that are slated to be demolished and literally mean “dismantle”. This...

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Demonstration in front of the Chinese Embassy

Posted on Jun 30, 2013 in Forced Eviction, News, Publications, Sparrow Initiative | 1 comment

Press Advisory: Demonstration in front of the Chinese Embassy July 1st, 2013   Time: 11:00am Place:   Chinese Embassy in Washington D.C. 3505 International Place, NW Washington, DC 20008  July 1st marks the anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party and the anniversary of a regime which has worked to oppress its own people’s freedom of religion, expression, press, and many other universal human rights.  One of the CCP’s most damaging practices is known as forced evictions, also known as “land grabbing,” in which the government wrongly seizes property legally held by citizens of China or acquiesces in its seizure by others.  To raise awareness of this cruel abuse and to appeal on behalf of those whose land has been seized, Initiatives for China founded the Sparrow Initiative. The Sparrow Initiative is used to coordinates protests at places of international significance, including the...

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Human Rights Groups Launch UN Action Project

Posted on Mar 6, 2012 in 2010 International Hunger Strike, Buddhist, Challenge China's Membership to UN Human Rights Council, Charter 08, Chen Guangcheng, Christian, Falun Gong, Forced Eviction, Highlights, International Relations, Liu Xiaobo's Case, Mongolia, News, Prisoners of Conscience, Publications, Religious Freedom, Rule of Law in China, Sparrow Initiative, Tibet, Topics, Uyghur | Comments Off on Human Rights Groups Launch UN Action Project

Initiatives for China, International Campaign for Tibet, the Uyghur American Association, Southern Mongolian Human Rights Center, and International Uyghur Human Rights and Democracy Foundation announce the launch of their UN Action Project, a strategic initiative focused against China’s membership on the United Nations Human Rights Council. Together, these organizations will conduct activities designed to (1) increase awareness of China’s complete lack of accountability with regards to the human rights of its citizens, and (2) to defeat China’s bid in 2013 for another three-year term on the Council. The UN Human Rights Council is regarded as the pre-eminent body for the protection and advancement of human rights worldwide. Conversely, China is recognized by all as a country that routinely denies its citizens their basic rights to freedom of speech, assembly, religion, and property; viciously persecutes religious and ethnic minorities; and ‘re-educates’...

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