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Statement of Sasha Gong, Fred Wang, Huchen Zhang, and Robert Li

Posted on May 5, 2017 in International Relations, News, Publications | Comments Off on Statement of Sasha Gong, Fred Wang, Huchen Zhang, and Robert Li

We, the four Voice of America journalists who have been placed on administrative leave pending a VOA internal investigation, believe that the incident regarding Guo Wengui’s interview has seriously undermined VOA’s integrity and credibility as a US media outlet, and damaged the US national interests.  We demand the following: An independent, fair, and comprehensive federal investigation on the incident of the interview with Guo, the Chinese businessman-turned whistleblower who intended to expose how Chinese state security agencies control huge sum of financial assets for ruling the country and injecting influence around the world. We demand the investigation by authorities independent from Voice of America to cover all parties involved in the incident, including the VOA top management. The issues to be investigated should be: 1. Has the VOA top management caved in to the Chinese government’s demand and threat...

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Our Statement on Boycotting VOA

Posted on May 4, 2017 in International Relations, News, Publications | Comments Off on Our Statement on Boycotting VOA

Our Statement on Boycotting VOA  Yang Jianli, Chen Guangcheng, Han Lianchao, Ho Pin, Wang Kang May 3, 2017 In view of the Voice of America’s top leadership’s arbitrary action under the direct pressure from the Chinese government to cut short a live VOA interview with Guo Wengui, a Chinese businessman turned whistleblower on Chinese government corruption, and considering VOA management’s  subsequent unsatisfying explanation of its decision for this interruption which broke the commitment made by VOA to Mr. Guo for three hours pre-announced interview on April 19 and to its audience, and most importantly on the grounds that VOA director Amanda Bennett’s recent decision to suspend indefinitely five VOA Mandarin Service reporters and digital media experts (Gong Xiaoxia, Dong Fang, Li Su, Baoshen and Yang Chen) who resisted the VOA leadership’s attempt to interrupt the program, we, contracted commentators and regular guests...

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IFC Statement on the Trial of CHEN Bing, FU Hailu, ZHANG Juanyong, and LUO Fuyu

Posted on May 1, 2017 in News, Publications, Rule of Law in China, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register | Comments Off on IFC Statement on the Trial of CHEN Bing, FU Hailu, ZHANG Juanyong, and LUO Fuyu

IFC Statement on the Trial of CHEN Bing, FU Hailu, ZHANG Juanyong, and LUO Fuyu We are shocked to learn that the Chinese Communist regime is to put CHEN Bing, FU Hailu, ZHANG Juanyong, and LUO Fuyu on trial for so called “Inciting subversion of state power”, a catch-all crime to incarcerate human rights activists for their free speeches. One of the four activists, CHEN Bing, was an ordinary participant in the June 4 student movement that took place 28 years ago, and was arrested in 2016 for commemorating the 27th anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown by promoting a Chinese alcohol with a ‘June 4’ label including a picture of the “Tank Man”. We deeply regret that the regime shows no remorse for the Tiananmen Massacre which resulted in hundreds or even thousands of protesters being killed by the People’s Liberation Army.  We believe that facing up...

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Dr. YANG Jianli Joins the International Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes Against Humanity of the Castro Regime

Posted on Apr 29, 2017 in International Relations, News, Publications | Comments Off on Dr. YANG Jianli Joins the International Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes Against Humanity of the Castro Regime

Initiatives for China/Citizen Power for China April 30, 2017, Washington, DC Initiatives for China/Citizen for China is glad to announce that its founder and president Dr. YANG Jianli has joined 7 other prominent human rights leaders from the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, Uruguay, Spain and Italy on International Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes Against Humanity of Castro Regime. “I am honored to serve on this important commission” said Dr.YANG, “my appointment on the commission reminds each of us that we must not only support the victims of human rights abuse in our own homelands, but also support and stand with those defending human rights in other lands. Our work on the commission will serve as an important source of inspiration, not only to the freedom-loving people of Cuba, but also of the rest of the...

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President Trump’s letter to House & Senate Committees on Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act

Posted on Apr 21, 2017 in Global Magnitsky Act, International Relations, News, Publications | Comments Off on President Trump’s letter to House & Senate Committees on Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 20, 2017 TEXT OF A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT TO THE CHAIRMEN OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE COMMITTEES ON APPROPRIATIONS AND THE JUDICIARY, THE HOUSE COMMITTEES ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND FINANCIAL SERVICES, AND THE SENATE COMMITTEES ON FOREIGN RELATIONS AND BANKING, HOUSING, AND URBAN AFFAIRS April 20, 2017 Dear Mr. Chairman: In accordance with section 1264 of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act (Subtitle F, Public Law 114-328)(the “Act”) I have enclosed the initial report on its implementation. This report, compiled by the Departments of State, the Treasury, and other relevant executive departments and agencies (agencies), outlines my Administration’s support for this important legislation and makes clear our commitment to its robust and thorough enforcement. As noted in the report, my Administration is actively identifying persons...

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An appeal for public, clear opposition to China’s rights record on Xi Jinping’s visit

Posted on Apr 5, 2017 in News, Publications, Religious Freedom, Rule of Law in China, Xi Jinping Visit to America | Comments Off on An appeal for public, clear opposition to China’s rights record on Xi Jinping’s visit

A Joint Statement by Human Rights NGOs An appeal for public, clear opposition to China’s rights record  on Xi Jinping’s visit We write to the US administration as a group of International US-based organizations advocating for human rights in China, Tibet, East Turkestan, and other regions. For decades, we have regularly engaged with successive U.S. governments and representatives – sharing information, raising concerns and advancing recommendations for U.S. policy on China. Our groups provide a wide breadth of advocacy expertise and experience with respect to human rights in China. Today, during the Chinese President’s visit to the Mar-a-lago resort, we call on US President Trump and his administration to share our concerns and recommendations, and to clearly and strongly communicate them. Our group shares the common view that advocacy for human rights and freedom cannot be compromised in the...

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Why President Trump Should Break the ‘One China’ Spell

Posted on Apr 5, 2017 in News, Op Ed, Publications, Taiwan, Xi Jinping Visit to America | Comments Off on Why President Trump Should Break the ‘One China’ Spell

NATIONAL REVIEW Why President Trump Should Break the ‘One China’ Spell Standing up for Taiwan, a key democratic ally, will benefit American interests in the long run. By Jianli Yang – April 5, 2017 During China’s recent “Two sessions,” in which some 5,000 governing elites gathered in Beijing to rubber-stamp the agenda of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Wang Hongguang, a retired Chinese general, publicly dared the United States to deploy a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD) in Taiwan. He boasted that the deployment would provide the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) with an excuse to use force to “liberate” the island. Wang had earlier dared the U.S. to deploy Marines to guard the site of the American Institute in Taiwan, the de facto American Embassy on the island. He has threatened to use harsh countermeasures to retaliate against...

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