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Free China’s Heroes Initiative: CECC Highlights Prisoners of Conscience Cases in Advance of President Xi Jinping’s Visit

Posted on Apr 4, 2017 in News, Prisoners of Conscience | Comments Off on Free China’s Heroes Initiative: CECC Highlights Prisoners of Conscience Cases in Advance of President Xi Jinping’s Visit

Free China’s Heroes Initiative: CECC Highlights Prisoners of Conscience Cases in Advance of President Xi Jinping’s Visit #FreeChinasHeroes WASHINGTON, DC (April 3, 2017) – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and U.S. Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ)—chair and co-chair of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC)—announced today the “Free China’s Heroes” initiative to highlight cases of individuals who are imprisoned, detained, or disappeared in China. These cases, among many others, should be raised during Chinese President and Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping’s upcoming visit this week. In its 2016 Annual Report, the CECC documented the Chinese government and Communist Party’s efforts to silence dissent, suppress human rights advocacy, and control civil society. This repression has continued apace in 2017. These cases shed light on the human toll of the Chinese government’s crackdown on basic human rights and those who defend...

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In Human Rights Speech, Rubio Calls for Release of Two Chinese Political Prisoners

Posted on Feb 7, 2017 in International Relations, Prisoners of Conscience | Comments Off on In Human Rights Speech, Rubio Calls for Release of Two Chinese Political Prisoners

In Human Rights Speech, Rubio Calls for Release of Two Chinese Political Prisoners FEB 07 2017 Washington, D.C. – During a Senate floor speech last night, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) highlighted the plight of two lawyers imprisoned by the Chinese government for their human rights advocacy. Rubio’s speech was his second in 2017 as part of his #expressionNOToppression initiative, which highlights human rights abuses around the world. Rubio, the Chairman of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, called on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to prioritize the release of these two dissidents in his diplomatic engagement with China. Rubio also stated that he would bring up these human rights cases, among others, with Governor Terry Branstad (R-IA) during his Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing to serve as U.S. ambassador to China. Rubio’s full speech can be watched here, and a downloadable broadcast quality...

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G20 Leaders, Please Put People before Chinese Party-State’s Glory

Posted on Sep 2, 2016 in International Relations, News, Op Ed, Prisoners of Conscience, Publications | Comments Off on G20 Leaders, Please Put People before Chinese Party-State’s Glory

By Yang Jianli & Han LianchaoOne of the main themes of the 2016 G20 Hangzhou summit which China’s president Xi Jinping will chair next w  eek is to build an inclusive world economy. To achieve that goal, the Chinese organizer claims that “China is working with all parties to pull in one direction in the spirit of a win-win partnership and to help pool wisdom and form synergy.” However, for 2.5 million Hangzhou residents, the upcoming summit put them in a lose-lose situation because the government’s preparation and policing for the event has become so unconscionably disruptive and abusive that the summit will be an embarrassing contradiction of G-20 principles.  The government has sealed many Hangzhou’s residential districts or neighborhoods, and special passes are required to get in and out. Ahead of the G20 summit, the Chinese regime reportedly spent over $100 billion...

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LA Times: Chinese activist charged with ‘subversion’ for attending a meeting and a conference

Posted on Aug 6, 2016 in Prisoners of Conscience, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on LA Times: Chinese activist charged with ‘subversion’ for attending a meeting and a conference

Los Angeles Times   Chinese activist charged with ‘subversion’ for attending a meeting and a conference By Jonathan Kaiman August 5, 2016 | Beijing A Chinese court on Friday found a Christian activist guilty of “subverting state power,” primarily for discussing political issues with other activists at a restaurant and attending a religious conference in Taiwan. After a one-day trial, the Second Intermediate People’s Court in Tianjin, a sprawling port city near Beijing, handed Gou Hongguo, 55, a suspended three-year sentence, according to a post on the court’s verified microblog account. Gou’s sentence is light compared with many other convicted activists – he will only serve out his term in jail if he disobeys the terms of his release. Yet his case marks the country’s fourth high-profile political trial in four days, throwing the ruling Communist Party’s ongoing crackdown...

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Demanding Political Reform Is Not a Crime IFC/CPFC Statement on the Chinese Regime’s Persecution of Hu Shigen

Posted on Aug 4, 2016 in Prisoners of Conscience, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on Demanding Political Reform Is Not a Crime IFC/CPFC Statement on the Chinese Regime’s Persecution of Hu Shigen

Demanding Political Reform Is Not a Crime IFC/CPFC Statement on the Chinese Regime’s Persecution of Hu Shigen On August 3, a court of the Chinese Communist regime in Tianjin staged a so-called “open trial” of Mr. Hu Shigen, a 62-year old pillar of China’s democracy movement, and recipient of the Citizen Power Award from Initiatives for China/Citizen Power for China (IFC/CPFC), a Washington-based pro-democracy and human rights NGO. After the sham trial, Mr. Hu was sentenced to 7 years and 6 months in prison on charges of subversion of state power. It is clear that Mr. Hu’s trial was a farce perpetrated by the Chinese Communist regime to persecute a true Chinese patriot. Their real aim is to not only stop Mr. Hu’s activities but also to suppress civil society and prevent democratic transition in China in order to...

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Second activist sentenced on subversion charges after huge crackdown on rights campaigners in China

Posted on Aug 3, 2016 in Prisoners of Conscience, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on Second activist sentenced on subversion charges after huge crackdown on rights campaigners in China

SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST Veteran pro-democracy activist Hu Shigen jailed for 7½ years for subverting state  Jun Mai and Nectar Gan PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 03 August, 2016, 3:39pm UPDATED : Wednesday, 03 August, 2016, 11:23pm Hu Shigen, a veteran pro-democracy activist and underground church leader in China, was sentenced to 7½ years in jail on Wednesday on charges of subverting state power. The sentencing at a court in Tianjin took place on the second day of hearings against four human rights advocates. The defendants were among those detained during a sweeping crackdown on rights lawyers and activists in July last year. Rights campaigner Zhai Yanmin was given a three-year jail term, suspended for four years, by the court on Tuesday. The hearing against Hu at the Tianjin No 2 Intermediate People’s Court lasted two hours and 20 minutes. Hu pleaded guilty,...

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Sens. Cruz and Cornyn send letter to Secretary Kerry calling for the release of Chinese human rights activist Guo Feixiong

Posted on Jul 28, 2016 in International Relations, News, Prisoners of Conscience | Comments Off on Sens. Cruz and Cornyn send letter to Secretary Kerry calling for the release of Chinese human rights activist Guo Feixiong

UNITED STATES SENATE Sen. Ted Cruz Press Office   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Cruz Press Office: 202-228-7561 Rachael Slobodien: rachael_slobodien@cruz.senate.gov Cornyn Press Office: 202-224-0704 Drew Brandewie: drew_brandewie@cornyn.senate.gov July 22, 2016 Sens. Cruz and Cornyn Lead Fight for Human Rights in China Send letter to Secretary Kerry calling for the release of Chinese human rights activist Guo Feixiong WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) today sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, urging the administration to press the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to release jailed human rights activist Guo Feixiong on medical parole and prioritize human rights over economic dealings. “From 2005 to 2014, Chinese officials arrested Guo on four separate occasions, and he has spent a total of eleven years in jail,” the senators wrote. “He is currently serving a six-year term in Yangchun Prison...

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