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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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SOME QUESTIONS FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA TO ASK PRESIDENT XI

Posted on Mar 30, 2016 in International Relations, Mongolia, News, Prisoners of Conscience, Publications, Religious Freedom, Tibet, Uyghur | Comments Off on SOME QUESTIONS FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA TO ASK PRESIDENT XI

YANG Jianli   TENG Biao This week, China’s President Xi, in Washington for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Summit, will also meet on the side with President Obama. Obama continues to visibly rely on Xi’s professed commitments to the U.S., ranging from explicit to implicit, on an array of issues: carbon emission reduction, anti-nuclear proliferation, policing commercial hackers, and U.N. Security Council effort to stop ISIS, among others. While monitoring how Xi fulfills his commitments, and whether he can be trusted to do so in the future, Obama would  do well to remember a reliable indicator. History teaches us that, when a dictator betrays the rights guaranteed the people by his nation’s own laws and constitution, his international agreements and commitment also are untrustworthy. In the 20th Century, we learned that lesson well. So it behoves Obama to press Xi about how...

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Release Liu Xiaobo On Human Rights Day

Posted on Dec 10, 2015 in Global Efforts, Highlights, House Arrest of Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Prisoners of Conscience, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on Release Liu Xiaobo On Human Rights Day

  December 9, 2015 Rep. Chris Smith   On the eve of Human Rights Day, we gather here because China is in a race to the bottom with North Korea for the title of world’s worst violators of human rights.  The hope that an economically prosperous and “rising China” would embrace political reform and human rights has been completely destroyed.  It is time for a new approach.   Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo remains in prison and his wife Liu Xia remains detained and isolated in conditions of arbitrary detention.   We are here today because private diplomatic efforts have not lead to Liu Xiaobo’s release.  We are here to ask that President Obama, and other world leaders, renew efforts to, publically and privately, seek their release.   For the past five years, we have called on China...

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