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Washington Post | Opinion Say no to China’s membership on the U.N. Human Rights Council

Posted on Oct 30, 2016 in Challenge China's Membership to UN Human Rights Council, News, Op Ed, Publications | Comments Off on Washington Post | Opinion Say no to China’s membership on the U.N. Human Rights Council

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/global-opinions/wp/2016/10/24/say-no-to-chinas-membership-on-the-u-n-human-rights-council/?utm_term=.516c08ed9bbc#comments Yang Jianli is founder and president of Initiatives for China. A former Tiananmen Square activist, he was imprisoned in China from 2002 to 2007 for attempting to observe labor unrest. On March 14, 2014, Cao Shunli, a Chinese human rights activist, died in a Chinese military hospital after five and a half months in detention, with her body showing clear signs of brutal physical mistreatment. She had been arrested in September 2013 at the airport while trying to leave China to head to Geneva for a training session. That June, she had organized a sit-in outside the Foreign Ministry in Beijing, demanding that citizens be allowed to participate in preparing China’s human rights report to the United Nations. Today, I am writing in her spirit, as a citizen of China to voice the concerns of the Chinese people – concerns that should...

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UN Watch hosts Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy

Posted on Feb 27, 2014 in Challenge China's Membership to UN Human Rights Council, Geneva Human Rights Summit, Liu Xiaobo's Case, Tibet, Wang Binzhang Case | Comments Off on UN Watch hosts Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy

UN Watch hosts Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy Geneva, Switzerland – On February 25th, the 2014 6th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy, organized by UN Watch, co-sponsored by twenty-two other human rights groups including Citizen Power for China (CPFC, aka Initiatives for China), was held in the Geneva International Conference Center across from the United Nations. The Summit was opened by Professor Irwin Cotler, MP of Canadian Parliament, and a world voice for human rights. The 6th Geneva Summit, organized by UN Watch, is a civil society forum designed to inform and enhance the upcoming session of the UN Human Rights Council. Renowned dissidents, formal political prisoners, rights activists and experts gathered to urge an end to impunity for rights abusers, support pro-democracy dissidents world wide, and issue a call for action. Arranged by UN Watch, conference speakers, including...

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Statement on China’s Unopposed Election to UNHRC

Posted on Nov 14, 2013 in Challenge China's Membership to UN Human Rights Council, News, Publications | Comments Off on Statement on China’s Unopposed Election to UNHRC

Petition Challenging China’s UNHRC Membership + Petition on Avaaz.org reaching over 1 million. + Citizen Power for China’s petition, reaching over 12,000. + Petition on Moveon.org reaches 1,269. Unopposed China Elected for UNHRC Citizen Power for China Statement on UNHRC Membership Voting.  Nov. 13, 2013   NEW YORK – Despite international criticism of China’s policies on freedom of expression, rule of law, suppression of ethnic minorities, and labor re-education, China was elected unopposed to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) this Tuesday. The UN General Assembly voted China to join Cuba, Russia, and Saudi Arabia, among others, for a three-year term on the 47-nation council.   Citizen Power for China, (CPFC, aka Initiatives for China), greatly regrets the UN General Assembly’s surrender of influence over human rights administration to China’s Communist regime. The election comes as the regime continues to viciously imprison political activists, such as venture capitalist...

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Profile: Dr Jianli Yang, Chinese human rights defender

Posted on Nov 9, 2013 in Challenge China's Membership to UN Human Rights Council, News, Publications | Comments Off on Profile: Dr Jianli Yang, Chinese human rights defender

Updates on Petition Challenging China’s Membership at UNHRC  + Petition on Avaaz.org reaching over 940,000 signatories. + Citizen Power for China’s petition, reaching a total of 12,280 signatories. + Petition on Moveon.org reaches 853 signatories. Profile: Dr Jianli Yang, Chinese human rights defender Source: http://www.USHR.ch/news/profile-dr-jianli-yang-chinese-human-rights-defender#sthash.pXvBhv0e.dpuf  Dr Jianli Yang is a Chinese human rights defender, and founder and president of Initiatives for China, also known as Citizen Power for China (CPFC). Jianli has been politically active for a better China since witnessing the horrors on Tiananmen Square in 1989. For this political activism, he was imprisoned in China in 2002, and released in 2007. He has been denied access to his home country and currently resides in the United States. He says he does not regret the personal ‘sacrifices’ he has made in pursuing his cause, since these are inevitably part of the path he chose...

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Top EU Legislators and NGOs to Appeal Against UNHRC Candidacies of China, Cuba, Russia, Saudi Arabia

Posted on Nov 7, 2013 in Challenge China's Membership to UN Human Rights Council, News, Publications | Comments Off on Top EU Legislators and NGOs to Appeal Against UNHRC Candidacies of China, Cuba, Russia, Saudi Arabia

Initiatives for China/Citizen Power for China joins with Top EU Legislators and NGOs to Appeal Against UNHRC Candidacies of China, Cuba, Russia, Saudi Arabia Appeal Against Unworthy UN Human Rights Candidacies Excellency,   We, the undersigned members of parliament, human rights activists and non-governmental organizations, call on you to publicly oppose the candidacies of Algeria, China, Cuba, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, for seats on the United Nations Human Rights Council, elections for which will be held on November 12, 2013. We urge you to take action to defeat these manifestly unworthy candidacies, which threaten to cast a shadow upon the reputation of the Council-and of the United Nations as a whole.   Candidates for the UN Human Rights Council, according to General Assembly Resolution 60/251, are supposed to be countries that “uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of...

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President Obama: We Are All Citizens of the World

Posted on Nov 7, 2013 in Challenge China's Membership to UN Human Rights Council, House Arrest of Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News | Comments Off on President Obama: We Are All Citizens of the World

Speech at the Rally Opposing China’s Membership on the UN Human Rights Council,  In Front of the UN Headquarters  – Nov. 5, 2013  Mr. President Obama: We Are All Citizens of the World. by Jim Glanzer   There are many notable people here. Yang Jianli, I thank you, above all. I will always support you in these causes. There is one illustrious person who is not here today. He should be.  President Barack Obama, I address this to you, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient like Liu Xiaobo. You were, with your prize, presumed to be a citizen of the world. In June of this year, Lix Xia, a dear friend with whom I have exchanged letters and ideas about art and photography and poetry – she, the artist and wife of Xiaobo – sent an open letter to China’s President....

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Democracies: The Vote That Will Test Your Commitment to Democracy

Posted on Nov 6, 2013 in Challenge China's Membership to UN Human Rights Council, Falun Gong, Hong Kong, Macao, Mongolia, News, Publications, Taiwan, Tibet, Uyghur | Comments Off on Democracies: The Vote That Will Test Your Commitment to Democracy

Updates on Petitions Challenging China’s Seat in UNHRC:  + Petition on  Avaaz.org reaching almost 700,000. + Around 3000 more signatures of petitioner inside China added to Citizen Power for China’s petition, reaching a total of 12,000 signatories. —————————————————————–   By YANG Jianli Speech at the 6th annual briefing on Human Rights Council Candidates hosted by UN Watch and Human Rights Foundation November 4, 2013, UN Headquarters, New York   At about 9:00pm, September 24, I was on the phone with Ms. Zhang Jing in China, the wife of the street vendor Xia Junfeng. Four years ago, Xia Junfeng, acting in self-defense, stabbed two para-police who were beating him and taking his things. She and their son had just had the last meeting with Xia Junfeng who was that morning notified he was to be executed the same day. She cried to me for help. At the same time, the online community...

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