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Citizen Power for China Holds “Head Shaving for Liu Xia” Event

Posted on Mar 9, 2014 in Geneva Human Rights Summit, Highlights, House Arrest of Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Publications | Comments Off on Citizen Power for China Holds “Head Shaving for Liu Xia” Event

Citizen power for China (a.k.a. Initiatives for China) holds “Head Shaving for Liu Xia” event in front of the Chinese Embassy in Washington DC on March 7, attracting almost 30 activists and supporters from Washington and New York. The event echos a similar one in Hong Kong by the newly established “Care for Liu Xia’s Freedom” group. Chinese Embassy, March 7, 2014 The 2010 Nobel Peace Laurent Liu Xiaobo’s wife Liu Xia has been under illegal house arrest since October 2010. In the last three and half years, her health has been deteriorated. Citizen Power for China (Initiatives for China), and other human rights groups have been working hard to call global attention to her case, and yet have not achieved any major breakthrough due to the restricted control of the Chinese authorities. Liu Xia has an image of...

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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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China Interrupts UN Testimony of Ex-Political Prisoner; USA Defends Yang Jianli

Posted on Mar 15, 2011 in Charter 08, Chen Guangcheng, Forced Eviction, Geneva Human Rights Summit, International Relations, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Prisoners of Conscience, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on China Interrupts UN Testimony of Ex-Political Prisoner; USA Defends Yang Jianli

View Video: China tries to silence former political prisoner Yang Jianli GENEVA, March 15 – The Chinese government today interrupted testimony by one of its most well-known former political prisoners in the plenary of the UN Human Rights Council. The Chinese delegate, supported by Cuba, objected that Dr. Yang Jianli, who spoke on behalf of the Geneva human rights group UN Watch, was not addressing the issue under debate, which was “human rights situations that require the council’s attention.” The U.S. delegate intervened to defend Dr. Yang’s right to speak, and the council president allowed him to complete his speech. See full text below of print version as delivered to the UN. ### UN Watch Oral Statement Delivered by Dr. Yang Jianli UN Human Rights Council, 16th Session Agenda Item 4: “Human Rights Situations that require the council’s attention” Thank...

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Yang Speech at Third Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy

Posted on Mar 15, 2011 in Charter 08, Empty Seat at Nobel Peace Prize, Geneva Human Rights Summit, International Relations, Jasmine Revolution Rescue, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Op Ed, Prisoners of Conscience, Publications, Rule of Law in China, Tiananmen Anniversaries | Comments Off on Yang Speech at Third Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy

SPEECH by Dr. Yang Jianli Geneva, March 15, 2011 Good afternoon fellow delegates and distinguished guests. Thank you for the opportunity to address you here today. I am compelled to begin with a call for a moment of silence for the Japanese people, whose unimaginable suffering continues.  Their suffering speaks to our common humanity and to our recognition that their suffering is our suffering. (Moment of Silence) The nations of the world are providing assistance to the Japanese people, collectively working to help Japan regain its physical well being.   Unfortunately, we are here today because our collective response to willful destruction of the human spirit by the tyrannies of the world is not the same as our collective response to natural disaster. Please allow me to present this situation, and appeal for help; since late February, the Chinese Government...

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Dr. Yang Jianli to Address Tomorrow’s Geneva Rights Summit

Posted on Mar 14, 2011 in Charter 08, Empty Seat at Nobel Peace Prize, Geneva Human Rights Summit, International Relations, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Prisoners of Conscience, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on Dr. Yang Jianli to Address Tomorrow’s Geneva Rights Summit

Yang Jianli, the world-renowned Chinese dissident and survivor of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, will join other former prisoners of conscience March 15-16 for the third annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy.  Dr. Yang, who served a five-year jail term in China for his social activism, will speak about the situation of jailed writer Liu Xiaobo, whom he represented at the Oslo Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in December. The Chinese government has been criticized by human rights groups and the U.S. State Department for gross and systematic violations of basic rights such as freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and freedom of religion, and for oppressing minority groups. Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese literary critic, writer, professor, and human rights activist was sentenced to 11 years in prison last year for “inciting subversion of state power.” His receipt...

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