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An Open Letter To Pope Francis On China

Posted on Nov 9, 2016 in Global Efforts, News, Religious Freedom | Comments Off on An Open Letter To Pope Francis On China

Benedict Rogers Human rights activist, writer and Conservative candidate Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/ben/pope-francis-china_b_12831122.html Dear Holy Father, Like every true Catholic in the world, I love you and respect your authority as the Successor of St Peter. Like a great many people in the world, well beyond the Catholic Church, I recognise the beautiful message you, as Pope Francis, bring to the world. And as a new Catholic who came into the Church little over ten days after your election to the papacy, my Catholic faith is inspired and intertwined with your pontificate. I became a Catholic on Palm Sunday, 2013, received into the Church by Burma’s first-ever Cardinal Charles Maung Bo. Although I am British, I became a Catholic in an Asian country emerging from dictatorship, inspired by a Church that has endured decades of persecution. I have also lived in China and...

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Washington Post Opinions: Donald Trump defends the world’s bullies

Posted on Mar 19, 2016 in Global Efforts, Highlights, International Relations, News, Op Ed | Comments Off on Washington Post Opinions: Donald Trump defends the world’s bullies

By Yang Jianli, Fang Zheng and Zhou Fengsuo March 18 at 7:18 PM Yang Jianli is founder and president of Initiatives for China. Fang Zheng is president of Chinese Democracy Education Foundation. Zhou Fengsuo is founder of Humanitarian China. By now, many people who remain haunted by the horrific slaughter of protesters in 1989 in Tiananmen Square have expressed shock and disgust at Donald Trump’s outrageous characterization of that tragic event. During the March 10 Republican presidential debate, Trump said that it was “a strong, powerful government that [reacted] with strength. And then they kept down the riot.” Though he hastened to add that he wasn’t “endorsing” the crackdown, it was too late: In one breath, he both smeared the students’ peaceful protest as a “riot” and characterized their murder as an illustration of “strong” leadership. Even Trump’s most outlandish and crudest previous exclamations did...

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Seven Rights Groups Launch the 2016 Solidarity Sabbath to Freedom of Religion

Posted on Mar 14, 2016 in Global Efforts, News, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on Seven Rights Groups Launch the 2016 Solidarity Sabbath to Freedom of Religion

Led by the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights & Justice,  seven human rights groups including Initiatives for China/Citizen Power for China, launched the 2016 Solidarity Sabbath to Freedom of Religion last week to highlight the strength and bravery of Chinese citizens who courageously live out their faith despite threats of harassment, imprisonment, and even torture by the ruling Communist Party.   www.solidaritysabbath.org   https://www.change.org/p/leaders-of-the-free-world-pressure-china-to-uphold-the-freedom-of-religion-conscience-and-belief   On the weekend of May 20-22, 2016, religious and spiritual communities around the world will join together in the 2016 Solidarity Sabbath. Freedom of religion, conscience, and belief is a vital human rights issue for all global citizens, and you have a chance to help highlight the plight of the millions of Chinese denied this basic entitlement. There are a number of ways in which you can join the Solidarity Sabbath’s efforts in China for...

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Will Obama dump dissidents for baseball in Cuba?

Posted on Mar 8, 2016 in Global Efforts, International Relations, News | Comments Off on Will Obama dump dissidents for baseball in Cuba?

Will Obama dump dissidents for baseball in Cuba? By Editorial Board March 7 at 8:07 PM   THE WHITE House is said to be thrilled that President Obama will attend a baseball game when he visits Cuba two weeks from now: The matchup between the Tampa Bay Rays and a Cuban team will provide a splashy exhibition of the warming relations with the Castro regime. There’s still no word, however, about a promised presidential meeting with Cuban dissidents, the brave women and men whose fight for democratic freedoms in one of the world’s most repressive countries is less glamorous – and more dangerous – than Major League Baseball. So let’s be clear: Notwithstanding Mr. Obama’s expectation that Cuba will “be fun,” his visit will be an ignoble failure if he does not have a meaningful encounter with the island’s most important human rights activists. The...

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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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COP21 Paris: China’s Failed Environment Policies Exacerbate Human Rights Abuses

Posted on Dec 8, 2015 in Global Efforts, InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on COP21 Paris: China’s Failed Environment Policies Exacerbate Human Rights Abuses

For Immediate Release: 8 December 2015 China’s failed environment policies exacerbate human rights abuses of Tibetans, Uyghurs, Southern Mongolians and Han Chinese   Paris COP21 agreement must include strong language to enshrine the protection of human rights   [PARIS] The civil and political human rights abuses perpetrated by China on its citizens and on the people of occupied Tibet, East Turkestan and Southern Mongolia are well documented, but the COP21 negotiations taking place in Paris over the last ten days provide an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the major human rights implications of climate change on vulnerable communities, and illustrate how China’s failed environmental policies are threatening the very existence of traditional culture and livelihoods. Tibetans in Tibet are on the frontline of a climate crisis with the temperature of the plateau rising twice as fast as the rest...

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Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation Hosts the China Forum

Posted on Nov 3, 2015 in Global Efforts, Highlights, International Relations, News, Publications, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation Hosts the China Forum

The inaugural China Forum is a two-day conference in Washington, D.C. bringing together scholars from China with top experts and policy makers in the areas of trade and economics, foreign policy and security studies, and political development. The goal is to enable Americans to understand China in a more realistic and comprehensive way. REGISTER NOW AGENDA Thursday, November 5, 2015 The Library of Congress (Members’ Room) 10 First Street SE, Washington, D.C. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 9:00-9:10 am OPENING OF THE CHINA FORUM Marion Smith Executive Director, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation 9:10-10:30 am THE COMMUNIST PARTY’S PATH TO POWER A discussion of how the Chinese Communist Party came to rule more than 1.3 billion people, how the People’s Republic of China has evolved since the era of Chairman Mao, and why key episodes of 20th century history are now contested...

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