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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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CECC Cochairs Mark Five-Year Anniversary of Liu Xiaobo Receiving the Nobel Prize, Annual Observation of International Human Rights Day

Posted on Dec 10, 2015 in House Arrest of Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Tiananmen Anniversaries | Comments Off on CECC Cochairs Mark Five-Year Anniversary of Liu Xiaobo Receiving the Nobel Prize, Annual Observation of International Human Rights Day

  CECC Cochairs Mark Five-Year Anniversary of Liu Xiaobo Receiving the Nobel Prize, Annual Observation of International Human Rights Day   Say Liu Xiaobo Represents Principles Enshrined in the Declaration   On December 10, 2010, Liu Xiaobo, a writer, professor, human rights activist and one of the chief authors of Charter 08, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in absentia for his “long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.”  He was the first Chinese national and resident in China to receive the prestigious award.  However, he was unable to claim his prize; he was serving an 11 year sentence in Jinzhou Prison in Liaoning province, some 4,000 miles from Oslo, after being found guilty of “inciting subversion.” His wife, the artist and poet Liu Xia, was placed under illegal home confinement in Beijing shortly after the Nobel committee’s announcement...

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A dozen Nobel Peace Laureates urge Prime Minister David Cameron to call publicly for release of 2010 Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo & his wife Liu Xia.

Posted on Oct 20, 2015 in House Arrest of Liu Xia, News, Prisoners of Conscience, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on A dozen Nobel Peace Laureates urge Prime Minister David Cameron to call publicly for release of 2010 Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo & his wife Liu Xia.

London: Today, Freedom Now released a letter sent by a dozen Nobel Peace Prize Laureates to Prime Minister on September 2, 2015, urging him to call publicly for the release of Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia. The letter states: “We are writing as your fellow Nobel Peace Prize Laureates to ask that you call publicly on the Government of China to release from house arrest Liu Xia, the wife our imprisoned fellow Laureate Dr. Liu Xiaobo, and to allow her to travel abroad for medical treatment as she has requested. We also ask that you urge his immediate release as well . . . All attempts to resolve their detentions through private diplomacy have failed. We believe that unless leaders like you take urgent action, both publicly and privately, that China will continue to believe it can act with impunity and without...

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The Audacity of Hopelessness

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 in House Arrest of Liu Xia, International Relations, News, Op Ed, Prisoners of Conscience, Publications | Comments Off on The Audacity of Hopelessness

by  YANG Jianli   Michelle Obama will be a terrific goodwill ambassador when she visits China later this month. She will put America’s best foot forward. The Chinese people will watch her appreciate China’s rich culture. They will see her interest in and concern for all segments of its diverse society — especially the youth — just as she has shown here in America. She and her daughters will experience the stimulating sights and sounds of my homeland, as they walk the Great Wall, gaze out over the Terra Cotta soldiers and visit the Forbidden City.   Perhaps, as they view the vastness of Tiananman Square, they will also ponder its tragic history and the looming 25th anniversary of the Massacre there. I wish them a wonderful trip. At the same time, I find myself considering its potential impact in the context...

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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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CPFC President and Six Others Shave Heads in Protest Against Liu Xia Captivity

Posted on Feb 14, 2014 in Highlights, House Arrest of Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Publications | Comments Off on CPFC President and Six Others Shave Heads in Protest Against Liu Xia Captivity

Friday, February 14, 2014 – At midnight on Valentine’s Day, Citizen Power for China (CPFC, aka Initiatives for China) president Dr. Yang Jianli shaved his head to protest the illegal captivity of Liu Xia, the wife of imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo. Six other protesters shaved their heads with Dr. Yang in his Washington, D.C. residency, together answering a call for support by the concerned Hong Kong human rights activists. Ruling Chinese authorities have unlawfully detained Ms. Liu under strict house arrest for more than three years without legally required procedures or due process. The harsh conditions of her solitary confinement has caused Ms. Liu serious health difficulties, including severe depression and a heart attack. CPFC strongly condemns China’s ruling regime for Ms. Liu’s continued captivity. The illegal confinement is undeniable evidence of the regime’s relentless abuse...

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“Saving Liu Xia 2014” Launched

Posted on Dec 10, 2013 in Highlights, House Arrest of Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Prisoners of Conscience, Publications, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on “Saving Liu Xia 2014” Launched

Dec. 10, 2013 the International Human Rights Day   Issued by: Liuxiaobo.net Friends of Liu Xiaobo Citizen Power for China / Initiatives for China Washington, D.C. – According to Reuters and other media, as well as her own letters that have been smuggled out of China, Ms. Liu Xia, the wife of the imprisoned Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo, is suffering from severe depression and is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. The source of her stress is not only her husband’s imprisonment and the persecution of her family, but the fact that the Chinese government has kept her under house arrest ever since her husband won the Nobel Peace Prize three years ago. During these three years her movements have been severely restricted. She cannot go anywhere without a police escort. No one can visit her home. No...

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