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Investing in internet freedom supports human rights, national security: Katrina Lantos Swett

Posted on May 19, 2018 in Global Efforts, International Relations, News | Comments Off on Investing in internet freedom supports human rights, national security: Katrina Lantos Swett

Investing in internet freedom supports human rights, national security BY KATRINA LANTOS SWETT, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR – 05/17/18 01:00 PM EDT   There is growing recognition that internet freedom has become an indispensable human right of the 21st century. This new reality has created an urgent need to update America’s strategy for informing and engaging the world in support of freedom and democracy by bringing it into the internet era. Congress has responded to that challenge by appropriating $50 million annually to fund internet freedom and firewall circumvention technologies. Sadly, the agencies charged with fulfilling this mission have not done their jobs.   Recently, I had the opportunity to testify before congressional leaders about this issue. I warned that the continued failure of the State Department and the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the independent federal agency that oversees Voice of America and similar...

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Red China and Red Notices

Posted on Apr 24, 2018 in Rule of Law in China, Tiananmen Anniversaries | Comments Off on Red China and Red Notices

Red China and Red Notices By: Jianli Yang Opening Remarks at XII International Journalism Festival, April 14, Perugia, Italy Human rights in China under Xi Jinping is the worst since the Tiananmen crackdown. The situation for the Chinese human rights activists is drastically deteriorating since 2012 when Xi Jinping took power. Xi is convinced that the Chinese Communist Party is losing control over the Chinese people and the Chinese society, and particularly in the ideological front, despite numerous political campaigns to brainwash the Chinese people, particularly the young; Xi believes that the regime security is in a grave danger; all of these require the regime to take relentless and harsh measures to regain its control. More than previous leaders before him, Xi perceives that the western ideas and bourgeois liberalization spread via the Internet eroded the minds of young...

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China’s UN rep spies on dissident, interrupts UN testimony three times

Posted on Mar 20, 2018 in Challenge China's Membership to UN Human Rights Council, Highlights, International Relations, News, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on China’s UN rep spies on dissident, interrupts UN testimony three times

UN WATCH China’s UN rep spies on dissident, interrupts UN testimony three times https://www.unwatch.org/chinas-un-rep-spies-dissident-interrupts-un-testimony-three-times/ GENEVA, March 20, 2018 – The Chinese government today interrupted UN testimony (see below) by one of its most well-known former political prisoners, who took the floor on behalf of the Geneva based human rights group UN Watch, as he addressed the 47-nation Human Rights Council in Geneva. China lashed out at the end, saying in a right of reply that “NGOs and individuals with ulterior motives use this forum to fulfill their evil purposes.” Before the speech, one of the Chinese government delegates sought to intimidate the speaker, Dr. Yang Jianli, by taking pictures of him outside the hall for more than 10 minutes. UN Watch has filed a formal complaint with UNHRC President Vojislav Suc, demanding that the Chinese delegate-believed to be Mr. Wei Zhimin...

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Dr. Yang Jianli’s Speech at the 10th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy

Posted on Mar 2, 2018 in Geneva Human Rights Summit, International Relations, No Category, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on Dr. Yang Jianli’s Speech at the 10th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy

Speech at the 10th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy YANG Jianli Feb. 20, 2018, Geneva It’s wonderful to see so many old and new friends here at the 10th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy, and it is an honor to speak at the gathering again this year. And I am proud that my organization, Initiatives for China/ Citizen Power, is a partner of the Geneva Summit. The camaraderie, and the sharing of experiences and strategies at this Summit has always given me hope, even during the darkest days of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) autocratic rule. Dr. Yang talks about Mr. Wang Quanzhang on Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), and the 20th anniversary of China’s signing of the International...

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We don’t even know if this heroic Chinese lawyer is alive or dead

Posted on Feb 26, 2018 in News, Op Ed, Prisoners of Conscience | Comments Off on We don’t even know if this heroic Chinese lawyer is alive or dead

By Yang Jianli February 26 at 6:38 PM Yang Jianli is founder and president of Initiatives for China. He was imprisoned in China from 2002 to 2007 for attempting to monitor labor unrest. On Feb. 15, Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang turned 42. It was the 951st day of his imprisonment – and he has had zero contact with the outside world for that entire time. Wang spent his 40th and 41st birthdays likewise incommunicado. Nor has he had any access to his lawyer, Yu Wensheng, who was recently himself detained and charged with “inciting subversion.” Nor was Wang able to be with his son and wife, the fearless Li Wenzu. They haven’t seen him since he was first detained in early August 2015. He could, in fact, already be dead, but his family is clinging to the hope...

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Does the Chinese government want to be the world’s censor?

Posted on Feb 24, 2018 in International Relations, News, Op Ed, Publications | Comments Off on Does the Chinese government want to be the world’s censor?

By Yang Jianli 2/23/2018  Recently, a poster for Mercedes-Benz by the same-named German auto maker sparked a “public opinion” protest in China. Caving to pressure, on February 6, 2018, Daimler AG (of which Mercedes-Benz is a division) issued a public apology. Although China’s foreign ministry spokesperson did not explicitly state that the apology was made at the behest of Chinese authorities, nevertheless, he still declared in a victor’s tone: “Recognizing one’s mistakes and correcting them is the most basic principle of conduct.” Indeed, there is no need to speculate whether the Chinese government exerted direct pressure on Daimler AG. Under Beijing’s increasingly strict control, no large-scale online media story can develop in China without official permission. The so-called “pressure of public opinion” is, in fact, pressure applied by the Chinese government. I think the most surprising aspects of this...

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Initiatives for China seeking support on letter to President Trump Calling to bring Castro Regime to an International Tribunal

Posted on Feb 23, 2018 in International Relations, News | Comments Off on Initiatives for China seeking support on letter to President Trump Calling to bring Castro Regime to an International Tribunal

Initiatives for China seeking support on letter to President Trump Calling to bring Castro Regime to an International Tribunal Attached is a letter addressed to President Trump calling on him to simply follow what is in the law…to bring the Castro Regime to an international tribunal for the massacre of February 24, 1996, when two US unarmed civilian planes were shot down over international air space, with the 4 Americans on board murdered.  We need your help with your signature and that of those international human rights activists who are part of your network and who you can reach out to.  The anniversary of the massacre is coming up on Saturday.  We are very thankful and grateful for any and all help that you can give. Please send your response to Mr. Orlando...

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