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CPIFC Briefing Series: The People are Breaking the Laws, The Government Officials are Committing Crimes, Where’s the Exit?

Posted on Oct 28, 2018 in News, Publications, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on CPIFC Briefing Series: The People are Breaking the Laws, The Government Officials are Committing Crimes, Where’s the Exit?

CPIFC Briefing Series*    Oct. 20, 2018 The People are Breaking the Laws, The Government Officials are Committing Crimes, Where’s the Exit? by Sun Dawu  (Chairman of Supervisory Board of Hebei Dawu Group, China) (This article is recommended by Chinese Entrepreneurs Rights Association) On July 25, 2018, a 77,000-square meter senior nursing homes in the small town of Dawu Kangyang, were confiscated by the Xushui District Land Bureau. The account is that the buildings were built without approval, an illegal occupation of land. We were not only given a deadline to remove the buildings and had of hundreds of millions of yuan’s worth of property confiscated, we also had to accept high fines. 1. Strange Punishment The Ecological Center of Nursing Homes of Dawu Group was approved in 2015. In 2016, the district chief, the executive deputy district chief and...

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A tightening grip: The rise of authoritarianism and the erosion of freedom in Hong Kong

Posted on Oct 21, 2018 in Hong Kong, News, Publications | Comments Off on A tightening grip: The rise of authoritarianism and the erosion of freedom in Hong Kong

Title: A tightening grip: The rise of authoritarianism and the erosion of freedom in Hong Kong   a discussion featuring Benedict Rogers Chair of Trustees of Hong Kong Watch, UK moderated by YANG Jianli President of Citizen Power Initiatives for China Thursday, November 1, 2018 7:30PM-9:00PM 415 2ND Street, NE, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20002 (new office of Citizen Power Initiatives for China) To RSVP: dcoffice@initiativesforchina.org Twitter: English @citizenpowerifc | 中文 @iforchina Live Broadcast at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2Gz65rU_l-9UcHAV9MsVpg   Media Are Welcome   Since the student-led pro-democracy protests of 2014, Hong Kong has experienced an unprecedented crackdown on its freedoms. Student protestors have been imprisoned, political candidates have been disqualified from running for election and legislators have been barred from the city’s legislature. Press freedom, academic freedom and the rule of law are all facing pressures in an atmosphere where Xi Jinping’s authoritarian...

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Initiatives for China reports ten Chinese State Funded Media to DOJ that have failed to register as a Foreign Agent required by Foreign Agents Registration Act

Posted on Sep 27, 2018 in International Relations, News, Publications | Comments Off on Initiatives for China reports ten Chinese State Funded Media to DOJ that have failed to register as a Foreign Agent required by Foreign Agents Registration Act

Honorable Jeff Sessions Attorney General of the United States U.S. Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20530-0001 September 25, 2018 Dear Mr. Attorney General: I applaud your decision to order Xinhua News Agency and China Global Television Network, the two major Chinese state media firms, to register as foreign agents. This is a timely and urgent move much needed to counter the Chinese Communist regime’s aggressive foreign propaganda strategy aiming to gain political influence and win Americans’ hearts and minds. However, there are still hundreds of other Chinese state media outlets that serve as the backbone of the Chinese regime’s propaganda apparatus operating in this country. They have failed to comply with the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) to register their firms as Chinese government agents and disclose information of acting on behalf of the Chinese government. I therefore urge...

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Dalai Lama commends ICT’s 30 years of service and calls for preservation of Tibetan culture

Posted on Sep 19, 2018 in Tibet | Comments Off on Dalai Lama commends ICT’s 30 years of service and calls for preservation of Tibetan culture

September 17, 2018 Supporters and friends from across the world gathered in the Netherlands this weekend for a heartfelt public conversation between the Dalai Lama and International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) Chairman Richard Gere in honor of ICT’s 30th anniversary. The event, which took place on Sept. 16, was held inside a packed stadium of more than 12,000 people in Rotterdam. It ended with ICT President Matteo Mecacci announcing a new grant by ICT to support the Dalai Lama’s vision of secular ethics. In welcome remarks at the beginning of the event, ICT Europe Executive Director Tsering Jampa gave a passionate overview of ICT’s work to advance the Tibetan cause and to support the Dalai Lama’s efforts for a negotiated solution to China’s oppression of the Tibetan people. “As the largest Tibet support group,” Jampa said, “we are working...

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Released: NGO Letter to Secretaries Mnuchin and Pompeo re Xinjiang and Tibet

Posted on Sep 19, 2018 in Global Efforts, Publications, Tibet, Uyghur | Comments Off on Released: NGO Letter to Secretaries Mnuchin and Pompeo re Xinjiang and Tibet

Citizen Power Initiatives for China joined with 33 other NGOs and human rights organizations in a letter campaign led by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. The attached letter, which is signed by these organizations and their leaders, including Citizen Power Initiatives for China and its president Dr. YANG Jianli, has been sent Monday to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin urging them to impose Magnitsky sanctions on Chinese officials responsible for human rights violations in Xinjiang and Tibet. Read PDF...

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UN experts urge China to prevent discrimination against Tibetans, Uyghurs and other ethnic groups

Posted on Aug 31, 2018 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, Mongolia, News, Tibet, Uyghur | Comments Off on UN experts urge China to prevent discrimination against Tibetans, Uyghurs and other ethnic groups

Geneva – United Nations experts on racial discrimination today urged the Chinese government to review policies and laws that discriminate against Tibetans, Uyghurs and Mongols. The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination made this recommendation in its concluding observations from its review of China at a hearing last month in Geneva. The committee issued a number of recommendations while highlighting torture and ill-treatment against ethnic groups, the use of anti-terror and anti-separatism laws to stifle dissent and the diminishing space for civil society in China. The committee also issued detailed recommendations with regard to the human rights of Mongols, Tibetans and Uyghurs. The committee said that it is “concerned by reports that Tibetans are subjected to significant restrictions on movement within and beyond Tibet Autonomous Region, and that the issuance of passports for foreign travel is almost...

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China Denies Visa to BuzzFeed Reporter and Oslo Freedom Forum Speaker Megha Rajagopalan

Posted on Aug 23, 2018 in International Relations, News | Comments Off on China Denies Visa to BuzzFeed Reporter and Oslo Freedom Forum Speaker Megha Rajagopalan

NEW YORK (August 23, 2018) — The Human Rights Foundation (HRF) condemns the Chinese government’s decision to deny a journalist visa to BuzzFeed reporter and Oslo Freedom Forum speaker Megha Rajagopalan. Rajagopalan, who has worked in China for six years, submitted an application for a long-term, resident journalist visa shortly after publishing an in-depth article on China’s state-sponsored discrimination against members of the country’s ethnic minority group, the Uighurs. Her application was delayed for months before being formally denied in May. “China’s authoritarian regime has for decades banned all political discourse within the country. It owns and directly influences major news outlets, and censors coverage it does not like. Lately, the regime is also harassing foreign journalists like Rajagopalan who dare to criticize the regime, while it officiallypretends to welcome them,” HRF Chief Legal Officer Javier El-Hage said. “The government’s sudden turn against Megha Rajagopalan, who has...

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