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A Joint Statement Upon the Establishment of China Human Rights Accountability Center

Posted on Jan 9, 2017 in Global Magnitsky Act, International Relations, News, Publications | Comments Off on A Joint Statement Upon the Establishment of China Human Rights Accountability Center

A Joint Statement Upon the Establishment of China Human Rights Accountability Center January 10, 2017   On December 23, 2016, President Obama signed into law “The Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act.” The law authorizes the U.S. president to levy sanctions against foreign nationals who engage in the following acts: significant corruption, extrajudicial killings, torture, violation of international human rights covenants, and persecution of those who expose government corruption or seek to defend internationally recognized human rights. The mechanisms it provides to the president to carry out such sanctions include prohibiting or revoking U.S. entry visas or other entry documentation;freezing and prohibiting U.S. property transactions of an individual if such property and property interests are in the United States, come within the United States, or are in or come within the control of a U.S. person or entity.  ...

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Trump’s Unlikely Ally: The Chinese Dissident

Posted on Jan 1, 2017 in International Relations, News | Comments Off on Trump’s Unlikely Ally: The Chinese Dissident

The News Lens Trump’s Unlikely Ally: The Chinese Dissident By: Edward White Why you need to know A high-profile Chinese dissident sees U.S. President-elect Donald Trump as a potential game changer for human rights in China.   This March, Donald J. Trump, then standing to become the Republican presidential nominee, drew the ire of three prominent Chinese dissidents after referring to the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre as a “riot,” and praising the “strength” shown by the Chinese government in suppressing the protests.   “Trump’s callous dismissal of the tragedy, and his apparent esteem for Beijing’s butchers, left us speechless, in pain and in tears,” wrote Yang Jianli (楊建利), Fang Zheng (方政) and Zhou Fengsuo (周鋒鎖) in a Washington Post op-ed.   While Trump’s comment on Tiananmen has probably been largely forgotten by many, swept up in the torrent of Tweets and soundbites flowing from the...

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