Liu Xiaobo

Opening Remarks Speech at the Ninth InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference

Posted on Apr 23, 2014

Opening Remarks Speech at the Ninth InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference – Yang Jianli Our distinguished guests, friends, ladies and gentlemen, Good morning. First I would like to thank everybody for coming to the Ninth InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference.  Particularly, I would like to thank those who have come a long way from across the world — from mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, India, Japan, Mongolia, the Americas, Europe and Australia. In fact, all of us here, including participants from Taiwan, are trekkers on a long and arduous journey. We represent groups of...

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The Audacity of Hopelessness

Posted on Mar 17, 2014

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...

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China hasn’t earned a spot on Human Rights Council

Posted on Nov 2, 2013

By Yang Jianli, Published: November 1 Yang Jianli is founder and president of Initiatives for China. He was imprisoned in China from 2002 to 2007 for attempting to observe labor unrest. While it is debatable whether the United States should intervene in criminal cases in China, such as that of the recently executed street vendor Xia Junfeng, it is unacceptable for Washington to ignore China’s human rights record when it can raise the issue without being accused of “interfering in internal affairs.” Washington will have such an opportunity when the U.N. General Assembly chooses new members of...

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Dr.YANG Jianli’s Opening Remarks at EU Public Hearing on Human Rights in China

Posted on Dec 31, 2012

Dr.YANG Jianli’s Opening Remarks at Public Hearing “Prospects for human rights and democracy in China after the leadership change; the freedom of expression, the situation of artists, writers and intellectuals” held by Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROIT) of European Parliament on Dec. 6, 2012, Brussels, Belgium   Thank you, Madam Chair.   I want to first take this opportunity to congratulate the EU for its honor of winning this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. But we should not forget that, as I speak, the winner of the 2010 Prize, Liu Xiaobo, is languishing in China’s prison. Liu Xiaobo is the...

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The Significance of Liu Xiaobo for China’s Democracy

Posted on Dec 14, 2012

Opening Statement at the Dec.12, 2012 CECC Hearing on Liu Xiaobo By YANG Jianli Congressman Smith and Senator Brown: Thank you for hosting this important hearing. Liu Xiaobo and his wife’s plight and the Chinese reactions to his winning the Nobel Peace Prize and the mounting international outcry for the couple’s freedom are well known and I won’t repeat these facts today. Instead, I want to focus on the significance of Liu Xiaobo for democracy in China. Liu Xiaobo’s Nobel honor indicates the international recognition of the Chinese democracy movement represented by him. He has become the...

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134 Nobel Laureates Urge China to Release Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia

Posted on Dec 4, 2012

134 Nobel Laureates Urge Incoming Chinese President Xi Jinping to Release Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo and Wife Liu Xia Citizens Petition to Chinese Government Launched at Change.Org by Archbishop Tutu (Washington, D.C. – New York – Paris – London – Brussels – Geneva) Today, 134 Nobel Peace Laureates across all six Nobel disciplines wrote to incoming Chinese President Xi Jinping, urging him to immediately and unconditionally release Liu Xiaobo and his wife Liu Xia.  Liu Xia has been under house arrest since shortly after the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced her husband’s...

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Statement on Mo Yan’s Winning Nobel Literature Prize

Posted on Oct 12, 2012

Initiatives For China (Citizen Power For China) congratulates Mr. Mo Yan on winning this years Nobel Literature Prize, which makes him the third Chinese from mainland China to receive a Nobel prize. The other two Nobel laureates are Gao Xingjian and Liu Xiaobo, one is currently in exile in France and the other remains in jail in China, serving an 11 year prison term for exercising his right of free speech. We are extremely pleased that this year`s Chinese Nobel winner has not forgotten his fellow Nobel laureates. Mo Yan, a pen name that literally means “Don’t Speak”,  has finally spoken out...

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Letter to Assistant Secretary Posner Regarding Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo

Posted on Jul 24, 2012

Honorable Michael Posner Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor U.S. Department of State 2201 C Street NW Washington, DC 20520 July 22, 2012 Dear Assistant Secretary Posner, We are writing to urge you to firmly press China to free Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo during the 17th session of U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue with your counterpart Chen Xu, Director General for International Organizations and Conferences of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As you well know, Dr. Liu is serving an 11-year jail sentence in a Liaoning provincial prison of Northeastern China for drafting...

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Three Chinas and Liu Xiaobo

Posted on May 14, 2012

Text of Speech at Oslo Freedom Forum, the 4th Annual May 9, 2012, Oslo Everyone asks: Why is China, a seemingly increasingly assertive world power, afraid of a single man like Liu Xiaobo? Why is it afraid of a moderate document like Charter 08, a manifesto authored by Liu Xiaobo and his colleagues demanding for political reform? Liu Xiaobo and his colleagues recognize there are two Chinas. They have tried to bring together these two severely separated Chinas and construct a society based on universal values. By “two China”, I am not talking about “mainland China” and “Taiwan.” Geographically...

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An Open Letter to President Obama

Posted on Feb 13, 2012

Dear Mr. President: We strongly hope that, in your talks this week with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, you will forcefully and publicly raise the issue of human rights in China. It is increasingly clear to the world that the problem of human rights in China is not merely China’s problem; instead, it is increasingly becoming the world’s problem. Most people are willing to believe that the Chinese government, given its remarkable economic achievements, would logically become more liberal and confident in politics, and so the condition of human rights should be improving. However, the issue...

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