Liu Xiaobo

The Chinese Government’s Untrustworthy Diplomacy

Posted on Feb 5, 2012

By: YANG Jianli February 5, 2012 On February 4, 2012, the Chinese permanent representative to the U.N. Li Baodong, together with the representative of the Russian government, vetoed the UN Security Council’s Syrian resolution. This dramatically increases the difficulty of working towards a peaceful settlement, causing the international community, and especially the people of Syria, much disappointment, anger, and even condemnation. Just two weeks earlier, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin spoke positively when answering reporters’ questions on the Syrian situation. He gave three...

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Three Chinas and Liu Xiaobo

Posted on Dec 13, 2011

Yang Jianli Speech at Democracy and Human Rights in Asia forum – Prague, Czech Republic His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Dr. Yang Jianli meet in Prague, Czech Republic   Mr. President Havel, Your Holiness the Dalai Lama, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a great honor for me to share a panel with such a  group of world human rights leaders and speak to the audience whose velvet revolution I profoundly admire as a Chinese activist. Exactly one year ago, I attended the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony to honor my friend and colleague Liu Xiaobo. He was being awarded the Nobel Prize...

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Liu Xiaobo, The Spirit that Cannot Be Imprisoned

Posted on Dec 8, 2011

Liu Xiaobo, The Spirit that Cannot Be Imprisoned An interview with Yang Jianli On December 10th, 2010, The Norwegian Nobel Prize Committee gave the Nobel Peace Prize to famous Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo. A year has passed. We have heard nothing from Liu Xiaobo, and his wife Liu Xia is cut off from contact with the world as well. Some organizations will hold events to bring focus on Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia’s plight. Dissident Yang Jianli is heading to Europe to attend a conference on China’s human right situation. He will discuss Liu Xiaobo’s rescue with other conference participants,...

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An Open Letter to President Barack Obama

Posted on Nov 12, 2011

Dear Mr. President, You are scheduled to meet with Chinese President Hu Jintao this coming Monday, November 12th in Hawaii at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference. The APEC meeting has been given a theme — “seamless regional economy” — and a goal of promoting common prosperity through free trade and investment. Certainly it is in the interest of the United States to promote common prosperity in the Asia Pacific region. There are many important fields of cooperation between the U.S. and China. There are, however, some areas of unresolved disagreement. One key area involves not...

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Speech at We Have a Dream: Global Summit against Discrimination and Persecution

Posted on Sep 21, 2011

By: YANG Jianli Sept. 21, 2011, New York Dear friends, today we live in a land of shadows. Stark shadows cast by what is worst in us on what is best. In 1945, as one of the worst convulsions of violence in the history of mankind drew to a close, the United Nations was formed and its Charter signed by twenty-six nations. This was a ray of light in a world still shrouded in darkness. The best of mankind was on display in the UN Charter, which affirmed the “faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, [and] in the equal rights of men and women and of nations...

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Yang Speech at Third Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy

Posted on Mar 15, 2011

by Dr. Yang Jianli Geneva, March 15, 2011 Good afternoon fellow delegates and distinguished guests. Thank you for the opportunity to address you here today. I am compelled to begin with a call for a moment of silence for the Japanese people, whose unimaginable suffering continues.  Their suffering speaks to our common humanity and to our recognition that their suffering is our suffering. (Moment of Silence) The nations of the world are providing assistance to the Japanese people, collectively working to help Japan regain its physical well being.   Unfortunately, we are here today because our...

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12/10/2010 – Nobel peace ceremony goes ahead, with empty chair. By News Staff

Posted on Dec 10, 2010

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12/07/2010 – Yang Jianli: Liu Xiaobo symbolises Chinese efforts towards democracy. By AsiaNews

Posted on Dec 7, 2010

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12/01/2010 – Yang Jianli will withdraw the Nobel Prize on behalf of Liu Xiaobo.

Posted on Dec 1, 2010

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My Appeal to Chinese Government: Allow Liu Xia to Accept the Peace Prize for Liu Xiaobo

Posted on Nov 24, 2010

Dr. Yang Jianli, Harvard Fellow, President Initiatives for China. Not long ago, working with Freedom Now, I helped facilitate the signing of an open letter from fifteen Nobel Prize Laureates urging the world leaders to lobby Chinese President Hu Jintao for the release of Liu Xiaobo.  Many other international rights groups have made similar efforts.  So far, these efforts have born little fruit. Liu Xiaobo is still serving his time in prison as a “criminal” in China; his wife is still under house arrest, her connection to the outside world completely cut off.  Liu Xiaobo has hoped that Liu...

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