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UN Hearing on China / Hong Kong PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 February 2009
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UN Hearing on China / Hong Kong
 
The UN Human Rights Council will hold the first Universal Periodic
Review on China (including Hong Kong and Macau) on 9 February 2009.
 
A Delegation of NGOs will go to Geneva to observe the UN hearing.
Representatives of the NGOs will hold a press conference tomorrow to
explain our positions and details of the visit.
 

 

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Cardinal Zen Calls On Mainland Bishops To Act Wisely At Pivotal Moment PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 January 2009

January 2, 2009 - HONG KONG (UCAN) -- Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun of Hong Kong has called for bishops in mainland China to courageously fulfill their responsibilities to the Church, saying compromise cannot last forever.

The cardinal made the call in his article in the Jan. 4 issue of Kung Kao Po, the diocese's Chinese-language weekly. On Dec. 24, he had announced to local media that Pope Benedict XVI had agreed to let him retire in the first half of 2009, although the date of retirement has yet to be announced, and that he would focus on China Church affairs.

In his article, “Inspiration from St. Stephen’s Martyrdom,” the cardinal reviewed developments since 2006 and made an appeal to his “brothers in mainland China.”

“Don’t be afraid. Bear the responsibilities that history has placed upon you! In this critical moment, your choice could revive the Church or it could let her languish for a long time,” he told mainland bishops.

“You are held accountable to history and you must be prepared to stand firm without blemish before God’s judgment,” he continued.

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Free Lui Xiaobo PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 15 December 2008

As human rights suporters throughout the world were preparing to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the International Declaration of Human Rights, Liu Xiaobo, one of China's most prominent human rights activists was arrested in his home in Beijing. His telephone and internet lines were cut, and his personal papers, books and computers were seized.

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The day before the anniversary, a document called Charter 08 was released to the world. Charter 08 was based on Charter 77, a human rights manifesto, which challenged Soviet rule and was originally signed by about two hundred writers and intellectuals in Czechoslovakia in 1977. One of the signers of Charter 77 was playwright Vaclav Havel who later became the first President of democratic Czechoslovakia after the 1989 "velvet revolution".

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UN Protest of China's Breach of Trust Before, During and After Olympics PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 September 2008

What: Protest China's Prime Minister Wen Jiabao's Visit to the United Nations General Assembly
When: September 25, 2008, from 10:30-12:30pm
Where: Dag Hammarskjold Plaza (across from the UN), 1st Avenue and 47th Street, New York, NY
Who: Jonathan Cao, President, Coalition for Citizen's Rights
Tang Biaqiao, Chairman of China Peace and Democracy Federation
Ann Noonan, President, Free Church for China
Jeremy Taylor, Step It Up
Tala Dowlatshahi - Reporters Without Borders
- more speakers to be announced.
The Visual Artists Guild banner to release the China POC 8 and exhibits from human rights exhibits will be displayed at this event.

Contact: Jonathan Cao (phone - 917-292-7348)

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