April 18, 2014

Advocate for Uighur Minority in China Arrested, Taken to Undisclosed Location

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Dr. Ilham Tohti, a Professor of economics at the Central Minorities University in Beijing was arrested after a raid of his apartment and materials in it. He had been previously harassed and threatened, allegedly to stop him from talking to foreign journalists. CCS wrote to Chinese authorities asking for Tohti to be treated with fairness and due process, including access to family and  … continue reading >>

CCS Urges Chinese Law School To Reinstate
Scholar, Advocates for Freedoms Under Constitution

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Professor Zhang Xuezhong, a Professor of Law at East China University of Political Science and Law in Shanghai, was fired for "seriously violating teachers' professional ethics." Zhang, who has been an advocate for freedom of speech and association under the Chinese constitution, denied ever using his position as a teacher to promote his views. CCS wrote to the University President to protest what  … continue reading >>

In Spite of Protests, Peking University Expels Respected Economics Professor

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In a letter to the President of Peking University Wang Enge, CCS urged cancellation of an upcoming faculty vote to expel University Professor Xia Yeiling for his support of free speech and constitutional government. Xia, a respected authority on economics, is a visiting professor at Stanford, but said that he wants to return to China to continue teaching. January 2013 Update Chinese  … continue reading >>

Secretary John Kerry to Discuss Chen Guangchen’s Nephew Chen Kegui with China

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In his talk at the New School on February 6, 2013 (see our posting summarizing that event), the blind Chinese lawyer Chen Guangcheng expressed great concern about the arrest and sentencing of his nephew, Chen Kegui, by local authorities in home Chen's province. He believes that attacks on Chen's family members and unfair trial and sentencing of his nephew were actions taken in retaliation for  … continue reading >>

Chen Guangcheng Calls Rule of Law Essential in China for Human Rights

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Blind Chinese lawyer Chen Guangcheng, who is studying at NYU law school under asylum in the US, gave a talk on February 6, 2013, at the New School in New York City on “The Future of the Rule of Law and Human Rights in China.” CCS had advocated on behalf of granting asylum to Chen in 2012, when he fled from house arrest and mistreatment by Chinese authorities to the US Embassy in Beijing. Chen  … continue reading >>

Ronald Reagan’s Lessons for the Chen Guangcheng Case Can Still be Useful

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China’s blind activist expertly used the power of the U.S. to magnify his cause. Here’s how Obama should keep up the pressure: by taking a page from Ronald Reagan’s dealings with Russia. by Walter Reich, CCS Co-chair “Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.” That’s what Archimedes, the Greek mathematician, said 2,300 years ago. And that’s what  … continue reading >>

Astrophysicist Fang Lizhi, Chinese Activist, Member of CCS Advisory Board, Dies at 76

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It is with great sadness that we report the death on April 6, 2012 of our distinguished colleague and Advisory Committee member Fang Lizhi of the University of Arizona. Dr. Fang was a brilliant astrophysicist and influential proponent of human rights in his native China. His political ideals inspired the pro-democracy student movement in China that eventually resulted in the protests at  … continue reading >>

Grant US Asylum to Blind Chinese lawyer, CCS Urges Secretary of State Clinton

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Chen Guangcheng, a self-taught Chinese advocate for families forced to undergo sterilization and abortions, was imprisoned for four years and subsequently detained in his house and mistreated without charges for 19 months. After a dramatic escape, Chen Guangcheng sought refuse in the US embassy in Beijing. CCS urges US authorities to grant asylum to Chen and to his family.  … continue reading >>

Travel Ban Based on Speech by Another Draws Protest

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Chinese authorities prevented Gu Chuan, a blogger and editor, from traveling to the US to accept Columbia University's invitation as a visiting scholar. According to Scholars at Risk, the reason was another  Chinese individual's critical remarks while visiting the US. CCS protested this double violation of international protection of travel and speech.  … continue reading >>

Award-Winning Chinese-American Engineer Continues to be Detained in China Long After He Was Acquitted of Charges

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CCS protests the continued detention of Dr. Zicheng Hu, a Chinese-American engineer who has been unable to leave China since November 2008 when he went on a business trip to China. He served a 17 month prison sentence, was released without charges, but is unable to leave China. CCS  urges the government of China to release him immediately.  … continue reading >>