Posted by: mulrickillion | December 5, 2011

Reminder: Hearing: " One Year After the Nobel Peace Prize Award to Liu Xiaobo:…," Tues., Dec. 6

Representative Christopher Smith, Chairman and Senator Sherrod Brown, Cochairman

of the

Congressional-Executive Commission on China

announce a hearing on

“One Year After the Nobel Peace Prize Award to Liu Xiaobo: Conditions for Political Prisoners and Prospects for Political Reform”

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC

One year ago, the Nobel Committee awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo “for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.” Today, Liu Xiaobo remains in a Chinese prison serving the third year of an 11-year sentence, while authorities hold his wife under a de facto form of house arrest. Across China, authorities persist in harassing and detaining democracy and human rights advocates. This hearing will discuss Liu’s views on Chinese political reform and society; Charter 08, a grassroots political reform treatise signed by Liu and thousands of Chinese citizens; the essays that formed the basis of the government’s “inciting subversion” charges against Liu; and the impact, if any, of Liu’s Nobel Peace Prize in China. In addition, witnesses will discuss conditions for other political prisoners and activists, as well as the prospects for political reform in China in the near future.

Witnesses:

Panel 1:

Perry Link, Chancellorial Chair for Innovative Teaching, Comparative Literature & Foreign Languages, University of California, Riverside; Professor Emeritus, East Asian Studies, Princeton University

Li Xiaorong, Independent Scholar

Marian Botsford Fraser, Chair, Writers in Prison Committee of PEN International

Carl Gershman, President, National Endowment for Democracy

Panel 2:

Chai Ling, Founder, All Girls Allowed

Harry Wu, Executive Director, The Laogai Research Foundation & Laogai Museum

Reggie Littlejohn, President, Women’s Rights Without Frontiers

Pastor Bob Fu, Founder and President, ChinaAid

Click here to download a copy of the Commission’s full 2011 Annual Report.

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