Benny Lee’s China

San Leandro Council member Benny Lee not only tried to get the City of San Leandro to honor the totalitarian regime of the People’s Republic of China by raising its flag on its “National Day”, but when asked directly about human rights violations in China, he refused to condemn them.

To encourage Benny Lee to speak out against human rights violations in China, I’ve created this section of this blog.

Sep 302013
Free Tibet Activists to Rally at Alameda City Hall on Oct. 1st

Tibetan Association of Northern California (TANC), San Francisco Regional Tibetan Youth Congress (SFRTYC), Students for a Free Tibet (SFT), Bay Area Friends of Tibet (BAFoT)   MEDIA ADVISORY                                                                                                 Photo Opportunity   DATE               September 30, 2013   Contact: Tenzin Gyaltsen, 510-384-2566 Tenzing Dolma, 510-254-1420 Giovanni Vassallo, 415-264-3264 Alarm, Protests, & Candlelight Vigil at Alameda City Hall for the City Raising the Flag of the People’s Republic of China   WHO:            San Francisco Team Tibet   WHAT:       Daytime Rally & Protest of the Raising Red Flag of China                         Evening Candlelight Vigil for Tibet                         WHERE:        2263 Santa [Continue Reading]

Sep 282013
Pawo Shichung, Tibetan father of 2, Self-Immolates to Death Today

Pawo Shichung lit himself of fire and died today, Sept. 28th.  He was 41 years old, married, and the father of two teenage daughters. Schichung attended a prayer function, went home, lit some butter lamps in front of a portrait of the Dalai Lama (this constitutes a crime in China) and then set himself on fire.  He walked onto the road, to make the motives of his protest clear.  His body was rescued by Tibetans, but then forcibly taken away by the Chinese police.  Had the Tibetans tried to keep the body to give his family, they would have been arrested. [Continue Reading]

Sep 262013
Free "Disappeared" Human Rights Defender Cao Shunli

On September 13th, Cao Shunli was about to board a flight to Geneva to testify about human rights violations in China, when she was questioned and barred from taking the flight. She has not been heard of since, and she’s thus suspected of being the victim of a “forced disappearance” by the Chinese government.  As you read this, she is likely to be enduring torture and/or cruel, degrading and inhuman treatment. It won’t be the first time. After participating in a street protest in 2009, Cao Shunli was arrested without charges, tortured during a week in a police station and [Continue Reading]

Sep 262013
Free Anti-Corruption Campaigner Liu Ping!

Liu Ping, an anti-corruption activist in Xinyu, Jiangxi Province, has been imprisoned since May of this year. She is a former independent candidates for the People’s Congress in Xinyu.  She was arrested on May 9, 2013 for calling for public disclosure of officials’ assets as well as for the release of the rights defenders who had been previously detained on similar grounds. She has been indicted with two other activists on charges of “inciting subversion of state power,” “gathering a crowd to disrupt order in a public place” and “using a cult to damage enforcement of the law”.  She is [Continue Reading]