Ryerson Centre for Free Expression is holding a public forum on “Free Expression and National Interests: The Case of China”. The discussion panel includes Sanjay Ruparelia, Cheuk Kwan of TADC and Jan Wong, with Lisa Taylor as the moderator. This forum is free and all are welcomed. Please check out the following web page for more details.
Stand Up for human rights in Xinjiang and take actions to protect Canadians
Dear Prime Minister:
On behalf of Toronto Association for Democracy in China, we write to raise our deep concerns about the massive human rights abuse in Xinjiang (East Turkistan), China.
We are heartened when Canada became the first state to acknowledge China’s use of ‘re-education’ camps to hold hundreds of thousands of Uyghurs. However, we are deeply disappointed that our government has not taken concrete actions to stand up for the Uyghurs in Xinjiang, and to protect Uyghur Canadians from the harassment in Canada by the Chinese government. (more…)
I write to you on behalf of the members of the Canadian Coalition on Human Rights in China listed below with an urgent request. As you know, China’s human rights record will be in the global spotlight tomorrow when the country is examined under the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic review process for the first time since 2013. As always, there are many pressing human rights concerns that merit attention as states present their questions and recommendations for reform to China. We have welcomed the opportunity to engage with your officials, as part of our annual consultation meeting and through written submissions, as to issues we hope Canada will highlight. (more…)
Statement by Free Expression Week ‘Badiucao’ Art Exhibition
We are sorry to announce that the exhibition “Gongle,” by Chinese artist Badiucao, has been cancelled out of safety concerns.
The decision follows threats made by the Chinese authorities relating to the artist. Whilst the organisers value freedom of expression, the safety of our partners remains a major concern.
We regret having to make this decision, and hope there will be a chance for public to see Badiucao’s work in future.
Other Free Expression Week events will continue as normal.
July 13 marks the first year of Liu Xiaobo passing away. His widow Liu Xia just regained her freedom. Let’s get together to remember his past, wish her well for a free life, and put pressure on China to free all being illegally retained. Please come join us in Toronto to strengthen the voices from many cities around the world. (more…)
Amnesty International Canada, PEN Canada and the Toronto Association for Democracy in China welcome news of Liu Xia’s release from China and commemorate the work of Liu Xiaobo on the first anniversary of his death on July 13, 2017. (more…)
Amnesty International Canada, PEN Canada and the Toronto Association for Democracy in China
jointly announced today the kickoff of the Liu Xiaobo Memorial project to erect a bronze sculpture of
an empty chair to commemorate his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in