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House Proceeding on Sep 30th, 2009 :: 3:29:20 to 3:32:15
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Howard L. Berman

3:29:20 to 3:29:41( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: activist mr. berman: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the resolution under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. berman: mr. speaker, i rise in strong support of this resolution and yield myself as much time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized.

Howard L. Berman

3:29:20 to 3:32:15( Edit History Discussion )
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Howard L. Berman

3:29:42 to 3:30:03( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: mr. berman: this resolution expresses the sense of congress that china should immediately release democratic activist liu xiaobo fromprison. i would like to thank my friend, mr. minnick of idaho, for sponsoring this important resolution that allows congress to stand in solidarity with mr. liu and to express support for

Howard L. Berman

3:30:04 to 3:30:25( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: the democratic ideals he is fighting for. last december, chinese police hauled away mr. liu, a writer, former university professor, and a veteran of the 1989 tiananmen protest, just hours after e circulation of an online petion he helped organize. called charter 2008, this

Howard L. Berman

3:30:26 to 3:30:46( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: petition called for greater development of human rights and reform of china's political system. charter 2008 has more than 300 original signers, representing a broad cross section of chinese society including not only dissidents and public intellectuals but also workers, farmers, entrepreneurs, professals, local officials and

Howard L. Berman

3:30:47 to 3:31:07( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: others. the petion was circulated widely online and accumulated more than 8,000 signatures throughout china before the chinese government shut down the website. charter 2008 was conceived and written in of charter 7, a document issued in 1977 by dissidents in

Howard L. Berman

3:31:08 to 3:31:30( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: czechoslovakia. the chinese document calls for an end to some features of china's current political system, including replacing one party rule and a system based on human rights and democracy. the courageous chinese citizens who have signed the charrer are bravely declaring that -- charter are bravely declaring

Howard L. Berman

3:31:31 to 3:31:51( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: unacceptable and unsustainable. instead of thoughtfully addressing the ideas raised by the petition and responding to the dissidents, the chinese government has sought to silence their voices by harassing, intimidating and arresting them. chinese authorities violated chinese law in the handling of mr. liu's case.

Howard L. Berman

3:31:52 to 3:32:16( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: holding him incommunicado beyond the legal time limit at an undisclosed location and denying him access to his family or lawyers in june, mr. liu was charged with subversion. he cou face up to 15 years in jail. the chinese government seems unaware of the irony of its actions since its efforts to quash charter 2008 only

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