• The Heritage Network
    • Resize:
    • A
    • A
    • A
  • Donate
  • G-20 Summit a Perfect Opportunity to Stand for Freedom

    Liu Xiaobo, a primary author of the Charter 08 document calling for better human rights and democracy in China, has just won the Nobel Peace Prize. At the G-20 Summit this November in South Korea, President Obama, last year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner, will meet with President Hu Jintao, the leader of China and the country where Liu Xiaobo is in jail. It’s a perfect opportunity for President Obama to put America’s actions where its mouth is.

    Members of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission and some their colleagues in the House of Representatives have written to President Obama urging him to push Chinese President Hu Jintao for the release of Liu Xiaobo and Gao Zhisheng, Chinese prisoners of conscience.

    Liu Xiaobo and human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng have both received previous support from the Administration. Michael Posner, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, mentioned their cases, both at the release of the 2009 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices and at the U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue in May. Yet raising these cases at a leader level will show that the U.S. commitment to human rights can’t be compartmentalized and forgotten by the Chinese.

    In his recent speech to the U.N. General Assembly, President Obama evoked the importance of human rights and called on other countries to be more vocal in advocating freedom. Pressing Hu Jintao to release Liu Xiaobo and Gao Zhisheng would signal that the U.S. will take that leadership role on human rights. Human rights in China are a continual problem, and the U.S. must display fortitude in advancing freedom when the opportunity presents itself.

    Posted in Ongoing Priorities [slideshow_deploy]

    5 Responses to G-20 Summit a Perfect Opportunity to Stand for Freedom

    1. Billie says:

      Please, the length of time of mankinds existence and this is what there is to show for it? In order for mankind to live in peace amongst each other, they have to live and learn by example. The world doesn't need leaders to exemplify unfair justice.

      By man's maturity, at this time, his choice is decency. There is no need for cruelty, unfair punishment amongst mankind. There's need for recognition and respect to those who achieve great things for the good will and benefit of others, who respect in good faith and promote it throughout the world. Let Mr. Xiaobo free and show your maturity in acceptance and gratitude of the good will of mankind. It's always honorable to do business in good faith.

    2. Joseph C Moore, USN says:

      Yes, let us show our support for human rights by asking the Chinese government to free protester Liu Xiaobo from jail while the rights of US citizens are trampled with new burdensome laws such as the egregious "Health Care Bill" that unconstitutionally requires every one to purchase a government prescribed insurance plan or face a large fine and possible prison time which will be carried out by the equally unconstitutional IRS. Yes, "hurrah" for the United States call for human rights among other nations while we inexorably march toward our own totalitarianism.

    3. Dennis Georgia says:

      I do not think obama will gain anything at this summit. The world leaders all know he is all talk and no guts. After all he has accused the American people of every human rights violation know to mankind, but has not and will not say anything to others.

    4. 3percentofdoom says:

      hell human rights are a big issue in AMERICA.we are sending our men & women to iraq but still have millions of homeless & we are bailing out foreign companies all the while destroying ourselves.

      i wonder how many millions are wasted every time that idiot obama makes a speech or appearance.ya know security & transportation aren't cheap when it comes to big govt morons.now think of how much of that money could have been saved rather spent on a guest appearance on the tonite show.if it isnt given back to taxpayers who are raped constantly,how about reinvesting it in getting the homeless off the streets & help feed the starving we have in our own cities.forget about africa or india,they can feed themselves.we have REAL problems here that nee to be addressed not ignored!

    5. Pete, Carson City, N says:

      Nobama won't have time to stand up for Liu Xiaobo…he will be too busy bowing.

    Comments are subject to approval and moderation. We remind everyone that The Heritage Foundation promotes a civil society where ideas and debate flourish. Please be respectful of each other and the subjects of any criticism. While we may not always agree on policy, we should all agree that being appropriately informed is everyone's intention visiting this site. Profanity, lewdness, personal attacks, and other forms of incivility will not be tolerated. Please keep your thoughts brief and avoid ALL CAPS. While we respect your first amendment rights, we are obligated to our readers to maintain these standards. Thanks for joining the conversation.

    Big Government Is NOT the Answer

    Your tax dollars are being spent on programs that we really don't need.

    I Agree I Disagree ×

    Get Heritage In Your Inbox — FREE!

    Heritage Foundation e-mails keep you updated on the ongoing policy battles in Washington and around the country.

    ×