Message of support from Hu Jia for 2010 Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo and wife Liu Xia

first_img China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures RSF_en Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Organisation December 10, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Message of support from Hu Jia for 2010 Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo and wife Liu Xia China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Help by sharing this information ChinaAsia – Pacific Ladies and Gentlemen,I send you greetings from Beijing.Today, 10 December, is Human Rights Day, a day dedicated to the basis of freedom, justice and peace throughout the world. It is also the day that the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded. This day, which belongs to all of humanity, honours those all over the world who fight for peace. No other day has this double meaning, affirming the importance of respect for human rights.Firstly, allow me to give you a brief summary of my experience of the Nobel Peace Prize. Two days ago, 8 December, was the third anniversary of the arrest of Liu Xiaobo, the 2010 Nobel peace laureate. It was the coldest day of this winter so far in Beijing. I set off for the neighbourhood where petitioners and homeless people gather because I wanted to help them resist the cold and their hunger. But the Beijing political police arrested me on the way, preventing me from going to this “village.” Why? I still do not understand this authoritarian government’s way of thinking. The Chinese Communist Party’s political police regards humanitarianism as its enemy. Not to speak of human rights.While on my way to hospital to receive treatment on 9 August, I decided go to Liu Xiaobo’s home to visit his wife, Liu Xia, without the political police knowing. I was roughly intercepted by the guards who keep the home under surveillance. I asked them what legal grounds they had for preventing me from visiting friends and for restricting Liu Xia’s freedom. The police in charge of Liu Xia’s surveillance quickly arrived and held me for six hours. This is what happens when free citizens try to visit other free citizens. One of the three orders I received from the police in September was a total ban on going to Liu Xiaobo’s home to visit Liu Xia.As a direct witness, I would hereby like to testify to all the government institutions throughout the world, to all the human rights organizations and to all the media that Liu Xia is being detained in a completely illegal manner and is leading a life bereft of any freedom. Even Liu Xiaobo’s brother cannot contact her. All the Chinese foreign ministry statements about her situation are just lies. When someone becomes a political prisoner in China, their parents, spouse and children become political prisoners as well. The people directly responsible for these human rights violations in Beijing are Zhou Yongkang, a member of the party’s Politiburo Standing Committee, who runs the judicial system, and Liu Qi, the party’s Beijing municipal secretary, who is charge of governing the capital. They have abused their power in order to deprive citizens of their civic and democratic rights.After visiting me in prison seven times in a month, the political police finally asked me on 10 December 2008, on behalf of the foreign ministry, public security ministry and the CCP’s Beijing municipal committee, to issue a public statement rejecting the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought and rejecting my candidacy for the Nobel Peace Prize. In exchange, I would be released on bail within two months in order to receive medical treatment, and I would receive double the amount of money of the two prizes. In prison, often with my hands and feet manacled, I repeatedly felt the desire to recover my freedom and be reunited with my parents, wife and daughter, who was then less than a year old. But all this could not happen at the expense of human dignity.I knew that this prize and this nomination did not concern me but all the Chinese citizens who fight for human rights and who, because of that, are stripped of their own civic rights. Human dignity is not for sale. Principles cannot be broken. Morality cannot be compromised. This shows the moral and judicial influence that the Sakharov Prize and Nobel Prize have on the Chinese government. Regardless of its display of contempt and use of violence, it cannot win. The CCP’s leaders are very worried that these prizes could become a torrent of hot water on their frozen ground.On the morning of 10 October 2008, I suddenly found myself being escorted from my cell in the distant Chao Bai prison in Tianjin to a prison in Beijing, on the south side of the city. The distance that my mother, wife and daughter had to travel for their monthly visits was cut by two thirds, reducing their fatigue. A year later, I learned that it was because I had been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and because the 2008 winner had been announced that day. I would like the world to know that being nominated for or being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize provides an unquestionable degree of protection for imprisoned dissidents in China, for those whose individual freedoms have been illegally suppressed. It improves the poor conditions in which they are held. Without it, their situation would be much worse. Liu Xiaobo can be expected one day to testify to the effect of the Nobel Peace Prize on his prison conditions.Liu Xiaobo is in prison because he helped draft “Charter 08.” In the three years since its launch, 13,000 people have signed this charter – only one person out every 100,000 in China. This situation is a result of the terror and online censorship mechanisms that the Chinese leaders have imposed on Chinese society. I signed “Charter 08” shortly after my release earlier this year. My wife, Zeng Jinyan, was one of the first to sign it. At the moment of signing, I felt we were back in the era before the Olympic Games, where we signed many petitions about human rights issues. Back then, we often worked with Liu Xiaobo. I had not imagined that he would end up in prison as a reprisal for the charter.In reality, Liu Xiaobo was not targeted personally. The CCP uses his jail sentence to intimidate all the other Chinese citizens who might continue to promote constitutional democracy. The charter describes the project for a Chinese society that is cherished by part of the Chinese population. We are just reaffirming universal values. Everyone is China has the right to express their vision of an ideal society without being intimidated by the Communist Party’s political police. I believe that the universal values outlined in Charter 08 will enter the Chinese constitution within the next 10 years and will be implemented.Last year, in December 2010, the world saw the empty chair when the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Mr. Liu Xiaobo, a citizen of mainland China. A Nobel Peace Prize can often be a source of collective pride for a nation, a country or even a continent. The prize had finally come to China, and biggest and oldest authoritarian empire in the history of the world. I thank the Nobel Peace Prize jury for choosing a Chinese dissident. The controversies that have arisen here and there, within China and abroad, do not matter. What counts is the fundamental principle of freedom. Every citizen accused of “inciting the overthrow of state authority” is innocent. They should be released immediately and unconditionally, and their good name should be rehabilitated. If we believe in justice and democracy, then we have a moral duty to Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia to ensure that China becomes a land where the right to personal freedom and free speech prevails.Our adversary is the violent machinery of tyrants. We must resist and change the authoritarian system instead of allowing it to crack down on dissidents and human rights defenders. The authorities exploit our fear, our indifference and the grievances we hold against each other. In the eyes of the dictators, we are all targets for repression. There are no perfect human beings in the real world. Those we call heroes are just ordinary people doing extraordinary things. The hero is often someone who constantly has to overcome his own fears in order to keep fighting for freedom. When we want to criticize others, let us first become the heroes of our own principles. In the face of tyranny, our fears stem from our own disagreements, which in turn exacerbate our fear. Let us put aside the differences in our views and in our behaviour and accept the weaknesses of human nature. When we join together and accept each other, we will form a counterweight to the autocratic pressures and we will restore the balance. During this icy political winter, let us reinforce our solidarity.The Nobel Peace Prize website is blocked in China but the Chinese sense what the CCP’s “Beijing wall” wants to block. Like South Africa’s Apartheid regime in the past, China is now the world’s biggest democratic battleground. We have Liu Xiaobo, the blind civil rights activist Chen Guangcheng, the artist Ai Weiwei, the human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng and others. We also have the hundreds of millions of Chinese citizens online and in the real world, who are fighting courageously for their civil rights. China’s democratization concerns the whole world. It is essential in order to guarantee world peace. China has undergone many wars and fratricidal conflicts. It is only by means of rational and progressive democratization that a peaceful transition will be achieved.Today we celebrate the Arab Springs and we hope and prepare for the Beijing Spring. We thank the Nobel Peace Prize committee again for having chosen China. And we thank the world for supporting the Chinese people in its struggle for freedom.Hu Jia Follow the news on China Reporters Without Borders is relaying a message from the dissident Hu Jia, who is still under a form of house arrest. Issued on the day of the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony, this message is addressed to the Nobel prize committee, the international community and the Chinese population. It expresses the strongest possible support for the imprisoned 2010 Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo and his wife Liu Xia, as well as support for all those who are the victims of censorship and who are deprived of their right to free expression. Receive email alerts News News April 27, 2021 Find out more March 12, 2021 Find out more News News ChinaAsia – Pacific to go further June 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

iProov Research: U.S. Banks Missing Out on Online Growth Opportunities

first_imgLocal NewsBusiness Pinterest CATONSVILLE, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 3, 2021– Newly released research from iProov, world leaders in secure biometric authentication technology, highlights that many banks are falling short in delivering digital convenience to their customers. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210203005528/en/ iProov Research: U.S. Banks Missing Out on Online Growth Opportunities (Graphic: Business Wire) Online Banking in the U.S.: How 20 of America’s Top Banks Are Balancing Security and User Experience For Digital Account Access focuses on the range and usability of online services offered to existing customers. Researchers looked at 39 data points, including how easy it was for a customer to move money, request a new debit card or change personal details online. The first part of the research, which looked at the onboarding process for opening accounts with each of the 20 banks, was released in October. The key findings of the new research include:Banks are missing out on revenues and growth opportunities – many banks are making it difficult for their customers to access additional products and services. Thirty percent of the banks asked the researchers to complete an application process for an additional account completely from scratch, rather than using secure authentication to streamline the process.Secure account processes still require offline intervention – half of the banks did not enable a PIN to be changed online and half did not allow customers to request a new debit card online. Customers were asked to visit a branch, call the bank or use an ATM to complete the request.Customers are being put under pressure to monitor account security – the researchers reported that ‘after-the-fact’ email and text alerts about changes to their account made them uncomfortable. Personal details such as passwords or addresses could readily be changed online, with alerts putting the onus on the customer to report unexpected activity. “Banks no longer need to choose between security and usability when it comes to delivering an impressive online customer experience – the technology now exists to deliver both at once,” said Joe Palmer, President of iProov Inc. “Genuine Presence Assurance technology has changed the game for the financial services sector. It is now possible to verify that an online customer is the right person, a real person and that they are authenticating right now. That assurance, completed with an effortless face authentication, means that even the most secure processes can be completed online, whether it’s requesting a replacement debit card, changing an address or applying for a new credit card.” The researchers noted that face verification is already being used by U.S. consumers to access their accounts. Face ID and Touch ID could be used to access the banks’ mobile apps, if supported by the customer’s device. “Face ID allows the customer to be recognized by the mobile device,” explained Palmer. “The device then populates the password without the customer having to type it in. It’s convenient but it’s not the same as biometric authentication with the bank itself. If the device has been compromised by someone that shouldn’t have access, the bank will still make the transfer or process the request.” Other findings from the report include:Of the two thirds of banks that offered easier access to new services, only 35% made it simple for the customer. The other third required some additional details before the application could be submitted.All of the banks allowed passwords to be reset online but it was a lengthy process in some cases. Two banks asked the customer to supply four or more pieces of security information (for example a Social Security Number) for this to be completed.75% of banks asked for additional security verification if the customer wanted to transfer funds to an external account. Methods varied, from confirming the numbers on a debit card to making a trial deposit to the other account.85% allowed the customer to change their primary email address online and most did not ask for additional information beyond username and password.90% allowed the customer to update a password by confirming their old one. Of the others, one bank required no verification and one sent a one-time passcode.60% allowed a customer to change personal information, such as address and cellphone, without additional verification beyond the initial username and password login. “Challenger banks and other disruptors in the banking sector have recognized that customers want reassuring simplicity,” said Palmer. “They know that customers value convenience and once they’ve experienced it, they won’t go back. With Genuine Presence Assurance, customers get the reassurance of visible authentication along with the effortlessness that they love.” About iProov Founded in 2012, iProov is the world leader in online facial biometric authentication, working with governments, banks and other enterprises to remotely verify customer identity. Used for onboarding and authentication, customers include the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the UK Home Office, the UK National Health Service (NHS), GovTech Singapore, Eurostar, Rabobank, ING, and others. iProov’s unique patented technology provides Genuine Presence Assurance, ensuring that an online customer is the right person, a real person, and authenticating right now. This protects against spoof attacks from photos, videos, masks and the emerging threat of deepfakes. iProov was named a Gartner Cool Vendor 2020 in Identity Access Management & Fraud Detection. For more information, please see www.iproov.com View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210203005528/en/ CONTACT: Alessandra Nagy, Bospar [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA MARYLAND INDUSTRY KEYWORD: BIOTECHNOLOGY SECURITY HEALTH TECHNOLOGY SOFTWARE SOURCE: iProov Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/03/2021 08:06 AM/DISC: 02/03/2021 08:06 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210203005528/en Facebook Twitter Previous articleHofstede Insights, a Leader in Organizational Culture for Major Multinationals, Enters U.S. Market During Divided Chapter in American HistoryNext articleViaCyte Announces Initiation of Phase 2 Study of Encapsulated Cell Therapy for Type 1 Diabetes Patients Digital AIM Web Support Twitter Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp TAGS  WhatsApp Pinterest By Digital AIM Web Support – February 3, 2021 iProov Research: U.S. Banks Missing Out on Online Growth Opportunitieslast_img read more