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Democracy for China: Missed Opportunities and Opportunities Ahead – Congressional Defense and Foreign Policy Forum – Speech by Dr. Yang Jianli

Posted on Jun 19, 2016 in News, Publications | Comments Off on Democracy for China: Missed Opportunities and Opportunities Ahead – Congressional Defense and Foreign Policy Forum – Speech by Dr. Yang Jianli

On June 17, 2016, Dr. Yang Jianli of Initiatives for China spoke at the Congressional Defense and Foreign Policy Forum at the Rayburn House Office Building, hosted by Defense Forum Foundation. The Defense Forum Foundation is a U.S. non-profit foundation dedicated to promoting a strong national defense and promoting freedom, democracy, and human rights abroad. It is best known for the Congressional Defense and Foreign Policy Forums, which are held regularly on Capitol Hill for the benefit of Congressional staff, and for its work abroad. Dr. Yang’s speech, titled “Democracy for China: Missed Opportunities and Opportunities Ahead” is attached below: Democracy for China: Missed Opportunities and Opportunities Ahead Speech at the Congressional Defense and Foreign Policy Forum Hosted by Defense Forum Foundation. By: YANG Jianli June 17, 2016 Thank you so much, Suzanne, for such a kind and generous introduction. The only problem was that, hearing the introduction, I thought I was dead. But I cannot and shouldn’t think that, for my mission is not yet finished. I am honored to be invited by the Defense Forum Foundation, and specifically by its Chairman, Ambassador Middendorf. I was impressed to learn that Ambassador Middendorf did such a good job as President Ford’s Secretary of the Navy that President Carter paid him the unusual tribute of asking him...

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Archbishop Tutu Supports the Campaign to Seek the Truth about the Two Tiananmen Tank Men

Posted on Jun 14, 2016 in News, Publications, Tiananmen Anniversaries, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register | Comments Off on Archbishop Tutu Supports the Campaign to Seek the Truth about the Two Tiananmen Tank Men

On June 5, Citizen Power’s founder Dr. Yang Jianli received a notice from Roger Friedman, assistant of Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Initiatives for China/Citizen Power for China (IFC/CPFC) was informed that the archbishop had signed the appeal initiated by IFC/CPFC to seek the truth about the two Tiananmen tank men. Although the archbishop no longer participates in public events and no longer issues public statements, on the 27th anniversary of the June 4th massacre, he expressed his support for this campaign. Archbishop Tutu welcomed Dr. Yang Jianli during their meeting after Dr.Yang was released from Chinese prison.   IFC/CPFC’s team is greatly encouraged by Archbishop Tutu’s support. Yang Jianli said that with the support of such a charismatic human rights leader, who vigorously supports democracy and freedom for the Chinese people, this campaign and that applying to inscribe the Tiananmen Massacre into UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register will be successful. When Yang Jianli was jailed in China, Archbishop Tutu was one of the leading voices appealing for his freedom. In December 2012, “Freedom Now” and IFC/CPFC had a public letter sent to the new Chinese leader Xi Jinping. The letter was initiated by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and His Holiness the Dalai Lama and was signed by 135 Nobel Prize laureates...

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Tiananmen Commemoration Remarks by Daniel Calingaert, Freedom House Executive Vice President

Posted on Jun 11, 2016 in News, Publications, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register | Comments Off on Tiananmen Commemoration Remarks by Daniel Calingaert, Freedom House Executive Vice President

2016 Commemoration of Tiananmen Square Massacre  Remarks by Daniel Calingaert, Executive Vice President June 3rd, 2016 | Washington, D.C. Good morning. It is an honor to commemorate the 27th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre with you, especially those of you who participated in the protests and were firsthand witnesses to the brutality of that day. Some may ask why, 27 years later, we still gather to talk about what happened in the Square and surrounding streets on June...

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Invitation to the Defense Forum Foundation’s Congressional Defense and Foreign Policy Forum

Posted on Jun 10, 2016 in News, Op Ed, Publications | Comments Off on Invitation to the Defense Forum Foundation’s Congressional Defense and Foreign Policy Forum

  Invitation to the Defense Forum Foundation’s Congressional Defense and Foreign Policy Forum From: Ambassador J. William Middendorf, II   Chairman, Defense Forum Foundation  & Suzanne Scholte President, Defense Forum Foundation LUNCHEON TOPIC: “Democracy for China: Opportunities Missed and Opportunities Ahead” SPEAKER: Dr. YANG Jianli Founder, Initiatives for China / Citizen Power for China WHEN:  Friday, June 17, 2016, 12:00 noon – 1:15 pm WHERE: B-339 Rayburn House Office Building, Capitol Hill  One of the world’s leading activists for Democracy in China, Dr. Yang...

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IFC Statement on the Uyghur Hunger Strike at Thai Immigration Detention Facility

Posted on Jun 6, 2016 in News, Op Ed, Publications, Uyghur | Comments Off on IFC Statement on the Uyghur Hunger Strike at Thai Immigration Detention Facility

Initiatives for China has serious concerns for the well being of the imprisoned Uyghur refugees who have been on a hunger strike for six days in a Thai immigration detention facility. Initiatives for China is calling for international attention to the grave issue of Uyghur refugees in Thailand. The hunger strike started on May 31, 2016 with the initial 15 Uyghur refugees growing to 31 as of today. The Uyghurs, who are involved in this hunger strike, have been...

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Tibetans rally up for Chinese, Commemorating the Tiananmen Square Massacre

Posted on Jun 4, 2016 in Highlights, News, Op Ed, Publications, Tiananmen Anniversaries, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register, Tibet, Two Tank Men | Comments Off on Tibetans rally up for Chinese, Commemorating the Tiananmen Square Massacre

  On June 4th, 2016, Students for a Free Tibet held a rally in Dharamsala, India, to commemorating the 27th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square. They organized this event to show the solidarty with the victims of the massacre and raise awareness about the ongoing crackdown on the democracy activists in China....

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Senator Ted Cruz Sends Video Message to the Commemoration of Tiananmen Massacre

Posted on Jun 4, 2016 in Highlights, InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, News, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register | Comments Off on Senator Ted Cruz Sends Video Message to the Commemoration of Tiananmen Massacre

Senator Ted Cruz Sends Video Message to the Commemoration of 1989 Tiananmen Massacre held by Initiatives for China and Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation The commemoration event, named “Exploring the contested history of the Tiannamen Massacre” was held on June 3rd, 2016, by Initiatives for China and Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation at the PEW Charitable Trust conference...

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Carl Gershman, President of NED, Speaks on the Commemoration Conference of Tiananmen Massacre.

Posted on Jun 4, 2016 in News, Op Ed, Publications, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register | Comments Off on Carl Gershman, President of NED, Speaks on the Commemoration Conference of Tiananmen Massacre.

Carl Gershman, President of NED, Speaks on the Commemoration Conference of Tiananmen Massacre. “Commemorating the 27th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre” June 3, 2016 Last year, when I spoke to the Inter-Ethnic Leadership Conference organized by Initiatives for China, I opened my remarks by quoting from an article by David Shambaugh that had just appeared in The Wall Street Journal on what he called “The Coming Chinese Crack-up.”  Shambaugh, who has since developed the article into a book...

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Statement on Nomination of the Tank Man Images and Video Footage for the UNESCO Memory of the World Register

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 in Highlights, News, No Category, Op Ed, Publications, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register, Two Tank Men | Comments Off on Statement on Nomination of the Tank Man Images and Video Footage for the UNESCO Memory of the World Register

Statement by Initiatives for China on  Nomination of the Tank Man Images and Video Footage  for the UNESCO Memory of the World Register June 1, 2016   Initiatives for China is pleased to announce that along with the Newseum and world-renowned photographer Charlie Cole, it has nominated the Tank Man images and video footage captured by international journalists during the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing as documentary heritage for inscription into UNESCO Memory of the World (MoW) Register. The...

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Commemorating the 27th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square Massacre Conference and Candle Vigil

Posted on May 26, 2016 in News, Op Ed, Publications, Tiananmen Anniversaries | Comments Off on Commemorating the 27th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square Massacre Conference and Candle Vigil

On behalf of Initiatives for China and the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, we wish to invite you to attend this year’s commemoration of the 27th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre of June 4, 1989. Exploring the Contested History of the Tiananmen Square Massacre Live and via WebEx Open to the public (registration required) Friday, June 3rd, 2016 Session 1: 10:30AM-12:00PM Session 2: 1:00PM-3:00PM Candle Vigil: 7:30PM Conference Location: Pew Charitable Trusts Research Facility 901 E Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20004...

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