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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 Candle Vigil Location: Victims of Communism Memorial (Intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and New Jersey Avenue, NW) On June 4, 1989, millions of peaceful demonstrators from the Chinese Democracy Movement gathered in Tiananmen Square, where thousands were brutally cracked down. In every subsequent year, students, scholars, journalists, and politicians have joined with other human rights advocates to commemorate their sacrifice-except in China, where the official position of the Chinese Communist Party is that the events never happened. This position has been supported by Orwellian attempts to scrub any mention of these events from the textbooks used in Chinese classrooms to those parts of the internet Chinese subjects are permitted to access. This censorship has left the Tiananmen Massacre untouched and unresolved for the past 27 years. In exploring this contested history, we hope to find a...

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Congratulatory Letter to Dr.Lobsang Sangay for His Reelection as the Tibetan Political Leader 

Posted on Apr 27, 2016 in News, Publications, Tibet | Comments Off on Congratulatory Letter to Dr.Lobsang Sangay for His Reelection as the Tibetan Political Leader 

  Initiatives for China/Citizen Power for China wishes to extend its heartiest congratulations to Sikyong Lobsang Sangay on his reelection as the temporal Tibetan leader.   In the eyes of Tibetan voters, his wise stewardship of that office’s heavy responsibilities earned him a second term. At the same time, this second such election fairly administered after a vigorous campaign among several candidates, demonstrated the strength of Tibetans’ democratic values, and vindicated the decision of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, five years ago, to separate Tibetans’ secular governance from his spiritual leadership.   Dr. Sangay’s Central Tibetan Administration has not only led the continued development of political, economic, educational, and social institutions in Dharamsala. He has also been a leader and spokesman of the aspirations of six million Tibetans, including their far flung diaspora. His understanding of these two demanding roles has been matched by his abilities as the statesman that merging both tasks requires.   Dr. Lobsang Sangay has clearly committed his mind and spirit to uniting Tibetans of different views and to explaining their issues and concerns to the leaders of other countries as well as to the other peoples from China now living around the globe. In this regard, he has shown both leadership and sensitivity to the paramount issue of peacefully resolving the future of Tibet...

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UNPO Recognises Dr Jianli Yang’s Efforts for Minorities and Oppressed Groups in China

Posted on Apr 20, 2016 in Hong Kong, InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, Macao, Mongolia, News, Religious Freedom, Taiwan, Tibet, Uyghur | Comments Off on UNPO Recognises Dr Jianli Yang’s Efforts for Minorities and Oppressed Groups in China

Photo courtesy of United States Mission Geneva The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) is delighted to praise Dr Jianli Yang, Chinese dissident and human rights activist for over 25 years, for his significant efforts to bring together different ethnic, religious and political groups from the territory of the People’s Republic of China and in getting them to work together to promote their common goals. UNPO commends his commitment to the non-violent struggle for human rights and democracy. For the...

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Xi’s Washington Visit Crashed by Unwelcome Guest

Posted on Apr 1, 2016 in International Relations, News, Uyghur | Comments Off on Xi’s Washington Visit Crashed by Unwelcome Guest

MARCH 31, 2016 6:00 AM EST By Eli Lake & Josh Rogin Just ahead of Thursday’s meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese leader Xi Jinping, Beijing is protesting a U.S. decision to allow one of his state’s highest-profile victims into the country. At issue is an award ceremony. On Wednesday, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation in Washington presented an honor to Dolkun Isa, the head of the World Uighur Congress, for his work advocating the rights...

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#ThrowbackThursday : Havel and the Dalai Lama

Posted on Mar 31, 2016 in International Relations, Tibet | Comments Off on #ThrowbackThursday : Havel and the Dalai Lama

Written by Raymond Johnston   The Dalai Lama was the first foreign visitor greeted by Havel in 1990 Former Czech President Václav Havel left behind a strong legacy in the human rights area. That was exemplified by his long friendship with the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. The friendship lasted up until the end, with the Dalai Lama visiting Havel a week before he died in December 2011. The only serving member of the government...

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SOME QUESTIONS FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA TO ASK PRESIDENT XI

Posted on Mar 30, 2016 in International Relations, Mongolia, News, Prisoners of Conscience, Publications, Religious Freedom, Tibet, Uyghur | Comments Off on SOME QUESTIONS FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA TO ASK PRESIDENT XI

YANG Jianli   TENG Biao This week, China’s President Xi, in Washington for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Summit, will also meet on the side with President Obama. Obama continues to visibly rely on Xi’s professed commitments to the U.S., ranging from explicit to implicit, on an array of issues: carbon emission reduction, anti-nuclear proliferation, policing commercial hackers, and U.N. Security Council effort to stop ISIS, among others. While monitoring how Xi fulfills his commitments, and whether he can be trusted...

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ChinaAid Launches #FreeZhangkai Campaign with new website

Posted on Mar 23, 2016 in Christian, News, Religious Freedom | Comments Off on ChinaAid Launches #FreeZhangkai Campaign with new website

#FreeZhangkai Campaign Website: www.freezhangkai.com Human rights lawyer and Christian Zhang Kai has been held in police custody since August 25, 2015. Police climbed the walls of Xialing Church in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, where Zhang Kai was staying while he legally defended the church against the forced demolition of its cross, and took him into custody. Shortly after his apprehension, he was placed under “residential surveillance in a designated location,” better known as a “black jail”—a place where coercion tactics...

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What President Obama needs to say about Cuba’s elections

Posted on Mar 21, 2016 in International Relations, News, Op Ed | Comments Off on What President Obama needs to say about Cuba’s elections

President Obama’s forthcoming visit to Cuba comes as preparations are being completed for the Seventh Congress of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC), scheduled to open in Havana on April 16. The main order of business will be to establish the process for transferring power to a new generation of Cuban leaders in 2018, when Raúl Castro will step down as president. While this change will mark the end of the Castro era in Cuban politics, the regime has made clear that it...

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Washington Post Opinions: Donald Trump defends the world’s bullies

Posted on Mar 19, 2016 in Global Efforts, Highlights, International Relations, News, Op Ed | Comments Off on Washington Post Opinions: Donald Trump defends the world’s bullies

By Yang Jianli, Fang Zheng and Zhou Fengsuo March 18 at 7:18 PM Yang Jianli is founder and president of Initiatives for China. Fang Zheng is president of Chinese Democracy Education Foundation. Zhou Fengsuo is founder of Humanitarian China. By now, many people who remain haunted by the horrific slaughter of protesters in 1989 in Tiananmen Square have expressed shock and disgust at Donald Trump’s outrageous characterization of that tragic event. During the March 10 Republican presidential debate, Trump said that it was “a strong,...

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Seven Rights Groups Launch the 2016 Solidarity Sabbath to Freedom of Religion

Posted on Mar 14, 2016 in Global Efforts, News, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on Seven Rights Groups Launch the 2016 Solidarity Sabbath to Freedom of Religion

Led by the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights & Justice,  seven human rights groups including Initiatives for China/Citizen Power for China, launched the 2016 Solidarity Sabbath to Freedom of Religion last week to highlight the strength and bravery of Chinese citizens who courageously live out their faith despite threats of harassment, imprisonment, and even torture by the ruling Communist Party.   www.solidaritysabbath.org   https://www.change.org/p/leaders-of-the-free-world-pressure-china-to-uphold-the-freedom-of-religion-conscience-and-belief   On the weekend of May 20-22, 2016, religious and spiritual communities around the world will...

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