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Liu Xiaodong, Pregnant Wife of China’s Prominent Dissident Zhao Changqing’s, and Their 4 Year Old Boy Escape to America

Posted on Jul 20, 2016 in No Category | Comments Off on Liu Xiaodong, Pregnant Wife of China’s Prominent Dissident Zhao Changqing’s, and Their 4 Year Old Boy Escape to America

Initiatives for China/Citizen Power for China July 19, 2016 Washington, D.C. On the afternoon of July 19, Liu Xiaodong, the pregnant wife of China’s prominent dissident Zhao Changqing’s, along with their 4 year old son, Zhao Yaokun, arrived at San Francisco International Airport from Bangkok, Thailand. She was, escorted by Dr.Yang Jianli, president of Initiatives for China/ Citizen Power for China (IFC/CPFC).   Her husband, Zhao Changqing has been one of China’s leading human rights and democracy defender since the 1989 Tiananmen Students Movement. As a former student leader in Tiananmen Square and a prominent political “prisoner of conscience,” he has been imprisoned five times in 27 years. Released just a week ago, he is living in China under heavy surveillance.   Escaping China’s “persecution by association,” of prisoners’ relatives, Zhao’s wife and son left China this May and went to Bangkok, Thailand, with the help of IFC/CPFC. But these days, under President Xi’s brutal aggression, even Thailand is not a safe place for Chinese dissidents and their families. Three cases of abduction of dissidents by China’s security agents took place in Thailand in 2015 alone.   Several human rights organizations, including IFC/CPFC, Freedom Now led by the famous international human rights lawyer Jared Genser”, Humanitarian China led by Zhou Fengsuo and Ge Xun, ChinaAid led by Rev. Bob...

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2016 National Captive Nations Week Luncheon Report (China)

Posted on Jul 19, 2016 in Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Publications, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on 2016 National Captive Nations Week Luncheon Report (China)

On July 13, 2016, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation and the Heritage Foundation hosted the 2016 National Captive Nations Week Luncheon. Scholars and activists from five remaining communist regimes in the world gave reports on the nations’ current situations. These representatives are Dr. Yang Jianli (China), Mr. John Suarez (Cuba), Ms. Bounchanh Senthavong (Laos), Ms. Suzanne Scholte (North Korea), and Ms. Anhthu Lu (Vietnam). The purpose of National Captive Nations Week is to recognize those peoples and nations suffering under the oppression of communist and other totalitarian regimes. The first Captive Nations Week was observed in 1959 under President Dwight D. Eisenhower. As mandated by U.S. Law, every president since has reserved the third week of July to remember the captive nations. Following is the luncheon speech on China by Dr. Yang Jianli at the event. Report at the 2016 National Captive Nations Week Luncheon  By: YANG Jianli Heritage Foundation, July 13, 2016 Host: Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation Thank you, Lee and Marion and other colleagues at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, for inviting me to speak at this important annual event. China has long been a one-party Leninist state with extensive censorship and perhaps the largest secret police establishment in the world. Xi Jinping became President inMarch 2013, having already assumed office as General...

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Vietnam-Tibet Alliance Members Arrested in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square

Posted on Jun 29, 2016 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, News, Tibet | Comments Off on Vietnam-Tibet Alliance Members Arrested in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square

The Vietnam – Tibet Alliance RELEASE On June 24, 2016, the Vietnam – Tibet Alliance performed a campaign to distribute thousands of leaflets in Tiananmen Square – Beijing. The leaflets provided information condemning the Communist Party of China on their scheme of assimilation of the Tibetan people and its plan of domination of Vietnam. The Vietnam – Tibet Alliance’s Campaign began at 13.15PM local time. Beijing’s police arrested at the Square Mrs. Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hanh, 60 years of age, a...

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Your birthday message for the Dalai Lam – Matteo Mecacci ICT

Posted on Jun 28, 2016 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, News, Tibet | Comments Off on Your birthday message for the Dalai Lam – Matteo Mecacci ICT

A Message from Matteo Mecacci, President of International Campaign for Tibet Dear Friend of Tibet, There’s something special about being in the presence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Humbling, inspiring, enlightening … words can’t quite do it justice. And yet, when you spend time in his presence, what’s abundantly clear is his own gratitude-for you, for the compassion that you generate, and for your efforts to help the people of Tibet. Please show your gratitude for the Dalai...

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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...

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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...

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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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