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IFC Statement on His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Visit to Mongolia

Posted on Nov 28, 2016 in Mongolia, Publications, Tibet | Comments Off on IFC Statement on His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Visit to Mongolia

Initiatives for China (a.k.a. Citizen Power for China) applauds Mongolia’s decision to allow His Holiness the Dalai Lama to visit that country to teach Buddhism, and IFC praises the moral courage of the Mongolian leaders to stand up to Chinese Communist regime’s bullying and interfering a sovereign nation’s internal affairs. Meanwhile IFC is appalled to learn that Beijing has strongly retaliated against Mongolia by freezing diplomatic ties between Mongolia and China, despite the fact that His Holiness Dalai Lama’s visit to Mongolia was purely religious in nature. Such an action only reveals Beijing’s cowardice of bullying the week and fearing the strong. We believe that like Mongolia all countries should  stand up against the Chinese regime bad behavior in international relations, and say “no” to this bully by letting it know that bullying is not acceptable nor will be tolerated by the international community. We therefore strongly encourage the governments of Taiwan, South Africa and others to to follow Mongolia’s example, and we also urge President-elected Donald Trump to meet with His Holiness the Dalai Lama as soon as possible. By rejecting apathy and recommitting to justice and brotherhood we can truly enjoy living in a global village where bullies cannot...

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IFC Statement on The Tank Man Image Selected As 100 Most Influential Photographs of All Time

Posted on Nov 23, 2016 in Highlights, News, Publications, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register, Two Tank Men | Comments Off on IFC Statement on The Tank Man Image Selected As 100 Most Influential Photographs of All Time

After three years of work, TIME has released its 100 most influential images of all time, a collection curated by international historians, photo editors, photographers, and reporters from around the world. Initiatives for China (a.k.a. Citizen Power for China) is pleased that The Tank Man image from the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests was selected as one of the 100. We applaud TIME’s effort and celebrate the selection of the Tank Man image, which once again confirms the historic value and significance of this iconic and powerful photograph. TIME’s selection criteria was based on whether the images’ influence can be quantified by examining how specific photographs drive and change the course of history. Indeed the Tank Man image has become not only a symbol of the 1989 Beijing pro-democracy protest, but also a symbol of nonviolent resistance against oppression worldwide, defining human courage, spirit, and defiance. The Tank Man photo has inspired so many people around the world, but his identity remains a mystery. IFC launched its “Finding the Tank Man” campaign to unearth the truth about the fate of this brave young man who 27 years ago single-handedly stopped a column of more than 20 PLA tanks rolling down on Chang’an Avenue in Beijing right after a bloody massacre of students and other peaceful...

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IFC  Launches Chinese Citizen-Power TV

Posted on Nov 17, 2016 in Highlights, News, Publications | Comments Off on IFC  Launches Chinese Citizen-Power TV

After months of preparation, Initiatives for China/Citizen Power for China (IFC) is launching an online TV channel called Citizen-Power TV (CPTV)  (http://www.youtube.com/c/CitizenPowerForChina). The debut of CPTV includes three programs: Say What’s On Your Mind, Say What You See, and Citizen Laugh Show. Other than these three episodes produced by IFC, we also seek contributions from viewers. Our Editorial Board will review videos submitted to IFC and after the Board’s approval, the videos will be edited by our technicians and...

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The Story of a Uyghur Freedom Fighter in a Journalistic Career

Posted on Nov 10, 2016 in News, No Category, Op Ed, Uyghur | Comments Off on The Story of a Uyghur Freedom Fighter in a Journalistic Career

by Ayesha   Dear everyone, I would like to share with you a simple but impressive story of a Uyghur lady in exile, who has been fighting with a dragon, the Chinese government, using her broadcasting profession as a weapon. Her name is Gulchehra Abduqeyum Hoja and her people used to call her Gul, which means flower. She is very well known to the Uyghurs because of her unique style in TV programs back home as well as in...

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An Open Letter To Pope Francis On China

Posted on Nov 9, 2016 in Global Efforts, News, Religious Freedom | Comments Off on An Open Letter To Pope Francis On China

Benedict Rogers Human rights activist, writer and Conservative candidate Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/ben/pope-francis-china_b_12831122.html Dear Holy Father, Like every true Catholic in the world, I love you and respect your authority as the Successor of St Peter. Like a great many people in the world, well beyond the Catholic Church, I recognise the beautiful message you, as Pope Francis, bring to the world. And as a new Catholic who came into the Church little over ten days after your election to the papacy,...

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Questions We Would Have Asked Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton (Perspective)

Posted on Nov 3, 2016 in News, Op Ed, Publications | Comments Off on Questions We Would Have Asked Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton (Perspective)

https://bol.bna.com/questions-we-would-have-asked-donald-trump-and-hillary-clinton-perspective/ Editor’s Note: The authors of this post are Chinese human rights activists. By Yang Jianli, Founder and President of Initiatives for China, and Teng Biao, Visiting Scholar at The Institute for Advanced Study and New York University We have watched the three presidential debates in dismay and surprise: While the third and final debate dealt with several important issues, it repeated a glaring omission of the prior two debates. Why hasn’t anybody raised questions about U.S. human rights policy toward China? It undoubtedly concerns...

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Washington Post | Opinion Say no to China’s membership on the U.N. Human Rights Council

Posted on Oct 30, 2016 in Challenge China's Membership to UN Human Rights Council, News, Op Ed, Publications | Comments Off on Washington Post | Opinion Say no to China’s membership on the U.N. Human Rights Council

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/global-opinions/wp/2016/10/24/say-no-to-chinas-membership-on-the-u-n-human-rights-council/?utm_term=.516c08ed9bbc#comments Yang Jianli is founder and president of Initiatives for China. A former Tiananmen Square activist, he was imprisoned in China from 2002 to 2007 for attempting to observe labor unrest. On March 14, 2014, Cao Shunli, a Chinese human rights activist, died in a Chinese military hospital after five and a half months in detention, with her body showing clear signs of brutal physical mistreatment. She had been arrested in September 2013 at the airport while trying to leave China to...

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China Forum

Posted on Oct 18, 2016 in International Relations | Comments Off on China Forum

The China Forum brings scholars and leaders from China together with experts and policymakers in a yearly dialogue on the issue areas of trade and economics, foreign policy and security, and political development. This year’s China Forum continues the important mission of equipping Americans with a more realistic and comprehensive understanding of China.  REGISTER NOW Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Opening Dinner “The Cultural Revolution 50 Years Later” with Dr. Frank Dikötter BY INVITATION OR SPONSORSHIP 6:30pm reception 7:30pm dinner Hyatt...

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Steps to Make the United Nations Address China’s Human Rights Situation More Effectively

Posted on Sep 27, 2016 in News, Op Ed, Publications | Comments Off on Steps to Make the United Nations Address China’s Human Rights Situation More Effectively

Steps to Make the United Nations Address China’s Human Rights Situation More Effectively   The following suggestions were made by Dr. Yang Jianli, president of Initiatives for China/Citizen Power for China at the Forum entitled “Advance Human Rights:  the United Nations and China”. The forum was hosted by Freedom House and the United Nations Association on September 27, 2016. Yang Jianli: There are many general steps that the U.S. could take to improve UN human rights mechanisms. FIRST, in...

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Ilham Tohti listed as one of the 2016 Sakharov Prize Nominees.

Posted on Sep 16, 2016 in News, Uyghur | Comments Off on Ilham Tohti listed as one of the 2016 Sakharov Prize Nominees.

Sakharov Prize 2016: nominees revealed http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/20160909STO41754/sakharov-prize-2016-nominees-revealed Journalist Can Dündar and fellow defenders of freedom of thought and expression in Turkey, the Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzemilev, the Yazidi survivors and public advocates Nadia Murad Basee and Lamiya Aji Bashar as well as Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti are this year’s nominees for the Sakharov Prize. The Parliament awards the Sakharov Prize every year to honour exceptional individuals and organizations defending human rights and fundamental freedoms. The laureate is selected in...

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