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Concluding Remarks at the Opening Session of 10th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy

Posted on Feb 19, 2018 in International Relations, Publications | Comments Off on Concluding Remarks at the Opening Session of 10th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy

 YANG Jianli It’s wonderful to see so many old and new friends here at the 10th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy. I want to express my profound gratitude to Hillel and his terrific team for putting together just another important assembly of people’s voices in the week leading to the opening of the annual session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. The camaraderie, and the sharing of experiences and strategies at this Summit has always given me hope, even during the darkest days for human rights when too many eyes have adjusted the shadows that power and greed cast on the existence of our brothers and sisters around the world, and when what has been gained in principle, what has been recognized in fact, has been eroded by an acceptance that it is better to accommodate the evil-and hope it changes on its own-than to seek to change it through pressure, denouncement, and direct confrontation. In this room today are human rights heroes coming from all over the world. They are brave defenders of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) whose 70th anniversary this year will mark. What is best in mankind, what is most hopeful about us, are beautifully articulated in the Declaration. These are a distillation of all human experience, all...

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Rubio Warns of Beijing’s Growing Influence, Urges Florida Schools to Terminate Confucius Institute Agreements

Posted on Feb 9, 2018 in International Relations, News | Comments Off on Rubio Warns of Beijing’s Growing Influence, Urges Florida Schools to Terminate Confucius Institute Agreements

Rubio Warns of Beijing’s Growing Influence, Urges Florida Schools to Terminate Confucius Institute Agreements Feb 05, 2018 Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today urged Miami Dade College, the University of North Florida, the University of South Florida, the University of West Florida, and Cypress Bay High School to terminate their agreements with Chinese government-run programs known as Confucius Institutes. In a letter sent to each Florida school, along with its board of trustees, Rubio warned of China’s growing foreign influence operations in the United States.   The full text of the letters is below: Dear X: I write with regards to growing foreign influence operations of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in the United States, particularly in our academic institutions. There is mounting concern about the Chinese government’s increasingly aggressive attempts to use “Confucius Institutes” and other means to influence foreign academic institutions and critical analysis of China’s past history and present policies. Additionally, the PRC continues its efforts to interfere in multilateral institutions, threaten and intimidate rights defenders and their families, and impose censorship mechanisms on foreign publishers and social media companies. For reasons outlined below, I respectfully urge you to consider terminating your Confucius Institute agreement. Confucius Institutes are Chinese government-run programs that use the teaching of Chinese language and culture as a tool to expand the political influence of the PRC. In November...

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12 IILC Day IV Report: Closing Ceremony

Posted on Feb 2, 2018 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, News, Publications | Comments Off on 12 IILC Day IV Report: Closing Ceremony

Day IV Report The final day of the Conference began with the second part of Dr. Han’s presentation on the Global Magnitsky Act. In this session, he focused on the evidentiary requirements, emphasizing the high bar that must be satisfied, and the importance of using multiple sources and corroborating evidence. Dr. Han also provided useful guidance on evidence collection, risk assessment, and command responsibility. Click here to view conference closing ceremony footage. The day concluded with the adoption of...

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12IILC: Day 3 Report 3: Australian MP Michael Danby’s Speech at the 2017 Citizen Power Award Ceremony

Posted on Jan 27, 2018 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, News, Publications | Comments Off on 12IILC: Day 3 Report 3: Australian MP Michael Danby’s Speech at the 2017 Citizen Power Award Ceremony

Day III Report (3) Australian MP Michael Danby’s Speech at the 2017 Citizen Power Award Ceremony   Australian MP Michael Danby’s Speech at the 2017 Citizen Power Award Ceremony, the 12th InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference, Japanese Diet, Tokyo, Japan, Nov.16, 2017 Click here to watch MP Danby’s Speech Footage  Firstly I would like to thank the Japanese Diet for hosting us here, and I would like to particularly like to thank Dr Yang and Initiatives for China, for organising this...

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12IILC: Day 3 Report 2: Citizen Power Award Ceremony at the Japanese Diet

Posted on Jan 23, 2018 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, News, Publications | Comments Off on 12IILC: Day 3 Report 2: Citizen Power Award Ceremony at the Japanese Diet

Day 3 Report 2 Citizen Power Award Ceremony at the Japanese Diet Click Here for Award Ceremony Video Footage In the afternoon of November 16, the Conference participants went to the Japanese Diet for a tour and the presentation of the 2017 Citizen Power Awards, which was held in the First House of the House of Representatives. In addition to Conference participants, three Japanese MPs attended and spoke. Three outstanding figures in the struggle for human rights in China...

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12IILC: Day 3 Report 1: Workshop: How to Use the Global Magnitsky Sanction Mechanism to Combat Human Rights Abusers

Posted on Jan 14, 2018 in Global Magnitsky Act, InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, News, Publications | Comments Off on 12IILC: Day 3 Report 1: Workshop: How to Use the Global Magnitsky Sanction Mechanism to Combat Human Rights Abusers

Day 3 Report 1 Workshop: How to Use the Global Magnitsky Sanction Mechanism to Combat Human Rights Abusers   Click here to view the workshop footage   Dr. Han Lianchao, Vice President of Initiative for China/Citizen Power for China, led the first installment of a two-part workshop on the one-year-old U.S. Global Magnitsky Act, focusing on the requirements of the Act and how Conference participants can develop cases involving Chinese officials based on either the corruption prong or the gross...

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12IILC: Day 2 Report 5: Workshops: Digital Security and UN Human Rights Mechanisms

Posted on Jan 11, 2018 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, International Relations, News, Publications | Comments Off on 12IILC: Day 2 Report 5: Workshops: Digital Security and UN Human Rights Mechanisms

Day 2 Report 5 Workshops: Digital Security and UN Human Rights Mechanisms Mr. Luo Shihong, a human rights activist based in Geneva, Switzerland, gave two training workshops in the late afternoon of: 1) Digital Security, and 2) UN Human Rights Mechanisms.   1.   Digital Security   In this very practical and important workshop, Mr. Luo explained to the participants the multiple ways they were likely vulnerable online, and concrete steps they could take to give themselves, their colleagues and partners,...

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12IILC: Day 2 Report 4: Documentary Film Showing and Discussion:

Posted on Jan 9, 2018 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, News, Publications | Comments Off on 12IILC: Day 2 Report 4: Documentary Film Showing and Discussion:

Day 2 Report 3  Documentary Film Showing and Discussion: Doris Liu, a filmmaker from Canada, showed her award-winning documentary, “In the Name of Confucius,” to the conference participants. The film looks at the battle over Confucius Institutes (CI) in Canada, specifically focusing on the personal story of a former CI teacher and Falun Gong practitioner, whose political asylum request to the Canadian government and complaint against the Toronto District School Board led to the first closure of a CI...

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More than two months on, Hong Kong Immigration Director Ignores Questions About Benedict Roger’s Denial of Entry

Posted on Jan 7, 2018 in International Relations, News | Comments Off on More than two months on, Hong Kong Immigration Director Ignores Questions About Benedict Roger’s Denial of Entry

Over two months after a formal letter was sent to Hong Kong’s Director of Immigration by solicitor Albert Ho, of Messrs Ho, Tse, Wai and Partners, enquiring into the reasons for Hong Kong’s denial of entry to British human rights activist Benedict Rogers, the Director of Immigration has said “we do not feel it necessary to deal with the specific assertions” and “will not comment on or disclose information relating to any individual case”. Albert Ho, acting on behalf...

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International Campaign for Tibet welcomes former political prisoner Dhondup Wangchen to freedom and safety

Posted on Dec 28, 2017 in News, Tibet | Comments Off on International Campaign for Tibet welcomes former political prisoner Dhondup Wangchen to freedom and safety

International Campaign for Tibet welcomes former political prisoner Dhondup Wangchen to freedom and safety ICT press release, December 27, 2017 View press release online » The International Campaign for Tibet strongly welcomes the news that Tibetan filmmaker and former political prisoner Dhondup Wangchen has been able to leave his homeland and reunite with his wife and children in the United States. Despite having served his prison sentence, Dhondup continued to be limited in his freedom of movement, but was...

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