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Advancing a peaceful transition to democracy in China through truth, understanding, citizen power, & cooperative action

Posted on Oct 21, 2018 in Hong Kong, News, Publications | Comments Off on

Title: A tightening grip: The rise of authoritarianism and the erosion of freedom in Hong Kong   a discussion featuring Benedict Rogers Chair of Trustees of Hong Kong Watch, UK moderated by YANG Jianli President of Citizen Power Initiatives for China Thursday, November 1, 2018 7:30PM-9:00PM 415 2ND Street, NE, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20002 (new office of Citizen Power Initiatives for China) To RSVP: dcoffice@initiativesforchina.org Twitter: English @citizenpowerifc | 中文 @iforchina Live Broadcast at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2Gz65rU_l-9UcHAV9MsVpg   Media Are Welcome   Since the student-led pro-democracy protests of 2014, Hong Kong has experienced an unprecedented crackdown on its freedoms. Student protestors have been imprisoned, political candidates have been disqualified from running for election and legislators have been barred from the city’s legislature. Press freedom, academic freedom and the rule of law are all facing pressures in an atmosphere where Xi Jinping’s authoritarian...

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The Chinese Communist Party’s Control of Colleges and Universities — on the Essay  “the Confessions of College English Teachers under Cameras”

Posted on Oct 20, 2018 in Publications | Comments Off on The Chinese Communist Party’s Control of Colleges and Universities — on the Essay  “the Confessions of College English Teachers under Cameras”

CPIFC Briefing Series*    Oct. 20, 2018 The Chinese Communist Party’s Control of Colleges and Universities — on the Essay  “the Confessions of College English Teachers under Cameras” Confessions of a College English Teacher Under Cameras Eileen (Eileen, a college teacher in China, is a reporter for Yibao,an online magazine run by Citizen Power Initiatives for China) Since 2013, cameras had been installed gradually in each classroom of my university, and even five or six cameras in larger classrooms. We were told that the cameras would be mainly used for exam invigilation to release the burden of teachers. We hadn’t had time to jump for joy before we found that the invigilator task has not been reduced at all. Instead, there was a bad news from the Academic Affairs Office: “they will randomly check the teachers’ late arrival or early...

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Statement on the Meng Hongwei (孟宏伟) Incident from Citizen Power Initiatives for China

Posted on Oct 9, 2018 in News, Publications | Comments Off on Statement on the Meng Hongwei (孟宏伟) Incident from Citizen Power Initiatives for China

October 7, 2018    Washington, DC According to the midnight news on the website of China’s State Supervision Commission of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection on October 7, Meng Hongwei, who had been missing for 12 days, is suspected of breaking the law and is currently under the investigation of the State Supervision Commission. Citizen Power Initiatives for China has expressed strong concern about this incident. Meng Hongwei is one of the heads of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). He is a deputy minister of the Chinese Ministry of Public Security. He also has a compelling identity — the first Chinese chairman of Interpol. On October 5, Meng Hongwei’s wife, Grace Meng, reported in Lyon, France, where the headquarters of Interpol is located, that Meng Hongwei had disappeared after returning to China in late September. Before the official announcement about Meng...

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Initiatives for China reports ten Chinese State Funded Media to DOJ that have failed to register as a Foreign Agent required by Foreign Agents Registration Act

Posted on Sep 27, 2018 in International Relations, News, Publications | Comments Off on Initiatives for China reports ten Chinese State Funded Media to DOJ that have failed to register as a Foreign Agent required by Foreign Agents Registration Act

Honorable Jeff Sessions Attorney General of the United States U.S. Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20530-0001 September 25, 2018 Dear Mr. Attorney General: I applaud your decision to order Xinhua News Agency and China Global Television Network, the two major Chinese state media firms, to register as foreign agents. This is a timely and urgent move much needed to counter the Chinese Communist regime’s aggressive foreign propaganda strategy aiming to gain political influence and win Americans’ hearts and minds. However, there are still hundreds of other Chinese state media outlets that serve as the backbone of the Chinese regime’s propaganda apparatus operating in this country. They have failed to comply with the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) to register their firms as Chinese government agents and disclose information of acting on behalf of the Chinese government. I therefore urge...

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Dalai Lama commends ICT’s 30 years of service and calls for preservation of Tibetan culture

Posted on Sep 19, 2018 in Tibet | Comments Off on Dalai Lama commends ICT’s 30 years of service and calls for preservation of Tibetan culture

September 17, 2018 Supporters and friends from across the world gathered in the Netherlands this weekend for a heartfelt public conversation between the Dalai Lama and International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) Chairman Richard Gere in honor of ICT’s 30th anniversary. The event, which took place on Sept. 16, was held inside a packed stadium of more than 12,000 people in Rotterdam. It ended with ICT President Matteo Mecacci announcing a new grant by ICT to support the Dalai Lama’s vision of secular ethics. In welcome remarks at the beginning of the event, ICT Europe Executive Director Tsering Jampa gave a passionate overview of ICT’s work to advance the Tibetan cause and to support the Dalai Lama’s efforts for a negotiated solution to China’s oppression of the Tibetan people. “As the largest Tibet support group,” Jampa said, “we are working...

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Released: NGO Letter to Secretaries Mnuchin and Pompeo re Xinjiang and Tibet

Posted on Sep 19, 2018 in Global Efforts, Publications, Tibet, Uyghur | Comments Off on Released: NGO Letter to Secretaries Mnuchin and Pompeo re Xinjiang and Tibet

Citizen Power Initiatives for China joined with 33 other NGOs and human rights organizations in a letter campaign led by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. The attached letter, which is signed by these organizations and their leaders, including Citizen Power Initiatives for China and its president Dr. YANG Jianli, has been sent Monday to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin urging them to impose Magnitsky sanctions on Chinese officials responsible for human rights violations in Xinjiang and Tibet. Read PDF...

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UN experts urge China to prevent discrimination against Tibetans, Uyghurs and other ethnic groups

Posted on Aug 31, 2018 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, Mongolia, News, Tibet, Uyghur | Comments Off on UN experts urge China to prevent discrimination against Tibetans, Uyghurs and other ethnic groups

Geneva – United Nations experts on racial discrimination today urged the Chinese government to review policies and laws that discriminate against Tibetans, Uyghurs and Mongols. The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination made this recommendation in its concluding observations from its review of China at a hearing last month in Geneva. The committee issued a number of recommendations while highlighting torture and ill-treatment against ethnic groups, the use of anti-terror and anti-separatism laws to stifle dissent and the diminishing space for civil society in China. The committee also issued detailed recommendations with regard to the human rights of Mongols, Tibetans and Uyghurs. The committee said that it is “concerned by reports that Tibetans are subjected to significant restrictions on movement within and beyond Tibet Autonomous Region, and that the issuance of passports for foreign travel is almost...

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China Denies Visa to BuzzFeed Reporter and Oslo Freedom Forum Speaker Megha Rajagopalan

Posted on Aug 23, 2018 in International Relations, News | Comments Off on China Denies Visa to BuzzFeed Reporter and Oslo Freedom Forum Speaker Megha Rajagopalan

NEW YORK (August 23, 2018) — The Human Rights Foundation (HRF) condemns the Chinese government’s decision to deny a journalist visa to BuzzFeed reporter and Oslo Freedom Forum speaker Megha Rajagopalan. Rajagopalan, who has worked in China for six years, submitted an application for a long-term, resident journalist visa shortly after publishing an in-depth article on China’s state-sponsored discrimination against members of the country’s ethnic minority group, the Uighurs. Her application was delayed for months before being formally denied in May. “China’s authoritarian regime has for decades banned all political discourse within the country. It owns and directly influences major news outlets, and censors coverage it does not like. Lately, the regime is also harassing foreign journalists like Rajagopalan who dare to criticize the regime, while it officiallypretends to welcome them,” HRF Chief Legal Officer Javier El-Hage said. “The government’s sudden turn against Megha Rajagopalan, who has...

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A Call for a UN Investigation, and US Sanctions, on the Human Rights Disaster Unfolding in Xinjiang

Posted on Aug 12, 2018 in News, Publications, Uyghur | Comments Off on A Call for a UN Investigation, and US Sanctions, on the Human Rights Disaster Unfolding in Xinjiang

A Call for a UN Investigation, and US Sanctions, on the Human Rights Disaster Unfolding in Xinjiang August 10, 2018   It is now clear, from numerous reliable sources, that shocking human rights atrocities are being perpetrated in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region of China (XUAR). The Communist Party authorities have established a large number of political re-education centers in Xinjiang, detaining people without any judicial process, stripping them of their personal liberty, imprisoning them, and detaining them for indeterminate ‘sentences.’ Estimates of the numbers detained range from hundreds of thousands to over a million, primarily targeting Uighurs, but also Kazakhs, Hui people, and other minorities who follow Islam. Among those detainees are peasants, workers, university, college, high-school and middle-school students, teachers, poets, writers, artists, scholars, the head of a provincial department, bureau chiefs, village chiefs, and even Uighur...

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Beijing Reaches Far And Wide To Silence Critics – We Must Not Stay Silent

Posted on Jul 19, 2018 in Global Efforts, International Relations, News | Comments Off on Beijing Reaches Far And Wide To Silence Critics – We Must Not Stay Silent

Beijing Reaches Far And Wide To Silence Critics – We Must Not Stay Silent Speaking up for freedom and autonomy for Hong Kong is no longer simply a matter of duty and moral obligation, but a matter of self-interest too  13/07/2018 07:47 BST | Updated 13/07/2018 07:47 BST The abduction of booksellers, the imprisonment of democracy activists, and the disqualification of candidates and legislators who don’t toe Beijing’s line all illustrate the extremes to which the Chinese Communist Party is prepared to go to silence dissent in Hong Kong. By comparison, I have nothing to worry about. I am safe, free and able to continue to speak out. But remember the words of Pastor Martin Niemöller in Nazi Germany, who said: First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out- Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did...

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