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China’s UN rep spies on dissident, interrupts UN testimony three times

Posted on Mar 20, 2018 in Challenge China's Membership to UN Human Rights Council, Highlights, International Relations, News, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on China’s UN rep spies on dissident, interrupts UN testimony three times

UN WATCH China’s UN rep spies on dissident, interrupts UN testimony three times https://www.unwatch.org/chinas-un-rep-spies-dissident-interrupts-un-testimony-three-times/ GENEVA, March 20, 2018 – The Chinese government today interrupted UN testimony (see below) by one of its most well-known former political prisoners, who took the floor on behalf of the Geneva based human rights group UN Watch, as he addressed the 47-nation Human Rights Council in Geneva. China lashed out at the end, saying in a right of reply that “NGOs and individuals with ulterior motives use this forum to fulfill their evil purposes.” Before the speech, one of the Chinese government delegates sought to intimidate the speaker, Dr. Yang Jianli, by taking pictures of him outside the hall for more than 10 minutes. UN Watch has filed a formal complaint with UNHRC President Vojislav Suc, demanding that the Chinese delegate-believed to be Mr. Wei Zhimin...

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Dr. Yang Jianli’s Speech at the 10th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy

Posted on Mar 2, 2018 in Geneva Human Rights Summit, International Relations, No Category, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on Dr. Yang Jianli’s Speech at the 10th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy

Speech at the 10th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy YANG Jianli Feb. 20, 2018, Geneva It’s wonderful to see so many old and new friends here at the 10th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy, and it is an honor to speak at the gathering again this year. And I am proud that my organization, Initiatives for China/ Citizen Power, is a partner of the Geneva Summit. The camaraderie, and the sharing of experiences and strategies at this Summit has always given me hope, even during the darkest days of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) autocratic rule. Dr. Yang talks about Mr. Wang Quanzhang on Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), and the 20th anniversary of China’s signing of the International...

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We don’t even know if this heroic Chinese lawyer is alive or dead

Posted on Feb 26, 2018 in News, Op Ed, Prisoners of Conscience | Comments Off on We don’t even know if this heroic Chinese lawyer is alive or dead

By Yang Jianli February 26 at 6:38 PM Yang Jianli is founder and president of Initiatives for China. He was imprisoned in China from 2002 to 2007 for attempting to monitor labor unrest. On Feb. 15, Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang turned 42. It was the 951st day of his imprisonment – and he has had zero contact with the outside world for that entire time. Wang spent his 40th and 41st birthdays likewise incommunicado. Nor has he had any access to his lawyer, Yu Wensheng, who was recently himself detained and charged with “inciting subversion.” Nor was Wang able to be with his son and wife, the fearless Li Wenzu. They haven’t seen him since he was first detained in early August 2015. He could, in fact, already be dead, but his family is clinging to the hope...

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Does the Chinese government want to be the world’s censor?

Posted on Feb 24, 2018 in International Relations, News, Op Ed, Publications | Comments Off on Does the Chinese government want to be the world’s censor?

By Yang Jianli 2/23/2018  Recently, a poster for Mercedes-Benz by the same-named German auto maker sparked a “public opinion” protest in China. Caving to pressure, on February 6, 2018, Daimler AG (of which Mercedes-Benz is a division) issued a public apology. Although China’s foreign ministry spokesperson did not explicitly state that the apology was made at the behest of Chinese authorities, nevertheless, he still declared in a victor’s tone: “Recognizing one’s mistakes and correcting them is the most basic principle of conduct.” Indeed, there is no need to speculate whether the Chinese government exerted direct pressure on Daimler AG. Under Beijing’s increasingly strict control, no large-scale online media story can develop in China without official permission. The so-called “pressure of public opinion” is, in fact, pressure applied by the Chinese government. I think the most surprising aspects of this...

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Initiatives for China seeking support on letter to President Trump Calling to bring Castro Regime to an International Tribunal

Posted on Feb 23, 2018 in International Relations, News | Comments Off on Initiatives for China seeking support on letter to President Trump Calling to bring Castro Regime to an International Tribunal

Initiatives for China seeking support on letter to President Trump Calling to bring Castro Regime to an International Tribunal Attached is a letter addressed to President Trump calling on him to simply follow what is in the law…to bring the Castro Regime to an international tribunal for the massacre of February 24, 1996, when two US unarmed civilian planes were shot down over international air space, with the 4 Americans on board murdered.  We need your help with your signature and that of those international human rights activists who are part of your network and who you can reach out to.  The anniversary of the massacre is coming up on Saturday.  We are very thankful and grateful for any and all help that you can give. Please send your response to Mr. Orlando...

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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...

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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...

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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 a joint declaration of unity and an agreement to push for Global Magnitsky-type legislation in Australia, where the 13th Conference will be held. Two Australian participants, Ms. Kyinzom Dhongdue, Member of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile and Campaign Manager of the Australia Tibet Council, and Mr. Feng Haiguang, an Australia-based human rights activist, delivered closing remarks. Joint Statement The 12th InterEthnic/InterFaith...

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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 wonderful gathering of supporters of democracy in China, for all the minorities from all over the world. I’ve come a long way to be at this conference, and I am really glad that I did (come). To see all of the people from East Turkistan, Inner Mongolia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Tibet- my dear friends from Tibet. Seeing all democrats of...

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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 were given Citizen Power Awards this year: 1) Mr. Makino Seishu, 2) Professor Ilham Tohti, and 3) Ms. Wang Qiaoling (human rights activist and wife of human rights lawyer Li Heping). Mr. Enver Can, a Uyghur human rights activists and Chairman of the Ilham Tohti Initiative, delivered an acceptance speech on behalf of Ilham Tohti, and Ambassador Maysing Yang read...

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