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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 the Radio Free Asia (RFA) based in Washington, DC, USA. Let’s get to know her a little bit more through her past.   Gul was born in Urumchi, the regional capital of East Turkistan, which is currently called Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, to the family of a recognized Uyghur intellectual. She was a precious gift to this family because her...

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Times Wang: When Trudeau visits China, spare a thought for my father

Posted on Aug 29, 2016 in No Category | Comments Off on Times Wang: When Trudeau visits China, spare a thought for my father

The Global and Mail When Trudeau visits China, spare a thought for my father Times Wang Published Friday, Aug. 26, 2016 6:00AM EDT   Times Wang of Montreal is a lawyer based in Washington, D.C. His family’s website provides details about his father’s case. When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits China next week, my family and I will be watching very closely. We are Canadian Chinese, but our particular interest in his visit stems not from heritage, but from heartache. My father is Chinese political prisoner Wang Bingzhang, whose experience of Canadian democracy led him to devote his life to democracy activism. After obtaining his PhD from McGill University, he started several opposition parties, including in China, from which he was exiled and expelled.  Fourteen years ago, he was kidnapped in Vietnam and taken to China, where he was held incommunicado for...

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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...

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Statement on Nomination of the Tank Man Images and Video Footage for the UNESCO Memory of the World Register

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 in Highlights, News, No Category, Op Ed, Publications, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register, Two Tank Men | Comments Off on Statement on Nomination of the Tank Man Images and Video Footage for the UNESCO Memory of the World Register

Statement by Initiatives for China on  Nomination of the Tank Man Images and Video Footage  for the UNESCO Memory of the World Register June 1, 2016   Initiatives for China is pleased to announce that along with the Newseum and world-renowned photographer Charlie Cole, it has nominated the Tank Man images and video footage captured by international journalists during the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing as documentary heritage for inscription into UNESCO Memory of the World (MoW) Register. The nomination submitted on the eve of the 27th anniversary of the early-morning June 4 massacre serves as an appropriate commemoration of the hundreds, even thousands of victims. The nomination includes the selected images and video footage from five photojournalists and two cameramen who risked their lives to record the heroic act of the “Tank Man”, a still-unidentified young Chinese man,...

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Speech at Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation’s Award Ceremony for Dolkun Isa

Posted on Mar 20, 2016 in No Category | Comments Off on Speech at Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation’s Award Ceremony for Dolkun Isa

Speech at Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation’s Award Ceremony for Dolkun Isa by YANG Jianli March 30, 2016 It is a great honor and pleasure for me to speak on this heartening occasion. I want to first congratulate my dear friend, brother and human rights comrade Dolkun Isa for winning this deserved award. I wish to thank the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation for recognizing three decades of Dolkun’s struggle for the Uyghurs freedom and his remarkable achievements. Under the leadership of Mr. Lee Edwards and Mr. Marion Smith, the Foundation is playing an increasingly important role in helping people around the world seek freedom from the yoke of communist dictatorships as well as other autocracies. It is most encouraging for the Foundation to expand its caring heart and dedication to include the Uyghur people, who are largely demonized...

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Joint Open Letter to International Olympic Committee regarding Beijing’s bid for the Winter Olympics 2022

Posted on Jul 23, 2015 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, Mongolia, No Category, Tibet, Uyghur | Comments Off on Joint Open Letter to International Olympic Committee regarding Beijing’s bid for the Winter Olympics 2022

As Tibetans, Uyghurs, Southern Mongolians and Han Chinese we join together to urge you, International Olympic Committee members, not to award another Olympic Games to China. All of the people we represent have suffered as a result of the Chinese government’s contempt for human rights. We hope that you are aware by now that the 2008 Beijing Games did nothing to alleviate human rights abuses in China or enhance freedom. In fact the situation now in 2015 is far worse than when those Games were awarded in 2001. In the past 12 months alone the Chinese government has unleashed a harsh crackdown on human rights defenders in China itself, most recently arresting hundreds of human rights lawyers; [1] in East Turkestan (Ch: Xinjiang), where the majority population of Uyghurs practice Islam, there has been a ban on participation in...

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Video: Birthday Wishes to H.H. Dalai Lama from Global Chinese Community

Posted on Jul 7, 2015 in Buddhist, Highlights, News, No Category, Publications, Tibet | Comments Off on Video: Birthday Wishes to H.H. Dalai Lama from Global Chinese Community

Release of Our Hymn to His Holiness the Dalai Lama on His 80th Birthday, from Global Chinese Community  https://youtu.be/HvktwPVkjHY Today marks the 80th birthday of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, our great messenger of human peace, and the spiritual leader of Tibet. To express our respect and love for His Holiness, and help more Chinese better understand Tibetan culture, religion, political and economic situation of today’s Tibet, and its historical truth, we at Initiative for China, a.k.a., Citizen Power for China, have initiated a video project in congratulations to His Holiness, since this June 27 Our aim is to better understand the middle road proposal by His Holiness in order to solve the Tibetan issue, on the basis of peace and benevolence through dialogues between Han Chinese and Tibetan people. Now we are proud to announce a collection of...

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