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Ninth InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference Held In Taiwan

Posted on May 16, 2014 in Buddhist, Christian, Falun Gong, Hong Kong, InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, Macao, Mongolia, Taiwan, Tibet, Uyghur | Comments Off on Ninth InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference Held In Taiwan

Ninth InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference Held In Taiwan Reported by Citizen Reporters: Duan Chao, Cao Jie, Li Zhong and Li Xuemei Organized by Initiatives for China/Citizen Power for China, the Ninth Interethnic / Interfaith Leadership Conference was held in Taiwan from April 24 through April 27. The four-day conference gave training to nearly 100 people in nonviolent resistance, with attendees including Chinese, Mongolians, Tibetans and Uyghurs residing in various region of the world, including Hong Kong, Mainland China, Macau, Taiwan,  Dharamsala of India, Mongolia, Japan, North America, Australia and Europe.  The diverse attendees hold beliefs such as Buddhism, Christianity, Falungong, Islam, and other faiths. Since its inception in 2000, this is the ninth Interethnic / Interfaith Leadership Conference.  It aims to promote understanding and cooperation among people of different ethnicities, religions and regions.  It also aims to promote tolerance and friendship,...

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Democracies: The Vote That Will Test Your Commitment to Democracy

Posted on Nov 6, 2013 in Challenge China's Membership to UN Human Rights Council, Falun Gong, Hong Kong, Macao, Mongolia, News, Publications, Taiwan, Tibet, Uyghur | Comments Off on Democracies: The Vote That Will Test Your Commitment to Democracy

Updates on Petitions Challenging China’s Seat in UNHRC:  + Petition on  Avaaz.org reaching almost 700,000. + Around 3000 more signatures of petitioner inside China added to Citizen Power for China’s petition, reaching a total of 12,000 signatories. —————————————————————–   By YANG Jianli Speech at the 6th annual briefing on Human Rights Council Candidates hosted by UN Watch and Human Rights Foundation November 4, 2013, UN Headquarters, New York   At about 9:00pm, September 24, I was on the phone with Ms. Zhang Jing in China, the wife of the street vendor Xia Junfeng. Four years ago, Xia Junfeng, acting in self-defense, stabbed two para-police who were beating him and taking his things. She and their son had just had the last meeting with Xia Junfeng who was that morning notified he was to be executed the same day. She cried to me for help. At the same time, the online community...

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Letter Campaign to Issue Travel Ban on Human Rights Abusers

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 in Buddhist, Charter 08, Christian, Falun Gong, Forced Eviction, Highlights, International Relations, Liu Xiaobo's Case, Mongolia, News, Prisoners of Conscience, Publications, Religious Freedom, Rule of Law in China, Taiwan, Tibet, Topics, Uyghur | Comments Off on Letter Campaign to Issue Travel Ban on Human Rights Abusers

Dear All, Initiatives for China (Citizen Power for China) is launching this letter campaign urging the Speaker of the US House of Representatives to expand Magnitsky Bill to invoke a travel ban against serious violators of human rights across the world, freeze any U.S. assets they may possess and publish their names. The original Magnitsky Bill targets only Russia. Please join us in this effort to promote human rights situation globally by signing your organization’s name on this letter. (Please sign this letter by replying to dcoffice@initiativesforchina.org) Please see proposed letter below: The Honorable Speaker Boehner United States House Washington, D.C. 20515   September 7, 2012 Dear Mr. Speaker, As you prepare for the House to take up a bill to extend Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) to Russia, we strongly urge you to support the Senate version of the legislation that includes...

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CEPOS awarded the Freedom Prize 2011 to Dr. Yang Jianli

Posted on May 6, 2012 in Buddhist, Christian, Falun Gong, Highlights, International Relations, News, Op Ed, Publications, Religious Freedom, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on CEPOS awarded the Freedom Prize 2011 to Dr. Yang Jianli

The Danish Centre for Political Studies (CEPOS) awarded the Freedom Prize 2011 to Dr. Yang Jianli for his tireless efforts to promote human rights in China.  Dr. Yang Jianli holds two Ph.D. degrees from Harvard and the University of California and is the founder of the pro-democracy organizations, Initiatives for China and the Foundation for China in the 21st Century. Dr. Yang Jianli was born in northern China and graduated from Beijing Normal University at the age of 19. A rising star in the Chinese Communist Party, Jianli quickly became disenchanted by the corruption and duplicity in the communist system. He left China to pursue a career in Mathematics at U.C. Berkeley. In 1989, his fellow graduate students at Berkeley elected him to go to Beijing in support of their counterparts who were demonstrating for democracy in Tiananmen Square....

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CEPOS Freedom Award Acceptance Speech

Posted on May 4, 2012 in Buddhist, Christian, Falun Gong, International Relations, News, Op Ed, Publications, Religious Freedom, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on CEPOS Freedom Award Acceptance Speech

By: YANG Jianli April 30,2012, Copenhagen I am both humbled and invigorated to be honored as the recipient of the 2012 Center for Political Studies Freedom Award.  I understand that this prestigious award recognizes individuals who demonstrate a “principled and steadfast commitment to the values and ideas of individual freedom and basic human rights.” Although I stand here before you as your honoree, in MY eyes, I see in front of me, the faces of my brothers in China, my fellow freedom fighters in Burma, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, North Korea, Syria, Vietnam and other closed societies around the globe  whose lifework and whose very willingness to shed their life’s blood, each and everyday, make each of them so more deserving of this recognition than I.  It is only with this acknowledgement that I can accept this award. I am invigorated with...

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Human Rights Groups Launch UN Action Project

Posted on Mar 6, 2012 in 2010 International Hunger Strike, Buddhist, Challenge China's Membership to UN Human Rights Council, Charter 08, Chen Guangcheng, Christian, Falun Gong, Forced Eviction, Highlights, International Relations, Liu Xiaobo's Case, Mongolia, News, Prisoners of Conscience, Publications, Religious Freedom, Rule of Law in China, Sparrow Initiative, Tibet, Topics, Uyghur | Comments Off on Human Rights Groups Launch UN Action Project

Initiatives for China, International Campaign for Tibet, the Uyghur American Association, Southern Mongolian Human Rights Center, and International Uyghur Human Rights and Democracy Foundation announce the launch of their UN Action Project, a strategic initiative focused against China’s membership on the United Nations Human Rights Council. Together, these organizations will conduct activities designed to (1) increase awareness of China’s complete lack of accountability with regards to the human rights of its citizens, and (2) to defeat China’s bid in 2013 for another three-year term on the Council. The UN Human Rights Council is regarded as the pre-eminent body for the protection and advancement of human rights worldwide. Conversely, China is recognized by all as a country that routinely denies its citizens their basic rights to freedom of speech, assembly, religion, and property; viciously persecutes religious and ethnic minorities; and ‘re-educates’...

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Speech at We Have a Dream: Global Summit against Discrimination and Persecution

Posted on Sep 30, 2011 in Challenge China's Membership to UN Human Rights Council, Charter 08, Chen Guangcheng, Christian, Falun Gong, Forced Eviction, International Relations, Liu Xiaobo's Case, Mongolia, News, Prisoners of Conscience, Publications, Religious Freedom, Tibet, Topics, Uyghur, We Have A Dream Global Summit | Comments Off on Speech at We Have a Dream: Global Summit against Discrimination and Persecution

By: YANG Jianli Sept. 21, 2011, New York Dear friends, today we live in a land of shadows. Stark shadows cast by what is worst in us on what is best. In 1945, as one of the worst convulsions of violence in the history of mankind drew to a close, the United Nations was formed and its Charter signed by twenty-six nations. This was a ray of light in a world still shrouded in darkness. The best of mankind was on display in the UN Charter, which affirmed the “faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, [and] in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small.” The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was another milestone in the evolution of man’s global consciousness, emerging as it did in...

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