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Please Join Us To Commemorate the 29th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre

Posted on Jun 4, 2018 in News, Publications, Tiananmen Anniversaries, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register | Comments Off on Please Join Us To Commemorate the 29th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre

Please Join Us To Commemorate the 29th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre On June 4th and June 5th, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation will be hosting events to commemorate the Tiananmen Square Massacre of 1989.   Candlelight Vigil at the Victims of Communism Memorial Join us at the Victims of Communism Memorial on June 4th for a candlelight vigil and ceremony of remembrance on behalf of the victims of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. We will hear remarks from survivors, victims‘ families, and others who have been persecuted by the communist regime in China. Monday, June 4 8:00 PM Vigil Ceremony Begins Victims of Communism Memorial Corner of Massachusetts and New Jersey Avenues Northwest Panel Discussion: Exploring the Contested History of Tiananmen Square Join the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation on June 5th for an expert panel discussion on the relevance of the Tiananmen Square Massacre today, and for the presentation of the Foundation‘s Human Rights Award Fang Zheng, who had both of his legs crushed by an oncoming tank in Tiananmen Square after pushing...

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Thank You Senator Cruz for Introducing the Stop Higher Education Espionage and Theft Act of 2018

Posted on May 30, 2018 in International Relations, News, Publications | Comments Off on Thank You Senator Cruz for Introducing the Stop Higher Education Espionage and Theft Act of 2018

Initiatives for China to Senator Cruz on  “Stop Higher Education Espionage and Theft Act of 2018” Dear Senator Cruz: On behalf of Initiative for China/Citizen Power, and all Americans deeply concerned about China’s insidious efforts to covertly invade the American Education system, I wish to express our great appreciation for your introduction of the Stop Higher Education Espionage and Theft Act of 2018. We strongly support it. Your legislation would clearly strengthen the US Government’s capacity to deal with foreign, intelligence organizations of any nation secretly operating inside American colleges and universities. But the official U.S. investigations, and the congressional testimony that we and others have provided in recent years, taken together, overwhelmingly demonstrates that the Chinese Communist Party’s intelligence agencies pose the greatest threat to the democratic way of life in America and the rest of the free world. A variety...

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Investing in internet freedom supports human rights, national security: Katrina Lantos Swett

Posted on May 19, 2018 in Global Efforts, International Relations, News | Comments Off on Investing in internet freedom supports human rights, national security: Katrina Lantos Swett

Investing in internet freedom supports human rights, national security BY KATRINA LANTOS SWETT, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR – 05/17/18 01:00 PM EDT   There is growing recognition that internet freedom has become an indispensable human right of the 21st century. This new reality has created an urgent need to update America’s strategy for informing and engaging the world in support of freedom and democracy by bringing it into the internet era. Congress has responded to that challenge by appropriating $50 million annually to fund internet freedom and firewall circumvention technologies. Sadly, the agencies charged with fulfilling this mission have not done their jobs.   Recently, I had the opportunity to testify before congressional leaders about this issue. I warned that the continued failure of the State Department and the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the independent federal agency that oversees Voice of America and similar...

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Announcement of the Establishment of the Chinese Entrepreneur Rights Association (CERA)

Posted on May 4, 2018 in News, Publications | Comments Off on Announcement of the Establishment of the Chinese Entrepreneur Rights Association (CERA)

Announcement of the Establishment of the Chinese Entrepreneur Rights Association (CERA)  In view of the current political dilemma of the private enterprises in China, and in response to Chinese entrepreneurs‘ urgent needs, with the active support and assistance of all parties, under the joint efforts of the Initiatives for China/Citizen Power team, the China Entrepreneurs Rights Association will officially launch on the 16th of April, 2018. Since the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, the “Red Empire” has continued to strengthen Communist ideology, and a “Communist red peril” in the information age has returned. China is once again at a historical turning point, and it is the Chinese entrepreneurs who will become one of the primary victims of this reestablished regime. Therefore, it is necessary to form a large scale coalition to defend the entrepreneurs’ rights (many...

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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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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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