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ChinaAid Launches #FreeZhangkai Campaign with new website

Posted on Mar 23, 2016 in Christian, News, Religious Freedom | Comments Off on ChinaAid Launches #FreeZhangkai Campaign with new website

#FreeZhangkai Campaign Website: www.freezhangkai.com Human rights lawyer and Christian Zhang Kai has been held in police custody since August 25, 2015. Police climbed the walls of Xialing Church in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, where Zhang Kai was staying while he legally defended the church against the forced demolition of its cross, and took him into custody. Shortly after his apprehension, he was placed under “residential surveillance in a designated location,” better known as a “black jail”—a place where coercion tactics and torture are all too common. February 25 marked the authorities’ six-month deadline to take legal action against Zhang Kai after taking him into custody. On February 26, Zhang Kai was criminally detained after a “confession,” which is speculated to have been coerced, aired on state-run television. Zhang Kai is charged with “endangering state security” and “gathering a crowd to...

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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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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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Nonviolence from Damascus and Manama to Moscow and Beijing: Why the Middle East revolution makes dictatorships tremble

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 in Buddhist, Charter 08, Christian, Forced Eviction, InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, 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 Nonviolence from Damascus and Manama to Moscow and Beijing: Why the Middle East revolution makes dictatorships tremble

Chibli Mallat is a law professor and a practicing attorney, and an active defender of human rights, constitutional law, and judicial accountabillity. He is Presidential Professor of Law at the University of Utah and EU Jean Monnet Professor of European Law at Université Saint Joseph in Lebanon. He was the 2011 Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Visiting Professor of Islamic Legal Studies at Harvard Law School, and will be teaching at Yale Law School in the fall of 2012. Mallat has published and edited over thirty five books, including Introduction to Middle Eastern Law, OUP 2007; and Iraq: Guide to Law and Policy, Kluwer 2009, and is the founder and chairman of Right to Nonviolence, an international NGO based in Beirut. We are into the second year of the Middle East Nonviolent Revolution. I had the privilege to...

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Opening Remarks of the 7th Interethnic Interfaith Leadership Conference

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 in Buddhist, Charter 08, Christian, Forced Eviction, InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, 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 Opening Remarks of the 7th Interethnic Interfaith Leadership Conference

Moving Forward Together Dear friends, dear brothers and sisters, It is heartening to see all of you coming to the Seventh Interethnic/Interfaith Leadership Conference.   When I think of the distances, especially the psychological distances that we have traveled to be here, I am blessedly reminded that even with all the difficulties facing us which, sadly to say, may not have become less daunting than at the beginning of this century when this conference was first started, so much has already been done to establish the foundational spirit of community that is essential to our labors in and on behalf of the future. When we first undertook this endeavor in 2000, we knew we were taking up one of the most challenging jobs in the world but knew not how long we would be able to persevere.  Twelve years and...

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