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Archbishop Tutu Supports the Campaign to Seek the Truth about the Two Tiananmen Tank Men

Posted on Jun 14, 2016 in News, Publications, Tiananmen Anniversaries, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register | Comments Off on Archbishop Tutu Supports the Campaign to Seek the Truth about the Two Tiananmen Tank Men

On June 5, Citizen Power’s founder Dr. Yang Jianli received a notice from Roger Friedman, assistant of Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Initiatives for China/Citizen Power for China (IFC/CPFC) was informed that the archbishop had signed the appeal initiated by IFC/CPFC to seek the truth about the two Tiananmen tank men. Although the archbishop no longer participates in public events and no longer issues public statements, on the 27th anniversary of the June 4th massacre, he expressed his support for this campaign. Archbishop Tutu welcomed Dr. Yang Jianli during their meeting after Dr.Yang was released from Chinese prison.   IFC/CPFC’s team is greatly encouraged by Archbishop Tutu’s support. Yang Jianli said that with the support of such a charismatic human rights leader, who vigorously supports democracy and freedom for the Chinese people, this campaign and that applying...

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Tibetans rally up for Chinese, Commemorating the Tiananmen Square Massacre

Posted on Jun 4, 2016 in Highlights, News, Op Ed, Publications, Tiananmen Anniversaries, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register, Tibet, Two Tank Men | Comments Off on Tibetans rally up for Chinese, Commemorating the Tiananmen Square Massacre

  On June 4th, 2016, Students for a Free Tibet held a rally in Dharamsala, India, to commemorating the 27th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square. They organized this event to show the solidarty with the victims of the massacre and raise awareness about the ongoing crackdown on the democracy activists in China....

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Commemorating the 27th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square Massacre Conference and Candle Vigil

Posted on May 26, 2016 in News, Op Ed, Publications, Tiananmen Anniversaries | Comments Off on Commemorating the 27th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square Massacre Conference and Candle Vigil

On behalf of Initiatives for China and the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, we wish to invite you to attend this year’s commemoration of the 27th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre of June 4, 1989. Exploring the Contested History of the Tiananmen Square Massacre Live and via WebEx Open to the public (registration required) Friday, June 3rd, 2016 Session 1: 10:30AM-12:00PM Session 2: 1:00PM-3:00PM Candle Vigil: 7:30PM Conference Location: Pew Charitable Trusts Research Facility 901 E Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20004 Candle Vigil Location: Victims of Communism Memorial (Intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and New Jersey Avenue, NW) On June 4, 1989, millions of peaceful demonstrators from the Chinese Democracy Movement gathered in Tiananmen Square, where thousands were brutally cracked down. In every subsequent year, students, scholars, journalists, and politicians have joined with other human rights advocates to commemorate their sacrifice-except in...

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‘The Chinese Government Almost Blew It’

Posted on Feb 29, 2016 in Tiananmen Anniversaries, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register | Comments Off on ‘The Chinese Government Almost Blew It’

‘The Chinese Government Almost Blew It’ In Thursday night’s debate, Donald Trump put in a word for Saddam Hussein and Moammar Qaddafi, in a way. He said that, if those two were still in power, “instead of having terrorism all over the place, we’d be — at least they killed terrorists, all right?” The fact is, they were terrorists. And funders and shelterers of other terrorists. (Abu Nidal, for one, in Saddam Hussein’s case.) An interview that Trump gave to Playboy in 1990 has just come to my attention. If I’m the last to know about it, forgive me. Trump was asked about Gorbachev — who was nearing the end of his time in power. Trump said, “Russia is out of control and the leadership knows it. That’s my problem with Gorbachev. Not a firm enough hand.” His interviewer...

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The Photo of the Tank Man Is Endangered – Adding Extra Urgency to Our Signature Campaign

Posted on Feb 2, 2016 in News, Tiananmen Anniversaries, Two Tank Men | Comments Off on The Photo of the Tank Man Is Endangered – Adding Extra Urgency to Our Signature Campaign

According to foreign media reports, VISUAL CHINA, a company with Chinese government ties, recently acquired Corbis, a photograph and video footage licensing company founded by Bill Gates.  Visual China has bought the copyrights of nearly 50 million original photographs, including a large number of photos taken on the site of the 1989 Tiananmen massacre and the well-known photo of “Wang Weilin Blocking the Tank”. This development has caused great concern in China and across the world, with people worrying that this move is likely to lead to many Tiananmen massacre photos being sealed or destroyed.  Clearly, the CCP’s dollar politics has penetrated from diplomacy into commercial arenas.   They are trying to cover up the evidence of their crimes through legitimate commercial means. On December 10, 2015, the fifth anniversary of Liu Xiaobo’s winning of the Nobel peace prize,...

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Speech by YANG Jianli at the CECC Press Conference Commemorating the 5th Anniversary of Liu Xiaobo’s Winning the Nobel Peace Prize

Posted on Dec 11, 2015 in Highlights, News, Tiananmen Anniversaries, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register, Two Tank Men | Comments Off on Speech by YANG Jianli at the CECC Press Conference Commemorating the 5th Anniversary of Liu Xiaobo’s Winning the Nobel Peace Prize

Dec. 9, 2015 Liu Xiaobo, How are you? Thank you Chairman Smith and the CECC for holding this important press conference where we are standing together in solidarity with Liu Xiao and his fellow political prisoners of China. We are sending a clear and strong message to China and the rest of the world that we have not forgotten. Nobel prize anniversaries are usually happy occasions. But the fifth anniversary of Liu Xiaobo’s winning of the Nobel Peace Prize is a solemn and sad one. He is still serving an 11-year prison term imposed by the dictators of Beijing. What was the horrible crime that the CCP claimed deserved such harsh punishment? Liu coauthored Charter 08, a call for peaceful transition to democratic freedoms in China. Recognizing his courage and the importance of that document as well as his...

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CECC Cochairs Mark Five-Year Anniversary of Liu Xiaobo Receiving the Nobel Prize, Annual Observation of International Human Rights Day

Posted on Dec 10, 2015 in House Arrest of Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Tiananmen Anniversaries | Comments Off on CECC Cochairs Mark Five-Year Anniversary of Liu Xiaobo Receiving the Nobel Prize, Annual Observation of International Human Rights Day

  CECC Cochairs Mark Five-Year Anniversary of Liu Xiaobo Receiving the Nobel Prize, Annual Observation of International Human Rights Day   Say Liu Xiaobo Represents Principles Enshrined in the Declaration   On December 10, 2010, Liu Xiaobo, a writer, professor, human rights activist and one of the chief authors of Charter 08, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in absentia for his “long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.”  He was the first Chinese national and resident in China to receive the prestigious award.  However, he was unable to claim his prize; he was serving an 11 year sentence in Jinzhou Prison in Liaoning province, some 4,000 miles from Oslo, after being found guilty of “inciting subversion.” His wife, the artist and poet Liu Xia, was placed under illegal home confinement in Beijing shortly after the Nobel committee’s announcement...

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