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A Joint Statement Upon the Establishment of China Human Rights Accountability Center

Posted on Jan 9, 2017 in Global Magnitsky Act, International Relations, News, Publications | Comments Off on A Joint Statement Upon the Establishment of China Human Rights Accountability Center

A Joint Statement Upon the Establishment of China Human Rights Accountability Center January 10, 2017   On December 23, 2016, President Obama signed into law “The Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act.” The law authorizes the U.S. president to levy sanctions against foreign nationals who engage in the following acts: significant corruption, extrajudicial killings, torture, violation of international human rights covenants, and persecution of those who expose government corruption or seek to defend internationally recognized human rights. The mechanisms it provides to the president to carry out such sanctions include prohibiting or revoking U.S. entry visas or other entry documentation;freezing and prohibiting U.S. property transactions of an individual if such property and property interests are in the United States, come within the United States, or are in or come within the control of a U.S. person or entity.  ...

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A Statement of Solidarity from a Tibetan, Uyghur, Southern Mongolian, and Chinese Activist

Posted on Dec 9, 2016 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, Mongolia, News, Publications, Rule of Law in China, Tibet, Uyghur | Comments Off on A Statement of Solidarity from a Tibetan, Uyghur, Southern Mongolian, and Chinese Activist

A Statement of Solidarity from   a Tibetan, Uyghur, Southern Mongolian, and Chinese Activist Press Contact: Dorjee Tseten: [Tibetan, English] +91 9882511636 Yang Jianli: [Chinese, English]+1 (857)472-9039 Dolkun Isa (Rebiya Kadeer contact): [Uyghur, German, English] +49 89 54321999 Enghebatu Togochog: [Mongolian, English] +1 (917) 698-4367   10 December 2016 In 2016, for those under China’s rule, freedoms have continued on a steep downward spiral. 2016 has been a year of tumultuous, global social injustices and human rights violations. From Syria to Brazil, Russia to Burundi, governments around the world have openly broken fundamental, international laws that exist to protect the freedoms of people around the world, and give them justice. For those living under China’s rule human rights conditions have continued on a steep downward spiral. Human rights defenders in China remain casualties of the State’s aggressive campaign against...

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IFC Statement on Passage of Global Magnitsky Act

Posted on Dec 9, 2016 in Global Magnitsky Act, Highlights, News, Publications | Comments Off on IFC Statement on Passage of Global Magnitsky Act

Initiatives for China (IFC a.k.a Citizen Power for China) applauds the final passage of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act by Congress, which will allow the president to deny U.S. visas and freeze U.S.-based assets of any individual human rights abusers and corrupt  officials in the world.   IFC believes this paradigm shift will significantly strengthen and enhance the enforcement of international human rights laws, and give a powerful tool for global human rights activists fighting against authoritarian regimes and hold any human rights abusers accountable.   In the celebration of the Global Magnitsky Act’s historic passage, we would like to extend our deep gratitude and appreciation to Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), John McCain (R-AZ) , Representatives Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Jim McGovern (D-MA) for their leadership and their hard work. We also want to thank Mr. Bill...

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IFC Statement on His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Visit to Mongolia

Posted on Nov 28, 2016 in Mongolia, Publications, Tibet | Comments Off on IFC Statement on His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Visit to Mongolia

Initiatives for China (a.k.a. Citizen Power for China) applauds Mongolia’s decision to allow His Holiness the Dalai Lama to visit that country to teach Buddhism, and IFC praises the moral courage of the Mongolian leaders to stand up to Chinese Communist regime’s bullying and interfering a sovereign nation’s internal affairs. Meanwhile IFC is appalled to learn that Beijing has strongly retaliated against Mongolia by freezing diplomatic ties between Mongolia and China, despite the fact that His Holiness Dalai Lama’s visit to Mongolia was purely religious in nature. Such an action only reveals Beijing’s cowardice of bullying the week and fearing the strong. We believe that like Mongolia all countries should  stand up against the Chinese regime bad behavior in international relations, and say “no” to this bully by letting it know that bullying is not acceptable nor will be...

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IFC Statement on The Tank Man Image Selected As 100 Most Influential Photographs of All Time

Posted on Nov 23, 2016 in Highlights, News, Publications, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register, Two Tank Men | Comments Off on IFC Statement on The Tank Man Image Selected As 100 Most Influential Photographs of All Time

After three years of work, TIME has released its 100 most influential images of all time, a collection curated by international historians, photo editors, photographers, and reporters from around the world. Initiatives for China (a.k.a. Citizen Power for China) is pleased that The Tank Man image from the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests was selected as one of the 100. We applaud TIME’s effort and celebrate the selection of the Tank Man image, which once again confirms the historic value and significance of this iconic and powerful photograph. TIME’s selection criteria was based on whether the images’ influence can be quantified by examining how specific photographs drive and change the course of history. Indeed the Tank Man image has become not only a symbol of the 1989 Beijing pro-democracy protest, but also a symbol of nonviolent resistance against oppression worldwide,...

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IFC  Launches Chinese Citizen-Power TV

Posted on Nov 17, 2016 in Highlights, News, Publications | Comments Off on IFC  Launches Chinese Citizen-Power TV

After months of preparation, Initiatives for China/Citizen Power for China (IFC) is launching an online TV channel called Citizen-Power TV (CPTV)  (http://www.youtube.com/c/CitizenPowerForChina). The debut of CPTV includes three programs: Say What’s On Your Mind, Say What You See, and Citizen Laugh Show. Other than these three episodes produced by IFC, we also seek contributions from viewers. Our Editorial Board will review videos submitted to IFC and after the Board’s approval, the videos will be edited by our technicians and release to online CPTV and Yibao Online Magazine (yibaochina.com) for broad audiences. Say What’s On Your Mind mainly focuses on the citizens’ comments and analysis of current affairs, historic events and people. This includes but not limited to the topics of politics, economics, culture, society, science, military, diplomacy, arts and literature etc. Say What You See highlights news and events...

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Questions We Would Have Asked Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton (Perspective)

Posted on Nov 3, 2016 in News, Op Ed, Publications | Comments Off on Questions We Would Have Asked Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton (Perspective)

https://bol.bna.com/questions-we-would-have-asked-donald-trump-and-hillary-clinton-perspective/ Editor’s Note: The authors of this post are Chinese human rights activists. By Yang Jianli, Founder and President of Initiatives for China, and Teng Biao, Visiting Scholar at The Institute for Advanced Study and New York University We have watched the three presidential debates in dismay and surprise: While the third and final debate dealt with several important issues, it repeated a glaring omission of the prior two debates. Why hasn’t anybody raised questions about U.S. human rights policy toward China? It undoubtedly concerns the long term national interest of this country. Here are the questions we’d have posed to the candidates: To Mr. Trump: During the March 10 Republican presidential debate,  you smeared the 1989 students’ peaceful protest in Beijing as a “riot,” characterizing their murder as an illustration of “strong” leadership. Do you think American presidents should embrace the power of “political winners” around the world, denouncing their peaceful petitioners?...

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