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NGO Summit Highlights U.N. Human Rights

Posted on Sep 30, 2011 in Challenge China's Membership to UN Human Rights Council, Highlights, International Relations, News, We Have A Dream Global Summit | Comments Off on NGO Summit Highlights U.N. Human Rights

As the United Nations General Assembly convenes in New York for its annual plenary sessions, just a few blocks uptown from U.N. Headquarters another type of summit was being held.  “We’re hosting our own assembly where repression isn’t welcome,” stated YANG Jianli, President of Initiatives for China, referring to the U.N. Member states of Cuba, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Iran Syria, Burma, North Korea, and his home country of China, among others.  The global summit against persecution and discrimination sponsored by UN Watch and a coalition of human rights advocacy groups, featured dissidents and political prisoners from around the globe, victims of those governments which routinely deny citizens even the most basic of freedoms and which brutalize and persecute those who dare to advocate for their inherent human rights. Victims, but not victimized.  From Cuba, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia,...

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Declaration of Dissidents for Universal Human Rights

Posted on Sep 30, 2011 in Challenge China's Membership to UN Human Rights Council, International Relations, News, Publications, We Have A Dream Global Summit | Comments Off on Declaration of Dissidents for Universal Human Rights

Declaration of Dissidents for Universal Human Rights United Nations, New York, September 22, 2011 We, former prisoners of conscience, dissidents, victims of torture, persecution, and repression, fighters for freedom, democracy and the dignity of all human beings, gathered here at United Nations Headquarters in New York City, on 22 September 2011, do hereby declare: Seventy years ago this week, in the face of Nazi tyranny, nations gathered in London to proclaim the Four Freedoms of the Atlantic Charter that are the birthright of all human beings and the hallmarks of democratic society: Freedom of speech and of belief, freedom from fear and from want. These four freedoms form the preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Two decades ago, the Soviet Union, the other great tyranny of the twentieth century, collapsed amidst the cry for freedom that first...

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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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