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IFC Statement on the Trial of CHEN Bing, FU Hailu, ZHANG Juanyong, and LUO Fuyu

Posted on May 1, 2017 in News, Publications, Rule of Law in China, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register | Comments Off on IFC Statement on the Trial of CHEN Bing, FU Hailu, ZHANG Juanyong, and LUO Fuyu

IFC Statement on the Trial of CHEN Bing, FU Hailu, ZHANG Juanyong, and LUO Fuyu We are shocked to learn that the Chinese Communist regime is to put CHEN Bing, FU Hailu, ZHANG Juanyong, and LUO Fuyu on trial for so called “Inciting subversion of state power”, a catch-all crime to incarcerate human rights activists for their free speeches. One of the four activists, CHEN Bing, was an ordinary participant in the June 4 student movement that took place 28 years ago, and was arrested in 2016 for commemorating the 27th anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown by promoting a Chinese alcohol with a ‘June 4’ label including a picture of the “Tank Man”. We deeply regret that the regime shows no remorse for the Tiananmen Massacre which resulted in hundreds or even thousands of protesters being killed by the People’s Liberation Army.  We believe that facing up...

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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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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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Tiananmen Commemoration Remarks by Daniel Calingaert, Freedom House Executive Vice President

Posted on Jun 11, 2016 in News, Publications, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register | Comments Off on Tiananmen Commemoration Remarks by Daniel Calingaert, Freedom House Executive Vice President

2016 Commemoration of Tiananmen Square Massacre  Remarks by Daniel Calingaert, Executive Vice President June 3rd, 2016 | Washington, D.C. Good morning. It is an honor to commemorate the 27th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre with you, especially those of you who participated in the protests and were firsthand witnesses to the brutality of that day. Some may ask why, 27 years later, we still gather to talk about what happened in the Square and surrounding streets on June 4, 1989. Others might ask why we do this when we know it may upset the Chinese government. The answer is simple and well understood by all those here today. We gather to honor and commemorate the lives that were lost and to acknowledge the ongoing abuses and suffering of the many political, religious, and ethnic minority prisoners languishing in...

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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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Senator Ted Cruz Sends Video Message to the Commemoration of Tiananmen Massacre

Posted on Jun 4, 2016 in Highlights, InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, News, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register | Comments Off on Senator Ted Cruz Sends Video Message to the Commemoration of Tiananmen Massacre

Senator Ted Cruz Sends Video Message to the Commemoration of 1989 Tiananmen Massacre held by Initiatives for China and Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation The commemoration event, named “Exploring the contested history of the Tiannamen Massacre” was held on June 3rd, 2016, by Initiatives for China and Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation at the PEW Charitable Trust conference...

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Carl Gershman, President of NED, Speaks on the Commemoration Conference of Tiananmen Massacre.

Posted on Jun 4, 2016 in News, Op Ed, Publications, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register | Comments Off on Carl Gershman, President of NED, Speaks on the Commemoration Conference of Tiananmen Massacre.

Carl Gershman, President of NED, Speaks on the Commemoration Conference of Tiananmen Massacre. “Commemorating the 27th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre” June 3, 2016 Last year, when I spoke to the Inter-Ethnic Leadership Conference organized by Initiatives for China, I opened my remarks by quoting from an article by David Shambaugh that had just appeared in The Wall Street Journal on what he called “The Coming Chinese Crack-up.”  Shambaugh, who has since developed the article into a book entitled China’s Future, gave five reasons for thinking that the Chinese regime suffers from systemic and ultimately fatal weaknesses: 1) The wealthiest Chinese citizens are parking their money abroad and are thinking of leaving; 2) there is increasing repression that Shambaugh considered to be a sign of weakness, not strength; 3) the regime was ideologically bankrupt; 4) It could not...

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