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Let’s Redouble Our Efforts for a Free Tibet

Posted on Dec 10, 2017 in News, Publications, Tibet | Comments Off on Let’s Redouble Our Efforts for a Free Tibet

Yang Jianli Speech at Human Rights Day Tibetans Rally in New York Dec.10, 2017 Tashi Delek. I’m honored and humbled to have been invited to speak here today. Thank you. Today, December 10, is Human Rights Day, a day that commemorates the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the UN General Assembly in 1948. And it is on this date each year that the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded. In 1989, six months after the Tiananmen Massacre, the Nobel Committee bestowed the Peace Prize on His Holiness the Dalai Lama. We honor His Holiness today as a beacon of peace, and for his commitment to nonviolence, religious harmony, human rights, and the Tibetan people. His Holiness the Dalai Lama continuously reminds us to look at what unites us as human beings, not what...

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Open Letter to G20 Leaders on Liu Xiaobo

Posted on Jul 4, 2017 in House Arrest of Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo's Case, Mongolia, News, Publications, Tibet, Uyghur | Comments Off on Open Letter to G20 Leaders on Liu Xiaobo

Open Letter to G20 Leaders on Liu Xiaobo 4 July 2017 To: Mauricio Macri, President of Argentina; Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia; Michel Temer, President of Brazil; Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada; Emmanuel Macron, President of France; Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany; Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India; Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia; Paolo Gentiloni, Prime Minister of Italy; Shinzō Abe, Prime Minister of Japan; Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico; Vladimir Putin, President of Russia; Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia; Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa; Moon Jae-in, President of South Korea; Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Turkey; Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; Donald Trump, President of the United States of America; Donald Tusk, President of the European Council; Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission cc Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of The Netherlands; Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway; Mariano Rajoy, Prime Minister of Spain. We are shocked and outraged at the news that Liu Xiaobo, an innocent human rights...

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Opinion: UCSD Chinese Should Welcome Dalai Lama -Not Parrot Party Line

Posted on Jun 12, 2017 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, News, Op Ed, Publications, Tibet | Comments Off on Opinion: UCSD Chinese Should Welcome Dalai Lama -Not Parrot Party Line

Opinion: UCSD Chinese Should Welcome Dalai Lama -Not Parrot Party Line June 11, 2017 By Yang Jianli What do Richard Spencer, Ann Coulter, and the Dalai Lama have in common? Each of them has been the target of college student protests opposing their speeches on campus. But unlike Mr. Spencer and Ms. Coulter, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama was born on a straw mat in a cowshed to a poor Tibetan family, and is now one of the most beloved and sought after world leaders. The most recent college campus speaker controversy involves the University of California at San Diego‘s invitation to the Dalai Lama to deliver the commencement address on June 17. The invitation has triggered strong opposition from some Chinese students on campus. As an ethnic Han Chinese myself, I am deeply troubled by the reaction of these Chinese students. Not because they...

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Speech by Adela Lan (of IFC & Int. Chinese-Tibetan Association) at the 58th Tibetan Uprising Day Rally

Posted on Mar 13, 2017 in News, Publications, Tibet | Comments Off on Speech by Adela Lan (of IFC & Int. Chinese-Tibetan Association) at the 58th Tibetan Uprising Day Rally

March 10, 2017 is the 58th anniversary of the Tibet Uprising, when Tibetans in Lhasa revolted against the People’s Liberation Army control, triggering the H.H. Dalai Lama’s flight into exile a week later. It is commemorated by Tibetans worldwide as their National Day. This year’s commemoration in Washington D.C. is organized by Capital Area Tibetan Association. Tibetans and their supporters started with a rally in front of the Chinese Embassy, then marched to the White House. They demanded the Chinese government to allow medias in Tibet, respect Tibetan’s human rights, and return Tibet to Tibetans. Initiatives for China and International Chinese Tibetan Association both participated the commemoration event. Below is the speech by Adela Lan, Editor-in-chief of Yibao and Secretary General of International Han/Chinese-Tibetan Association. Speech on Mar 10, 2017, 58th Tibetan Uprising Day Rally, (in front of the PRC...

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Initiatives for China joins the Commemoration of the 58th Anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising Day

Posted on Mar 13, 2017 in News, Publications, Tibet | Comments Off on Initiatives for China joins the Commemoration of the 58th Anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising Day

March 10, 2017 is the 58th anniversary of the Tibet Uprising, when Tibetans in Lhasa revolted against the People’s Liberation Army control, triggering the H.H. Dalai Lama’s flight into exile a week later. It is commemorated by Tibetans worldwide as their National Day. This year’s commemoration in Washington D.C. is organized by Capital Area Tibetan Association. Tibetans and their supporters started with a rally in front of the Chinese Embassy, then marched to the White House. They demanded the Chinese government to allow medias in Tibet, respect Tibetan’s human rights, and return Tibet to Tibetans. Initiatives for China participated in the commemoration event. Dr.  Yang Jianli, President of IFC and Ms. Adela Wang both spoke at the rally in front of the Chinese Embassy. Speech by Dr. YANG Jianli at the Tibetan Rally in Front of the Chinese Embassy in Washington, DC March10, 2017 Dear Brothers and...

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Statement On the Opposition Against the Dalai Lama As Commencement Speaker at the University of California San Diego

Posted on Feb 17, 2017 in Publications, Tibet | Comments Off on Statement On the Opposition Against the Dalai Lama As Commencement Speaker at the University of California San Diego

Statement On the Opposition Against the Dalai Lama As Commencement Speaker at the University of California San Diego  By Initiatives for China (Citizen Power) and International Chinese-Tibetan Association February 16, 2017 The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) recently invited the 14th Dalai Lama to attend its graduation ceremony and deliver the keynote speech on June 17, 2017. The invitation unexpectedly triggered a strong opposition from Chinese student organizations at UCSD, including the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, Chinese Student Club, and China Enterprise Confederation. Such action is embarrassing, and deeply troubling. Universities in a democratic country are free to invite anyone they deem appropriate to give commencement addresses, and whatever the speaker wants to say is his personal freedom of speech. We all remember that former and current leaders of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) have given speeches at...

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China should not be allowed to interfere with US academic freedom: ICT

Posted on Feb 7, 2017 in News, Tibet | Comments Off on China should not be allowed to interfere with US academic freedom: ICT

China should not be allowed to interfere with US academic freedom  International Campaign for Tibet statement on Chinese students objection to UC San Diego’s invitation to the Dalai Lama The objections raised by the University of California, San Diego chapter of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) about the University’s invitation to the Dalai Lama to be its commencement speaker this year are without merit, and instead raise important issues of academic freedom in the United States. The Dalai Lama is widely known in the United States and throughout the world for his message of peace, compassion, tolerance and understanding. It is clear that the CSSA is unfamiliar with the content of the numerous public speeches that the Dalai Lama has made in the United States, as they inaccurately accuse him of “spreading inflammatory, politically offensive speech.” We...

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