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CEPOS Freedom Award Acceptance Speech

Posted on May 4, 2012 in Buddhist, Christian, Falun Gong, International Relations, News, Op Ed, Publications, Religious Freedom, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on CEPOS Freedom Award Acceptance Speech

By: YANG Jianli April 30,2012, Copenhagen I am both humbled and invigorated to be honored as the recipient of the 2012 Center for Political Studies Freedom Award.  I understand that this prestigious award recognizes individuals who demonstrate a “principled and steadfast commitment to the values and ideas of individual freedom and basic human rights.” Although I stand here before you as your honoree, in MY eyes, I see in front of me, the faces of my brothers in China, my fellow freedom fighters in Burma, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, North Korea, Syria, Vietnam and other closed societies around the globe  whose lifework and whose very willingness to shed their life’s blood, each and everyday, make each of them so more deserving of this recognition than I.  It is only with this acknowledgement that I can accept this award. I am invigorated with...

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