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Nine Congressional Members Issue Joint Letter to VP Pence Regarding Rev. CAO Sanqiang

Posted on Jun 25, 2018 in Christian, News, Prisoners of Conscience | Comments Off on Nine Congressional Members Issue Joint Letter to VP Pence Regarding Rev. CAO Sanqiang

The Congressional Members ask Vice President Pence to “prioritize the release of Rev. Cao Sanqiang” and to “meet with Mr. Cao’s family to show the level of solidarity…”   The Congressional Members ask Vice President Pence to “prioritize the release of Rev. Cao Sanqiang” and to “meet with Mr. Cao’s family to show the level of solidarity…” Please see original copy of letter below. Or download...

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Initiatives for China Congratulates Dr. Tenzin Dorjee Elected as Chair of U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

Posted on Jun 14, 2018 in News, Publications | Comments Off on Initiatives for China Congratulates Dr. Tenzin Dorjee Elected as Chair of U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

Initiatives for China Congratulates Dr. Tenzin Dorjee  Elected as Chair of U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom On June 12, 2018, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, a bipartisan body, unanimously elected Dr. Tenzin Dorjee as its Chair. Initiatives for China congratulates Dr. Tenzin Dorjee for his new position. Dr. Tenzin Dorjee and Dr. Yang Jianli Dr. Tenzin Dorjee is Associate Professor at the Department of Human Communication Studies, California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). He dedicated his work in religious freedom, this includes his travel to Burma and Iraq to monitor religious freedom conditions there. He testified before U.S. Congress about the religious freedom conditions in Tibet and China, and Long Arm of China in the U.S. academic institutions. He spoke at various venues, such as USCIRF events and Parliament of the World’s Religions, about Tibet, Buddhism, Tibetan culture...

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IFC Participated in Panel Discussion “Mongolian Experience and Countermeasures in China”

Posted on Jun 13, 2018 in News, Publications | Comments Off on IFC Participated in Panel Discussion “Mongolian Experience and Countermeasures in China”

IFC Participated in Panel Discussion “Mongolian Experience and Countermeasures in China” On June 9, 2018, the “Mongolian Experience and Countermeasures in China” conference was held in New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States. The conference was organized by the “Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center” and co-organized by several other non-governmental organizations such as the Mongol American Cultural Association, Chinggis Khan Memorial Foundation, Mongol Heritage Foundation, and Buryat Association Inc. Over than 30 religious leaders, experts and scholars, human rights activists, and NGO executives from the United States, China, Japan, and Sweden attended the conference. Dr. QIU Jiajun, Director of Citizen Power Institute, participated and spoke at the conference on behalf of Dr. Yang Jianli, President of Initiatives for China/ Citizen Power. His Eminence Arjia Rinpoche—host of the Qinghai Ta’er Temple, director of the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center, and...

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Our Demands to Facebook

Posted on Jun 11, 2018 in Facebook, News, Publications | Comments Off on Our Demands to Facebook

Our Demands to Facebook Initiatives for China/Citizen Power  June 11, 2018   We noticed that Facebook, after being pressed by the media, admitted on June 5 to having signed multi-year cooperation agreements with Huawei, Lenovo and other Chinese mobile phone manufacturers. Under the terms of these agreements, Facebook allowed mobile phones produced by these firms to be “compatible with U.S. social networks at a technical level.” Specifically, Chinese mobile phone makers were allowed to obtain the personal data of Facebook users and their friends. Of particular consideration is the close relationship between China’s handset makers and the Chinese government, as well as the Chinese government’s long-term adoption of strict monitoring measures against its people. In light thereof, as an NGO committed to the protection of human rights in China, Initiatives for China expresses regret about the latent risks associated...

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Initiatives for China Congratulates Hillel Neuer, Executive Director of UN Watch, on receiving Honorary Doctorate of Law of McGill University

Posted on Jun 11, 2018 in News, Publications | Comments Off on Initiatives for China Congratulates Hillel Neuer, Executive Director of UN Watch, on receiving Honorary Doctorate of Law of McGill University

UN Watch Initiatives for China Congratulates Hillel Neuer, Executive Director of UN Watch, on receiving Honorary Doctorate of Law of McGill University Congratulations to Hillel Neuer on being selected by McGill University for an Honorary Doctorate of Laws. Hillel surely deserves such an honor. Hillel is one of the world’s most committed, energetic human rights leaders. He has helped the cause of human rights and democracy in many countries including my homeland China particularly by giving us a platform at the United Nations. His constant and passionate voices stirs the consciences of the world’s statesmen and the public and rallies diplomats, scholars, activists, students and business people to the cause of defending basic human freedoms within the borders of the most powerful countries such as China, which so many world leaders are afraid of confronting about human rights issues. Please...

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Congressman Chris Smith Speaks at the Commemoration of the 29th Anniversary of 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre

Posted on Jun 8, 2018 in News, Publications | Comments Off on Congressman Chris Smith Speaks at the Commemoration of the 29th Anniversary of 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre

Congressman Chris Smith Speaks at the Commemoration of the 29th Anniversary of 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre and Presents Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation Human Rights Award to Mr. Fang Zheng Event organized by Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation  ...

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Dr Yang Jianli’s Speech at the Candle Light Vigil Commemorating the 29th Anniversary of 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre

Posted on Jun 5, 2018 in News, Publications, Tiananmen Anniversaries | Comments Off on Dr Yang Jianli’s Speech at the Candle Light Vigil Commemorating the 29th Anniversary of 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre

Dr Yang Jianli’s Speech at the Candle Light Vigil Commemorating the   29th Anniversary of 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre Thank you, Marion for your kind introduction. First, I want to express my profound gratitude to Dr. Edwards, Marion and the entire VOC team for putting together this memorial. I would also like to recognize the Tiananmen veterans and survivors of the Tiananmen Massacre who are present: Fang Zheng, Zhou Fengsuo, Li Hengqing, Wu Chaoyang and Wang Dao. Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends, I am honored and humbled to stand together with you tonight to remember our brothers and sisters who were killed in the Tiananmen Massacre. In the spring of 1989, college students in China led a movement calling for freedom and democracy. They asked for more transparency and less corruption from their government. Their peaceful protest soon gained widespread support, attracting...

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Please Join Us To Commemorate the 29th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre

Posted on Jun 4, 2018 in News, Publications, Tiananmen Anniversaries, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register | Comments Off on Please Join Us To Commemorate the 29th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre

Please Join Us To Commemorate the 29th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre On June 4th and June 5th, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation will be hosting events to commemorate the Tiananmen Square Massacre of 1989.   Candlelight Vigil at the Victims of Communism Memorial Join us at the Victims of Communism Memorial on June 4th for a candlelight vigil and ceremony of remembrance on behalf of the victims of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. We will hear remarks from survivors, victims‘ families, and others who have been persecuted by the communist regime in China. Monday, June 4 8:00 PM Vigil Ceremony Begins Victims of Communism Memorial Corner of Massachusetts and New Jersey Avenues Northwest Panel Discussion: Exploring the Contested History of Tiananmen Square Join the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation on June 5th for an expert panel discussion on the relevance of the Tiananmen Square Massacre today, and for the presentation of the Foundation‘s Human Rights Award Fang Zheng, who had both of his legs crushed by an oncoming tank in Tiananmen Square after pushing...

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