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12IILC: Day 3 Report 1: Workshop: How to Use the Global Magnitsky Sanction Mechanism to Combat Human Rights Abusers

Posted on Jan 14, 2018 in Global Magnitsky Act, InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, News, Publications | Comments Off on 12IILC: Day 3 Report 1: Workshop: How to Use the Global Magnitsky Sanction Mechanism to Combat Human Rights Abusers

Day 3 Report 1 Workshop: How to Use the Global Magnitsky Sanction Mechanism to Combat Human Rights Abusers   Click here to view the workshop footage   Dr. Han Lianchao, Vice President of Initiative for China/Citizen Power for China, led the first installment of a two-part workshop on the one-year-old U.S. Global Magnitsky Act, focusing on the requirements of the Act and how Conference participants can develop cases involving Chinese officials based on either the corruption prong or the gross violations of human rights (GVHR) prong, and submit them to the US State Department and Department of Treasury for review for possible sanctions (including visa ban and freezing of assets). Dr. Han focused on the GVHR prong of the...

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12IILC: Day 2 Report 5: Workshops: Digital Security and UN Human Rights Mechanisms

Posted on Jan 11, 2018 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, International Relations, News, Publications | Comments Off on 12IILC: Day 2 Report 5: Workshops: Digital Security and UN Human Rights Mechanisms

Day 2 Report 5 Workshops: Digital Security and UN Human Rights Mechanisms Mr. Luo Shihong, a human rights activist based in Geneva, Switzerland, gave two training workshops in the late afternoon of: 1) Digital Security, and 2) UN Human Rights Mechanisms.   1.   Digital Security   In this very practical and important workshop, Mr. Luo explained to the participants the multiple ways they were likely vulnerable online, and concrete steps they could take to give themselves, their colleagues and partners, some added protection online. He gave an overview of the risks and how to add protection on multiple platforms used by most activists, from email to browsing and searches, to video calling and conferencing and messaging platforms.  He emphasized that the most important thing was to have “safety consciousness,” i.e., to be aware of, and pay attention to, digital security and...

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12IILC: Day 2 Report 4: Documentary Film Showing and Discussion:

Posted on Jan 9, 2018 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, News, Publications | Comments Off on 12IILC: Day 2 Report 4: Documentary Film Showing and Discussion:

Day 2 Report 3  Documentary Film Showing and Discussion: Doris Liu, a filmmaker from Canada, showed her award-winning documentary, “In the Name of Confucius,” to the conference participants. The film looks at the battle over Confucius Institutes (CI) in Canada, specifically focusing on the personal story of a former CI teacher and Falun Gong practitioner, whose political asylum request to the Canadian government and complaint against the Toronto District School Board led to the first closure of a CI on a North American campus. Following on some of the themes from the morning’s speeches and discussion, the film explores China’s use of financial incentives and soft power abroad to export pro-Communist Party propaganda, and groom foreigners from an early age to be favorably disposed to the Chinese Communist Party and its version of history and events.    Former Umbrella...

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More than two months on, Hong Kong Immigration Director Ignores Questions About Benedict Roger’s Denial of Entry

Posted on Jan 7, 2018 in International Relations, News | Comments Off on More than two months on, Hong Kong Immigration Director Ignores Questions About Benedict Roger’s Denial of Entry

Over two months after a formal letter was sent to Hong Kong’s Director of Immigration by solicitor Albert Ho, of Messrs Ho, Tse, Wai and Partners, enquiring into the reasons for Hong Kong’s denial of entry to British human rights activist Benedict Rogers, the Director of Immigration has said “we do not feel it necessary to deal with the specific assertions” and “will not comment on or disclose information relating to any individual case”. Albert Ho, acting on behalf of Benedict Rogers, wrote to the Director of Immigration on 19 and 24 October 2017, following the decision by Hong Kong authorities to deny Mr Rogers entry to Hong Kong on 11 October. In a reply dated 23 December, the Director of Immigration referred to his office’s previous replies to Mr Ho on 23 October and 22 November, but added...

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International Campaign for Tibet welcomes former political prisoner Dhondup Wangchen to freedom and safety

Posted on Dec 28, 2017 in News, Tibet | Comments Off on International Campaign for Tibet welcomes former political prisoner Dhondup Wangchen to freedom and safety

International Campaign for Tibet welcomes former political prisoner Dhondup Wangchen to freedom and safety ICT press release, December 27, 2017 View press release online » The International Campaign for Tibet strongly welcomes the news that Tibetan filmmaker and former political prisoner Dhondup Wangchen has been able to leave his homeland and reunite with his wife and children in the United States. Despite having served his prison sentence, Dhondup continued to be limited in his freedom of movement, but was finally able to overcome those challenges, leave Tibet and pursue his deeply held desire to reunite with his family. In a statement on December 27, 2017, the Swiss based organization “Filming for Tibet”, which has been campaigning for Dhondup Wangchen’s release over the past years, said: “Dhondup Wangchen arrived to safety in San Francisco on the afternoon of 25 December,...

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Joint Letter to Interim UMass Chancellor regarding Confucius Institute

Posted on Dec 28, 2017 in News, Publications | Comments Off on Joint Letter to Interim UMass Chancellor regarding Confucius Institute

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12IILC: Day 2 Report 3: Panel Discussion II: “Democracy and Peace in East Asia”

Posted on Dec 23, 2017 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, News, Publications | Comments Off on 12IILC: Day 2 Report 3: Panel Discussion II: “Democracy and Peace in East Asia”

Panel Discussion II: “Democracy and Peace in East Asia”    Chair:      Professor Homare Endo, Professor of History at University of Tsukuba Speakers:  Mr. Yoichi Kato, Senior Fellow, API Initiative      Madam Ambassador YANG Maysing, VP of the Taiwan Foundation for      Democracy, Ambassador-at-Large      Dr. FEI Liangyong, Chairman of Forum for a Democratic China      Ms. Eun Kyoung KWON, Director of Open North Korea      Mr. Shin Harimoto, Reporter, China Commentator, Falun Gong Practitioner Click Here to Listen to Recorded Audio  In his remarks, Mr. Yoichi Kato (Senior Fellow API Initiative) addressed the current tense strategic environment of U.S.-China relations. He focused on three issues that are particularly critical at the moment: 1) North Korea, 2) China’s Belt and Road strategy, and 3) the reemergence of cross-strait tensions. Mr. Kato said that the North Korea situation is very tense.  There is no...

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IFC Statement on the US Sanction against Global Human Rights Abusers and Corrupt Officials

Posted on Dec 22, 2017 in Global Magnitsky Act, News, Publications | Comments Off on IFC Statement on the US Sanction against Global Human Rights Abusers and Corrupt Officials

Initiatives for China (IFC a.k.a Citizen Power for China) applauds the Trump Administration’s first round of sanctions imposed on 52 individual human rights abusers and corrupt officials under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, a 2016 law that allows the President to deny U.S. visas and freeze U.S.-based assets of any individual human rights abusers and corrupt  officials in the world. IFC is particularly pleased that Gao Yan was included among those sanctioned. Gao Yan is a former director of the Beijing Public Security Bureau Chaoyang Branch and is directly responsible for the death of human rights activist Cao Shunli. In September 2013, Gao Yan commanded his police force to arrest Ms. Cao at the airport when she attempted to board a flight to Geneva to attend a human rights training course sponsored by the Office of the...

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12th InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference – Opening Ceremony Messages and Greetings

Posted on Dec 17, 2017 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, News, Publications | Comments Off on 12th InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference – Opening Ceremony Messages and Greetings

Day I Report (2): Footage of the Opening Ceremony https://youtu.be/MRf8nUVboSE His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Video Greetings Click here to view the video CECC Co-Chairs (Senator Marco Rubio and Representative Chris Smith) Joint Letter Click here to read CECC joint letter U.S. Senator Ted Cruz’s Letter Click here to read Senator Cruz’s letter U.S.Rep. and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s Letter Click here to read Leader Pelosi’s letter U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern’s Letter Click here to read Congressman McGovern’s letter U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin’s Letter Click here to read Congressman Raskin’s letter Taiwan MP Yu Mei-yu’s Letter Click here to read MP Yu Mei-yu’s letter Taiwan MP Chen Hsueh-sheng’s Video Greetings Click here to view the video Former Canadian MP Irwin Cotler’s Video Greetings Click here to view the...

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12th InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference – Day 2 Report 1: Mr. Steven Bannon Speaks at the Conference

Posted on Dec 13, 2017 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, News, Publications | Comments Off on 12th InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference – Day 2 Report 1: Mr. Steven Bannon Speaks at the Conference

Day II Report (1): Steve Bannon’s Keynote Speech at  the 12th Interethnic Interfaith Leadership Conference Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon delivered his much-anticipated keynote speech on the morning of the second day of the conference. In his wide-ranging speech –which Mr. Bannon described as his first international speech–he focused his remarks on the rise of China and the failure of previous U.S. administrations as well as China pundits to adequately recognize and address the consequences of China as an emerging global power. Bannon spoke at length about Xi Jinping’s consolidation of power and his recent 3.5 hour-long speech at the 19th Party Congress in October, which Bannon described “as a wake up call to the world.” Rather than a liberal, democratic China that many had expected would develop as China embraced capitalism, what we have seen emerge instead is a Confucian, mercantilist, and authoritarian model.  Bannon described Xi’s speech...

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