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Statement on Nomination of the Tank Man Images and Video Footage for the UNESCO Memory of the World Register

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 in Highlights, News, No Category, Op Ed, Publications, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register, Two Tank Men | Comments Off on Statement on Nomination of the Tank Man Images and Video Footage for the UNESCO Memory of the World Register

Statement by Initiatives for China on  Nomination of the Tank Man Images and Video Footage  for the UNESCO Memory of the World Register June 1, 2016   Initiatives for China is pleased to announce that along with the Newseum and world-renowned photographer Charlie Cole, it has nominated the Tank Man images and video footage captured by international journalists during the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing as documentary heritage for inscription into UNESCO Memory of the World (MoW) Register. The nomination submitted on the eve of the 27th anniversary of the early-morning June 4 massacre serves as an appropriate commemoration of the hundreds, even thousands of victims. The nomination includes the selected images and video footage from five photojournalists and two cameramen who risked their lives to record the heroic act of the “Tank Man”, a still-unidentified young Chinese man,...

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Speech at Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation’s Award Ceremony for Dolkun Isa

Posted on Mar 20, 2016 in No Category | Comments Off on Speech at Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation’s Award Ceremony for Dolkun Isa

Speech at Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation’s Award Ceremony for Dolkun Isa by YANG Jianli March 30, 2016 It is a great honor and pleasure for me to speak on this heartening occasion. I want to first congratulate my dear friend, brother and human rights comrade Dolkun Isa for winning this deserved award. I wish to thank the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation for recognizing three decades of Dolkun’s struggle for the Uyghurs freedom and his remarkable achievements. Under the leadership of Mr. Lee Edwards and Mr. Marion Smith, the Foundation is playing an increasingly important role in helping people around the world seek freedom from the yoke of communist dictatorships as well as other autocracies. It is most encouraging for the Foundation to expand its caring heart and dedication to include the Uyghur people, who are largely demonized...

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Joint Open Letter to International Olympic Committee regarding Beijing’s bid for the Winter Olympics 2022

Posted on Jul 23, 2015 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, Mongolia, No Category, Tibet, Uyghur | Comments Off on Joint Open Letter to International Olympic Committee regarding Beijing’s bid for the Winter Olympics 2022

As Tibetans, Uyghurs, Southern Mongolians and Han Chinese we join together to urge you, International Olympic Committee members, not to award another Olympic Games to China. All of the people we represent have suffered as a result of the Chinese government’s contempt for human rights. We hope that you are aware by now that the 2008 Beijing Games did nothing to alleviate human rights abuses in China or enhance freedom. In fact the situation now in 2015 is far worse than when those Games were awarded in 2001. In the past 12 months alone the Chinese government has unleashed a harsh crackdown on human rights defenders in China itself, most recently arresting hundreds of human rights lawyers; [1] in East Turkestan (Ch: Xinjiang), where the majority population of Uyghurs practice Islam, there has been a ban on participation in...

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Video: Birthday Wishes to H.H. Dalai Lama from Global Chinese Community

Posted on Jul 7, 2015 in Buddhist, Highlights, News, No Category, Publications, Tibet | Comments Off on Video: Birthday Wishes to H.H. Dalai Lama from Global Chinese Community

Release of Our Hymn to His Holiness the Dalai Lama on His 80th Birthday, from Global Chinese Community  https://youtu.be/HvktwPVkjHY Today marks the 80th birthday of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, our great messenger of human peace, and the spiritual leader of Tibet. To express our respect and love for His Holiness, and help more Chinese better understand Tibetan culture, religion, political and economic situation of today’s Tibet, and its historical truth, we at Initiative for China, a.k.a., Citizen Power for China, have initiated a video project in congratulations to His Holiness, since this June 27 Our aim is to better understand the middle road proposal by His Holiness in order to solve the Tibetan issue, on the basis of peace and benevolence through dialogues between Han Chinese and Tibetan people. Now we are proud to announce a collection of...

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Opening Remarks at CECC Hearing on China in 1989 and 2015: Tiananmen, Human Rights, and Democracy

Posted on Jun 4, 2015 in No Category, Publications, Tiananmen Anniversaries | Comments Off on Opening Remarks at CECC Hearing on China in 1989 and 2015: Tiananmen, Human Rights, and Democracy

  Opening Remarks at CECC Hearing on China in 1989 and 2015: Tiananmen, Human Rights, and Democracy June 3, 2015 by YANG Jianli Mr. Chairman and Members of the Commission, thank you for hosting this important hearing on this anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre.   Today we the panelists want to cover three distinct but related points: First, when it comes to Tiananmen, why we must  “Never Forget” and why we must counter — as your Commission has persistently done – China’s desperate attempt to infect both its people and the outside world with amnesia about those tragic events.  Second, We want to stress the need to pierce the facade of President Xi Jinping’s phony reforms and the CCP’s PR campaign to portray Xi as the “Great Reformer” and a champion of the “Rule of Law.” And third, We want to...

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China Aid hosts press conference with families of prisoners of conscience, US congressmen

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 in Chen Guangcheng, News, No Category, Prisoners of Conscience | Comments Off on China Aid hosts press conference with families of prisoners of conscience, US congressmen

China Aid Association Updated on Sept. 25(Washington—Sept. 19, 2014) Several U.S. Congressmen joined China Aid at a press conference at the Parliamentary Triangle in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to discuss the status of the of the “Free the China 18” campaign. The press conference was followed by a meeting with high-ranking officials from the U.S. Department of State, in which officials met with family members of the China 18.The campaign, which launched in June 2013, and is jointly sponsored by more than 30 international human rights organizations, aims at obtaining the release, with acquittal, of 18 prisoners of conscience from arbitrary detention by the Chinese government.Congressmen Frank Wolf, R-Pa., Chris Smith, R-N.J., Robert Pittenger, R-N.C., and Steve Stockman, R-Texas, delivered a short speech during the press conference, expressing their concern. They urged President Obama and the international community to take action...

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Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation Marks 20th Anniversary

Posted on Jun 15, 2014 in News, No Category, Publications, Tiananmen Anniversaries | Comments Off on Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation Marks 20th Anniversary

Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation Marks 20th Anniversary  Momentous day of events highlights Foundation’s mission, award for human rights advocates, bipartisan support for remembering 100 million victims of Communist regimes WASHINGTON D.C. – The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC) yesterday hosted a day of commemorative and celebratory events. The Foundation celebrates its 20th year, seven years since the opening of its Capitol Hill memorial to the Victims of Communism, and 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. In addition, the foundation awarded its highest honor, the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom to Ukrainian human rights advocate and former political prisoner Myroslav Marynovych. Distinguished guests – including Members of Congress, human rights leaders, Ambassadors from roughly 20 countries, and survivors of communist regimes – gathered for the occasion.    The morning ceremony, held in front of the memorial in...

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