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The 6th Conference Declaration of Unity

Posted on May 4, 2011 in Buddhist, Christian, Falun Gong, InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, Mongolia, News, Publications, Religious Freedom, Taiwan, Tibet, Topics, Uyghur | Comments Off on The 6th Conference Declaration of Unity

THE SIXTH INTERETHNIC  /  INTERFAITH LEADERSHIP   CONFERENCE 第六屆族群青年領袖研習營  Cultures, Religions & Universal Values 文化,宗教,普世價值  Declaration of Unity  Approved by all delegates to the Sixth Interethnic/Interfaith Leadership Conference  in Los Angeles on May 2nd, 2011 We, the delegates to the Sixth Interethnic/Interfaith Leadership Conference, who are Chinese, Mongolians, Tibetans, Uyghur, Manchurian, Christians, Falungong practitioners and others from Taiwan, Hong Kong, America, Europe, Australia, Mainland China and other regions After a sincere consultation and extensive exchange of views Declare our agreement on interethnic issues and future goals as follows: 1.     We uphold the universal values, oppose any form of racial, religious and political discrimination or oppression, and firmly believe these values have become the driving force for peace and democracy that bridges racial and geographic boundaries, offering an optimistic future for all mankind.  2.     We hold...

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Opening Remarks at the Sixth Conference

Posted on Apr 30, 2011 in Buddhist, Christian, Falun Gong, InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, Mongolia, News, Religious Freedom, Taiwan, Tibet, Topics, Uyghur | Comments Off on Opening Remarks at the Sixth Conference

THE SIXTH INTERETHNIC  /  INTERFAITH LEADERSHIP   CONFERENCE 第六屆族群青年領袖研習營 Cultures, Religions & Universal Values 文化,宗教,普世價值 Cultural and Religious Identities Are Allies of Democracy Opening Remarks at the Sixth Interethnic/Interfaith Leadership Conference By: YANG Jianli (April 30,2011, Los Angeles, USA) Distinguished Guests, My Dear Brothers and Sisters: A good day to you. I warmly welcome you to the Sixth Interethnic/Interfaith Leadership Conference. This Conference was begun in 2000 to facilitate communication between young leaders and members of different ethnicities, religions and regions. We strive to build friendships, to eliminate biases and to foster compromise.  Our goal is to better understand one another, so that together we can form an alliance to promote human rights for us all as individuals and to defend each other’s cultural, religious, ethnic and regional identities. The young leaders present today bring with them distinct identities....

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The Sixth Interethnic Interfaith Leadership Conference

Posted on Apr 28, 2011 in Buddhist, Christian, Falun Gong, InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, Mongolia, News, Religious Freedom, Taiwan, Tibet, Topics, Uyghur | Comments Off on The Sixth Interethnic Interfaith Leadership Conference

THE SIXTH INTERETHNIC  /  INTERFAITH LEADERSHIP   CONFERENCE 第六屆族群青年領袖研習營 Cultures, Religions & Universal Values 文化,宗教,普世價值 Sponsored by Initiatives for China 公民力量 Funded by The National Endowment for Democracy Statement: The Sixth Interethnic Interfaith Leadership Conference will be held in Los Angeles, CA. This will be a close-door conference, and by invitation only. Conference Overview: The Annual Interethnic/Interfaith Leadership Conference enjoys a long tradition of building trust, understanding, and cooperation between regional, ethnic, and religious groups of contemporary China.  Given the theme of Cultures, Religions and Universal Values, the Sixth Conference will follow the assembly of our last Conference, which was held in October 2009 in Washington DC, during which a unanimous Declaration of Unity pledged “cooperation and respect for the differences between ethnic groups”. Under the guidance of trained facilitators, delegates will explore specific solutions for common obstacles to...

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Dissidents Sue, But Law Still Suits China

Posted on Jun 30, 2010 in Falun Gong, News, Prisoners of Conscience, Religious Freedom, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on Dissidents Sue, But Law Still Suits China

By Michelle Phillips, The Washington Times (Click Here to Read Original Article) Call it a new form of civil disobedience in China — the lawsuit. China’s slow shift to the rule of law has unintentionally given dissidents a place to voice their grievances. As its trade and contact with other countries have increased since the 1990s, China has been formalizing its legal system — and even has incorporated laws dealing with human rights and private property into the Communist Party’s constitution. Dissidents in China have picked up on the implications of these legal changes and now bring their cases to court in an attempt to make the government abide by its own laws. “People are more willing to see how far they can push these laws,” said Jim Geheran, director of Initiatives for China, a grass-roots movement urging a...

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The Fifth Interethnic Interfaith Leadership Conference Conclusion

Posted on Oct 19, 2009 in Buddhist, Charter 08, Christian, Falun Gong, InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, Mongolia, News, Religious Freedom, Tibet, Topics, Uyghur | Comments Off on The Fifth Interethnic Interfaith Leadership Conference Conclusion

Fifth Interethnic / Interfaith Conference Concludes with a Call for Nonviolence, Internet Freedom, and Return to the Rule of Law in China  Religious and ethnic leaders from the PRC, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macao, pledge cooperation and mutual respect. (Please click here for more conference related information) Conference Highlights Keynote address by Barbara Haig, VP Programs, Planning & Evaluation, NED Private audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Mainland Han Chinese Delegates Presentation of  Charter 08 by original signatories to the Honorable Thaddeus McCotter, Chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee Seminars on nonviolence and Internet freedom Heritage Foundation forum on religious and ethnic tensions in the PRC Statement of commitment to nonviolence and cooperation Dalai Lama Holds Private Audience with Han Chinese Delegates from the Mainland. His Holiness The Dalai Lama held a private audience with Han Chinese...

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The Fifth Interethnic Interfaith Leadership Final Statement

Posted on Oct 19, 2009 in Buddhist, Charter 08, Christian, Falun Gong, InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, Mongolia, News, Religious Freedom, Tibet, Topics, Uyghur | Comments Off on The Fifth Interethnic Interfaith Leadership Final Statement

The Fifth Interethnic / Interfaith Leadership Conference Washington, D.C. October 8-10 Leaders of ethnic and religious groups of China to convene for three-day conference to promote understanding, respect, and cooperation. (Please click here for more conference related information) We, the delegates to the FIFTH INTERETHNIC / INTERFAITH LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE, reflecting the diversity of regional, religious, and ethnic groups under the rule of the People’s Republic of China, do declare our support for the following principles, which will govern our words and actions as we pursue our common desire to bring justice, the rule of law, and mutual respect for us all: Commitment to nonviolence and peaceful discourse in the expression and pursuit of our rights and freedoms as human beings, distinct nations, and religious groups Rejection of Inflammatory, demonizing, and divisive rhetoric,which only breeds violence and mistrust Cooperation in...

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Opening Remarks, Fifth Interethnic/Interfaith Conference

Posted on Oct 8, 2009 in Buddhist, Christian, Falun Gong, InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, Mongolia, News, Publications, Religious Freedom, Tibet, Topics, Uyghur | Comments Off on Opening Remarks, Fifth Interethnic/Interfaith Conference

Oct. 8, 2009 ,Washington D.C. Many of us have traveled great distances to be here today, but all of us have traveled even further mentally to make this conference possible.  The tensions and hostilities that have divided us are like so many open wounds on the body of our common cause.  Only by healing these wounds will we march strongly towards the horizon where the dawn of freedom, truth, equality and peace for us all will one day break. No matter whom you sit here representing, you have been victimized by the Chinese Communist Party.  Tibetans, Uyghurs, Mongolians, and Han; Christians, Fa Lungong, and Muslims; all have suffered, and all now suffer, at the hands of this cruel regime.  The people of Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau, their freedoms are being compromised by its political and economic intimidation. The...

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