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The Seventh Interethnic Interfaith Leadership Conference Declaration of Unit

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 in Buddhist, Charter 08, Christian, Forced Eviction, InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, International Relations, Liu Xiaobo's Case, Mongolia, News, No Category, Op Ed, Prisoners of Conscience, Publications, Religious Freedom, Rule of Law in China, Taiwan, Tibet, Topics, Uyghur | Comments Off on The Seventh Interethnic Interfaith Leadership Conference Declaration of Unit

Declaration of Unity 第七届族群青年领袖研习营共同宣言 Approved by all delegates to the Seventh Interethnic/Interfaith Leadership Conference in Long Beach, California on April 21, 2012 (美国加州长灘市,2012年4月21日) We, the delegates to the Seventh Interethnic/Interfaith Leadership Conference, who are Chinese, Mongolians, Uyghurs, Tibetans, Christians, and others from Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, and other regions of the world, and the democratic counterparts from Middle East and Burma, after sincere and friendly discussion and exchange of views, have reached the following consensus and agreed to take the following actions: 我们,来自中国大陆、台湾、香港、澳门及世界各地的出席第七届族群青年领袖研习营的华人、蒙古人、维吾尔人、藏人、基督徒的代表,以及来自缅甸、中东的民主同道,经过诚挚的讨论和交流,达成如下共识和方案: 1. We believe that the recent series of Tibetan self-immolations is the direct result of the Chinese communist regime’s high-handed policy which has caused a continuous deterioration in the human rights situation in the Tibetan areas, and has increasingly pushed the Tibetans to absolute despair. The Communist regime must change its present course, respect...

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The Seventh Interethnic Interfaith Leadership Conference

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 in Buddhist, Charter 08, Christian, Forced Eviction, Highlights, InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, International Relations, Liu Xiaobo's Case, Mongolia, News, Publications, Religious Freedom, Rule of Law in China, Taiwan, Tibet, Topics, Uyghur | Comments Off on The Seventh Interethnic Interfaith Leadership Conference

The Seventh Interethnic Interfaith Leadership Conference was held in Long Beach, California in April 19th to 21st, 2012. Initiatives for China organized this event, with co-sponsorship of the National Endowment for Democracy and Taiwan Foundation for Democracy. Delegates who are Tibetan, Mongolian, and Uyghur leaders; activists from the Mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau; and members of the Chinese underground House Church movements, have attended the conference to express their concerns, enhance their understanding, share their experience and advice regarding the Human Rights and ethnic issues inside China. The guest speakers of the conference included His Holiness the Dalai Lama and non-violent struggle experts from Burma and Middle East. In his speech, His Holiness the Dalai Lama expressed His support to free Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo and blind lawyer Chen Guangcheng. >Declaration of Unity >Opening Remarks >Lecture by Prof....

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Human Rights Groups Launch UN Action Project

Posted on Mar 6, 2012 in 2010 International Hunger Strike, Buddhist, Challenge China's Membership to UN Human Rights Council, Charter 08, Chen Guangcheng, Christian, Falun Gong, Forced Eviction, Highlights, International Relations, Liu Xiaobo's Case, Mongolia, News, Prisoners of Conscience, Publications, Religious Freedom, Rule of Law in China, Sparrow Initiative, Tibet, Topics, Uyghur | Comments Off on Human Rights Groups Launch UN Action Project

Initiatives for China, International Campaign for Tibet, the Uyghur American Association, Southern Mongolian Human Rights Center, and International Uyghur Human Rights and Democracy Foundation announce the launch of their UN Action Project, a strategic initiative focused against China’s membership on the United Nations Human Rights Council. Together, these organizations will conduct activities designed to (1) increase awareness of China’s complete lack of accountability with regards to the human rights of its citizens, and (2) to defeat China’s bid in 2013 for another three-year term on the Council. The UN Human Rights Council is regarded as the pre-eminent body for the protection and advancement of human rights worldwide. Conversely, China is recognized by all as a country that routinely denies its citizens their basic rights to freedom of speech, assembly, religion, and property; viciously persecutes religious and ethnic minorities; and ‘re-educates’...

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An Open Letter to President Obama

Posted on Feb 13, 2012 in Charter 08, Highlights, International Relations, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Publications, Religious Freedom, Tibet, Topics, Uyghur | Comments Off on An Open Letter to President Obama

Dear Mr. President: We strongly hope that, in your talks this week with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, you will forcefully and publicly raise the issue of human rights in China. It is increasingly clear to the world that the problem of human rights in China is not merely China’s problem; instead, it is increasingly becoming the world’s problem. Most people are willing to believe that the Chinese government, given its remarkable economic achievements, would logically become more liberal and confident in politics, and so the condition of human rights should be improving. However, the issue is that for two decades the Chinese government has gravitated contrary to the trend of democracy in international human rights. The deterrent effects of the Tiananmen massacre have led to the privatization of rights and wealth in the name of reform, quickly leading...

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Your Pain is My Pain and Your Freedom is My Freedom

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 in Buddhist, Highlights, International Relations, News, Publications, Religious Freedom, Tibet, Topics | Comments Off on Your Pain is My Pain and Your Freedom is My Freedom

By: YANG Jianli Speech at the Tibetan Rally in front of the Chinese Embassy in Washington, Feb. 8 ,2012 Last Friday, three Tibetans set themselves ablaze within a single day in eastern Tibet. This comes shortly after four Tibetans immolated themselves and others were killed in peaceful demonstrations in Tibet during the month of January. In less than 3 years, more than 20 Tibetans have self-immolated in protest against Chinese rule. This rule has led to the killing of a million Tibetans, the toppling of thousands of temples, and the more than five-decade-long exile of the Dalai Lama. Each time tensions escalate, instead of showing concern and trying to address root causes, Chinese authorities respond with increasing force and oppression. I have fallen into deep pain and sorrow. This is more than any heart can and should take. The...

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The Chinese Government’s Untrustworthy Diplomacy

Posted on Feb 5, 2012 in Charter 08, International Relations, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Op Ed, Publications, Religious Freedom, Topics | Comments Off on The Chinese Government’s Untrustworthy Diplomacy

By: YANG Jianli February 5, 2012 On February 4, 2012, the Chinese permanent representative to the U.N. Li Baodong, together with the representative of the Russian government, vetoed the UN Security Council’s Syrian resolution. This dramatically increases the difficulty of working towards a peaceful settlement, causing the international community, and especially the people of Syria, much disappointment, anger, and even condemnation. Just two weeks earlier, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin spoke positively when answering reporters’ questions on the Syrian situation. He gave three key points, saying that the Chinese side (1) supports a solution for Syria within the framework of the League of Arab States, (2) supports the Arab League’s constructive efforts to promote the Syrian political settlement process, and (3) hopes the Arab League Observer Mission continue to perform their duties in Syria, through the joint efforts...

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Civil Movement in China gradually draws international attention

Posted on Jan 21, 2012 in Charter 08, Forced Eviction, International Relations, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Op Ed, Prisoners of Conscience, Publications, Religious Freedom, Rule of Law in China, Topics | Comments Off on Civil Movement in China gradually draws international attention

By: YANG Jianli Jan. 21, 2012 Last Wednesday (January 18, 2012), U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke had an interview with NPR while in Washington presumably helping to lay the groundwork for the upcoming visit of Chinese vice president Xi Jinping. Amb. Locke said in interview “The human rights record within China seems to rise and fall over time, but it’s very clear that in the run up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics and since then there’s been a greater intolerance of dissent, while the human rights record of China has clearly been going in the wrong direction.” Since he took over the ambassadorship from former GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, Locke has become aware of public demonstrations large and small throughout China as efforts that ordinary people were using to pressure the government to address their grievances. He...

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