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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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Speech at We Have a Dream: Global Summit against Discrimination and Persecution

Posted on Sep 30, 2011 in Challenge China's Membership to UN Human Rights Council, Charter 08, Chen Guangcheng, Christian, Falun Gong, Forced Eviction, International Relations, Liu Xiaobo's Case, Mongolia, News, Prisoners of Conscience, Publications, Religious Freedom, Tibet, Topics, Uyghur, We Have A Dream Global Summit | Comments Off on Speech at We Have a Dream: Global Summit against Discrimination and Persecution

By: YANG Jianli Sept. 21, 2011, New York Dear friends, today we live in a land of shadows. Stark shadows cast by what is worst in us on what is best. In 1945, as one of the worst convulsions of violence in the history of mankind drew to a close, the United Nations was formed and its Charter signed by twenty-six nations. This was a ray of light in a world still shrouded in darkness. The best of mankind was on display in the UN Charter, which affirmed the “faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, [and] in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small.” The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was another milestone in the evolution of man’s global consciousness, emerging as it did in...

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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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