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Nonviolence from Damascus and Manama to Moscow and Beijing: Why the Middle East revolution makes dictatorships tremble

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 in Buddhist, Charter 08, Christian, Forced Eviction, InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, International Relations, Liu Xiaobo's Case, Mongolia, News, Prisoners of Conscience, Publications, Religious Freedom, Rule of Law in China, Taiwan, Tibet, Topics, Uyghur | Comments Off on Nonviolence from Damascus and Manama to Moscow and Beijing: Why the Middle East revolution makes dictatorships tremble

Chibli Mallat is a law professor and a practicing attorney, and an active defender of human rights, constitutional law, and judicial accountabillity. He is Presidential Professor of Law at the University of Utah and EU Jean Monnet Professor of European Law at Université Saint Joseph in Lebanon. He was the 2011 Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Visiting Professor of Islamic Legal Studies at Harvard Law School, and will be teaching at Yale Law School in the fall of 2012. Mallat has published and edited over thirty five books, including Introduction to Middle Eastern Law, OUP 2007; and Iraq: Guide to Law and Policy, Kluwer 2009, and is the founder and chairman of Right to Nonviolence, an international NGO based in Beirut. We are into the second year of the Middle East Nonviolent Revolution. I had the privilege to...

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Opening Remarks of the 7th Interethnic Interfaith Leadership Conference

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 in Buddhist, Charter 08, Christian, Forced Eviction, InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, International Relations, Liu Xiaobo's Case, Mongolia, News, Prisoners of Conscience, Publications, Religious Freedom, Rule of Law in China, Taiwan, Tibet, Topics, Uyghur | Comments Off on Opening Remarks of the 7th Interethnic Interfaith Leadership Conference

Moving Forward Together Dear friends, dear brothers and sisters, It is heartening to see all of you coming to the Seventh Interethnic/Interfaith Leadership Conference.   When I think of the distances, especially the psychological distances that we have traveled to be here, I am blessedly reminded that even with all the difficulties facing us which, sadly to say, may not have become less daunting than at the beginning of this century when this conference was first started, so much has already been done to establish the foundational spirit of community that is essential to our labors in and on behalf of the future. When we first undertook this endeavor in 2000, we knew we were taking up one of the most challenging jobs in the world but knew not how long we would be able to persevere.  Twelve years and...

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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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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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H.H. Dalai Lama to visit CzechRep at Havel’s invitation

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 in Buddhist, Charter 08, Highlights, International Relations, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Religious Freedom, Tibet, Topics | 981 comments

Prague, Nov 24 (CTK) – The Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama will visit Prague in December after two years, again at the invitation of his friend and former Czech president Vaclav Havel and the Forum 2000 Foundation, the foundation told CTK Thursday. The Dalai Lama visited the Czech Republic several times in the past. Most recently he attended a Prague conference on democracy in Asia two years ago. The Dalai Lama’s meetings with foreign politicians displeases China of which Tibet is a part. Human rights promoters criticise Beijing and speak about the Chinese occupation of Tibet. The Dalai Lama will arrive for a three-day Czech visit on December 10, the Human Rights Day. His Czech schedule includes a debate at Charles University’s Faculty of Arts, that will be also attended by Havel, Iranian Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi,...

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