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12IILC: Day 3 Report 2: Citizen Power Award Ceremony at the Japanese Diet

Posted on Jan 23, 2018 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, News, Publications | Comments Off on 12IILC: Day 3 Report 2: Citizen Power Award Ceremony at the Japanese Diet

Day 3 Report 2 Citizen Power Award Ceremony at the Japanese Diet Click Here for Award Ceremony Video Footage In the afternoon of November 16, the Conference participants went to the Japanese Diet for a tour and the presentation of the 2017 Citizen Power Awards, which was held in the First House of the House of Representatives. In addition to Conference participants, three Japanese MPs attended and spoke. Three outstanding figures in the struggle for human rights in China were given Citizen Power Awards this year: 1) Mr. Makino Seishu, 2) Professor Ilham Tohti, and 3) Ms. Wang Qiaoling (human rights activist and wife of human rights lawyer Li Heping). Mr. Enver Can, a Uyghur human rights activists and Chairman of the Ilham Tohti Initiative, delivered an acceptance speech on behalf of Ilham Tohti, and Ambassador Maysing Yang read...

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12IILC: Day 3 Report 1: Workshop: How to Use the Global Magnitsky Sanction Mechanism to Combat Human Rights Abusers

Posted on Jan 14, 2018 in Global Magnitsky Act, InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, News, Publications | Comments Off on 12IILC: Day 3 Report 1: Workshop: How to Use the Global Magnitsky Sanction Mechanism to Combat Human Rights Abusers

Day 3 Report 1 Workshop: How to Use the Global Magnitsky Sanction Mechanism to Combat Human Rights Abusers   Click here to view the workshop footage   Dr. Han Lianchao, Vice President of Initiative for China/Citizen Power for China, led the first installment of a two-part workshop on the one-year-old U.S. Global Magnitsky Act, focusing on the requirements of the Act and how Conference participants can develop cases involving Chinese officials based on either the corruption prong or the gross violations of human rights (GVHR) prong, and submit them to the US State Department and Department of Treasury for review for possible sanctions (including visa ban and freezing of assets). Dr. Han focused on the GVHR prong of the...

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12IILC: Day 2 Report 5: Workshops: Digital Security and UN Human Rights Mechanisms

Posted on Jan 11, 2018 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, International Relations, News, Publications | Comments Off on 12IILC: Day 2 Report 5: Workshops: Digital Security and UN Human Rights Mechanisms

Day 2 Report 5 Workshops: Digital Security and UN Human Rights Mechanisms Mr. Luo Shihong, a human rights activist based in Geneva, Switzerland, gave two training workshops in the late afternoon of: 1) Digital Security, and 2) UN Human Rights Mechanisms.   1.   Digital Security   In this very practical and important workshop, Mr. Luo explained to the participants the multiple ways they were likely vulnerable online, and concrete steps they could take to give themselves, their colleagues and partners, some added protection online. He gave an overview of the risks and how to add protection on multiple platforms used by most activists, from email to browsing and searches, to video calling and conferencing and messaging platforms.  He emphasized that the most important thing was to have “safety consciousness,” i.e., to be aware of, and pay attention to, digital security and...

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12IILC: Day 2 Report 4: Documentary Film Showing and Discussion:

Posted on Jan 9, 2018 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, News, Publications | Comments Off on 12IILC: Day 2 Report 4: Documentary Film Showing and Discussion:

Day 2 Report 3  Documentary Film Showing and Discussion: Doris Liu, a filmmaker from Canada, showed her award-winning documentary, “In the Name of Confucius,” to the conference participants. The film looks at the battle over Confucius Institutes (CI) in Canada, specifically focusing on the personal story of a former CI teacher and Falun Gong practitioner, whose political asylum request to the Canadian government and complaint against the Toronto District School Board led to the first closure of a CI on a North American campus. Following on some of the themes from the morning’s speeches and discussion, the film explores China’s use of financial incentives and soft power abroad to export pro-Communist Party propaganda, and groom foreigners from an early age to be favorably disposed to the Chinese Communist Party and its version of history and events.    Former Umbrella...

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12IILC: Day 2 Report 3: Panel Discussion II: “Democracy and Peace in East Asia”

Posted on Dec 23, 2017 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, News, Publications | Comments Off on 12IILC: Day 2 Report 3: Panel Discussion II: “Democracy and Peace in East Asia”

Panel Discussion II: “Democracy and Peace in East Asia”    Chair:      Professor Homare Endo, Professor of History at University of Tsukuba Speakers:  Mr. Yoichi Kato, Senior Fellow, API Initiative      Madam Ambassador YANG Maysing, VP of the Taiwan Foundation for      Democracy, Ambassador-at-Large      Dr. FEI Liangyong, Chairman of Forum for a Democratic China      Ms. Eun Kyoung KWON, Director of Open North Korea      Mr. Shin Harimoto, Reporter, China Commentator, Falun Gong Practitioner Click Here to Listen to Recorded Audio  In his remarks, Mr. Yoichi Kato (Senior Fellow API Initiative) addressed the current tense strategic environment of U.S.-China relations. He focused on three issues that are particularly critical at the moment: 1) North Korea, 2) China’s Belt and Road strategy, and 3) the reemergence of cross-strait tensions. Mr. Kato said that the North Korea situation is very tense.  There is no...

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12th InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference – Opening Ceremony Messages and Greetings

Posted on Dec 17, 2017 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, News, Publications | Comments Off on 12th InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference – Opening Ceremony Messages and Greetings

Day I Report (2): Footage of the Opening Ceremony https://youtu.be/MRf8nUVboSE His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Video Greetings Click here to view the video CECC Co-Chairs (Senator Marco Rubio and Representative Chris Smith) Joint Letter Click here to read CECC joint letter U.S. Senator Ted Cruz’s Letter Click here to read Senator Cruz’s letter U.S.Rep. and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s Letter Click here to read Leader Pelosi’s letter U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern’s Letter Click here to read Congressman McGovern’s letter U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin’s Letter Click here to read Congressman Raskin’s letter Taiwan MP Yu Mei-yu’s Letter Click here to read MP Yu Mei-yu’s letter Taiwan MP Chen Hsueh-sheng’s Video Greetings Click here to view the video Former Canadian MP Irwin Cotler’s Video Greetings Click here to view the...

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12th InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference – Day 2 Report 1: Mr. Steven Bannon Speaks at the Conference

Posted on Dec 13, 2017 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, News, Publications | Comments Off on 12th InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference – Day 2 Report 1: Mr. Steven Bannon Speaks at the Conference

Day II Report (1): Steve Bannon’s Keynote Speech at  the 12th Interethnic Interfaith Leadership Conference Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon delivered his much-anticipated keynote speech on the morning of the second day of the conference. In his wide-ranging speech –which Mr. Bannon described as his first international speech–he focused his remarks on the rise of China and the failure of previous U.S. administrations as well as China pundits to adequately recognize and address the consequences of China as an emerging global power. Bannon spoke at length about Xi Jinping’s consolidation of power and his recent 3.5 hour-long speech at the 19th Party Congress in October, which Bannon described “as a wake up call to the world.” Rather than a liberal, democratic China that many had expected would develop as China embraced capitalism, what we have seen emerge instead is a Confucian, mercantilist, and authoritarian model.  Bannon described Xi’s speech...

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