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Senator Ted Cruz Sends Video Message to the Commemoration of Tiananmen Massacre

Posted on Jun 4, 2016 in Highlights, InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, News, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register | Comments Off on Senator Ted Cruz Sends Video Message to the Commemoration of Tiananmen Massacre

Senator Ted Cruz Sends Video Message to the Commemoration of 1989 Tiananmen Massacre held by Initiatives for China and Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation The commemoration event, named “Exploring the contested history of the Tiannamen Massacre” was held on June 3rd, 2016, by Initiatives for China and Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation at the PEW Charitable Trust conference...

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UNPO Recognises Dr Jianli Yang’s Efforts for Minorities and Oppressed Groups in China

Posted on Apr 20, 2016 in Hong Kong, InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, Macao, Mongolia, News, Religious Freedom, Taiwan, Tibet, Uyghur | Comments Off on UNPO Recognises Dr Jianli Yang’s Efforts for Minorities and Oppressed Groups in China

Photo courtesy of United States Mission Geneva The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) is delighted to praise Dr Jianli Yang, Chinese dissident and human rights activist for over 25 years, for his significant efforts to bring together different ethnic, religious and political groups from the territory of the People’s Republic of China and in getting them to work together to promote their common goals. UNPO commends his commitment to the non-violent struggle for human rights and democracy. For the past quarter of a century, Mr Yang has seen as his mission to facilitate a peaceful transition of the PRC to the respect of human rights, genuine rule of law, and democratic governance for all. He believes that such a transition can only be achieved by the peoples themselves, through united efforts but also thanks to the support of the...

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Americas regional meeting of International Tibet Network concludes

Posted on Mar 1, 2016 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, Religious Freedom, Tibet | Comments Off on Americas regional meeting of International Tibet Network concludes

Tuesday, 01 March 2016 12:46 Yangchen Dolma, Tibet Post Internaitonal Washington D.C., US — International Tibet Network’s (ITN) 6th Americas Regional Meeting concluded in the United States capital, on Sunday, February 28. Over the course of three days, 40 people representing 18 organisations from 5 countries in the region participated in the intensive event, taking part in Workshops, Training and Campaign Planning. Tenzin Jigdal, ITN’s International Coordinator said: “This has been an inspiring and productive meeting, with participants working very hard on planning campaigns and developing strategies for increasing collaboration between Tibet Groups. The result is some strong campaign plans and robust discussions and proposals that address how important it is that Tibet Groups move forward together.” The meeting opened with an address by Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to North America Kaydor Aukatsang, in which he...

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COP21 Paris: China’s Failed Environment Policies Exacerbate Human Rights Abuses

Posted on Dec 8, 2015 in Global Efforts, InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on COP21 Paris: China’s Failed Environment Policies Exacerbate Human Rights Abuses

For Immediate Release: 8 December 2015 China’s failed environment policies exacerbate human rights abuses of Tibetans, Uyghurs, Southern Mongolians and Han Chinese   Paris COP21 agreement must include strong language to enshrine the protection of human rights   [PARIS] The civil and political human rights abuses perpetrated by China on its citizens and on the people of occupied Tibet, East Turkestan and Southern Mongolia are well documented, but the COP21 negotiations taking place in Paris over the last ten days provide an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the major human rights implications of climate change on vulnerable communities, and illustrate how China’s failed environmental policies are threatening the very existence of traditional culture and livelihoods. Tibetans in Tibet are on the frontline of a climate crisis with the temperature of the plateau rising twice as fast as the rest...

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Speech Presenting the 2015 Pedro Luis Boitel Freedom Award

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, International Relations, News, Publications | Comments Off on Speech Presenting the 2015 Pedro Luis Boitel Freedom Award

by  YANG Jianli Summit of Generations hosted by Directorio Demoratico Cubano Oct.22, 2015, Institute for Cuban and Cuban American Studies, University of Miami Orlando and John-our dear hosts, Carl and Barbara-two mentors of mine, respected human rights leaders from Cuba, distinguished guests, dear brothers and sisters: I am very honored and moved to have the privilege of making these presentations of the 2015 Pedro Luis Boitel Freedom Prize. I am honored and moved because of the commitment and sacrifice made by the winners of the prize. 2015 Pedro Luis Boitel Freedom Award Ceremony The first winner, Sirley Ávila León, an ex-delegate of the People’s Assembly, fought valiantly when the regime wanted shut down a school in the area she represented. When officials refused to meet with her and the press failed to report the issue, she appealed to the international...

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Rally: “Let Freedom Ring for Chinese, Tibetans, Uyghurs, Mongols and Taiwanese”

Posted on Sep 22, 2015 in Highlights, InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, News, Publications, Rule of Law in China, Xi Jinping Visit to America | Comments Off on Rally: “Let Freedom Ring for Chinese, Tibetans, Uyghurs, Mongols and Taiwanese”

Press Advisory “Let Freedom Ring for  Chinese, Tibetans, Uyghurs, Mongols and Taiwanese” Rally Urging President Obama to Press Chinese President Xi Jinping on human rights in China, September 25, 11 am – 1 pm, near the White House  International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) Media contact: Matteo Mecacci, President of ICT  Initiatives for China (IFC) Media contact: Yang Jianli, President & Founder of IFC As President Obama hosts Chinese President Xi Jinping for a State visit, a coalition of human rights groups will hold a rally near the White House to highlight China’s dismal human rights record and to urge President Obama to send a strong public message to the Chinese leadership that human rights abuses in China must end. Since Xi Jinping became the top leader of China, Chinese Christians, writers, human rights lawyers, Tibetans, Uyghurs, Mongols and many...

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9 NGOs Letter to President Obama on Xi’s Visit

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 in Highlights, InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, News, Publications, Rule of Law in China, Tibet, Uyghur, Xi Jinping Visit to America | Comments Off on 9 NGOs Letter to President Obama on Xi’s Visit

President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20500   Dear President Obama, We write regarding the state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping on September 24-25, 2015.  Our organizations have worked to help promote and defend human rights in China for decades, and are deeply concerned by the significant erosions to rights during President Xi’s tenure. We appreciate your administration’s expressions of concern about the deteriorating human rights environment in China.  Yet we believe that in light of the high-level reception that will be given President Xi, whose leadership is responsible for this human rights crisis, inviting representatives of China’s persecuted rights advocates to the White House continues to be essential and appropriate. One of the primary targets of the Chinese government’s hostility is also one of the country’s greatest human rights success stories...

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