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Dr Yang Jianli’s Speech at the Candle Light Vigil Commemorating the 29th Anniversary of 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre

Posted on Jun 5, 2018 in News, Publications, Tiananmen Anniversaries | Comments Off on Dr Yang Jianli’s Speech at the Candle Light Vigil Commemorating the 29th Anniversary of 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre

Dr Yang Jianli’s Speech at the Candle Light Vigil Commemorating the   29th Anniversary of 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre Thank you, Marion for your kind introduction. First, I want to express my profound gratitude to Dr. Edwards, Marion and the entire VOC team for putting together this memorial. I would also like to recognize the Tiananmen veterans and survivors of the Tiananmen Massacre who are present: Fang Zheng, Zhou Fengsuo, Li Hengqing, Wu Chaoyang and Wang Dao. Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends, I am honored and humbled to stand together with you tonight to remember our brothers and sisters who were killed in the Tiananmen Massacre. In the spring of 1989, college students in China led a movement calling for freedom and democracy. They asked for more transparency and less corruption from their government. Their peaceful protest soon gained widespread support, attracting...

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Please Join Us To Commemorate the 29th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre

Posted on Jun 4, 2018 in News, Publications, Tiananmen Anniversaries, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register | Comments Off on Please Join Us To Commemorate the 29th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre

Please Join Us To Commemorate the 29th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre On June 4th and June 5th, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation will be hosting events to commemorate the Tiananmen Square Massacre of 1989.   Candlelight Vigil at the Victims of Communism Memorial Join us at the Victims of Communism Memorial on June 4th for a candlelight vigil and ceremony of remembrance on behalf of the victims of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. We will hear remarks from survivors, victims‘ families, and others who have been persecuted by the communist regime in China. Monday, June 4 8:00 PM Vigil Ceremony Begins Victims of Communism Memorial Corner of Massachusetts and New Jersey Avenues Northwest Panel Discussion: Exploring the Contested History of Tiananmen Square Join the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation on June 5th for an expert panel discussion on the relevance of the Tiananmen Square Massacre today, and for the presentation of the Foundation‘s Human Rights Award Fang Zheng, who had both of his legs crushed by an oncoming tank in Tiananmen Square after pushing...

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Red China and Red Notices

Posted on Apr 24, 2018 in Rule of Law in China, Tiananmen Anniversaries | Comments Off on Red China and Red Notices

Red China and Red Notices By: Jianli Yang Opening Remarks at XII International Journalism Festival, April 14, Perugia, Italy Human rights in China under Xi Jinping is the worst since the Tiananmen crackdown. The situation for the Chinese human rights activists is drastically deteriorating since 2012 when Xi Jinping took power. Xi is convinced that the Chinese Communist Party is losing control over the Chinese people and the Chinese society, and particularly in the ideological front, despite numerous political campaigns to brainwash the Chinese people, particularly the young; Xi believes that the regime security is in a grave danger; all of these require the regime to take relentless and harsh measures to regain its control. More than previous leaders before him, Xi perceives that the western ideas and bourgeois liberalization spread via the Internet eroded the minds of young...

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Göran Lindblad: My Supporting Voice for Our Tiananmen Brothers

Posted on Jun 11, 2017 in News, Publications, Tiananmen Anniversaries, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register | Comments Off on Göran Lindblad: My Supporting Voice for Our Tiananmen Brothers

My Supporting Voice for Our Tiananmen Brothers Göran Lindblad Again approaching the day to remember the heroic peaceful protests by students at Tiananmen Square 1989. The totalitarian communist regime responded to the non-violent manifestation with brutal force. Tanks against unarmed shocked the world. As time flies, and current world events consumes daily news media attention, we now, 28 years later need to commemorate and remember the heroes as well as not forget the perpetrators. The best symbol of the Tiananmen protests and regime massacre is of course the Tank Man. The young protester, holding his shopping bags, standing in front of, and seemingly stopping the tank column. The pictures of Tiananmen Man spread epidemically in the world media at the time. However it is still, now today a very powerful message of the importance of individuals can make a...

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IFC/CPFC Statement on the Human Rights Positions Taken by Secretary of State Tillerson and Ambassador Haley

Posted on Jun 8, 2017 in Challenge China's Membership to UN Human Rights Council, News, Publications, Tiananmen Anniversaries | Comments Off on IFC/CPFC Statement on the Human Rights Positions Taken by Secretary of State Tillerson and Ambassador Haley

Initiatives for China a.k.a Citizen Power in China (IFC/CPFC) enthusiastically applauds Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s June 4 statement on the 28th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square Massacre, and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley’s June 6th remarks at the United Nations Human Rights Council and in the Graduate Institute of Geneva. We and many other participants in the 1989 pro-democracy movement and families of the massacre victims are very grateful that the Trump Administration has not forgotten the bloody crackdown of a peaceful protest by the Chinese Communist regime, and truly commits to universal rights and fundamental freedoms. IFC believes that the United States’ calling on China to make a full accounting of the tragedy and urging the regime to stop further persecution of the protesters and their families will encourage the Chinese people, and that the satisfactory resolution of the...

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Is China Trying to Turn the Tiananmen Square Massacre into Fake News?

Posted on Jun 8, 2017 in News, Tiananmen Anniversaries, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register | Comments Off on Is China Trying to Turn the Tiananmen Square Massacre into Fake News?

The National Interest Is China Trying to Turn the Tiananmen Square Massacre into Fake News? Beijing has sought to use its leadership position in the UN system to obliterate the memory of Tank Man and Tiananmen Square. Dennis P. Halpin June 6, 2017   George Orwell, who understood the close connection between control of messaging and the shaping of history, wrote in his classic work 1984 that “who controls the past controls the future.” Never has this been truer than in the age of the internet. The communist leaders in Beijing, spiritual soul mates of Orwell’s shadowy but omnipotent “Big Brother,” realize the critical need to rewrite history for ideological purposes. Thus, it was reported as another anniversary of the June 4, 1989, Tiananmen Square Massacre was commemorated-perhaps not surprisingly-that Facebook had made a big bow to Big Brother. The online...

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Will UNESCO Save the Tank Man of China?

Posted on Jun 7, 2017 in Publications, Tiananmen Anniversaries, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register | Comments Off on Will UNESCO Save the Tank Man of China?

06/02/2017 09:12 am ET By Yang Jianli and Aaron Rhodes UNESCO’s Memory of the World Program is “an international initiative launched to safeguard the documentary heritage of humanity against collective amnesia, neglect, the ravages of time and climatic conditions, and willful and deliberate destruction.”  But what events deserve a place in this ambitious and influential project? Today the Memory of the World Program faces a crucial test of its intellectual and moral integrity:  Will it include photographs of the “Tank Man,” that is, images of the young Chinese man who, in 1989, heroically stood his ground before a line of army tanks on their way to Tiananmen Square? The photographs are already among the most well-known in the world. The Tank Man’s image is seared into the world’s collective consciousness as an icon of courage, sacrifice, and peaceful protest,...

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