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Twelfth annual InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference to be held in Tokyo, Japan, 14-17 November.

Posted on Nov 10, 2017 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, News, Publications | Comments Off on Twelfth annual InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference to be held in Tokyo, Japan, 14-17 November.

Press Advisory Twelfth annual InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference to be held in Tokyo, Japan, 14-17 November. The 12th InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference, organized by Initiatives for China (aka Citizen Power), will be held at the National Olympics Memorial Youth Center in Tokyo, Japan on November 14-17, 2017. The theme of this year’s Conference is “Advancing Human Rights, Democracy and Peace: New Tools, New Strategies, New Generation”. The annual InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference was established in 2000 by Dr. Yang Jianli, the founder and president of Initiatives for China, during his chairmanship of the Foundation for China in the 21st Century. The Conference has received guidance and encouragement from Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and is financially supported by the US National Endowment for Democracy, Taiwan Foundation for Democracy and other non-governmental organizations. Each year, the InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference brings...

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People of China, too, Want Human Rights

Posted on Oct 28, 2017 in News, Publications, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on People of China, too, Want Human Rights

 People of China, too, Want Human Rights By Yang Jianli Speech at Panel “CLASH OF CULTURES, VALUES AND PRINCIPLES: RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE OR HUMAN RIGHTS?” The 2017 Convention of the Nonviolent Radical Party Transnational Transparency Senate, Rome, Italy, Oct. 28, 2017 (Dr. Yang Jianli gave this speech remotely through Skype. He was not able to make it physically to the Convention due to a travel document issue.) Thank you, dear friends at the Non-violent Radical Party, for inviting me to speak at this Convention of Transnational Transparency. It is truly an honor for me. I admire the Nonviolent Radical Party for its commitment to speaking the truth and promoting the rights to know. The first order of truth about China is that the people of China, too, want human rights. This sentence sounds a bit awkward with the...

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Liu Xiaobo’s Shining Example and Stern Warning

Posted on Oct 8, 2017 in International Relations, News, Publications | Comments Off on Liu Xiaobo’s Shining Example and Stern Warning

Liu Xiaobo’s Shining Example and Stern Warning By YANG Jianli For speech at Forum 2000, Oct 2017 This speech would have been made by Dr. Jianli Yang, President of Initiatives for China, on the night of Oct. 8 at the opening ceremony of Forum 2000 held in Prague, Czech. Dr. Yang was not able to make it to the Forum due to a travel document issue. We are sharing the text of the speech for your reference. Dr. Yang Jianli at Forum 2000 in September, 2013 Standing on this Forum 2000 stage created by Václav Havel, I cannot help but thinking of our Václav Havel, China’s Václav Havel, my friend and hero-Liu Xiaobo. Liu Xiaobo died a martyr’s death less than three months ago. In this oblivious world, while many people are yet to know him, many others are...

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Guo Wengui’s Press Conference on Chinese Kleptocracy

Posted on Oct 4, 2017 in International Relations, News, Publications, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on Guo Wengui’s Press Conference on Chinese Kleptocracy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: October 4, 2017 CONTACT: Glen Zhang (cell) 240-467-6986 James.chen.ifc@gmail.com   Guo Wengui’s Press Conference on Chinese Kleptocracy and Hudson Institute’s cancellation of his first public appearance Chinese businessman turned whistleblower Guo Wengui, a.k.a Miles Kwok, will hold his first-ever press conference in the U.S. on the high-level corruption in the Chinese Communist regime and its implications for the upcoming 19th Party Congress, as well as the threat China’s kleptocracy poses to the United States and its allies. Mr. Guo will also discuss the Hudson Institute’s last- minute cancellation of its event ” A Conversation With Guo Wengui,” which would have been his first live public appearance in the United States, scheduled for October 4 at 10 am.   WHO: Guo Wengui WHERE:  National Press Club   529 14 St. NW, Washington, DC 20045 WHAT: Chinese Kleptocracy...

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IFC/Citizen Power statement on Sulu Sou’s Victory

Posted on Sep 21, 2017 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, Macao, News, Publications | Comments Off on IFC/Citizen Power statement on Sulu Sou’s Victory

On September 18th, 2017, Macau’s semi-democratic elections resulted in an unprecedented victory for the democratic movement, securing 5 of the available 14 seats. This victory included the appointment of 26-year-old Sulu Sou, making him the city’s youngest-ever lawmaker. IFC team celebrates Sou’s unprecedented victory and congratulate him for his unwavering passion to bring democracy to Macau. Sulu Sou is the deputy director of New Macau Student Association and attended the 8th and 9th Interethnic Interfaith Leadership Conferences. The conference was founded in 2000 by then Foundation for China in the 21st Century president, Dr Yang Jianli. The conference empowers young leaders from Han Chinese, Tibetans, Uyghurs, Mongolians, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau, to build trust, understanding, and friendship for a common goal of democratic change in PRC. Mr. Sou speaks at the 8th Interethnic Interfaith Leadership Conference in Taiwan....

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A Celebration of Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia, October 19th at the Washington National Cathedral

Posted on Sep 18, 2017 in Empty Seat at Nobel Peace Prize, House Arrest of Liu Xia, News, Publications | Comments Off on A Celebration of Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia, October 19th at the Washington National Cathedral

Invitation A Celebration of Liu Xiaobo and Liu Xia October 19th at the Washington National Cathedral Please RSVP Here DESCRIPTION A memorial service commemorating the life and work of Liu Xiaobo, the recipient of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize and one of China’s foremost pro-democracy activists and writers, and celebrating Liu Xia, the Beijing-based poet, artist, and activist. Open to the public, seating limited. DATE AND TIME Thu, October 19, 2017 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM EDT LOCATION Washington National Cathedral 3101 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest Washington, DC 20016 National Cathedral in Washington (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)...

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Citizen Power for China statement on the imprisonment of Alex Chow, Nathan Law, and Joshua Wong

Posted on Aug 20, 2017 in Hong Kong, News, Publications | Comments Off on Citizen Power for China statement on the imprisonment of Alex Chow, Nathan Law, and Joshua Wong

Citizen Power for China  statement  on the imprisonment of  Alex Chow, Nathan Law, and Joshua Wong On August 17, 2017, an appeal by the Chinese-controlled Hong Kong prosecution officially imprisoned three young student leaders, Alex Chow, Nathan Law and Joshua Wong, for their leadership in the 2014 umbrella movement. They were on the forefront of the Umbrella Movement, and were present during the only dialogue with the Hong Kong Government. The grim ending to their case gravely saddens us, and we express our solemn protest against the evil intentions of Chinese authorities. It has now been three years since the protests that saw millions of young Hong Kong citizens flood to the streets and take up the fight for democracy, and against the meddling hands of the Chinese Communist Party. Citizen Power, and other Pro-democracy activists will never forget...

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