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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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Thank You Senator Cruz for Introducing the Stop Higher Education Espionage and Theft Act of 2018

Posted on May 30, 2018 in International Relations, News, Publications | Comments Off on Thank You Senator Cruz for Introducing the Stop Higher Education Espionage and Theft Act of 2018

Initiatives for China to Senator Cruz on  “Stop Higher Education Espionage and Theft Act of 2018” Dear Senator Cruz: On behalf of Initiative for China/Citizen Power, and all Americans deeply concerned about China’s insidious efforts to covertly invade the American Education system, I wish to express our great appreciation for your introduction of the Stop Higher Education Espionage and Theft Act of 2018. We strongly support it. Your legislation would clearly strengthen the US Government’s capacity to deal with foreign, intelligence organizations of any nation secretly operating inside American colleges and universities. But the official U.S. investigations, and the congressional testimony that we and others have provided in recent years, taken together, overwhelmingly demonstrates that the Chinese Communist Party’s intelligence agencies pose the greatest threat to the democratic way of life in America and the rest of the free world. A variety...

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Announcement of the Establishment of the Chinese Entrepreneur Rights Association (CERA)

Posted on May 4, 2018 in News, Publications | Comments Off on Announcement of the Establishment of the Chinese Entrepreneur Rights Association (CERA)

Announcement of the Establishment of the Chinese Entrepreneur Rights Association (CERA)  In view of the current political dilemma of the private enterprises in China, and in response to Chinese entrepreneurs‘ urgent needs, with the active support and assistance of all parties, under the joint efforts of the Initiatives for China/Citizen Power team, the China Entrepreneurs Rights Association will officially launch on the 16th of April, 2018. Since the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, the “Red Empire” has continued to strengthen Communist ideology, and a “Communist red peril” in the information age has returned. China is once again at a historical turning point, and it is the Chinese entrepreneurs who will become one of the primary victims of this reestablished regime. Therefore, it is necessary to form a large scale coalition to defend the entrepreneurs’ rights (many...

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Does the Chinese government want to be the world’s censor?

Posted on Feb 24, 2018 in International Relations, News, Op Ed, Publications | Comments Off on Does the Chinese government want to be the world’s censor?

By Yang Jianli 2/23/2018  Recently, a poster for Mercedes-Benz by the same-named German auto maker sparked a “public opinion” protest in China. Caving to pressure, on February 6, 2018, Daimler AG (of which Mercedes-Benz is a division) issued a public apology. Although China’s foreign ministry spokesperson did not explicitly state that the apology was made at the behest of Chinese authorities, nevertheless, he still declared in a victor’s tone: “Recognizing one’s mistakes and correcting them is the most basic principle of conduct.” Indeed, there is no need to speculate whether the Chinese government exerted direct pressure on Daimler AG. Under Beijing’s increasingly strict control, no large-scale online media story can develop in China without official permission. The so-called “pressure of public opinion” is, in fact, pressure applied by the Chinese government. I think the most surprising aspects of this...

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Concluding Remarks at the Opening Session of 10th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy

Posted on Feb 19, 2018 in International Relations, Publications | Comments Off on Concluding Remarks at the Opening Session of 10th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy

 YANG Jianli It’s wonderful to see so many old and new friends here at the 10th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy. I want to express my profound gratitude to Hillel and his terrific team for putting together just another important assembly of people’s voices in the week leading to the opening of the annual session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. The camaraderie, and the sharing of experiences and strategies at this Summit has always given me hope, even during the darkest days for human rights when too many eyes have adjusted the shadows that power and greed cast on the existence of our brothers and sisters around the world, and when what has been gained in principle, what has been recognized in fact, has been eroded by an acceptance that it is better to accommodate...

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12 IILC Day IV Report: Closing Ceremony

Posted on Feb 2, 2018 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, News, Publications | Comments Off on 12 IILC Day IV Report: Closing Ceremony

Day IV Report The final day of the Conference began with the second part of Dr. Han’s presentation on the Global Magnitsky Act. In this session, he focused on the evidentiary requirements, emphasizing the high bar that must be satisfied, and the importance of using multiple sources and corroborating evidence. Dr. Han also provided useful guidance on evidence collection, risk assessment, and command responsibility. Click here to view conference closing ceremony footage. The day concluded with the adoption of a joint declaration of unity and an agreement to push for Global Magnitsky-type legislation in Australia, where the 13th Conference will be held. Two Australian participants, Ms. Kyinzom Dhongdue, Member of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile and Campaign Manager of the Australia Tibet Council, and Mr. Feng Haiguang, an Australia-based human rights activist, delivered closing remarks. Joint Statement The 12th InterEthnic/InterFaith...

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