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Tibetans rally up for Chinese, Commemorating the Tiananmen Square Massacre

Posted on Jun 4, 2016 in Highlights, News, Op Ed, Publications, Tiananmen Anniversaries, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register, Tibet, Two Tank Men | Comments Off on Tibetans rally up for Chinese, Commemorating the Tiananmen Square Massacre

  On June 4th, 2016, Students for a Free Tibet held a rally in Dharamsala, India, to commemorating the 27th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square. They organized this event to show the solidarty with the victims of the massacre and raise awareness about the ongoing crackdown on the democracy activists in China....

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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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Statement on Nomination of the Tank Man Images and Video Footage for the UNESCO Memory of the World Register

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 in Highlights, News, No Category, Op Ed, Publications, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register, Two Tank Men | Comments Off on Statement on Nomination of the Tank Man Images and Video Footage for the UNESCO Memory of the World Register

Statement by Initiatives for China on  Nomination of the Tank Man Images and Video Footage  for the UNESCO Memory of the World Register June 1, 2016   Initiatives for China is pleased to announce that along with the Newseum and world-renowned photographer Charlie Cole, it has nominated the Tank Man images and video footage captured by international journalists during the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing as documentary heritage for inscription into UNESCO Memory of the World (MoW) Register. The nomination submitted on the eve of the 27th anniversary of the early-morning June 4 massacre serves as an appropriate commemoration of the hundreds, even thousands of victims. The nomination includes the selected images and video footage from five photojournalists and two cameramen who risked their lives to record the heroic act of the “Tank Man”, a still-unidentified young Chinese man,...

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Washington Post Opinions: Donald Trump defends the world’s bullies

Posted on Mar 19, 2016 in Global Efforts, Highlights, International Relations, News, Op Ed | Comments Off on Washington Post Opinions: Donald Trump defends the world’s bullies

By Yang Jianli, Fang Zheng and Zhou Fengsuo March 18 at 7:18 PM Yang Jianli is founder and president of Initiatives for China. Fang Zheng is president of Chinese Democracy Education Foundation. Zhou Fengsuo is founder of Humanitarian China. By now, many people who remain haunted by the horrific slaughter of protesters in 1989 in Tiananmen Square have expressed shock and disgust at Donald Trump’s outrageous characterization of that tragic event. During the March 10 Republican presidential debate, Trump said that it was “a strong, powerful government that [reacted] with strength. And then they kept down the riot.” Though he hastened to add that he wasn’t “endorsing” the crackdown, it was too late: In one breath, he both smeared the students’ peaceful protest as a “riot” and characterized their murder as an illustration of “strong” leadership. Even Trump’s most outlandish and crudest previous exclamations did...

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Initiatives for China joins the Commemoration of the 57th Anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising Day

Posted on Mar 11, 2016 in Highlights, News, Publications | Comments Off on Initiatives for China joins the Commemoration of the 57th Anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising Day

March 10, 2016 is the 57th anniversary of the Tibet Uprising, when Tibetans in Lhasa revolted against the People’s Liberation Army control, triggering the H.H. Dalai Lama’s flight into exile a week later. It is commemorated by Tibetans worldwide as their National Day. This year’s commemoration in Washington D.C. is organized by Capital Area Tibetan Association. Tibetans and their supporters started with a rally in front of the Chinese Embassy, then marched to the White House. They demanded the Chinese government to allow medias in Tibet, respect Tibetan’s human rights, and return Tibet to Tibetans. At the White House rally, they demanded President Obama to keep Tibet issue on his agenda. Dr. YANG Jianli’s Speech at the Tibetan March 10th Rally in Front of the Chinese Embassy in Washington, DC. March 10th, 2016 That Day Will Come Sooner with Our...

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Please Sign on the Petition to Seek Truth About the Two Tiananmen Tank Men

Posted on Dec 14, 2015 in Highlights, News, Rule of Law in China, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register, Two Tank Men | Comments Off on Please Sign on the Petition to Seek Truth About the Two Tiananmen Tank Men

  Please Sign on the Petition  to Seek Truth About the Two Tiananmen Tank Men The iconic image on Beijing’s Chang’an Street bravely confronting PLA tanks is one of the most important photographs of the twentieth century.  It represents ordinary citizens confronting the State violence, and it is not forgotten by history.  Over more than two decades, the whole world has been asking: Where is the tank man?  As of today, the background of the tank man “Wang Weilin,” and his subsequent fate are still unknown to the world.  At the same time, we should not forget that, despite  the CCP’s massacre order, the soldier in the tank chose not to shoot or run over his compatriot. The most logical explanation is that his conscience made him disobey the order.  This soldier is equally a hero.  As Time magazine pointed...

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Speech by YANG Jianli at the CECC Press Conference Commemorating the 5th Anniversary of Liu Xiaobo’s Winning the Nobel Peace Prize

Posted on Dec 11, 2015 in Highlights, News, Tiananmen Anniversaries, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register, Two Tank Men | Comments Off on Speech by YANG Jianli at the CECC Press Conference Commemorating the 5th Anniversary of Liu Xiaobo’s Winning the Nobel Peace Prize

Dec. 9, 2015 Liu Xiaobo, How are you? Thank you Chairman Smith and the CECC for holding this important press conference where we are standing together in solidarity with Liu Xiao and his fellow political prisoners of China. We are sending a clear and strong message to China and the rest of the world that we have not forgotten. Nobel prize anniversaries are usually happy occasions. But the fifth anniversary of Liu Xiaobo’s winning of the Nobel Peace Prize is a solemn and sad one. He is still serving an 11-year prison term imposed by the dictators of Beijing. What was the horrible crime that the CCP claimed deserved such harsh punishment? Liu coauthored Charter 08, a call for peaceful transition to democratic freedoms in China. Recognizing his courage and the importance of that document as well as his...

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