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Ninth InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference Held In Taiwan

Posted on May 16, 2014 in Buddhist, Christian, Falun Gong, Hong Kong, InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, Macao, Mongolia, Taiwan, Tibet, Uyghur | Comments Off on Ninth InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference Held In Taiwan

Ninth InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference Held In Taiwan Reported by Citizen Reporters: Duan Chao, Cao Jie, Li Zhong and Li Xuemei Organized by Initiatives for China/Citizen Power for China, the Ninth Interethnic / Interfaith Leadership Conference was held in Taiwan from April 24 through April 27. The four-day conference gave training to nearly 100 people in nonviolent resistance, with attendees including Chinese, Mongolians, Tibetans and Uyghurs residing in various region of the world, including Hong Kong, Mainland China, Macau, Taiwan,  Dharamsala of India, Mongolia, Japan, North America, Australia and Europe.  The diverse attendees hold beliefs such as Buddhism, Christianity, Falungong, Islam, and other faiths. Since its inception in 2000, this is the ninth Interethnic / Interfaith Leadership Conference.  It aims to promote understanding and cooperation among people of different ethnicities, religions and regions.  It also aims to promote tolerance and friendship,...

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Democracies: The Vote That Will Test Your Commitment to Democracy

Posted on Nov 6, 2013 in Challenge China's Membership to UN Human Rights Council, Falun Gong, Hong Kong, Macao, Mongolia, News, Publications, Taiwan, Tibet, Uyghur | Comments Off on Democracies: The Vote That Will Test Your Commitment to Democracy

Updates on Petitions Challenging China’s Seat in UNHRC:  + Petition on  Avaaz.org reaching almost 700,000. + Around 3000 more signatures of petitioner inside China added to Citizen Power for China’s petition, reaching a total of 12,000 signatories. —————————————————————–   By YANG Jianli Speech at the 6th annual briefing on Human Rights Council Candidates hosted by UN Watch and Human Rights Foundation November 4, 2013, UN Headquarters, New York   At about 9:00pm, September 24, I was on the phone with Ms. Zhang Jing in China, the wife of the street vendor Xia Junfeng. Four years ago, Xia Junfeng, acting in self-defense, stabbed two para-police who were beating him and taking his things. She and their son had just had the last meeting with Xia Junfeng who was that morning notified he was to be executed the same day. She cried to me for help. At the same time, the online community...

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Three Ongoing Campaigns Challenging China’s Next Term to UN Human Rights Council

Posted on Nov 4, 2013 in Challenge China's Membership to UN Human Rights Council, Highlights, Hong Kong, Macao, Mongolia, News, Taiwan, Tibet, Uyghur | Comments Off on Three Ongoing Campaigns Challenging China’s Next Term to UN Human Rights Council

430,000 on Avaaz.org. 8,500 on Citizen Power for China. 690 on Moveon.org Two more campaigns recently launched on Avaaz.org and Moveon.org, challenging China’s up coming election to UN Human Rights Council. On Avaaz.org campaign, there are more than 430,000 signatures collected. This campaign requests the UN Members States to “ask China for specific and monitorable commitments” on Tibetan human rights issues “as it seeks votes to return to the UN Human Rights Council.“ The other campaign is hosted on moveon.org, with 690+ signatures collected, directing to President Obama, asking to block China from UNHRC. The original campaign launched by Citizen Power for China, with so far over 8,500 signatures collected, also challenged China’s up coming election to UNHRC. Please join the petition by the following instruction: – For Tibetans, Uyghurs, Mongolians, Han Chinese from territories controlled by P. R. China, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan, please sign petition at Avaaz.org and  Citizen Power for...

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Letter Campaign to Issue Travel Ban on Human Rights Abusers

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 in Buddhist, Charter 08, Christian, Falun Gong, Forced Eviction, Highlights, International Relations, Liu Xiaobo's Case, Mongolia, News, Prisoners of Conscience, Publications, Religious Freedom, Rule of Law in China, Taiwan, Tibet, Topics, Uyghur | Comments Off on Letter Campaign to Issue Travel Ban on Human Rights Abusers

Dear All, Initiatives for China (Citizen Power for China) is launching this letter campaign urging the Speaker of the US House of Representatives to expand Magnitsky Bill to invoke a travel ban against serious violators of human rights across the world, freeze any U.S. assets they may possess and publish their names. The original Magnitsky Bill targets only Russia. Please join us in this effort to promote human rights situation globally by signing your organization’s name on this letter. (Please sign this letter by replying to dcoffice@initiativesforchina.org) Please see proposed letter below: The Honorable Speaker Boehner United States House Washington, D.C. 20515   September 7, 2012 Dear Mr. Speaker, As you prepare for the House to take up a bill to extend Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) to Russia, we strongly urge you to support the Senate version of the legislation that includes...

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Nonviolence from Damascus and Manama to Moscow and Beijing: Why the Middle East revolution makes dictatorships tremble

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 in Buddhist, Charter 08, Christian, Forced Eviction, InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, International Relations, Liu Xiaobo's Case, Mongolia, News, Prisoners of Conscience, Publications, Religious Freedom, Rule of Law in China, Taiwan, Tibet, Topics, Uyghur | Comments Off on Nonviolence from Damascus and Manama to Moscow and Beijing: Why the Middle East revolution makes dictatorships tremble

Chibli Mallat is a law professor and a practicing attorney, and an active defender of human rights, constitutional law, and judicial accountabillity. He is Presidential Professor of Law at the University of Utah and EU Jean Monnet Professor of European Law at Université Saint Joseph in Lebanon. He was the 2011 Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Visiting Professor of Islamic Legal Studies at Harvard Law School, and will be teaching at Yale Law School in the fall of 2012. Mallat has published and edited over thirty five books, including Introduction to Middle Eastern Law, OUP 2007; and Iraq: Guide to Law and Policy, Kluwer 2009, and is the founder and chairman of Right to Nonviolence, an international NGO based in Beirut. We are into the second year of the Middle East Nonviolent Revolution. I had the privilege to...

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Opening Remarks of the 7th Interethnic Interfaith Leadership Conference

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 in Buddhist, Charter 08, Christian, Forced Eviction, InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, International Relations, Liu Xiaobo's Case, Mongolia, News, Prisoners of Conscience, Publications, Religious Freedom, Rule of Law in China, Taiwan, Tibet, Topics, Uyghur | Comments Off on Opening Remarks of the 7th Interethnic Interfaith Leadership Conference

Moving Forward Together Dear friends, dear brothers and sisters, It is heartening to see all of you coming to the Seventh Interethnic/Interfaith Leadership Conference.   When I think of the distances, especially the psychological distances that we have traveled to be here, I am blessedly reminded that even with all the difficulties facing us which, sadly to say, may not have become less daunting than at the beginning of this century when this conference was first started, so much has already been done to establish the foundational spirit of community that is essential to our labors in and on behalf of the future. When we first undertook this endeavor in 2000, we knew we were taking up one of the most challenging jobs in the world but knew not how long we would be able to persevere.  Twelve years and...

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The Seventh Interethnic Interfaith Leadership Conference Declaration of Unit

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 in Buddhist, Charter 08, Christian, Forced Eviction, InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, International Relations, Liu Xiaobo's Case, Mongolia, News, No Category, Op Ed, Prisoners of Conscience, Publications, Religious Freedom, Rule of Law in China, Taiwan, Tibet, Topics, Uyghur | Comments Off on The Seventh Interethnic Interfaith Leadership Conference Declaration of Unit

Declaration of Unity 第七届族群青年领袖研习营共同宣言 Approved by all delegates to the Seventh Interethnic/Interfaith Leadership Conference in Long Beach, California on April 21, 2012 (美国加州长灘市,2012年4月21日) We, the delegates to the Seventh Interethnic/Interfaith Leadership Conference, who are Chinese, Mongolians, Uyghurs, Tibetans, Christians, and others from Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, and other regions of the world, and the democratic counterparts from Middle East and Burma, after sincere and friendly discussion and exchange of views, have reached the following consensus and agreed to take the following actions: 我们,来自中国大陆、台湾、香港、澳门及世界各地的出席第七届族群青年领袖研习营的华人、蒙古人、维吾尔人、藏人、基督徒的代表,以及来自缅甸、中东的民主同道,经过诚挚的讨论和交流,达成如下共识和方案: 1. We believe that the recent series of Tibetan self-immolations is the direct result of the Chinese communist regime’s high-handed policy which has caused a continuous deterioration in the human rights situation in the Tibetan areas, and has increasingly pushed the Tibetans to absolute despair. The Communist regime must change its present course, respect...

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