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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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Senate set to pass resolution calling on China to release Liu Xiaobo’s widow

Posted on Aug 3, 2017 in House Arrest of Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Prisoners of Conscience | Comments Off on Senate set to pass resolution calling on China to release Liu Xiaobo’s widow

By Josh Rogin August 3, 2017 As one of its final acts before leaving town, the Senate is set to pass a resolution Thursday calling on China to allow Liu Xia, the widow of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, to leave China. The nonbinding resolution would also declare the view of the Senate that the U.S. government should give Liu Xia permanent resident status in the United States. The bipartisan resolution was introduced Thursday by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) and was placed on the Senate hotline. If no senator objects before the end of the day, the resolution will pass by unanimous consent and the Senate will have spoken in a clear voice about Liu’s case for the first time. Liu has been under house arrest in China since 2010 and has publicly declared she is not...

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Remembering Liu Xiaobo – By Yang Jianli

Posted on Jul 24, 2017 in House Arrest of Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Op Ed, Prisoners of Conscience, Publications | Comments Off on Remembering Liu Xiaobo – By Yang Jianli

Remembering Liu Xiaobo By Yang Jianli The world lost a hero when China’s only Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Liu Xiaobo, died of liver cancer in Chinese custody on July 13, 2017. In life as well as in death Liu Xiaobo represents the best of what China can ever be. He possessed a moral authority unimaginable to his persecutors, and his legacy of love, justice, and sacrifice will surely far outlive the deeds of those who persecuted him. His spirit will be an uplifting and unifying force that will inspire more Chinese people to fight to realize his dream-indeed, the common dream of the Chinese people. To the world, he represents the universal values that all democracies embrace, and he stands for the unwavering struggle of unfree people. Liu Xiaobo is a representative of universal ideas that resonate with millions of people all over the world. Chinese human rights and democracy...

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CP/IFC Statement On New Clue About Tiananmen Tank Man

Posted on Jul 21, 2017 in News, Publications, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register, Two Tank Men | Comments Off on CP/IFC Statement On New Clue About Tiananmen Tank Man

Is the Tank Man is still alive? According to a report yesterday from Hong Kong-based newspaper Apple Daily, the young Chinese man who single-handedly blocked a long column of the Chinese military’s tanks on Chang’an Avenue during the Tiananmen Massacre in 1989 is still in prison. His real name is Zhang Weimin, and he was imprisoned twice after the Tiananmen Massacre. For years, the Tank Man’s whereabouts remained a mystery. Citizen Power, a.k.a. Initiatives for China (CP/IFC) is highly concerned about this new clue. The Tank Man’s photo, one of the most influential images of all time, inscribed his heroic act into history. The image continues to stand as a symbol for one individual’s defiance of state violence. For twenty-eight years, the whole world has been asking where the Tank Man is, but there have never been any reliable clues – he has never been...

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Dr. Yang Jianli’s Speech at “Remembering The Legacy Of Liu Xiaobo”

Posted on Jul 18, 2017 in Global Efforts, House Arrest of Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Publications | Comments Off on Dr. Yang Jianli’s Speech at “Remembering The Legacy Of Liu Xiaobo”

Dr. Yang Jianli’s Speech at “Remembering The Legacy Of Liu Xiaobo” Hosted by Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation Monday, July 17th, 2017 at Victims of Communism Memorial Tonight we mourn the tragic passing of Liu Xiaobo, a great loss to the people of China, indeed, to the entire humanity. Liu Xiaobo was not only the best known freedom and democracy fighter of China, but, in life as well as in death, he represents the best of what China can ever be. In April 1989, when the Tiananmen democracy movement just broke out, he returned to Beijing from New York and became the most important intellectual leader of the movement. After the Tiananmen Massacre, he shouldered both moral and political responsibilities and continued to fight from inside China while many others left the country and even abandoned the movement. He was...

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Dr. Yang Jianli’s Remarks on Congressional Hearing: The Tragic Case of Liu Xiaobo

Posted on Jul 16, 2017 in House Arrest of Liu Xia, Liu Xiaobo's Case, News, Publications | Comments Off on Dr. Yang Jianli’s Remarks on Congressional Hearing: The Tragic Case of Liu Xiaobo

Opening Remarks before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations   Yang Jianli Initiatives for China/Citizen Power Hearing on “The Tragic Case of Liu Xiaobo”  July 14, 2017 Yang Jianli, Jared Genser, Perry Link. MICHAEL REYNOLDS/European Pressphoto Agency  Chairman Smith and Ranking Members, I had a sleepless night. At this grievous moment, I would like to thank you for holding this critical hearing. It is critical for us to discuss how we can still lend a helping hand to assist Liu Xiaobo’s family, and how we can fight to honor the legacy of his courage and sacrifice. Liu Xiaobo’s tragedy represents the tragedies of many human rights activists in China, but it is also unique in its own way. In all of Nobel Peace Prize history, there have only been three...

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