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Beijing Reaches Far And Wide To Silence Critics – We Must Not Stay Silent

Posted on Jul 19, 2018 in Global Efforts, International Relations, News | Comments Off on Beijing Reaches Far And Wide To Silence Critics – We Must Not Stay Silent

Beijing Reaches Far And Wide To Silence Critics – We Must Not Stay Silent Speaking up for freedom and autonomy for Hong Kong is no longer simply a matter of duty and moral obligation, but a matter of self-interest too  13/07/2018 07:47 BST | Updated 13/07/2018 07:47 BST The abduction of booksellers, the imprisonment of democracy activists, and the disqualification of candidates and legislators who don’t toe Beijing’s line all illustrate the extremes to which the Chinese Communist Party is prepared to go to silence dissent in Hong Kong. By comparison, I have nothing to worry about. I am safe, free and able to continue to speak out. But remember the words of Pastor Martin Niemöller in Nazi Germany, who said: First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out- Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did...

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Investing in internet freedom supports human rights, national security: Katrina Lantos Swett

Posted on May 19, 2018 in Global Efforts, International Relations, News | Comments Off on Investing in internet freedom supports human rights, national security: Katrina Lantos Swett

Investing in internet freedom supports human rights, national security BY KATRINA LANTOS SWETT, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR – 05/17/18 01:00 PM EDT   There is growing recognition that internet freedom has become an indispensable human right of the 21st century. This new reality has created an urgent need to update America’s strategy for informing and engaging the world in support of freedom and democracy by bringing it into the internet era. Congress has responded to that challenge by appropriating $50 million annually to fund internet freedom and firewall circumvention technologies. Sadly, the agencies charged with fulfilling this mission have not done their jobs.   Recently, I had the opportunity to testify before congressional leaders about this issue. I warned that the continued failure of the State Department and the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the independent federal agency that oversees Voice of America and similar...

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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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“Red Notices” for Human Rights Abusers

Posted on Jun 23, 2017 in Global Efforts, InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, International Relations, Op Ed, Publications | Comments Off on “Red Notices” for Human Rights Abusers

“Red Notices” for Human Rights Abusers by YANG Jianli Interpol, the intergovernmental organization that facilitates police cooperation among member states, often issues red notices to alert its members to locate and arrest wanted persons with the aim of extradition or similar lawful action.  Interpol’s mission is guided by the principle of neutrality and Article 3 of its Constitution forbids the organization involved in any political activities. However, authoritarian governments have increasingly used this process to target activists and journalists who are critical of the regime, and located outside the country. The governments’ aim is not only to secure their return to face trial on trumped-up charges, but also discredit and intimidate them, thereby damaging their reputation and harming their professional and possible business interests. When Guo Wengui, a Chinese businessman-turned-whistleblower, began to reveal information about corruption among China’s top leadership, Interpol, –whose current...

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An Open Letter To Pope Francis On China

Posted on Nov 9, 2016 in Global Efforts, News, Religious Freedom | Comments Off on An Open Letter To Pope Francis On China

Benedict Rogers Human rights activist, writer and Conservative candidate Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/ben/pope-francis-china_b_12831122.html Dear Holy Father, Like every true Catholic in the world, I love you and respect your authority as the Successor of St Peter. Like a great many people in the world, well beyond the Catholic Church, I recognise the beautiful message you, as Pope Francis, bring to the world. And as a new Catholic who came into the Church little over ten days after your election to the papacy, my Catholic faith is inspired and intertwined with your pontificate. I became a Catholic on Palm Sunday, 2013, received into the Church by Burma’s first-ever Cardinal Charles Maung Bo. Although I am British, I became a Catholic in an Asian country emerging from dictatorship, inspired by a Church that has endured decades of persecution. I have also lived in China and...

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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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Seven Rights Groups Launch the 2016 Solidarity Sabbath to Freedom of Religion

Posted on Mar 14, 2016 in Global Efforts, News, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on Seven Rights Groups Launch the 2016 Solidarity Sabbath to Freedom of Religion

Led by the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights & Justice,  seven human rights groups including Initiatives for China/Citizen Power for China, launched the 2016 Solidarity Sabbath to Freedom of Religion last week to highlight the strength and bravery of Chinese citizens who courageously live out their faith despite threats of harassment, imprisonment, and even torture by the ruling Communist Party.   www.solidaritysabbath.org   https://www.change.org/p/leaders-of-the-free-world-pressure-china-to-uphold-the-freedom-of-religion-conscience-and-belief   On the weekend of May 20-22, 2016, religious and spiritual communities around the world will join together in the 2016 Solidarity Sabbath. Freedom of religion, conscience, and belief is a vital human rights issue for all global citizens, and you have a chance to help highlight the plight of the millions of Chinese denied this basic entitlement. There are a number of ways in which you can join the Solidarity Sabbath’s efforts in China for...

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