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A High-Proof Tribute to Tiananmen’s Victims Finds a Way Back to China

Posted on May 31, 2017 in Hong Kong, Prisoners of Conscience, Tiananmen Anniversaries, Tiananmen Massacre to Memory of the World Register | Comments Off on A High-Proof Tribute to Tiananmen’s Victims Finds a Way Back to China

  By Didi Kirsten Tatlow May 30, 2017 BEIJING – It’s a big journey for a little bottle, even one so potent in alcohol and symbolism. The liquor bottle – whose label commemorates the 1989 crackdown on democracy demonstrators in Tiananmen Square in Beijing – made a monthslong trip around the world and arrived in Hong Kong days before the 28th anniversary of the killings on Sunday and one year after it was produced in Chengdu, in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan. It was carried by hand, reportedly by a sympathetic Chinese official, from Chengdu to the Middle East and then by someone else to Paris, where it was mailed to Washington, arriving about four weeks ago, said Yang Jianli, a Chinese-born rights activist based in Washington who aided its passage around the world. Finally, coming nearly full...

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UNPO Recognises Dr Jianli Yang’s Efforts for Minorities and Oppressed Groups in China

Posted on Apr 20, 2016 in Hong Kong, InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, Macao, Mongolia, News, Religious Freedom, Taiwan, Tibet, Uyghur | Comments Off on UNPO Recognises Dr Jianli Yang’s Efforts for Minorities and Oppressed Groups in China

Photo courtesy of United States Mission Geneva The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) is delighted to praise Dr Jianli Yang, Chinese dissident and human rights activist for over 25 years, for his significant efforts to bring together different ethnic, religious and political groups from the territory of the People’s Republic of China and in getting them to work together to promote their common goals. UNPO commends his commitment to the non-violent struggle for human rights and democracy. For the past quarter of a century, Mr Yang has seen as his mission to facilitate a peaceful transition of the PRC to the respect of human rights, genuine rule of law, and democratic governance for all. He believes that such a transition can only be achieved by the peoples themselves, through united efforts but also thanks to the support of the...

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A Statement from Initiatives for China on the “Fishball Incident” on Chinese New Year’s Day in Hong Kong

Posted on Feb 13, 2016 in Hong Kong, News, Publications | Comments Off on A Statement from Initiatives for China on the “Fishball Incident” on Chinese New Year’s Day in Hong Kong

It is reported that on February 9, the Chief Executive of Hong Kong Leung Chun-ying called the Mong Kok incident on Chinese New Year’s Day (February 8) a riot.  The media has pointed out that this was the first time since the 1997 handover that the Hong Kong government has used Article 19 of “Public Order Ordinance” to label a clash as a riot. But activists for local democracy regard the incident as the “Fish-ball Revolution”. Although the Hong Kong and Chinese authorities have deliberately exaggerated the incident as a riot, this conflict started with the local younger generation supporting street food venders and the traditional night markets at Mong Kok Temple Street.  Hong Kong police fired into the air, which escalated the conflict.  Just as some Chinese netizens have commented, the Hong Kong Police Department has become more...

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McGovern Concludes Congressional Delegation Visit to China

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 in Highlights, Hong Kong, International Relations, Tibet | Comments Off on McGovern Concludes Congressional Delegation Visit to China

McGovern Concludes Congressional Delegation Visit to China   November 14, 2015 Congressman McGovern with Leader Pelosi and the Congressional delegation in front of the Potala Palace in Lhasa during their historic visit to Tibet. WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02), the Co-Chair of the bipartisan Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, issued the following statement after joining Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and other lawmakers on an historic Congressional delegation to Tibet, Beijing and Hong Kong. “With this trip, our Congressional delegation continued the important dialogue between the U.S. and China. I have long raised concerns about China’s human rights record in Tibet. As the first Congressional delegation to enter Tibet since the 2008 unrest, this was an important opportunity to raise the voices of the Tibetan people. “In our time in Beijing and Hong Kong, we discussed the importance of the U.S. and...

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Hong Kong: One Year after 8.19

Posted on Sep 1, 2015 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Democracy, News, Op Ed, Publications | Comments Off on Hong Kong: One Year after 8.19

By Alex Chow and  YANG Jianli, published: August 31, 2015 Today marks the first anniversary of the August 31 decision of China’s National People’s Congress prohibiting popular selection of candidates for Hong Kong’s chief executive by the people in Hong Kong. This so-called “Beijing 8.19 Hong Kong political reform” package, violated China’s prior written agreements promising full universal suffrage, when it acquired sovereignty  over Hong Kong from Great Britain. This betrayal so outraged the people of Hong Kong that it triggered the 79 day “Umbrella Protest Movement,” or “Occupy Central Movement.” Thanks to the momentum generated by the Movement, on June 18th of this year, the Pan-Democrats coalition there successfully blocked the pseudo-democratic package offered by Beijing’s puppets in the Hong Kong Legislative Council by a landslide vote of 28:8.  This dramatic incident was portrayed by some as the beginning of foreseeable...

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Statement on the Prosecution of Student Leaders in Hong Kong

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 in Highlights, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Democracy, News, Publications | Comments Off on Statement on the Prosecution of Student Leaders in Hong Kong

On August 27, 2015, the Hong Kong Police officially prosecuted three student leaders, Alex Chow, Nathan Law and Joshua Wong for their leadership in last year’s Umbrella Movement, a fight for genuine universal suffrage.  Alex Chow and Nathan Law are former and current Secretaries-General of the Hong Kong Federation of Students.  They played an important role in leading the Umbrella Movement and were present during the only dialogue with the Hong Kong Government.  In April, during the Tenth InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference hosted by Initiatives for China/Citizen Power for China, the Hong Kong Federation of Students was among the first recipients of the Citizen Power Award.  We are gravely concerned about the development of their case, and we express our solemn protest against this evil initiative by the Chinese authorities.   Student Leaders: Nathan Law, Alex Chow, and Joshua Wong....

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Hong Kong Legislature’s Rejection of Beijing-backed Chief Executive Election Plan

Posted on Jun 19, 2015 in Hong Kong, News, Publications | Comments Off on Hong Kong Legislature’s Rejection of Beijing-backed Chief Executive Election Plan

Initiatives for China/Citizen Power for China statement on  Legislature Council’s Rejection of Beijing-Backed  Chief Executive Election Plan for Hong Kong For immediate release, June 18, 2015 Initiatives for China/Citizen Power for China has noticed the overall joy over the rejection of Beijing-backed chief executive election plan at Hong Kong Legislature Council with 28 votes against it, while only 8 in favor. This means a defeat of the fake election vetted by Communist Party-run National People’s Congress that issued this guideline on August 31, 2014. Such a overwhelming rejection sent a clear signal of the majority of Hong Kong residents against it, rather than what the Communist regime called a marginal failure by a small number of legislators. We want to express our firm support to such a rejection in defiance of the Communist Party-controlled political show. In the meantime, we notices some pro-Beijing...

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