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People of China, too, Want Human Rights

Posted on Oct 28, 2017 in News, Publications, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on People of China, too, Want Human Rights

 People of China, too, Want Human Rights By Yang Jianli Speech at Panel “CLASH OF CULTURES, VALUES AND PRINCIPLES: RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE OR HUMAN RIGHTS?” The 2017 Convention of the Nonviolent Radical Party Transnational Transparency Senate, Rome, Italy, Oct. 28, 2017 (Dr. Yang Jianli gave this speech remotely through Skype. He was not able to make it physically to the Convention due to a travel document issue.) Thank you, dear friends at the Non-violent Radical Party, for inviting me to speak at this Convention of Transnational Transparency. It is truly an honor for me. I admire the Nonviolent Radical Party for its commitment to speaking the truth and promoting the rights to know. The first order of truth about China is that the people of China, too, want human rights. This sentence sounds a bit awkward with the...

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Liu Xiaobo’s Shining Example and Stern Warning

Posted on Oct 8, 2017 in International Relations, News, Publications | Comments Off on Liu Xiaobo’s Shining Example and Stern Warning

Liu Xiaobo’s Shining Example and Stern Warning By YANG Jianli For speech at Forum 2000, Oct 2017 This speech would have been made by Dr. Jianli Yang, President of Initiatives for China, on the night of Oct. 8 at the opening ceremony of Forum 2000 held in Prague, Czech. Dr. Yang was not able to make it to the Forum due to a travel document issue. We are sharing the text of the speech for your reference. Dr. Yang Jianli at Forum 2000 in September, 2013 Standing on this Forum 2000 stage created by Václav Havel, I cannot help but thinking of our Václav Havel, China’s Václav Havel, my friend and hero-Liu Xiaobo. Liu Xiaobo died a martyr’s death less than three months ago. In this oblivious world, while many people are yet to know him, many others are...

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Guo Wengui’s Press Conference on Chinese Kleptocracy

Posted on Oct 4, 2017 in International Relations, News, Publications, Rule of Law in China | Comments Off on Guo Wengui’s Press Conference on Chinese Kleptocracy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: October 4, 2017 CONTACT: Glen Zhang (cell) 240-467-6986 James.chen.ifc@gmail.com   Guo Wengui’s Press Conference on Chinese Kleptocracy and Hudson Institute’s cancellation of his first public appearance Chinese businessman turned whistleblower Guo Wengui, a.k.a Miles Kwok, will hold his first-ever press conference in the U.S. on the high-level corruption in the Chinese Communist regime and its implications for the upcoming 19th Party Congress, as well as the threat China’s kleptocracy poses to the United States and its allies. Mr. Guo will also discuss the Hudson Institute’s last- minute cancellation of its event ” A Conversation With Guo Wengui,” which would have been his first live public appearance in the United States, scheduled for October 4 at 10 am.   WHO: Guo Wengui WHERE:  National Press Club   529 14 St. NW, Washington, DC 20045 WHAT: Chinese Kleptocracy...

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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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Citizen Power for China statement on the imprisonment of Alex Chow, Nathan Law, and Joshua Wong

Posted on Aug 20, 2017 in Hong Kong, News, Publications | Comments Off on Citizen Power for China statement on the imprisonment of Alex Chow, Nathan Law, and Joshua Wong

Citizen Power for China  statement  on the imprisonment of  Alex Chow, Nathan Law, and Joshua Wong On August 17, 2017, an appeal by the Chinese-controlled Hong Kong prosecution officially imprisoned three young student leaders, Alex Chow, Nathan Law and Joshua Wong, for their leadership in the 2014 umbrella movement. They were on the forefront of the Umbrella Movement, and were present during the only dialogue with the Hong Kong Government. The grim ending to their case gravely saddens us, and we express our solemn protest against the evil intentions of Chinese authorities. It has now been three years since the protests that saw millions of young Hong Kong citizens flood to the streets and take up the fight for democracy, and against the meddling hands of the Chinese Communist Party. Citizen Power, and other Pro-democracy activists will never forget...

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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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CP/IFC Statement on Uyghur Human Rights Activist’s Dolkun Isa Detention by Italian Authorities

Posted on Aug 1, 2017 in News, Publications, Uyghur | Comments Off on CP/IFC Statement on Uyghur Human Rights Activist’s Dolkun Isa Detention by Italian Authorities

August 1, 2017 We are deeply troubled and highly alarmed at the news that the General Secretary of the Munich-based World Uyghur Congress, Dolkun Isa, was detained on July 26th by plainclothes policemen of the Divisione Investigazioni Generali e Operazioni Speciali (DIGOS). Isa had been walking with colleagues to the Italian Senate to deliver a speech at a press conference on the worsening human rights situation in the Uyghur region under China’s rule. A similar incident occurred in April when Mr. Isa was removed from a United Nations forum in New York by security guards without explanation and was later denied participation in the forum, which was organized by the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), and to which Mr. Isa had duly registered. We strongly condemn the Chinese regime for its trans-border repression of human rights...

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