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The 12th InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference – Joint Statement

Posted on Dec 30, 2017 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, No Category | Comments Off on The 12th InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference – Joint Statement

Joint Statement The 12th InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference Dec.17, 2017, Tokyo, Japan We, the participants in the 12th Interethnic/Interfaith Leadership Conference, reaffirm our commitment to mutual respect, understanding, and support; we also agree that we shall work together to actively support full and rigorous enforcement of the Global Magnitsky Act, and to hold human rights abusers and kletopcrats in China accountable. In addition, we pledge to make our best effort to urge other democratic countries, particularly Japan and Australia, to pass similar laws to impose sanctions against the Chinese perpetrators of GVHR and corruption. We will meet again next year in Australia to review this...

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International Campaign for Tibet welcomes former political prisoner Dhondup Wangchen to freedom and safety

Posted on Dec 28, 2017 in News, Tibet | Comments Off on International Campaign for Tibet welcomes former political prisoner Dhondup Wangchen to freedom and safety

International Campaign for Tibet welcomes former political prisoner Dhondup Wangchen to freedom and safety ICT press release, December 27, 2017 View press release online » The International Campaign for Tibet strongly welcomes the news that Tibetan filmmaker and former political prisoner Dhondup Wangchen has been able to leave his homeland and reunite with his wife and children in the United States. Despite having served his prison sentence, Dhondup continued to be limited in his freedom of movement, but was finally able to overcome those challenges, leave Tibet and pursue his deeply held desire to reunite with his family. In a statement on December 27, 2017, the Swiss based organization “Filming for Tibet”, which has been campaigning for Dhondup Wangchen’s release over the past years, said: “Dhondup Wangchen arrived to safety in San Francisco on the afternoon of 25 December,...

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Joint Letter to Interim UMass Chancellor regarding Confucius Institute

Posted on Dec 28, 2017 in News, Publications | Comments Off on Joint Letter to Interim UMass Chancellor regarding Confucius Institute

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12IILC: Day 2 Report 3: Panel Discussion II: “Democracy and Peace in East Asia”

Posted on Dec 23, 2017 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, News, Publications | Comments Off on 12IILC: Day 2 Report 3: Panel Discussion II: “Democracy and Peace in East Asia”

Panel Discussion II: “Democracy and Peace in East Asia”    Chair:      Professor Homare Endo, Professor of History at University of Tsukuba Speakers:  Mr. Yoichi Kato, Senior Fellow, API Initiative      Madam Ambassador YANG Maysing, VP of the Taiwan Foundation for      Democracy, Ambassador-at-Large      Dr. FEI Liangyong, Chairman of Forum for a Democratic China      Ms. Eun Kyoung KWON, Director of Open North Korea      Mr. Shin Harimoto, Reporter, China Commentator, Falun Gong Practitioner Click Here to Listen to Recorded Audio  In his remarks, Mr. Yoichi Kato (Senior Fellow API Initiative) addressed the current tense strategic environment of U.S.-China relations. He focused on three issues that are particularly critical at the moment: 1) North Korea, 2) China’s Belt and Road strategy, and 3) the reemergence of cross-strait tensions. Mr. Kato said that the North Korea situation is very tense.  There is no...

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IFC Statement on the US Sanction against Global Human Rights Abusers and Corrupt Officials

Posted on Dec 22, 2017 in Global Magnitsky Act, News, Publications | Comments Off on IFC Statement on the US Sanction against Global Human Rights Abusers and Corrupt Officials

Initiatives for China (IFC a.k.a Citizen Power for China) applauds the Trump Administration’s first round of sanctions imposed on 52 individual human rights abusers and corrupt officials under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, a 2016 law that allows the President to deny U.S. visas and freeze U.S.-based assets of any individual human rights abusers and corrupt  officials in the world. IFC is particularly pleased that Gao Yan was included among those sanctioned. Gao Yan is a former director of the Beijing Public Security Bureau Chaoyang Branch and is directly responsible for the death of human rights activist Cao Shunli. In September 2013, Gao Yan commanded his police force to arrest Ms. Cao at the airport when she attempted to board a flight to Geneva to attend a human rights training course sponsored by the Office of the...

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12th InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference – Opening Ceremony Messages and Greetings

Posted on Dec 17, 2017 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, News, Publications | Comments Off on 12th InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference – Opening Ceremony Messages and Greetings

Day I Report (2): Footage of the Opening Ceremony https://youtu.be/MRf8nUVboSE His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Video Greetings Click here to view the video CECC Co-Chairs (Senator Marco Rubio and Representative Chris Smith) Joint Letter Click here to read CECC joint letter U.S. Senator Ted Cruz’s Letter Click here to read Senator Cruz’s letter U.S.Rep. and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s Letter Click here to read Leader Pelosi’s letter U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern’s Letter Click here to read Congressman McGovern’s letter U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin’s Letter Click here to read Congressman Raskin’s letter Taiwan MP Yu Mei-yu’s Letter Click here to read MP Yu Mei-yu’s letter Taiwan MP Chen Hsueh-sheng’s Video Greetings Click here to view the video Former Canadian MP Irwin Cotler’s Video Greetings Click here to view the...

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12th InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference – Day 2 Report 1: Mr. Steven Bannon Speaks at the Conference

Posted on Dec 13, 2017 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, News, Publications | Comments Off on 12th InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference – Day 2 Report 1: Mr. Steven Bannon Speaks at the Conference

Day II Report (1): Steve Bannon’s Keynote Speech at  the 12th Interethnic Interfaith Leadership Conference Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon delivered his much-anticipated keynote speech on the morning of the second day of the conference. In his wide-ranging speech –which Mr. Bannon described as his first international speech–he focused his remarks on the rise of China and the failure of previous U.S. administrations as well as China pundits to adequately recognize and address the consequences of China as an emerging global power. Bannon spoke at length about Xi Jinping’s consolidation of power and his recent 3.5 hour-long speech at the 19th Party Congress in October, which Bannon described “as a wake up call to the world.” Rather than a liberal, democratic China that many had expected would develop as China embraced capitalism, what we have seen emerge instead is a Confucian, mercantilist, and authoritarian model.  Bannon described Xi’s speech...

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12th InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference – Opening Ceremony Messages and Greetings 3

Posted on Dec 11, 2017 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, News, Publications | Comments Off on 12th InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference – Opening Ceremony Messages and Greetings 3

Day I Report (3): Recently Released Hong Kong Student Leader Joshua Wong’s Video Greetings Click here to view the video Recently Released Hong Kong Student Leader Nathan Law’s Video Greetings Click here to view the video Southern Mongolia Human Rights Information Center Director Enghebatu Togochog’s Written Greetings Click here to read  the...

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Let’s Redouble Our Efforts for a Free Tibet

Posted on Dec 10, 2017 in News, Publications, Tibet | Comments Off on Let’s Redouble Our Efforts for a Free Tibet

Yang Jianli Speech at Human Rights Day Tibetans Rally in New York Dec.10, 2017 Tashi Delek. I’m honored and humbled to have been invited to speak here today. Thank you. Today, December 10, is Human Rights Day, a day that commemorates the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the UN General Assembly in 1948. And it is on this date each year that the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded. In 1989, six months after the Tiananmen Massacre, the Nobel Committee bestowed the Peace Prize on His Holiness the Dalai Lama. We honor His Holiness today as a beacon of peace, and for his commitment to nonviolence, religious harmony, human rights, and the Tibetan people. His Holiness the Dalai Lama continuously reminds us to look at what unites us as human beings, not what...

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12th InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference – Day 2 Report 2: MP Michael Danby Speaks at the Conference

Posted on Dec 9, 2017 in InterEthnic InterFaith Leadership Conference, News, Publications | Comments Off on 12th InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference – Day 2 Report 2: MP Michael Danby Speaks at the Conference

Day II Report (2): Mr. Michael Danby, a member of the Australian Parliament, spoke about China’s growing influence on, and in, Australia. He noted China’s recent enormous military buildup and argued that China’s military modernization serves Xi’s political motives and agenda, as does China’s increasing nationalism. Mr. Danby observed that China is stepping in where the US is creating space for it to do so in the region. Japan and other allies are not certain that the U.S. will come to their defense. He said that Australians are very concerned about China’s influence not just in Australia but all over Asia. China has used many different tactics and strategies in Australia, including buying off the Australian media and politicians. China’s donations to political candidates that support Beijing went too far, prompting the introduction of legislation in the Australian Parliament...

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