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06/25/2018 – Leaders of Their Countries

Posted on Jun 25, 2018

source:https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/leaders-of-their-countries/ By JAY NORDLINGER Fang Zheng (Oslo Freedom Forum) Fang Zheng was a sports star, a sprinter. He dreamed of bringing glory to his country, China, through international competition. He joined the Communist party while in college. He also joined the protests at Tiananmen Square. You could do that, in those days of Deng Xiaoping. Or you thought you could. As the protests reached their fatal climax, a female classmate asked Fang Zheng for his protection. When a tank raced toward them, he shoved her out of the way — but he...

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04/30/2018 – Initiatives for China participated in 75th Anniversary of Jewish Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

Posted on Apr 30, 2018

Initiatives for China participated in 75th Anniversary of Jewish Warsaw Ghetto Uprising   On April 19, Dr. YANG Jianli, President of Initiatives for China/Citizen Power, participated in the activities in Warsaw commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Jewish Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. He presented flowers to the Ghetto heros on behalf of freedom fighters of China.  Initiatives for China (a.k.a. Citizen Power for China) is dedicated to a peaceful transition to democracy in China through truth, understanding, citizen power, and cooperative...

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04/24/2018 – Red China and Red Notices: Yang Jianli’s Opening Remarks at XII International Journalism Festival

Posted on Apr 24, 2018

Opening Remarks at XII International Journalism Festival, April 14, Perugia, Italy Human rights in China under Xi Jinping is the worst since the Tiananmen crackdown. The situation for the Chinese human rights activists is drastically deteriorating since 2012 when Xi Jinping took power. Xi is convinced that the Chinese Communist Party is losing control over the Chinese people and the Chinese society, and particularly in the ideological front, despite numerous political campaigns to brainwash the Chinese people, particularly the young; Xi believes that the regime security is in a grave danger;...

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03/21/2018 – Persistent Chinese diplomat tries in vain to shut down dissident Yang Jianli’s speech at UN Human Rights Council

Posted on Mar 21, 2018

source:https://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/2138143/persistent-chinese-diplomat-tries-vain-shut-down-dissident-yang-jianlis Yang was invited to speak by advocacy group UN Watch, but diplomat Chen Cheng repeatedly interrupted in a failed attempt to halt the address PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 21 March, 2018, 10:29am UPDATED : Wednesday, 21 March, 2018, 9:41pm A Chinese diplomat repeatedly interrupted a speech by a prominent Chinese dissident in a failed attempt to block him from addressing the UN Human Rights Council. Yang Jianli, a dissident in exile in the United States, was disrupted seconds...

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03/21/2018 – Chinese Dissident Gives a ‘Voice to the Voiceless’ by Confronting Chinese Gov’t at U.N. Human Rights Council

Posted on Mar 21, 2018

source:https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/patrick-goodenough/chinese-dissident-gives-voice-voiceless-confronting-chinese-govt-un By Patrick Goodenough | March 21, 2018 | 4:22 AM EDT Exiled Chinese dissident Yang Jianli addresses a Congressional-Executive Commission on China event on Capitol Hill in December 2015. (Photo: Initiatives for China) (CNSNews.com) – One of China’s most prominent dissidents on Tuesday challenged the communist government’s right to speak on behalf of China in the U.N.’s top human rights forum, angering Beijing’s representative and drawing a reprimand from the...

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03/21/2018 – Sharp elbows behind China’s sharp power

Posted on Mar 21, 2018

Despite his stridently nationalist rhetoric, Beijing’s ‘sharp power’ poses no threat to other nations, according to Chinese President Xi Jinping. Speaking at the close of the annual session of the National People’s Congress yesterday, Xi, who was given a second five-year term over the weekend, also stressed the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) over all aspects of the Chinese society, the Straits Times reports. “China will never develop itself at the expense of the interests of other countries,” he said. “China’s development will not pose a threat to any country… China will...

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03/21/2018 – China interrupts dissident at UN Human Rights Council

Posted on Mar 21, 2018

source:https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3387141 Yang Jianli questioned the communist government’s qualifications to represent China By Matthew Strong,Taiwan News, Staff Writer 2018/03/21 16:45 The United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. (By Associated Press) TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A Chinese government official repeatedly tried to interrupt a speech by a Chinese dissident at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. The human rights group UN Watch had brought Yang Jianli (楊建利), a former political prisoner who lives in the United States, to a meeting about the role...

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03/20/2018 – China’s UN rep spies on dissident, interrupts UN testimony three times

Posted on Mar 20, 2018

source:https://www.unwatch.org/chinas-un-rep-spies-dissident-interrupts-un-testimony-three-times/ Click here for video in original Chinese GENEVA, March 20, 2018 – As reported now in the New York Times, the Chinese government today interrupted UN testimony (see below) by one of its most well-known former political prisoners, who took the floor on behalf of the Geneva based human rights group UN Watch, as he addressed the 47-nation Human Rights Council in Geneva. China lashed out at the end, saying in a right of reply that “NGOs and individuals with ulterior motives use this forum to fulfill...

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07/18/2017 – Dr. Yang Jianli’s Speech at “Remembering The Legacy Of Liu Xiaobo”

Posted on Jul 18, 2017

source: http://www.initiativesforchina.org/?p=2725 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...

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07/14/2017 – Dr. Yang Jianli’s Remarks on Congressional Hearing: The Tragic Case of Liu Xiaobo

Posted on Jul 14, 2017

source: http://initiativesforchina.org/?p=2720 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...

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