International Relations

Statement on Mo Yan’s Winning Nobel Literature Prize

Posted on Oct 12, 2012

Initiatives For China (Citizen Power For China) congratulates Mr. Mo Yan on winning this years Nobel Literature Prize, which makes him the third Chinese from mainland China to receive a Nobel prize. The other two Nobel laureates are Gao Xingjian and Liu Xiaobo, one is currently in exile in France and the other remains in jail in China, serving an 11 year prison term for exercising his right of free speech. We are extremely pleased that this year`s Chinese Nobel winner has not forgotten his fellow Nobel laureates. Mo Yan, a pen name that literally means “Don’t Speak”,  has finally spoken out...

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Letter to Assistant Secretary Posner Regarding Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo

Posted on Jul 24, 2012

Honorable Michael Posner Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor U.S. Department of State 2201 C Street NW Washington, DC 20520 July 22, 2012 Dear Assistant Secretary Posner, We are writing to urge you to firmly press China to free Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo during the 17th session of U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue with your counterpart Chen Xu, Director General for International Organizations and Conferences of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As you well know, Dr. Liu is serving an 11-year jail sentence in a Liaoning provincial prison of Northeastern China for drafting...

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Acceptance Speech for the UN Watch Morris Abram Human Rights Award

Posted on May 28, 2012

Acceptance Speech for the UN Watch Morris Abram Human Rights Award By YANG Jianli (May 23, 2012, Geneva, Switzerland) Ambassador Moses, Hillel, Arielle, Leon, all UN Watch friends, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and gentlemen, Thank you for This honor. Indeed, it is a great honor to be recognized by UN Watch with its Morris Abram Human Rights Award. I gratefully and humbly accept this honor, before this most impressive audience, not for myself, but on behalf of the great multitude of victims of human rights abuse, in China and elsewhere, and equally on behalf of the many courageous souls who...

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Three Chinas and Liu Xiaobo

Posted on May 14, 2012

Text of Speech at Oslo Freedom Forum, the 4th Annual May 9, 2012, Oslo Everyone asks: Why is China, a seemingly increasingly assertive world power, afraid of a single man like Liu Xiaobo? Why is it afraid of a moderate document like Charter 08, a manifesto authored by Liu Xiaobo and his colleagues demanding for political reform? Liu Xiaobo and his colleagues recognize there are two Chinas. They have tried to bring together these two severely separated Chinas and construct a society based on universal values. By “two China”, I am not talking about “mainland China” and “Taiwan.” Geographically...

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CEPOS Freedom Award Acceptance Speech

Posted on Apr 30, 2012

By: YANG Jianli April 30,2012, Copenhagen I am both humbled and invigorated to be honored as the recipient of the 2012 Center for Political Studies Freedom Award.  I understand that this prestigious award recognizes individuals who demonstrate a “principled and steadfast commitment to the values and ideas of individual freedom and basic human rights.” Although I stand here before you as your honoree, in MY eyes, I see in front of me, the faces of my brothers in China, my fellow freedom fighters in Burma, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, North Korea, Syria, Vietnam and other closed societies around the...

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Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng escaped. Will the U.S. support him?

Posted on Apr 29, 2012

Washington Post | Opinion | Original Link By Yang Jianli, Saturday, April 28, 1:59 PM Yang Jianli is founder and president of Initiatives for China. He served a five-year prison term in China, from 2002 to 2007, for attempting to observe labor unrest. I have a suggestion for Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao: Invite Chen Guangcheng to voice his concerns about your government and its treatment of him. The blind Chinese civil rights attorney turned activist endured a year and a half of “soft detention” – constant surveillance under floodlights; a variety of threats; beatings, among them attacks on...

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An Open Letter to President Obama

Posted on Feb 13, 2012

Dear Mr. President: We strongly hope that, in your talks this week with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, you will forcefully and publicly raise the issue of human rights in China. It is increasingly clear to the world that the problem of human rights in China is not merely China’s problem; instead, it is increasingly becoming the world’s problem. Most people are willing to believe that the Chinese government, given its remarkable economic achievements, would logically become more liberal and confident in politics, and so the condition of human rights should be improving. However, the issue...

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The Chinese Government’s Untrustworthy Diplomacy

Posted on Feb 5, 2012

By: YANG Jianli February 5, 2012 On February 4, 2012, the Chinese permanent representative to the U.N. Li Baodong, together with the representative of the Russian government, vetoed the UN Security Council’s Syrian resolution. This dramatically increases the difficulty of working towards a peaceful settlement, causing the international community, and especially the people of Syria, much disappointment, anger, and even condemnation. Just two weeks earlier, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin spoke positively when answering reporters’ questions on the Syrian situation. He gave three...

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Civil Movement in China gradually draws international attention

Posted on Jan 21, 2012

By: YANG Jianli Jan. 21, 2012 Last Wednesday (January 18, 2012), U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke had an interview with NPR while in Washington presumably helping to lay the groundwork for the upcoming visit of Chinese vice president Xi Jinping. Amb. Locke said in interview “The human rights record within China seems to rise and fall over time, but it’s very clear that in the run up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics and since then there’s been a greater intolerance of dissent, while the human rights record of China has clearly been going in the wrong direction.” Since he took over the...

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Letter of Condolence to Staff of Václav Havel

Posted on Dec 18, 2011

Kancelář Václava Havla  Voršilská 10 110 00 Praha 1 Attn:  Ms. Sabina Tancevona, Mr. Oldrich Cerny, Mr. Jan Urban, Mr. Jakub Klepal, Ms.Elena Germanova Dearest Ms. Sabina Tancevona, Please allow me to extend my condolences on the passing of our beloved leader Vaclav Havel.  I have just returned from the Forum 2000 in Prague, where Mr. Havel conveyed written greetings and a statement to all of us at the Forum from his home.  Sadly, I heard the news of his death just this morning.  What a loss for the world on this day – yet we cannot mourn too heavily, for his life was a gift to all of us in...

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