Tibet Issue

Dr. Yang Spoke about book Saffron Flames: the voice of the Tibetans

Posted on Mar 11, 2012

It’s been nearly two months of intense work editing “Saffron Flames: the Voice of the Tibetans.” The book is done but I don’t feel as if I can now breathe any easier:  the subject of this book is just too heavy to bear and the tragedy is just continuing to spiral down.  Just as we put the book in print last weekend, again came the sad news of two more Tibetans who set themselves ablaze, bringing the number to 26 in three years.  This is more than any human heart can and should take. What causes a person to self-immolate?  Common sense and moral tuition should enable us to realize that the...

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Your Pain is My Pain and Your Freedom is My Freedom

Posted on Feb 8, 2012

By: YANG Jianli Speech at the Tibetan Rally in front of the Chinese Embassy in Washington, Feb. 8 ,2012 Last Friday, three Tibetans set themselves ablaze within a single day in eastern Tibet. This comes shortly after four Tibetans immolated themselves and others were killed in peaceful demonstrations in Tibet during the month of January. In less than 3 years, more than 20 Tibetans have self-immolated in protest against Chinese rule. This rule has led to the killing of a million Tibetans, the toppling of thousands of temples, and the more than five-decade-long exile of the Dalai Lama. Each...

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Three Chinas and Liu Xiaobo

Posted on Dec 13, 2011

Yang Jianli Speech at Democracy and Human Rights in Asia forum – Prague, Czech Republic His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Dr. Yang Jianli meet in Prague, Czech Republic   Mr. President Havel, Your Holiness the Dalai Lama, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a great honor for me to share a panel with such a  group of world human rights leaders and speak to the audience whose velvet revolution I profoundly admire as a Chinese activist. Exactly one year ago, I attended the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony to honor my friend and colleague Liu Xiaobo. He was being awarded the Nobel Prize...

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An Open Letter regarding Conditions in Tibet

Posted on Nov 8, 2011

In recent months, young Tibetan monks and nuns have taken the desperate step of setting themselves on fire in order to protest the horrific conditions in which they are forced to live under a Chinese governance which denies them their every freedom – their culture, their religious beliefs, even their most basic human rights. Who can live like this? Initiatives for China has authored the letter below in support of their Tibetan brethren and in sympathy with their suffering. A call to shared action now, this letter has been signed by almost 300 Chinese and represents the voice of the Chinese...

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10/08/2009 – Opening Remarks, Fifth Interethnic/Interfaith Conference. By Yang Jianli

Posted on Oct 8, 2009


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A New “Middle Way” Approach – 50th anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan uprising

Posted on Mar 10, 2009

As we mark the 50th anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan uprising, we can only hold the deepest respect for the Tibetans’ extraordinary struggle for freedom and democracy under the leadership of the Dalai Lama. Ever since the 1989 Democratic Uprising and the Tiananmen Square Massacre, the future of Tibet and the Chinese’s struggle for democratic reform has become intertwined. In recent years, these issues have generated increasing attention and critical reflection among people within China. Despite the continued efforts by Chinese Communist Party continues to block the free flow of information,...

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We Must Break the Cycle of Violence – Opening Remark at the Second Interethnic Leadership Conference, Sept. 25, 2001

Posted on Sep 25, 2001

We Must Break the Cycle of Violence Yang Jianli Opening Remark at the Second Interethnic Leadership Conference, Sept. 25, 2001 Ladies and gentlemen, my dear friends: Last October, our Foundation successfully organized the first Interethnic Leadership Conference. That assembly was unprecedented; it was the first time in history that leaders from the mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao and ethnic Mongolians, Muslims, Tibetans and Uyghurs, came together without coercion, to stand up together for justice and love without fear and hesitation. Just by gathering together, we had accomplished a...

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