Tiananmen Massacre

Opening Remarks by Dr.YANG Jianli [Congressional Hearing: Survivors of Tiananmen Sq. Massacre Testify on 25th Anniversary]

Posted on Jun 1, 2014

Opening Remarks by Dr.YANG Jianli at the hearing of the Committee on Foreign Affairs held by the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations on the Topic “Tiananmen 25 Years Later: Leaders Who Were There”.   May 30, 2014   Mr. Chairman,   Thank you very much for hosting this timely hearing.   If I remember correctly, this is the 15th hearing you have hosted on human rights in China. Your leadership is remarkable. The statements you and other members just made have made clear once again that we have not been fighting alone. Today I will not...

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05/30/2014 – Subcommittee Hearing: Tiananmen 25 Years Later: Leaders Who Were There

Posted on May 30, 2014

http://foreignaffairs.house.gov/hearing/subcommittee-hearing-tiananmen-25-years-later-six-leaders-who-were-there

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Congressional Hearing: Survivors of Tiananmen Sq. Massacre Testify on 25th Anniversary

Posted on May 30, 2014

Survivors Give Personal Accounts of Bloody Day in 1989 & Their Hopes for a Free China in Future Washington, May 30 | Jeff Sagnip ((202) 225-3765)    Congressman Chris Smith Office Survivors of the bloody 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre-when the Chinese government unleashed tanks and bullets on unarmed and peaceful demonstrators-told their grim accounts of that fateful day and about their hopes and work for a better future for China’s people at a congressional hearing today held by Chairman Chris Smith (NJ-04), head of the global human rights subcommittee in the House of Representatives,...

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The Importance of Solving the Tiananmen Issue

Posted on Jun 3, 2012

by YANG Jianli and HAN Lianchao Recently, ChinaeWeekly, (an Initiatives for China online publication), Beijing Spring, andChina In Perspective jointly launched an essay contest on “How to Solve the Tiananmen Problem.”  The contest will run through August 15th and award recipients will be announced on September 1st.  The essay contest is currently welcoming your submissions and ideas! Deferring from its predecessors, the focus of the most recent Tiananmen anniversary is not further discovery of historical material on the tragedy of “June 4th;” rather, it is an attempt to explore solutions to...

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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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China Urged to Release Nobel Prize Laureate

Posted on Nov 19, 2010

By Maran Turner and Yang Jianli The leaders of the world’s major economies gathered in Seoul for the G20 summit on Nov. 11-12. The leader of the world’s second strongest economy with a population of over 1.3 billion people, however, has allowed his government to be frightened by one man, an imprisoned 54-year old literary scholar from Beijing ― revealing the depths of the Chinese government’s insecurities. Liu Xiaobo may be a slight man but the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize laureate’s words have terrified the Chinese Communist Party since he stood in Tiananmen Square in 1989. The Chinese government...

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

Posted on Oct 8, 2009

http://old.initiativesforchina.org/2009/10/08/opening-remarks-fifth-interethnicinterfaith-conference/

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09/22/2009 – YangJianli: Tiananmen’s Legacy in Today’s Demand for Democracy.

Posted on Sep 22, 2009

http://old.initiativesforchina.org/2009/09/22/tiananmen%E2%80%99s-legacy-in-today%E2%80%99s-demand-for-democracy/

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Speech at the Rally Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of Tiananmen

Posted on Jun 4, 2009

West Lawn of Capitol Hill, Washington DC, USA “You shall know the truth and the truth will make you free.” After the passage of twenty years, there are those who wish to cloud the legacy of Tiananmen by saying that democracy has many faces and Western style democracy is not for China. Some even say that the Chinese people do not want democracy. Some say that for the sake of stability China needs a strong single party government. Any logical analysis of this reasoning quickly reveals it as self serving rhetoric designed to rationalize the illegitimacy of absolute power. If one accepts this...

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