Speeches

Opening Remarks Speech at the Ninth InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference

Posted on Apr 23, 2014

Opening Remarks Speech at the Ninth InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference – Yang Jianli Our distinguished guests, friends, ladies and gentlemen, Good morning. First I would like to thank everybody for coming to the Ninth InterEthnic/InterFaith Leadership Conference.  Particularly, I would like to thank those who have come a long way from across the world — from mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, India, Japan, Mongolia, the Americas, Europe and Australia. In fact, all of us here, including participants from Taiwan, are trekkers on a long and arduous journey. We represent groups of...

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Acceptance Speech of Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom

Posted on Jun 13, 2013

Dr. Edwards, Distinguished Guests, and Dear Friends, Thank you for giving me this Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom. I am honored even to be considered for an award that is named for the two great leaders of freedom, and humbled to be included in the same company as such leaders and heroes as the past recipients of this medal. Dr. Edwards, I stand in awe of your wisdom, your tenacity, and your passion which gave birth to the Victims of Communism Memorial. I salute you for your prophetic vision in the selection of the Goddess of Democracy as the icon for this memorial to more than 100 million...

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Dr.YANG Jianli’s Opening Remarks at EU Public Hearing on Human Rights in China

Posted on Dec 31, 2012

Dr.YANG Jianli’s Opening Remarks at Public Hearing “Prospects for human rights and democracy in China after the leadership change; the freedom of expression, the situation of artists, writers and intellectuals” held by Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROIT) of European Parliament on Dec. 6, 2012, Brussels, Belgium   Thank you, Madam Chair.   I want to first take this opportunity to congratulate the EU for its honor of winning this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. But we should not forget that, as I speak, the winner of the 2010 Prize, Liu Xiaobo, is languishing in China’s prison. Liu Xiaobo is the...

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The Significance of Liu Xiaobo for China’s Democracy

Posted on Dec 14, 2012

Opening Statement at the Dec.12, 2012 CECC Hearing on Liu Xiaobo By YANG Jianli Congressman Smith and Senator Brown: Thank you for hosting this important hearing. Liu Xiaobo and his wife’s plight and the Chinese reactions to his winning the Nobel Peace Prize and the mounting international outcry for the couple’s freedom are well known and I won’t repeat these facts today. Instead, I want to focus on the significance of Liu Xiaobo for democracy in China. Liu Xiaobo’s Nobel honor indicates the international recognition of the Chinese democracy movement represented by him. He has become the...

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We are all Tibetans Today

Posted on Dec 10, 2012

Speech at Human Rights Day “Solidarity with Tibet” Rally Dec.10, 2012, New York  By Yang Jianli Dear Brothers and Sisters: Not long ago in Dharamsala– overwhelmed with grief while thinking of the sacrifices so many devoted and peaceable Tibetans have made for the cause of their people’s freedom, but also enormously encouraged and strengthened by their spirit, I called for a global campaign of truth about the Tibetans’ unspeakable suffering at the hands of the Chinese rule and about their remarkable struggle for freedom under the leadership of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Today I came to tell...

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The Truth Will Set Us Free

Posted on Nov 18, 2012

By Yang Jianli Dharamsala, India: Nov 18, 2012 [This is the transcript of Yang Jianli’s speech at the Closing ceremony of the International Tibet Support Groups Conference (about 200 people from 43 nations) at Dharamsala India, 17-19 Nov, 2012, for which he received a standing ovation from the deeply touched audience]  Dear Brothers and Sisters, Nearly 80 Tibetans have set themselves on fire in the past three years for the cause of their people’s freedom. This month alone, the world bore witness to 15 more tragic and heroic self -immolations. We all have a strong sense that they will not...

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10/15/2012 – Yang Jianli – Three Chinas and the Rest of the World

Posted on Oct 15, 2012

source:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAu1zBG8QW0 Yang Jianli speaks at San Francisco Freedom Forum 2012 Three Chinas and the Rest of the World Chinese scholar and dissident Dr. Yang Jianli describes the “three Chinas,” outlining three different aspects of Chinese society: “China Inc.,” the political and economic elite who make up the Chinese Communist Party; “Under-China,” the more than one billion poor laborers that facilitate “China Inc.;” and “Democratic China,” a future China that is built on individual freedom and equality of...

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09/28/2012 – Three China’s and the Rest of the World. By Yang Jianli – San Francisco Freedom Forum

Posted on Sep 28, 2012

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08/13/2012 – Jianli Yang – Human Rights in China After the Olympics

Posted on Aug 13, 2012

source:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YH4PXq_MS28 Activist Jianli Yang discusses the state of human rights in China after the 2008 Olympic Games, at Cambridge Forum....

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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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