Speeches

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

03/11/2016 – Initiatives for China joins the Commemoration of the 57th Anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising Day

Posted on Mar 11, 2016

  Source: http://initiativesforchina.org/?p=2193 March 10, 2016 is the 57th anniversary of the Tibet Uprising, when Tibetans in Lhasa revolted against the People’s Liberation Army control, triggering the H.H. Dalai Lama’s flight into exile a week later. It is commemorated by Tibetans worldwide as their National Day. This year’s commemoration in Washington D.C. is organized by Capital Area Tibetan Association. Tibetans and their supporters started with a rally in front of the Chinese Embassy, then marched to the White House. They demanded the Chinese government to allow...

Read More

02/10/2016 – Q&A with pro-Democracy activist Yang Jianli at Principia College. By Colby Bermel, Principia College

Posted on Feb 10, 2016

http://college.usatoday.com/2016/02/10/qa-with-pro-democracy-activist-yang-jianli-at-principia-college/

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More