The Interethnic Interfaith Leadership Conferences





Arm Yourself with New Strategies & Skills to Lead Change


The InterEthnic/Interfaith Leadership Conferences, founded by Dr. Jianli Yang, president of Citizen Power Initiatives for China with guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, began in 2000. The 2019 assembly will be the 14th in the series. Past conferences have been held in locations throughout the world, including Boston, Washington, D.C., California, Taipei, Dharamsala, India and Tokyo, Japan. The 14th Conference will be held in Washington, DC again on Oct.21 and 22, 2019, with theme: Arm Yourself to Lead Change.

The 14th Conference will offer a rich and stimulating programs including presentations by prominent human rights leaders and discussions with members of US Congress. There will also be lectures experts on topics such as advocacy strategies for the US Government and Congress; implementing the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act; and other American legal mechanisms holding human rights violators around the globe accountable and employing the tools of non-violent resistance.

The Conference will be open to the public only for its opening ceremony.

Opening Ceremony

9:00-11:00 am Oct. 21, 2019

Room: HC-8 - United States Capitol

Enter from South Entrance (See Map)


















9:00 am - 10:15 am

Remarks by Congressional Members and Human Rights Leaders
2019 Citizen Power Award Ceremony | 2019 Recipients:

Civil Human Rights Front (Hong Kong) 民間人權陣綫
The Hong Kong Tank Man 香港坦克人

10:15 am - 11:00 am

Public Discussion on Hong Kong with

Front line activists from Hong Kong
Congressional Member


At the opening ceremony, members of US Congress will present the 2019 Citizen Power Award to Hong Kong's Civil Human Rights Front and a Hong Kong pastor, called the Hong Kong Tank Man. A strong Hong Kong delegation will be participating in the conference and accept the award.

Civil Human Rights Front (CHRF) is best known for organizing half-million-people march during the Anti-Article 23 Movement (national security legislation) in 2003. In 2019, it kick-started the Anti-Extradition Bill Movement, coined the "5 Demands", and continues to be a major protest organisation holding 1-million, 2-million, then 1.7-million people marches from June to August. Most recently, CHRF's Convener, Jimmy Sham, while on his way to a meeting with CHRF, was ambushed and brutally attacked by 4 to 5 unidentified personnel with hammers. Despite the threat they are facing, their efforts are still ongoing until their mission of protecting Hong Kong's democracy and freedom is accomplished.

The Hong Kong Tank Man has become an icon of Hong Kong's non-violent struggle for democracy and freedom. On the night of August 25th, the first time Hong Kong police drew pistols on its people, a 42-year-old pastor, only identified as Anthony, out of instinct, jumped in front of the officers holding the pistols, by risking his own life, tried to stop them from shooting. That iconic moment was captured in Lam Yik Fei's photo, displayed below. A young Hong Kong protester will accept this award on his behalf.

The rest of the program will be conducted behind closed doors.

The Conference seeks to advance mutual understanding, respect, and cooperation among the diverse ethnic, religious, cultural, and regional groups directly involved with the People's Republic of China. It also aims to explore universal values and the common ground supporting a united front to advance democracy and human rights for all.

The broadly defined ethnic, faith and regional groups represented in the Conference include Han Chinese, Tibetans, Uyghurs, Mongolians, Christians, Falun Gong practitioners, Muslims, Buddhists, people from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau. As Dr. YANG Jianli said in his opening speech of the initial Conference on Oct. 2, 2000, "It is the first time in history that leaders from these ethnic, religious, and regional groups have come together without coercion, to stand up together for justice, liberty and love without fear and hesitation." 

In the past 19 years, the conference has involved more than 1,250 young leaders from these groups, world leaders, scholars, human rights activists and NGO heads. Participants have been committed to embracing human rights as a universal value. They have united as one in the vision for a democratic future and have a commitment to nonviolence.

These Conferences are based on the belief that only the diverse peoples themselves, through "citizen power," can bring about a democratic change needed in China, but that the international community also has an important supportive role to play. To this end, we promote and implement programs that educate, empower and unify the peoples directly involved with China and connect them with freedom advocates around the world.  

Highlighted Events - 活動亮點

At the U.S. Congress - 美国国会活动:

2019 Citizen Power Awards Ceremony – 2019年公民力量將頒獎儀式
Meeting with Congressional Offices – 拜訪美國國會辦公室
Drafting an Actual U.S. Legislative Bill– 起草美國國會法案
U.S. Legislative Process Training – 美國國會立法過程訓練
Monitor U.S. Congress Floor Votes / Hearing – 觀摩美國國會投票過程/聽證會


Training Seminars – 訓練活動:

Venue: Citizen Power Initiatives for China Conference Room 

Human Rights Advocacy at the U.S. Government – 對美國政府做人權倡导工作
Global Magnitsky Act Training – 全球馬格尼茨基法案訓練
Social Data-Driven Decision-Making Training – 社交資料驅動的決策能力訓練
Nonviolent Campaigns w/ Conflict Analysis Training – 衝突分析發動非暴力運動訓練

Conference Contract 

Daniel Tenzin Jigme
415 2nd Street NE Washington, D.C. 20002

© 2018 by Citizen Power Initiatives for China.

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