Target: President of China, Xi Jinping
Goal: Uphold human rights values in China
In the first one hundred days of President Xi Jinping’s presidency, many nations including the Chinese people hoped that the president would defy his predecessors and implement new reform movements, especially in the political and reform spheres. Many hoped that he would reform the “hukou residency” policy, which discriminates against rural migrants, or the Re-education through labor system, which detains individuals for up to four years without a trial. Such changes like these are expected to be met with massive opposition but that does not mean the president should give up. For the good for the Chinese people, these reforms need to happen.
Unfortunately reforms are not happening; China is still continuing with its policy of punishing those who speak their minds, paying officials ridiculous sums of money, and turning a blind eye towards violence. Two weeks after the Chinese president promised to fight against corruption, four people were detained in Beijing public square for unfurling banners demanding that officials publicly disclose their assets. Eleven more people have been detained for championing the same cause. Another incident of corruption and hypocrisy involves Xi promising in March 2013 to listen to the voice of the people, but China has not relaxed its freedom of speech policies, nor has it stopped punishing those who speak against the government. In June 2013, the government also rejected applications to protest the 24th anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre. Police have since harassed those who submitted the application and have arrested an activist who expressed his malcontent.
President Xi Jinping promised the Chinese people that changes would come to benefit the people. It has been one hundred days into his presidency and these reforms have not come. If the president continues to promise freedom of speech and does not come through, there is no doubt that there will be unrest. It is inhumane to punish and torture people for their words, worse yet to target their families to further silence them. Sign this petition and demand Xi Jingping listen to the cries of his people.
Dear President Xi Jinping,
I demand that you listen to the cries of your people and uphold their human rights. No human being should ever be punished, tortured or have their loved ones hurt because their opinions differ from what the Chinese government has in mind. The Chinese have long hoped for political, social and humane reforms, and they saw that hope in you. It is time you honor their hopes and relax the restrictions placed upon their freedom of speech. It is also time for you to release those who have been detained without trial or just cause. Peaceful protesters should not belong in jail. I also ask that you reform your police force. The police should not be feared nor should they have the power to beat civilians — people they are sworn to protect — and not be persecuted.
The Chinese people are desperately waiting for change to happen. I implore you to listen to them, for the good of your country.
[Your Name Here]
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