Target: President Xi Jinping
Goal: Abolish all forms of arbitrary detention, end domestic violence, and rectify human rights policies in China
China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) meets annually, and is a time when 3,000 delegates from across the country meet to take legislative action. During this meeting, no Chinese citizens should be arrested for speaking out, and immediate legislative reforms must happen. China should abolish all forms of arbitrary detention, enact a law to end domestic violence, and rectify the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
For ten years, China claimed to work on ratifying the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, but little progress has been made despite pressure from states around the world. And since 2012, the NPC has been working on a law for domestic violence; it is estimated that a quarter of Chinese women are affected by this type of violence. Support for this law comes from not just victims, but from legal experts and the All-China Women’s Federation.
The biggest issue, however, is arbitrary detention. While China abolished the controversial Re-Education Through Labor System in 2013, the country continues to detain and arrest activists and petitioners. The country will also detain sex and drug workers who haven’t been to a trial. China still has not dismantled administrative detention centers, including the Custody and Education and Drug Rehabilitation Centers.
If China were to pass these reforms, the country would vastly improve its human rights record. It is also crucial that China allow its citizens to practice freedom of speech and expression, instead of suppressing it. Sign this petition and urge the country to protect citizens’ inherent rights.
Dear President Xi Jinping,
It has come to my attention that the National People’s Congress will be meeting soon. Three of the biggest issues – and ones that have received the most support – are the issues of domestic violence, the International Covenant on Political and Civil Rights, and arbitrary detention.
I am writing to demand that your country make immediate reforms to the International Covenant on Political and Civil Rights, as your country claimed to be working on this for ten years. It is high time that something is accomplished. I also want to ensure that Chinese women everywhere will receive aid and justice when they become victims of domestic violence. Lastly, I want your country to end arbitrary detention. If an individual is going to be arrested, ensure that they have a fair and transparent trial instead of shipping them to an administrative detention facility.
Your citizens have every right to express their views and opinions. Whether or not these views align with the country’s party, their voices must be heard. Please ensure that these reforms are passed as quickly as possible.
[Your Name Here]
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