Target: President Xi Jinping
Goal: Stop yearly apprehension of human rights activists during anniversary of pro-democracy protest
In China, activists and supporters of human rights and democracy are apprehended on a yearly basis on the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. This protest has become extremely historic and the Chinese government continues to prevent the people from expressing their opinions. These abductions need to stop, as they are illegal and violate human rights.
One such activist by the name of Tang Jingling, 43, is a human rights lawyer who was taken from his home by Chinese police. The officers claimed that Jingling was being charged with “starting quarrels and provoking trouble.” The lawyer has dealt with clients that complained of land seizures and corruption, a problem that affects many Chinese people. Other activists and supporters have been detained as well, their actions ranging from participating in a private forum, lobbying against China’s labor system, or obtaining personal information. Many of these activities are protected by international laws, but China refuses to acknowledge them. Instead the government blames the activists for causing disorder in the nation.
Police warned Tang not to commemorate the event of Tiananmen Square. When the police arrived to detain him, they also seized his computers, cell phones, address book, greeting cards sent from friends and family, and books on human rights. While Tang is a lawyer – his license was recently renewed – no firm was allowed to hire him. Tang is known for starting a civil disobedience movement, pleading with citizens not to accept bribes from the government, make donations, or even cooperate.
China rarely acknowledges human rights, as censorship and corruption run rampant in the country. Tell the country to stop apprehending activists and supporters because of their views by signing this petition.
Dear President Xi Jinping,
It has come to my attention that your country has yet again begun apprehending human rights activists as the Tiananmen anniversary approaches. This historical event has been documented with photos and eyewitness testimony, and it is an event that your country doesn’t want happening again.
China has no right to suppress what the people want. China has no right to silence its citizens, and it certainly has no right to detain them for expressing their views. I am writing to demand China to stop this illegal apprehension. I’m sure you certainly wouldn’t want to be kidnapped because of your views, why would you want something like this to happen to your people?
[Your Name Here]
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