Target: Justice Minister, Wu Aiying
Goal: Demand release of Chinese human rights lawyer who was arrested for attending a local seminar
The government of China must immediately and unconditionally release a human rights lawyer that was detained earlier this month. Pu Zhiqiang was arrested on charges of “picking quarrels” and “illegally obtaining personal information.” It is believed that these charges are a result of his attendance at a seminar that called for an investigation into the disaster at Tiananmen Square in 1989. Mr. Zhiqiang is a prisoner of conscience and must be released.
The 25th anniversary of the massacre at Tiananmen Square was earlier this month and the event has inspired the government to round up those who desire the truth. The massacre killed between 300 and 1,000 people, according to independent estimates. However, the government estimates that only 200 were killed. Regardless of the official number, the Chinese government has kept the truth of what happened well hidden and it appears that it has no desire to reveal the facts anytime soon.
Therefore, the government targets those who look to shine a light on the events of June 1989. The Chinese government must end the practice of targeting those who stand up for the human rights of others. The government must do all it can to advance the national dialogue about Tiananmen Square so that the country can move forward. Sign this petition to call for the release of human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, who was wrongfully arrested for simply attending a seminar.
Dear Minister Wu Aiying,
The trumped up charges against Pu Zhiqiang must be dropped and he must be immediately and unconditionally released. The charges that he was placed under arrest for are not in line with international regulations. I ask that you do all that you can to ensure that Mr. Zhiqiang and others like him have their cases dropped. Doing so would show the international community that you care about the human rights of all your citizens, even when they are acting against the wishes of your government.
The widespread oppression of human rights advocates such as Zhiqiang around the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests will only stir national interest in the truth about the events of June 1989. I ask that you discontinue prosecuting those who stand up for the rights of others. People such as Mr. Zhiqiang deserve to be celebrated, not thrown in jail.
[Your Name Here]
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