Target: President of China Xi Jinping
Goal: Repeal cyber security law in China that represses the freedom of citizens and threatens to jail peaceful protestors.
The Chinese Government has just passed a series of abusive and restrictive cyber security laws that will endanger its own citizens and threaten those who peacefully protest the authoritarian government with prison time. The laws forbid the use of online anonymity, allow the government to store personal information, and require companies to monitor their internet and report any security incidents to the government.
Such regulations may not seem too repressive on their surface. However, within the recently passed legislation is the ability for the government to arrest anyone it deems is using the internet to “endanger national security” and “damage national unity.” This means peaceful activists protesting the Communist government and its many human rights abuses can now be punished and jailed. In addition, because online anonymity will be forbidden, citizens have just lost a valuable platform on which they could have shared their thoughts and opinions without fear of harm to themselves or their families.
China is silencing its citizens. If it hopes to continue on its course to becoming a world power, it cannot do so while carrying out horrible human rights violations. Its citizens have a voice and they should have a right to have it heard. Sign the petition to demand that the government repeal this oppressive cyber security law.
Dear President Jinping,
Your government has just passed some of the world’s most abusive and repressive cyber security measures. It will silence citizens and forbid them from speaking freely about their discontent with the government and the nation. Under these new laws, they will be forced out into the open, punished, and jailed.
If you wish to join the world’s modern nations, you cannot do so while holding human rights in such low regard. I ask that you repeal these restrictive laws. If you want your citizens to be content with your government, you must give them the right to voice their discontent. If you restrict them from their rightful voice, your citizens will never grow to fully trust you or your government.
[Your Name Here]
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