Target: Xi Jinping, President of China
Goal: Release the men and women who are detained in Chinese prisons for demonstrating their freedom of speech and expression.
China is committing serious infringements on human rights by imprisoning men and women who speak out against the authoritarian government. Activists advocating for freedom of religion and expression, human rights activists, feminists, and others have been arrested for their beliefs. In only one year, about 250 people have been arrested, a great many of them lawyers working to protect citizens.
China has long committed human rights violations against its own citizens. As the government attempts to increase its power, it seeks out those who threaten it. They label them as “dangers” to the country and its security. For a developed nation, rapidly modernizing and coming to the forefront of technology and business, such barbaric behavior is troubling.
Both the United States and the European Union have joined together and demanded that China release groups of political prisoners. If other nations are to maintain relationships with China, China must learn to reflect the democratic ideals of these allies. Sign the petition to show your support for the U.S. and E.U. and demand that the President of China release the nation’s political prisoners.
Dear President Jinping,
Both the United States and the European Union have joined together to demand that your nation release its political prisoners. In the past year, your government has arrested over 250 activists and lawyers and deemed them “enemies” of the country and “dangers” to its people. However, these men and women are doing nothing but voicing their opinions and beliefs. They do not have weapons, but words.
To jail them for using their voice, for expressing themselves, goes against every facet of human rights. It goes against every democratic ideal that the United States and European nations, countries that do business with you, hold dear. If you wish to maintain continued positive relations with these nations, you must free these political prisoners and transform your government from one that punishes different opinions to one that embraces them.
[Your Name Here]
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