Target: Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State
Goal: Condemn human rights abuses carried out against lawyers, activists, and others in China.
The United States has refused to join its allies in signing a letter that condemns China’s violent actions against human rights lawyers, activists, and others. Eleven allies signed this letter, including the United Kingdom, Germany, and Canada.
Although Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expressed that “the United States will continue to advocate for universal values such as human rights” in a private meeting with China’s foreign minister, the letter remains unsigned by the U.S. The State Department had no comment on why the U.S. did not sign the letter, but it comes as no surprise that the government refused to take a stand against human rights violations considering Donald Trump is in office. Since Trump took office, the U.S. has become considerably lax in regards to human rights, having forgone international human rights hearings for the first time ever and even threatening to leave the United Nations Human Rights Council.
China has committed atrocious human rights violations. Its government has silenced the press and any opposition. By not signing this letter, the United States now has abandoned its allies and has indirectly supported the Chinese government and its violent actions against its own citizens. Sign the petition and demand that the United States stand behind its founding principles and against human rights violations.
Dear Secretary Tillerson,
The United States has refused to stand with its allies and sign a letter condemning China’s human rights violations. China has carried out violence against human rights lawyers and activists and it has silenced voices of opposition in the press. To not sign a letter condemning these actions goes against the very founding principles of America.
As Secretary of State, it is your job to speak out when countries like China abuse their citizens. I urge you to sign the letter and stand with our allies, the United States’ founding principles, and human rights.
[Your Name Here]
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