In an interview with Human Rights in China (HRIC), Tiananmen Mothers’ representative Ding Zilin (丁子霖) called for a peaceful collective action to support Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波). Liu is facing an imminent trial on charges of “inciting subversion of state power” in connection with six essays he wrote and his role in initiating Charter 08, an appeal for human rights protection and democratic reform that was released in December 2008. The document has been signed by some 10,000 people. Ding urges the signers of Charter 08 to go to the court on the day of Liu’s trial.
The following is an edited transcript of the interview.
For more information about Liu Xiaobo and Charter 08 see:
- “HRIC Strongly Condemns the Formal Arrest of Liu Xiaobo by Chinese Authorities”, June 24, 2009
- “Chinese Authorities Continue to Suppress Charter 08; Number of Signers Exceeds 7,200”, January 9, 2009
- “Independent Scholars Detained: Start of 2009 Crackdown?”, December 9, 2008
- Charter 08, translation by Human Rights in China, December 9, 2008
- “Rights Crackdown Intensifies a Month before the Games”, July 8, 2008
- “Chinese Scholars and Activists Demand Equality for Migrant Workers in China”, February 14, 2008