The open letter, signed by 128 victims and family members of people killed in the crackdown, has three parts that include:
- A review of the pain and suffering survivors and family members have felt
over the past 17 years, and a call for the incident to be reevaluated through
some kind of judicial process. The letter states that the official term "riot"
is an inadequate attempt to dismiss this "wound of history."
- Calls for Chinese officials to remove their ban on three books: Zhao
Ziyang: Captive Conversations, by Zong Fengming; Searching for the
Victims of June 4th, by Ding Zilin; and The Moment of Truth (also
known as June 4th Journal), by former Chinese Premier Li Peng. All
these books provide first-hand accounts of the June 4th crackdown and its
ramifications. The open letter observes, "The appropriate handling of these
books is a test of whether the era-defining wrongs of June 4th can ever be
justly resolved, and whether the freedom of expression and of the press
granted under China's Constitution actually exists," and for that reason
should be a matter of deep concern to members of the NPC and CPPCC.
- A reiteration of three basic demands: a fresh investigation into the
incident, a public accounting and appropriate restitution, and prosecution of
those responsible. The Tiananmen Mothers have made these same three demands in
each of the past 12 years, but have never received a response from the
HRIC fully supports the calls of the Tiananmen Mothers for an open discussion and resolution of the June 4th crackdown. Over the years since the Tiananmen Mothers group was formed, 14 members have passed away without seeing justice for their family members, and many remaining members of the group are in their 80s and 90s. The refusal to acknowledge the group's demands contradicts the Chinese government's public commitment to the rule of law and a "harmonious society." HRIC urges NPC and CPPCC delegates to seriously consider the open letter and begin moving toward a comprehensive and transparent assessment of the June 4th crackdown.