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Tiananmen Mothers

At the request of the Tiananmen Mothers, Human Rights in China (HRIC) is issuing the following essay by the group to commemorate the victims of June Fourth on its 26th anniversary. Quoting Premier Li Keqiang’s March 2015 speech that Japan’s leaders today bear historical responsibility for Japan’s...
An appeal by Ding Zilin (丁子霖) , a founding member of the Tiananmen Mothers, to the Chinese authorities to conclude the trial of Gao Yu (高瑜), the widely admired veteran journalist. Gao, 70, was tried in November 2014 for leaking an internal Communist Party document, and faces a life sentence. The...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] On the afternoon of February 2, 2015, the Tiananmen Mothers in Beijing gathered for their annual Spring Festival reunion activities. They once again reserved four tables, but the number of attendees this year was clearly smaller than in prior years, to the...
( Part 1 ) ( Part 2 ) ( Part 3 ) Remembering My Son Jielian on the 25th Anniversary of His Death [Translation by Human Rights in China] After my son Jielian sacrificed himself, some friends whom we didn’t know that well consoled us: “Please accept the fact and move on! Fortunately Jielian had an...
( Part 1 ) ( Part 2 ) ( Part 4 ) Remembering My Son Jielian on the 25th Anniversary of His Death [Translation by Human Rights in China] On the afternoon of June 5, 1989, I was lying in bed. First, several doctors from the school suddenly came to our house to give me a shot. At almost the same...
( Part 1 ) ( Part 3 ) ( Part 4 ) Remembering My Son Jielian on the 25th Anniversary of His Death [Translation by Human Rights in China] In 1989, from April 15 when the Beijing student protests began, Jielian seemed especially concerned. Each day after school, he would go from Renmin University to...
( Part 2 ) ( Part 3 ) ( Part 4 ) Remembering My Son Jielian on the 25th Anniversary of His Death [Translation by Human Rights in China] Twenty-five years after June Fourth, I quiet my heart to remember Jielian’s ( 蒋捷连 ) short life, feeling that this child’s time in this world was both fortunate and...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] When fellow families of June Fourth victims published the open letter to Two Congresses earlier this year, they, sadly, had no choice but to move Du Dongxu ( 杜东旭 ) , a name respected by everyone, from the signature section to that of deceased members. Mr. Du...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] We had long known that there was a university student—Gong Jifang—who was killed, but her family had always refused our requests for information and to visit them. Our trip this year to visit victims’ families outside of Beijing gave us another chance to try...
[Translation by Human Rights in China] On June 3, 1989, Li Ping and his classmates found out that classes would resume the following week. That night, he and several classmates flagged down a truck in front of the university. They wanted to go to Tiananmen Square to have a look. But the truck had...

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