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The Earth Times: China defies inquiry calls over 1989 crackdown

June 4, 2008


Excerpted from The Earth Times:

Several rights groups joined the Tiananmen Mothers on Wednesday in pushing the Chinese government to account for its actions and release prisoners still held for taking part in the 1989 demonstrations.

"The Chinese government must stop whitewashing the history of what happened on June 4, 1989, and enforcing historical amnesia on society," Sharon Hom, director of New York-based Human Rights in China, said in a statement.

"It continues to block the efforts of rights defence groups in China, like the Tiananmen Mothers, who seek to uncover the truth - most recently by blocking domestic access to their newly launched website," Hom said.

"Reassessing June 4 is something China must do in order to truly join the international community and modernize," she said.

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