For Immediate Release
The Tiananmen Mothers, a group representing families of protesters killed or injured in Beijing during the violent official crackdown on June 4th, 1989, has issued an open letter to China’s new Politburo Standing Committee calling for justice for the victims and a more democratic system for China.
Human Rights in China (HRIC) has received a copy of the open letter in which the 114 signatories, including Ding Zilin, express three major demands as the 16th Party Congress concludes its session in Beijing with the naming of a new leadership.
The Tiananmen Mothers call on the new Chinese leadership to reassess and take responsibility for the violent crackdown, and to establish a formal dialogue with the bereaved families. The Tiananmen Mothers also request that the Party Congress establish an investigatory body to conduct an independent inquiry into the massacre and publicize its findings. Finally, the group reiterates its demands for the authorities to publish an official list of those killed and to offer appropriate legal and financial remedies to the families.
Apart from demands relating to June 4th, the Tiananmen Mothers point out that China’s social stability cannot be achieved through coercion and suppression. Instead, the group urges the Chinese government to embrace full-scale political, economic and social reform, including establishment of a genuinely democratic multi-party political system.
HRIC President Liu Qing notes, “The open letter makes a strong point in saying that the Chinese authorities can’t hope for the June 4th Massacre to simply fade away with time, nor can they make it disappear through suppression. The longer this impasse drags on, the greater the frustration and ill-feeling it causes. A speedy resolution is the only effective way to heal the nation’s wounds.”
HRIC fully supports the demands of the Tiananmen Mothers for an official reassessment of the June 4th Massacre and for political and human rights reforms that will prevent such a tragedy ever occuring in China again. If China’s new Politburo Standing Committee can take the open letter of the Tiananmen Mothers to heart, this will be an important step in the right direction.
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Stacy Mosher (English) 212-268-9074
Liu Qing (Chinese) 212-239-4495
To the Central Committee of the 16th Chinese Communist Party Congress:
As the curtain lowers on the 16th Party Congress and rises on the establishment of the new Central Committee, we families of the victims of the tragic events of June Fourth express our views and hopes to the Party as follows:
It is regrettable that after all these years our request for dialogue has still not been realized. We hope the new members of the Central Committee will at earliest opportunity take measures to develop a policy of dialogue with us.
We note that President Jiang Zemin stated publicly during his visit to the USA in October that democracy and human rights are the common aspirations of all people. If this statement was not merely diplomatic rhetoric of the moment, it should not only be spoken but also immediately implemented. Unfortunately, during the Chinese Communist Party Congress we did not see the Party take any steps to implement these universal values. In today's China the government has not loosened its control on the public sector or civil rights, but on the contrary has push its control to an extreme. Ordinary people, especially the underclass, are not only denied the protection of civil rights written in the Constitution, but are even exploited by the powers that be to the extent that they can no longer protect themselves in any way. We believe this is the fundamental reason for the present deterioration into corruption and injustice, impoverishment and inequality, and also for the increasingly extreme incidence of social conflict and escalating crises of all kinds. All these conditions indicate clearly that there is an immediate need for our country to implement democracy and human rights. If the Party is to not only recognize but also implement democracy and human rights as the essential means to attaining modernization, then we believe the people have reason to expect the new members of Central Committee to boldly and courageously act in the long term interests of the nation and the people by resolving to embrace full-scale political, economic and social reforms.
Signature: Tiananmen Mothers----victims and families of victims of June Fourth
Ding Zilin, Zhang Xianling, Zhou Shuzhuang, Li Xuewen, Xu Jue, Guo Liying, You Weijie, Yin Min, Gao Jie, Du Dongyu, Song Xiuling, Yu Qing, Jiang Peikun, Wang Fandi, Yuan Kezhi, Duan Hongbing, Zhao Ting, Qian Putai, Wu Dingfu, Sun Chengkang, Kuang Diqing, Huang Jinping, He Tianfeng, Meng Shuying, Yuan Shumin, Liu Meihua, Xie Jinghua, Zhou Shuzhen, Ma Xueqin, Kuang Ruirong, Zhang Shuqiu, Zhang Shushen, Yang Dayong, Liu Xiuchen, Shen Guifang, Xie Jingrong, Sun Ning, Wang Guoxian, Meng Jinxiu, Yao Furong, Sun Xiuzhi, Meng Shuzhen, Tian Shuling, Kou Yusheng, Wang Guirong, Tan Hanfeng, Sun Hengyao, Zhou Yan, Li Guiying, Xu Baosu, Liu Chunlin, De Mengqi, Yang Yinshan, Guan Weidong, Shuo Xiunu, Liu Shuqin, Wang Peijing, Wang Shuanglan, Zhang Zhenxia, Zhu Zhidi, Liu Tianyuan, Pan Muzhi, Wang Dingying, He Ruitian, Chen Shuzhen, Zhang Yaozu, Bao Yutian, Ga Weilin, Hao Yichuan, Xiao Changyi, Ren Jinbao, Lin Jingpei, Tian Weiyan, Yang Zhiyu, Qi Guoxiang, Li Xianyuan, Zhang Caifeng, Wang Yuqin, Han Shuxiang, Cao Changxian, Fang Zheng, Qi Zhiyong, Feng Youxiang, He Xingcai, Liu Renan, Li Shujuan, Xiong Hui, Han Guogang, Shi Feng, Zhou Zhigang, Pang Meiqing, Huang Ning, Wang Bodong, Zhang Zhiqiang, Zhao JinShuo, Kong Weizhen, Liu Baodong, Lu Yubao, Lu Masheng, Qi Zhiying, Fang Guizhen, Xiao Shulan, Ge Guirong, Zheng Xiucun, Wang Huirong, Xing Chengli, Gui Delan, Wang Yunqi, Huang Suefen, Wang Lin, Liu Qian, Zhu Jingrong