Led by Ding Zilin, Zhang Xianling and Su Bingxian, a group of 110 June Fourth victims and family members in China has issued a statement entitled, “A Declaration on the U.S. Federal Court’s Acceptance of the Lawsuit Brought by June Fourth Victims Against Li Peng for Crimes Against Humanity.” (Full text below.) The statement underlines the importance of holding Li Peng accountable to international law through a just trial. The statement calls on the international community to support the June Fourth victims in China and their domestic legal action seeking the trial of Li Peng in the People’s Republic. The statement also requests that the United Nations intensify efforts to establish the international criminal court.
The statement comes on the eve of the lawsuit’s pretrial conference with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on October 13, 2000. The purpose of the proceeding is for counsel to meet with the Court to discuss settlement, explore contemplated motions, stipulate facts, narrow issues, arrange a discovery schedule and set a date for trial.
The pretrial conference will be open to the public and members of the press.
TIME: Friday, October 13 at 11:30 am
PLACE: United States Courthouse, Courtroom 618, Foley Square, 40 Centre Street, New York City
[NOTE]: Plaintiffs and representatives from Human Rights in China and the Center for Constitutional Rights will be available for comments following the proceeding.
No cameras will be allowed in court.
|A Declaration on the U.S. Federal Court’s Acceptance of the Lawsuit Broughtby June Fourth Victims Against Li Peng for Crimes Against Humanity|
It has been reported that the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has accepted the lawsuit brought by Wang Dan, Zhang Liming, Zhou Fengsuo, Xiong Yan, Liu Gang against Li Peng for crimes against humanity, and that judicial proceedings have already begun for the case. As June Fourth victims and family members resident in China, we firmly support this just legal action and specially issue the following statement:
Ding Zilin, Zhang Xianling, Su Bingxian, Zhou Shuzhuang, Li Xuewen, Xu Jue, Yin Min, You Weijie, Huang Jinping, Guo Liying, Zhang Yanqiu, Wu Dingfu, Fang Zheng, Qi Zhiyong, etc.
110 signatories total