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17 prominent Chinese dissidents living in exile in the U.S. - demand the right to return to China

October 21, 1997

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- On the occasion of President Clinton's summit with Chinese President Jiang Zemin, seventeen exiled Chinese scholars, labor organizers and former student activists will join AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL USA, HUMAN RIGHTS IN CHINA and HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH at a PRESS CONFERENCE to present to President Clinton and to President Zemin specific human rights issues that must be addressed during the summit and then used as measurements of progress in human rights protections in China.

Tuesday, October 28, 1997, 10:00 AM

National Press Club
Holeman Lounge
14th & F Sts., NW
Washington, DC 20045

Liu Qing, Chairman, Human Rights in China
William F. Schultz, Executive Director, Amnesty International USA
Liu Binyan, reknowned Chinese author and journalist
Tong Yi, former assistant to Wei Jingsheng
Sidney Jones, Executive Director, Human Rights Watch/Asia and
Li Lu, former student leader at Tiananmen Square who will present the dissidents.

Xiao Qiang, Executive Director, Human Rights in China

Chen Pokong - Chen Yizi - Fu Shenqi - Guo Luoji - Hu Ping - Li Lu - Liu binyan - Lu Jinghua - Liu Qing - Tang Boqiao - Tong Yi - Wang Juntao - Xiao Qiang - Yang Jianli - Zhao Haiqing -Zhang Lin - Zheng Yi

17 Prominent Chinese Dissidents Living in Exile in the U.S. Demanding the Right to Return to China:

Chen Pokong, 33. Former professor in economics, one of the leaders of the 1986 student protests in Shanghai and of the 1989 pro-democracy movement in Guangdong, for which he spent three years in prison. During his second detention in a Reeducation Through Labor camp in 1993-95, smuggled out of China price labels written in dollars proving that prison labor was exported to the U.S. Arrived in the U.S. in 1997. Visiting Scholar in Columbia University.

Chen Yizi, 57. Former director of the Chinese Research Institute for Reform of the Economic Structure in Beijing. Escaped from China after June 1989. Chairman of the U.S.-based Center for Modern China.

Fu Shenqi, 51. Spent a total of 12 years in detention for his involvement in the Democracy Wall movement, in the student protests in 1986-87 and in the Shanghai dissident circles. Worked to link the pro-democracy struggle to workers' rights. Arrived in the U.S. in 1996 after his release from three years in Reeducation Through Labor.

Guo Luoji, 65. Former professor of philosophy at Nanjing University. Punished for criticizing the conviction of Wei Jingsheng in 1979. Currently a senior research fellow at Harvard Law School. Member of the New York Academy of Sciences, board member of Human Rights in China.

Hu Ping, 50. Activist in the Beijing Democracy Wall Movement in 1979. Arrived in the United States in 1986 as a visiting scholar at Harvard University. Former president of the Chinese Alliance for Democracy. Currently a freelance writer in New York City.

Li Lu, 31. One of the 21 student leaders on the Most Wanted List. Escaped after the Beijing Massacre. Graduated from Columbia University Law School in New York, currently an investment banker in Los Angeles.

Liu Binyan, 72. Former investigative journalist for the People's Daily in Beijing and author of a number of books. Publisher of a monthly newsletter China Forum. Honorary chair of China Initiative and board member of Human Rights in China.

Lu Jinghua, 35. Former free-market merchant in Beijing. Involved in the Beijing Workers' Autonomous Federation during the 1989 movement. Escaped after the Beijing massacre. Currently working for the International Ladies Garment Workers Union in New York City. Attempted to return to Beijing in June 1993, was refused entry and sent back to the United States. Currently living in New York city.

Liu Qing, 49. Imprisoned for close to eleven years for his activities during the Beijing Democracy Wall movement of 1979 and for publishing the transcript of the 1979 trial of Wei Jingsheng. Arrived in the U.S. in 1992. Currently the chairman of Human Rights in China.

Tang Boquiao, 30. Former leader of the Hunan Autonomous Student Federation in 1989. Spent 18 months in Reeducation Through Labor. Arrived in the U.S. in May 1992.

Tong Yi, 29. Wei Jingsheng's assistant and translator in 1993-94, spent two and a half years in Reeducation Through Labor for her connection with Wei. Arrived in the U.S. in June 1997. Currently a student in Political Science at Columbia University.

Wang Juntao, 39. Labelled a "black hand" behind the 1989 pro-democracy movement, was sentenced to 13 years' imprisonment. Released on medical parole in April 1994 and immediately put on a plane to the U.S. Founder of the research center the China Institute. PHD candidate in Political Sciences at the University of Columbia.

Xiao Qiang, 36. Arrived in the U.S. in 1986 to start a PHD in astrophysics at the University of Notre Dame. Returned to China on June 6, 1989, in the wake of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, in order to bring contributions to the victims' families. Came back to the U.S. two months later. Currently the executive director of Human Rights in China.

Yang Jianli, 33. Came to the United States as a student in 1982. Currently a student at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

Zhao Haiqing, 41. Came to the U.S. in 1982 to study biology at the University of Pennsylvania. Former president of the Independent Federation of Chinese Students and Scholars. Currently doing business in Washington, DC. Chair of the National Council of Chinese Affairs.

Zhang Lin, 34. Organizer of the League for the Protection of the Rights of the Working People, was severely tortured in the coal mine Reeducation Through Labor camp where he spent 3 years after his 1994 detention. Arrived in the U.S. in October 1997.

Zheng Yi, 49. Novelist, on the run since the crackdown on the 1989 where he organized writers in support of the student pro-democracy movement, escaped to the U.S. with his writer wife Bei Ming in 1992. Smuggled documents that reveal cases of cannibalism during the Cultural Revolution.

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