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“Portraits of Loss and the Quest for Justice”

June 4, 2009


June 4, 2010

6:00 PM
Grand Palais
Cours la Reine
Perron Alexandre III
75008, Paris

April 10, 2010

37th Congress, International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH)
Yerevan, Armenia

December 1, 2009

European Parliament
Brussels, Belgium

August 10, 2009

7:30pm-9pm CET
CAC Voltaire Cinema
Rue General-Dufour 16, Geneva

June 3, 2009

6:30 PM
Asia Society, New York City, NY, USA


A video by the Tiananmen Mothers
English version produced by Human Rights in China

(June 2009)

Shot over a period of five years by the Tiananmen Mothers, a group of family members of the victims of the June Fourth crackdown, the video presents portraits of ordinary citizens who became military targets as troops swept through Beijing in June 1989. Featuring interviews with the family members of the victims, the video is a powerful testament to the group’s tenacious effort to demand that the Chinese government account for its actions against its own people.

The following are some of the voices presented in this video:

“I never thought the Communist Party would kill citizens. How come to this day the leadership of this country has not admitted to this? Who gave the order? How could you [the government] have let this happen?”
—Yang Yinshan, father of a 32-year-old man shot through the chest

“We are a socialist country! . . . We shouldn’t have to demand this of you. You should have demanded this of yourself. You think you did this and no one would know? Can you wrap a fire with paper?”
—Ge Guirong, father of a 24-year-old man shot in the head

“As a mother, even though my son is gone, I cannot abandon him. My son didn’t do anything wrong. He was innocent.”
—Yuan Shumin, mother of a 27-year-old man shot in the chest