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Statement by Human Rights Commissioner Strässer on the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests

June 3, 2014

Today, on the 25th anniversary of the tragic events in Tienanmen Square, we remember those who lost their lives striving for democracy. I appeal to the Chinese leadership to release all those still detained in connection with the events of 4 June 1989.

It is deplorable that recently there has been a renewed wave of arrests with relatives, intellectuals and others commemorating the dead and trying to kick off a debate on the events of 25 years ago being taken into custody. I call for the release of these journalists, civil rights activist and relatives.

One of my tasks is the regular and intensive conduct of the Human Rights Dialogue with China – an important element of our comprehensive relations with the country. I have thus invited my Chinese interlocutors to Berlin to continue our joint dialogue on all relevant issues.

Official version available here.

International Official Statements on 25th Anniversary of June Fourth
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay(EN, CH)
  • Canada (EN, CH)
  • Germany (EN)
  • United States, The White House (EN, CH)
  • United States, Department of State, John Kerry (EN, CH)
  • US Congressional-Executive Commission on China (EN)
  • US House Democractic Leader, Nancy Pelosi (EN)
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