Chinese Democracy Coalition News and Article Release Issue: A12-O4
Release Date: April 17, 2003
Topic: Overseas Chinese Democracy Coalition's Briefing on China at the UN-Geneva
Original Language Version: Chinese
(English at beginning, Chinese version at the end)
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On April 10, 2003, the Overseas Chinese Democracy Coalition (OCDC) presented
a briefing about Chinese human rights problems for the ongoing 59th session
United Nations' High Commission on Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland.
This briefing is the only one presenting Chinese human rights problems inside
UN this year where all the presenters are Chinese. The event was sponsored
the Transnational Radical Party.
HUANG Ciping, Secretary-General of OCDC, moderated the briefing.
Presentations were made by Dr. LIU Gang, OCDC Information Committee Chair
and senior engineer; Mr. CHEN NaiLiang, Chairman of the Federation of Chinese
Students and Scholars of Germany; Ms. QIAN Hong, editor of LaiYin
Communication; Dr. CHEN ShiZhong, a biologist and Falongong practitioner; Mr.
Temtsiltu Shobtsood, Chairman of the Inner Mongolian People's Party; and Dr.
QIAN YueJun, chief editor and a senior engineer. The specific topics
news and information blockage by the Chinese government and intellectuals'
struggles, deprived education rights of the Chinese people, women's
massive scale religious persecution in China, the Chinese government's
of minorities and damage to the environment, and the history of the Chinese
Mr. PAN Qing, OCDC's coordinator in New Zealand, also prepared a presentation
regarding the latest Chinese workers' movement; however, he was not able to
the planned trip.
Following doctor's advice, Mr. WEI Jingsheng, president of OCDC, was unable
make the planned trip to Geneva's UNHCHR session as he has in the past a few
years. However, he delivered a written speech asking people not to let the
Chinese government take advantage of the Iraq war.
Mrs. Lois Wheeler Snow, the widow of Mr. Edgar Snow (the most well-known
Western author in
and a long time friend to Mr. WEI and a supporter for
Chinese human rights, also delivered a statement condemning the crime against
Chinese citizens in 1989 and in support of truth and justice. She especially
supported the Tiananmen mothers group let by Professor DING ZiLing, who lost
her 17-year-old son during the 1989 massacre. (Later, Ms. HUANG Ciping, past
chair of the Global Chinese Students Union and past president of the
Federation of Chinese Students and Scholars (USA), an organization has for
supported and provided humanitarian aid to TianAnMen victims and families,
helped to make a phone call and translated between Professor Ding and Mrs.
Statement by WEI Jingsheng for the Briefing in UNHCHR 59th Session in Geneva
First, I must apologize to everyone. Due to health reasons, my doctors have
me go out recently. So I am unable to come over to fight with you together
There is one thing that is very important, yet very few people discuss in
is related to the
war, which has had a very bad influence on the human rights
and many countries with similar type of dictatorial governments.
As we all know, many dictatorial governments and their rulers would not want
improve the human rights condition in their countries voluntarily. Only when
receive pressure might they improve some. The pressure includes two types.
One is pressure from the society within that country itself. The other is
from the international society, especially from Western democratic
human rights records of dictators respond positively in proportion to these
types of pressure.
First, the war has caused a reduction of pressure from the United States to
and other dictatorial countries. Second, the strong disagreement between
has shifted people's attention away from the countries that have
terrible human rights records. Thus, these dictators felt an obvious release
pressure and therefore immediately increased their suppression and
which has made the global human rights condition deteriorate rapidly.
as an example, the deteriorating human rights conditions will not lead
to the further stabilization of China. Instead, the frequency of "officials
people's uprising" will only increase tremendously. When the people's
disappointment in the lack of social justice increases, violent activities
will climb in
both number and degree. These changes will lead to further threatening of
stability of Chinese society, and even further to the threatening of the
security of the
Asia-Pacific region and the rest of the world. With many of this type of
facing the same type of problem as China, the deteriorating situation will
not just be
an individual human rights problem; it will threaten the global peace and
development, including that of the developed countries.
I feel extremely worried about this situation and ask our friends to pay
this dangerous trend.
April 10, 2003
Overseas Chinese Democracy Coalition News and Article Release Issue: A12-O4
Release Date: April 17, 2003
Topic: Overseas Chinese Democracy Coalition Held Briefing on China in UN-