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Article Release Issue Number: A3-O1
Release Date: January 28, 2003
Topic: Chinese New Year Call from Overseas Chinese Democracy Coalition (OCDC)
Original Language Version: English
(English at beginning, Chinese version at the end)
January 28, 2003
For the upcoming Chinese New Year on February 1, the Coalition under Mr. Wei
Jingsheng's leadership wants to send our New Year greetings to our members
and friends all over the world, especially those who fought hard for the
human rights and democracy inside China.
We want to take this opportunity to remind the world of the worsening human
rights suppression inside China, especially after the 16th congress of the
Chinese Communist Party in November 2003. We want the world to pay more
attention to the suffering of average Chinese citizens whose human rights are
abused constantly - including unemployed workers, underground Christians, Fa
LonGong and other Qi Gong group members, minorities, families who lost their
loved ones on June 4, 1989 and more.
We ask your continued effort for the early release of prisoners of
conscience, especially workers' leaders such as LIU JingSheng, HU ShiGeng and
KANG YuChun, and dissidents such as WANG YouCai and QIN YongMin, who are
serving long sentences under harsh conditions.
In particular, we are calling for international pressure for the immediate
release of the political prisoners and others detained in the year 2002. We
plea for your attention on the fate of arrested workers' leaders such as YAO
Fuxin and XIAO Yunliang. We also ask your attention on the detained
activists and dissidents including those from Overseas, especially WANG
BingZhang and YANG JianLi.
Although we are glad for the new freedom for Mr. FANG Jue, who has been
outspoken and brave even after he finished his jail term last year, we must
point out that his recent exile - an exile for an average Chinese citizen
which has no precedent - is one more indicator of the worsened human rights
condition in China. The release of a few dissidents under international
pressure has only been accompanied with the arrests of many times more by the
Chinese Government, which takes human lives as hostage to bargain in their
The immediate execution of the Tibetan Lobsang Dondrub and the death sentence
of Tulku Tenzin Delek Rinpoche (A-nga Tashi) is only another recent stage by
the Chinese government in their suppression of the Tibetans - another
indication that the Chinese government has no sincerity of dialog and
peaceful negotiation with the Tibetan leader, the Dalai Lama. The Chinese
government's conspiracy of not allowing the reputable defense lawyers, Mr.
ZHANG ShiZhi and Mr. LI HuiGeng into this case is another example that the
government is over the laws themselves.
The disappearence of the young college student LIU Di, "the stainless steel
mouse", due to her Internet writings revealed again how vicious the Chinese
government could be to its innocent citizens. When we are typing this
statement, we could hear her "I am scared" call. Hereby, we demand the
Chinese government to follow its own law procedures, to response to the
thousands pleas from China and Overseas, to release LIU Di immediately.
As the new year is approaching, we ask you to show your support to these who
dare to stand up and these who are suppressed, by your thoughts and by your
action. In particular, we ask you to respond to our "yellow ribbon" call
during the Chinese New Year period - a beautiful custom of the West which is
perfectly suited for the occasion - let us show our solidarity for peace and
love on this world, let us remember these dissidents and wish they will be
free and be able to go home and united with their loved ones soon.
Let us tie our yellow ribbons for the dignity of the human rights and best
wishes for the upcoming Chinese New Year!
Overseas Chinese Democracy Coalition
In Australia, Members of the Chinese democracy movement in Sydney are
organizing a peaceful rally at the Chinese Consulate on Friday, 31 January
between 10.00am and 11.45am. The Consulate is at 539 Elizabeth Street, Surry
In the United States, a demonstration will be held in front of the Chinese
embassy on the Chinese New Year day, Saturday, February 1, 2003. The family
members of Dr. JianLi YANG will hold a hunger strike. The address is:
2300 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC 20008
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