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Will Obama Raise Issue Of Human Rights In China At APEC?
US President Obama will have a private meeting
with president of communist China, Xi Jinping, on Nov. 12.
For this meeting, nine human rights organisations including
human rights observers and Amnesty International
have issued open letters urging Obama to devote attention
to the issue of human rights in China during the APEC summit.
Obama will attend the unofficial meeting with APEC leaders
from 10-12 November, and conduct a state visit to China.
Prior to this meeting, 9 major human rights organisations in
the US issued a joint open letter urging Obama to publicly
condemn the present state of human rights in China during
his meeting with the Chinese leader in Beijing.
The letter stated as follows: For decades, our organizations
have documented human rights abuses there, advocated for
redress, and pressed the United States to make human rights
a cornerstone of its bilateral relationship.
Your visit comes at a time of extraordinary and brutal
repression of peaceful advocacy for human rights in China.
We urge that you use this trip to make clear—
publicly and unequivocally—
that the government’s crackdown on civil society is a barrier
to strategic partnership and an impediment to China’s future
as a full and responsible member of
the international community.
The founder of international human rights organisation,
“Freedom Now”, Jared Genser, urged that President Obama should
do the following:
Not only should he discuss human right problems in China with
Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leaders in private, but also
bring this issue out into the open during
their public meetings.
Falun Gong human right representative Chen Shizhong stated
that this letter clearly and specifically requested Obama to
make this dialogue public.
This indicates that the previous so called “human rights
dialogue” between the US and China has been ineffective.
Chen Shizhong: the US position on human rights in China these
years has always been ambiguous.
That is why there is this letter.
It should be seen as an alarm bell to Obama and
the US government.
Beijing human right activist Hujia: The authorities of the CCP
remain intransigent even to this day.
It continues to do such injustice.
Hujia: The recent case is the case of Uighur scholar Ilham.
He advocates for peace and mutual tolerance
and understanding between different races.
But such a scholar is indicted for the crime of
“separating the country”.
The joint letter stressed that if Obama can publicly raise
these individual cases of human right advocates during
his visit to Beijing, he can at least protect them from
mistreatment or torture during detention or imprisonment.
Hujia: Exerting such pressure can no doubt improve
the treatment of these people to a certain extent.
Therefore I find it wise for these human right organisations
to choose this moment to release these requests.
We also honestly hope that these efforts can have a direct
influence on Mr Obama.
According to the BBC report, the CCP ordered the entire city
to give way to APEC in order to ensure the smooth progress
of the APEC meetings.
Beijing has strengthened their control of petitioners,
forbidding them from coming close to the scene of APEC.
Some petitioners even received phone calls from local
complaints bureaus, enticing them to refrain from travelling
to Beijing to petition during the APEC period
through monetary incentives.
These measures have caused major disturbances to the daily
lives of people living in Beijing and the nearby provinces.
Human right activist Hujia is one of the affected.
He has been under house arrest and he cannot step out of
his house since Sep. 22.
Hujia said that in order to ensure the smooth running of the
APEC summit, CCP authorities have strengthened
their grip on dissidents.
However, this has not drawn international attention.
Hujia said that none of the leaders attending this APEC have
openly condemned the Chinese government for
their abuse of human rights.
The joint public letter also specifically mentioned
human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng who has not received his
freedom even though he was released from jail.
Hujia: Ever since Gao Zhisheng was released from jail on
Aug. 7, he remains in a state of confinement.
He cannot go anywhere or see anyone.
The police also always harass him at his home.
In the past, the renowned Chinese human right lawyer
Gao Zhisheng took up various politically sensitive
human right cases.
He also investigated the truth of the persecution
suffered by Falun Gong practitioners.
He wrote to CCP leaders to end the persecution
of Falun Gong on 3 occasions.
On December 2006, Gao Zhisheng was sentenced to
3 years of imprisonment and 5 years of probation
by CCP authorities for “inciting subversion of state power”.
Falun Gong human right representative Chen Shizhong:
For the past 15 years, Falun Gong represents the most severe
human right abuse in China.
It is also the most severe human right abuse in the world.
However, the executive branch of the US government has not
officially taken a stand on this issue.
It has also not formally issued a public condemnation
of the Chinese government.
This is the greatest representation of its ignorance of calls
for justice on the issue of human rights.
Chen Shizhong states that China can only have true Human
rights when it ends the persecution against Falun Gong.
From July 1999 to July 2014, the CCP’s persecution against
Falun Gong has reached 15 years, and it is still ongoing.
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