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No National pride, only national shame. Say no to white terror, stop civil rights violation!

Today marks the 64th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) regime - ‘64’, a number that the party is ashamed of. The number does not only remind us of the June 4th massacre, a tragedy that remains a taboo in China, but also infuriates many with the party’s unfulfilled promises. Many Chinese are yet living lives with dignity. Today, when China is demonstrating her strong economic powers to the world, her human rights conditions are lacking far behind. Since March 2013, over 141 people are arbitrarily arrested for exercising civil rights enshrined in the Chinese Constitution.

Over the past 64 years, political campaigns of all kind were non-stop, economic mistakes were frequent and man-made disasters were widespread.  From destroying the intellectual elites by the anti-capitalists movement to monitoring the internet and suppressing dissidents; from miscarriages of justice, mutual surveillance and denunciation during the Cultural Revolution to surveillance and blockade of the large numbers of petitioners; from the economic mistake of ‘Surpassing the UK and US’ to the widespread corruption; from the absence of rule of law to jeopardizing judicial independence with the sugarcoating of ‘rule by law’; from controlling ideologies during Mao’s era to suppressing freedom of thought and reasonable demands with the flag of ‘stability trumps everything’-  the party has not reflected and corrected its mistakes.

It was not hope that was brought by the Xi’s government, but Mao’s autocratic rule -- tightening the control over ideologies. The ‘seven don’t mentions’ issued by the Chinese government forbade not only criticisms towards historical mistakes made by the CCP and the Bourgeois, but also freedom to discuss universal values such as freedom of press, civil society, civil rights, judicial independence, as well as constitutional government, a topic that was still open to discussion not long ago.

On the other hand, the Chinese government expanded the crackdown by arresting a total of 141 mild dissidents and rights defenders, including Xu Zhiyong, Guo Feixiong, Wang Gongquan, Yuan Dong, Zhang Baocheng, Ma Xinli, Hou Xin, Ding Jiaxi, Zhao Changqing, Sun Hanhui, Wang Yonghong, Li Wei, Qi Yueying (the 10 advocates of asset disclosure), as well as Liu Ping, Wei Zhongping, Li Sihua and Li Xuemei.

The crackdown of 1989 democratic movement to waves of arresting dissidents proved that the nature of the CCP has never changed.

We have no national pride but shame. How can we believe that slogans like ‘putting powers within cages of regulations’ and ‘fighting corruption among tigers and flies’ are actual plans of the government when the regime knows only to suppress dissidents and arrest people for discussing politics over meals and requesting government officials to disclose assets; when the rights to discuss constitutional government and pursue social justice are absent; when the regime knows only to tighten control over ideologies in the society, especially in schools; and even suppresses citizens supporting students who were sexually harassed by principals and teachers?

The Chinese government blatantly violates the country’s own constitution and international human rights covenants. Yet, it expressed intention of presenting its candidature for the election to the Human Rights Council for the term 2014-2016. We call for member states of United Nations to not vote for China, otherwise the United Nations is openly endorsing the flagrant human rights violations committed by the Chinese government. The United Nations must uphold high standards of basic human rights and insist that all governments abide by those standards.

Today is 1st October, the day CCP established its regime. It is also the seventh day after the execution of Shenyang hawker Xia Junfeng. The case of Xia reflects the injustices in China: the judicial system is harsh on ordinary citizens but turn a blind eye to officials and the privileged; the government condones law enforcement officials abusing their power; corruption hampers lives of citizens; rights are not protected and justice not served.

Today, for Xia Junfeng, for the 141 dissidents under arrest and for all Chinese citizens, we protest against the tyranny of the CCP, and demand the Chinese government to:

1.      immediately release Xu Zhiyong, Guo Feixiong, Zhang Baocheng, Ding Jiaxi, Zhao Changqing, Liu Ping, Wei Zhongping, Li Sihua and other citizens under arrest;

2.      ensure that all citizens and lawyers under arrest have access to legal services;

3.      respect and protect citizens’ freedom of speech and freedom of assembly

4.      ensure citizens can exercise rights enshrined in the constitution and international human rights covenants without facing any threats;

5.      stop persecuting human rights advocates;

6.      prosecute officials who are corrupted and enforce the law violently;

7.      implement the rule of law and constitutional government.

 

We also demand member states of United Nations to abide by international human rights standards by rejecting China to become a member state of the Human Rights Council.

 

Justice and Peace Commission of the Hong Kong Catholic Diocese

Hong Kong Federation of Students

China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group

Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China

1st October, 2013

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