FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Human Rights in China (HRIC) has received a copy of an open letter to the 16th Party Congress signed by 192 opposition activists from 17 provinces and cities, including Beijing and Shanghai.
In the largest nationwide political action in recent years, the signatories make six political demands:
The signatories of the open letter include Sichuan dissident Pu Yong, who died on November 2 of cancer contracted during his imprisonment. Informed sources say Pu Yong wished to participate in the open letter as his last opportunity to express his political demands.
HRIC fully supports to the efforts of Chinese citizens to express their political aspirations as the right and responsibility of all people in a modern society. HRIC president Liu Qing says, “It’s time for the Chinese government to address the legitimate demands for political change from its own citizens. As a first step the government must recognize that respecting free political expression benefits the development and stability of Chinese society.”
HRIC calls on the Chinese government and ruling Communist Party to immediately stop its suppression of opposing political voices, and to recognize and respect the rights of these dissidents to express their aspirations and criticisms.
For more information, contact:
Stacy Mosher (English) 212-268-9074
Liu Qing (Chinese) 212-239-4495