We would like you to take a moment to remember the Tiananmen Square massacre on June 4, 1989. Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) endorses and supports Wang Dan's Global Petition Campaign for the 10th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square. Please sign the petition on the Web site at http://www.june4.org, or send your name/city/country to: firstname.lastname@example.org, and urge your friends and colleagues to do the same.
Dissident Wang Dan planned to deliver the petition on the anniversary of the massacre in June to Chinese President Jiang Zemin. THE PETITION DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 1999. Wang is the most prominent leader of the student protests in 1989. He headed China's Most Wanted List after the military crackdown on June 4, 1989. Wang was arrested in 1989 and again in 1995 and twice sentenced to a total of fifteen years in prison. Wang was released on medical parole in April 1998 and exiled to the United States.
To: President Jiang Zemin, People's Republic of China
cc: His Excellency Kofi A. Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations
Her Excellency Mary Robinson, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
We, the signatories of this petition, call on the Chinese Government to:
1) re-evaluate the official verdict on the June 4th, 1989 Tiananmen pro-democracy protests and bring to justice those responsible for the human rights violations committed;
2) release all prisoners of conscience including those still in prison for their 1989 pro-democracy activities and review the cases of all political prisoners;
3) put an immediate end to harassment, detention and imprisonment of Chinese citizens exercising their legitimate rights to freedom of expression, freedom of association and freedom of religion;
4) demonstrate a willingness to respect the rights of all Chinese citizens by proceeding quickly to ratification and implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).
Organization (if any):
CJFE co-hosted a Human Rights Concert on the evening of 28 May 1999 in Metro Square, Toronto, as part of the events to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. A Human Rights City was also erected in Metro Square on May 28, along with other events. For more information, click here.
For more information on the events in Toronto or on the campaign, contact:
Cheuk Kwan, International Campaign Coordinator
255 Duncan Mill Road, Suite 707
Toronto, Ontario M3B 3H9 Canada