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Chinese, Uyghur & Tibetan Solidarity UK calls for human rights, democracy and freedom for all those living under Chinese Communist Party rule

December 14, 2011

Press release from Chinese, Uyghur & Tibetan Solidarity UK
(Tibet Society is a founding member of CUTS UK)
 
 
[10 December 2011] Today, on Human Rights Day, Chinese, Uyghur Tibetan Solidarity UK is calling on the Chinese government to “clean up its act” and implement human rights, freedom and democracy, basic principles which should be afforded every person. To show its sincerity in its claims of respecting human rights, the Chinese government should immediately release all prisoners of conscience.
 
Chinese, Uyghur Tibetan Solidarity UK is also calling upon world leaders to “make human rights a top priority” when dealing with the Chinese leadership, and calls upon the international community to demand real democracy in the People’s Republic of China, as the Chinese Communist Party does not truly represent those living under its rule.
 
A vigil is being held outside the Chinese Embassy today, where nine prisoner of conscience cases will be highlighted, representing the thousands of Chinese, Uyghurs and Tibetans who have been imprisoned for expressing or defending human rights. The nine cases are:
 
        Gao Zhisheng: Chinese lawyer, forcibly disappeared for defending religious practitioners.
        Ni Yulan: Chinese lawyer, disabled for advocating house rights, arrested with husband, awaiting trial for ‘creating a disturbance’.
        Liu Xiaobo: Chinese writer, 11-year sentence for drafting Charter 08, wife under house arrest.
        Gulmira Imin: Uyghur website moderator, life sentence for ‘splittism, leaking state secrets, and organizing an illegal demonstration’ after the 5 July protest in 2009.
        Mehbube Ablesh: Uyghur media worker, 3-year sentence on a charge of ‘inciting splittism’ for criticizing Chinese government policies.
        Memetjan Abdulla: Uyghur journalist, life sentence for reposting information on Uyghur protests.
        Dhondup Wangchen: Tibetan film-maker, 6-year sentence for documenting the views of ordinary Tibetan people (which became the documentary Leaving Fear Behind).
        Norzin Wangmo: Tibetan civil servant, 5-year sentence for sending information on protests via internet and phone.
        Tenzin Delek Rinpoche: Tibetan religious and community leader, life sentence for ‘splittism’ following closed trial and no evidence.
 
Chinese, Uyghur & Tibetan Solidarity UK is also sending letters to the Chinese Ambassador to the UK and Prime Minister David Cameron, based on the demands and recommended actions in its statement (which can be read in full below).
 
For further details contact:
Paul Golding: 07984 799 958, paul@tibetsociety.com
 
Available for interview:
Shao Jiang (Chinese): 07961 948 852
Karma Chura-Tsang (Tibetan): 07725 501 995
Enver Tohti (Uyghur): 07950 674 306
 

Human Rights Day Statement from Chinese, Uyghur & Tibetan Solidarity UK
 
[10 December 2011] On the occasion of Human Rights Day 2011, Chinese, Uyghur & Tibetan Solidarity UK calls upon the Chinese government to ‘clean up its act’, by adhering to international standards on human rights, respecting freedom for all the people under its rule and undertaking real democracy to allow true representation of the people’s wishes.
 
The Chinese government regularly states that they promote human rights and have increased freedoms for the people it governs. However, all the evidence indicates the opposite is true. Whilst the Communist Party spouts rhetoric about increased economic prosperity for all its citizens, ethnic minority rights and freedom of religion, the reality on the ground shows increasing disparity between rural and urban communities, increasing oppression in Tibetan and Uyghur regions and severe restrictions on religious activities.
 
Armed forces are routinely deployed throughout the People’s Republic of China to quell protests and silence those who dare to speak out. Despite such oppression, protests have continued throughout 2011. In Tibet the oppression has reached breaking point with 12 Tibetan monks and nuns this year having self-immolated in protest against the repressive policies and to highlight the desperate situation to the outside world.
 
The arrest of Ai Weiwei earlier this year brought to the world's attention the lengths the Chinese government will go to silence its critics. Though Ai Weiwei has since gained a limited freedom, thousands of other prisoners of conscience remain in prison. They face torture and inhumane treatment on a daily basis simply for speaking out against occupation, oppression and human rights violations. Writers, bloggers, lawyers and journalists are routinely detained for questioning Chinese government policies. Countless citizens are arbitrarily arrested or forcibly disappeared after defending human rights or for simply being associated with a human rights defender.
 
Today, on Human Rights Day, Chinese, Uyghur and Tibetan Solidarity UK:
 
        calls on the Chinese government to adhere to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to ratify the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and to change its domestic laws to conform with the standards established therein,
 
        demands the release all prisoners of conscience held by the Chinese government,
 
        urges the Chinese government to allow independent observers and the international media full and unhindered access to all parts of the People’s Republic of China, in particular Tibetan and Uyghur regions,
 
        calls on the European Union to refer the human rights situation in China to the European Court of Human Rights,
 
        calls on governments and leaders around the world to make human rights a top priority when engaging with the Chinese leadership, and publicly state their solidarity with human rights defenders and the Chinese, Uyghur and Tibetan peoples,
 
        urges the international community to demand democracy in China, as the Chinese Communist Party does not represent the people living under its rule.
 
Chinese, Uyghur & Tibetan Solidarity UK
10 December 2011
 
Chinese, Uyghur & Tibetan Solidarity UK opposes the tyrannical rule of the Chinese Communist Party and upholds the values of freedom, human rights and democracy.
 
Chinese, Uyghur & Tibetan Solidarity UK is made up of the following organisations: Chinese Solidarity Campaign, Federation for Democratic China, Friends of Tiananmen Mothers, Students for a Free Tibet UK, Tibetan Community in Britain, Tibet Society, Tibetan Youth UK, Uyghur Association and Uyghur Community UK.
 
More information: CUTS UK on facebook - search for Chinese, Uyghur & Tibetan Solidarity UK, or email cuts.uk@gmail.com
 

 
Paul Golding
Campaigns Coordinator
020 7272 1414
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