RN Board Member YANG provides testimony to UN Human Rights Council


Do you hear the cries of the Tiananmen Mothers?”

Dr. YANG Jianli, prominent dissident and president of Initiatives for China, delivered strong testimony to the UNHRC on the  anniversary of the June 4, 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre. Despite an unsuccessful attempt by the Chinese representative to silence the former prisoner of war, Dr. YANG posed a series of direct questions to the Council noting Qaddafi’s reference to China’s actions against Tiananmen protestors in justifying his own brutality, and inconsistencies in its decisions with respect to China and other member states. Excerpts from the presentation (in Chinese) are provided below with links to the full text and video. Dr. YANG also presented an open letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon regarding the Chinese government’s sustained and serious human rights violations against its own people.

UN Watch Oral Statement

Delivered by Dr. YANG Jianli
UN Human Rights Council, 16th Session
Agenda Item 4: “Human Rights Situations that require the council’s attention”

Thank you, Mr. President. My name is YANG Jianli. I am the president of Initiatives for China and a Harvard Fellow. In 1989, I was in Tiananmen Square, where I witnessed the massacre of thousands by the guns and tanks of the Chinese army. In 2002, I was arrested by the Chinese government for helping the peaceful labor movement. I served five years in prison.

I have come here today because this council is supposed to be the world’s protector of human rights. And so I ask this august body:

When the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded three months ago to Liu Xiaobo, a writer who is serving an 11-year jail sentence for having called for freedom—and the human rights situation in China rose to the top of the world headlines—why did you not speak out?

Why have you adopted no resolutions urging the Chinese government to respect the rights that are guaranteed under China’s constitution—the very rights it violated in imprisoning Liu Xiaobo?
Where were you when his wife, Liu Xia, cried out desperately for help a few weeks ago, because her life has become unbearable?

(link to full text and video)


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