Defend the defenders!
As the Olympic Games wind down, the international pressure on China to comply with its human rights commitments diminishes. Do not let the world forget about imprisoned Chinese human rights defenders!
With the Olympic Games coming to a close, China still has not taken any meaningful steps toward improving its human rights record. Lawyers, journalists, and other human rights activists continue to be persecuted for defending the rights of others. As athletes, journalists and spectators leave China, it is up to human rights organizations and ordinary people like you and me to defend the brave individuals who defend human rights in China, and keep up the pressure on the Chinese government.
Among the thousands of human rights defenders suffering in prison or in labor camps are Chen Guangcheng and Wang Ling.
- Chen Guangcheng is a blind lawyer and activist currently serving a four year and three month prison sentence for helping residents of Linyi city file a lawsuit against the local government for coercive family planning practices. Chen’s wife Yuan Weijing and their daughter have been under house arrest for three years and have recently faced heavily increased surveillance due to the Olympics.
- Wang Ling is a Beijing housing rights activist serving a 15-month sentence in a labor camp for protesting against the destruction of property to make way for Olympics-related construction.
Do not let these brave individuals be forgotten. Please sign Human Rights first’s petition for their release today!