China RAN action – June 2008

China Regional Action Network – June 2008

China: Tiananmen Mothers

Concerns: Freedom of expression, association and assembly

Summary:

The Tiananmen Mothers, founded by Ding Zilin, a retired university professor, is a group of around 130 human rights defenders – mainly women – whose children and other close relatives were killed or injured during the military crackdown on the 1989 pro-democracy movement. While the authorities have moved away from branding the events of 1989 as a “counter-revolutionary rebellion” towards labeling it a “political incident”, they have refused to respond to long-standing calls for justice by the victims or their families.

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