China Regional Action Network – June 2008
China: Tiananmen Mothers
Concerns: Freedom of expression, association and assembly
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.