Campaigns: Release Tiananmen Prisoners in China & End House Arrests in Canada

3 Jun

Amnesty International has released a statement calling the Chinese government to release activists who have been imprisoned for the Tiananmen protests in 1989; as well as those who have been arrested for demanding their release.

Those who were detained for the Tiananmen incident includes Miao Deshun, to be released on 15 September 2018; Liu Zhihua, to be released on 16 January 2011; Wang Jun, due for release on 11 December 2009.

Yang Tongyan, who is currently serving a 12-year prison sentence for “subversion”, had previously criticized the 1989 pro-democracy crackdown. Shi Tao is serving a 10-year sentence for ‘sending an email summarizing a Chinese Central Propaganda Department communiqué on how journalists should handle the fifteenth anniversary of the crackdown on the 1989 pro-democracy movement’. Former trade unionist, Kong Youping, was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment in 2004 for posting internet articles urging for ‘ a reassessment of the 1989 pro-democracy movement’.

On the other hand, it is alarming news to read that Canada has imposed upon house arrest on at least 5 non-citizens who have not been charged with any offenses except being guilty of being suspected of being involved in terrorism.

Known as the Secret Trial Five, these five male Muslims are accused of being ‘connected to Islamic terrorist groups’. However, they cannot be charged as they are detained under ‘a security certificate’ which means a fair trial is denied to them as the cases has to remain a secret “for reasons of national security”. Al Jazeera has produced a short clip on Mohammed Harkat (see above), who has to depend on his wife for his daily survival and affairs. This has caused an indefinite strain in the family.

References

Amnesty International Campaign to release Tiananmen Activists

Justice for Mohamed Harkat

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