Thursday, February 26, 2009

Press Conference Today in Washington, D.C. Regarding Human Rights in China

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Bob Fu, President and Founder of ChinaAid, former Chinese political prisoners Wei Jingsheng, Harry Wu, and Rebiya Kadeer; Sharon Hom, Executive Director of Human Rights in China, as well as other Chinese human rights activists, will join Congressman Christopher Smith (NJ-4th), GOP Conference Chairman Mike Pence (IN-6th), Congressmen Frank Wolf (VA-10th) and Joe Pitts (PA-16th) leading human rights advocates in Congress, at a press conference Thursday regarding U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s controversial remarks over the past week indicating a retreat on the priority of human rights issues in U.S.-China relations.Traveling in China last weekend, Clinton met with Chinese President Hu Jintao and other leaders, while failing to meet with dissidents during her stay.She has been criticized by human rights groups for publically announcing that U.S. concerns about human rights abuses in China must not interfere with cooperation on the economic crisis, global warming and other issues. The press conference is open to all media and individuals concerned with human rights in China.
Details on the press conference are as follows:
Congressmen Chris Smith, Mike Pence, Frank Wolf, Joe Pitts along with Bob Fu of ChinaAid and Chinese human rights activists
When: Thursday, February 26 at 11 a.m.
Where: Cannon House Office Building Terrace (corner of Independence and New Jersey), Washington, D.C.
Information: Contact Jeff Sagnip (609) 585-7878 of Congressman Chris Smith’s office.
"It’s disheartening to hear Secretary Clinton’s remarks that human rights issue will be a 'non-interference' factor to other so-called crisis issues – the economy, environment and security, implying somehow that universal human rights or human lives are irrelevant or have nothing to do with the ‘three big items.’ On the contrary, a country disrespecting and disregarding of its own citizens' basic rights and value will make the U.S. and the world less prosperous, more polluted and less safe." – Bob Fu, ChinaAid
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