- Mr. Hu Jintao, President of People's Republic of China
A group of about 300 mainland Chinese intellectuals first co-signed and released the Charter 08 (http://www.nybooks.com/articles/22210) on 10 December 2008 to demand for improvement of human rights, democracy and the rule of law in China. But many of them have been subjected to various forms of harassments, including detention and unreasonable interrogation by public security officers.
Among them, famous Beijing writer Dr Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波) was taken away by public security officers on 8 December 2008, two days before the Charter was originally planned to release. (Updates: Liu Xiaobo was formally arrested and charged with "inciting subversion of state power on 23 June 2009). (Updates: Liu Xiaobo was sentenced to 11 years' imprisonment and 2 years of deprivation of political rights on 25 December 2009.) Others who were summoned (chuanhuan) by public security officers included Beijing political theorist Zhang Zuhua (张祖桦), Beijing human rights lawyer Dr Teng Biao (滕彪), Shanghai human rights lawyer (郑恩宠), Beijing human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang (浦志強), Xi’an human rights lawyer Zhang Jiankang (张鉴康), Guangdong human rights lawyer Tang Jingling (唐荆陵), Zhejiang writer Wen Kejian (温克坚), Zhejiang journalist Zan Aizong (昝爱宗) and Hainan writer Qin Qeng (秦耕). According to Chinese Human Rights Defenders, at least 39 signatories have been intimidated as of 16 December 2008 (See: http://www.crd-net.org/Article/Class9/Class98/200812/20081216212554_12417.html)
After he was taken away, thousands of people from mainland China and around the world co-signed statements to support the Charter 08 and demand the Chinese government to immediately release Dr. Liu.
Please sign this online petition or send the following petition letter to the Chinese government or the Chinese embassy in your country.
President Hu Jintao
People’s Republic of China
Premier Wen Jiabao
Xicheng District, Beijing 100800
People’s Republic of China
Re: Demand Immediate Release of Beijing Writer Dr. Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波) and Stop Harassing Signatories of Charter 08
Dear President Hu and Premier Wen,
I am deeply concerned about that Beijing writer Dr Liu Xiaobo was taken away by public security officers on 8 December for being one of the drafters of Charter 08 (http://www.nybooks.com/articles/22210), which was first co-cosigned by over 300 mainland Chinese writers, lawyers, academics and public intellectuals. Dr Liu was then under “residential surveillance” for more than six months. He was formally arrested on 23 June 2009 and was “suspected of committing the crime of inciting subversion of state power”. Liu Xiaobo was sentenced to 11 years' imprisonment and 2 years of deprivation of political rights on 25 December 2009
I am also concerned that other mainland intellectuals who co-signed the Charter were unreasonably interrogated or harassed by public security officers.
Dr Liu and the people who co-signed the Charter only exercised their freedom of speech, which is enshrined in Article 35 of the PRC Constitution. Their action was a peaceful expression of their views on demanding further improvement of human rights, democracy and the rule of law in the People's Republic of China.
Therefore, I call on the Chinese government to immediately release Dr. Liu and stop harassing other people who co-signed Charter 08.
Thank you very much for your attention.