ACTION: Supporter actions for Human Rights Day
[ONGOING] Human Rights Day 2010 (Friday, 10 December) was the 62nd anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It was also the day of the ceremony of the Nobel Peace Prize, which was this year given to Liu Xiaobo, a human rights defender and advocate of genuine autonomy for Tibet who has been imprisoned by the Chinese government. Supporters can still take action calling for the release of Liu Xiaobo and all prisoners of conscience held under the Chinese regime.

Tibet Society members and supporters are encouraged to take the following actions:

1. Ask your MP to sign EDM 1114: Human Rights Day 2010
2. Write a letter of support to Liu Xiaobo
3. Write to the Chinese Ambassador to the UK
4. Sign an online petition directed to G8 leaders


1. Ask your MP to sign EDM 1114: Human Rights Day 2010
An Early Day Motion has been submitted in Parliament for MPs to sign which calls for the release of Liu Xiaobo and encourages the British government to support processes which will bring about freedom, human rights and democracy for all the people of China, Tibet and East Turkestan.

To find out your MP’s contact details go to www.writetothem.com (where you can also send your MP a direct email).
To se which MPs have signed the EDM go to edmi.parliament.uk.

The full text of Early Day Motion 1114:

EDM 1114: HUMAN RIGHTS DAY 2010
01.12.2010
Hamilton, Fabian
That this House on the occasion of Human Rights Day on 10 December 2010, commends the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo for his unceasing non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights and democracy in China; notes and further commends the release of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi; condemns the rise of arbitrary arrest and detention of intellectuals in China, Tibet and East Turkestan; urges the Chinese government to uphold the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to release immediately Liu Xiaobo and all prisoners of conscience; and encourages the Government publicly to support Charter 08, co-authored by Liu Xiaobo and signed by 300 Chinese intellectuals, which will bring about freedom, human rights and democracy for all the people of China, Tibet and East Turkestan.
 
2. Write a letter of support to Liu Xiaobo
Liu XiaoboSend a letter or card to Liu Xiaobo in Jinzhou Prison congratulating him on the award of the Nobel Peace Prize. Write to:
Liu Xiaobo
c/o Jinzhou Prison
Nanshan Road 86
Taihe District
21013 Jinzhou City
Liaoning
People's Republic of China

Note: Though Liu Xiaobo may not get to see the letters, it is quite possible that he will receive word that the prison is receiving letters on his behalf. Former political prisoners have said that such knowledge gives them a tremendous source of strength and encouragement. Letters to a prison also send a signal to the authorities that their behaviour towards an individual prisoner is under scrutiny, which can result in better treatment for the prisoner and occasionally reduced sentences.
Click here to read more about Liu Xiaobo.

3. Write to the Chinese Ambassador to the UK
Send a letter to
Liu Xiaoming, Chinese Ambassador to the UK, urging the Chinese government to immediately and unconditionally release Liu Xiaobo. Also demand the Chinese government  releases all political prisoners in Tibet and China and upholds the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Write to:
Liu Xiaoming, Chinese Ambassador to the UK
Chinese Embassy
49-51 Portland Place
London W1N 3AH
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

4. Sign an online petition directed to G8 leaders
This petition, organised by International Tibet Network, of which Tibet Society is a member, is sends messages to G8 leaders calling on them to press for the release of Liu Xiaobo and other prisoners of conscience in China. Go to www.peaceprize2010.org to sign the petition.

You can amend the text of the message sent if you wish. Our suggested text below includes Uighurs, who seek freedom and suffer human rights abuses at the hand of the Chinese government, similar to Tibetans.

I am writing to you to urge that you stand up and speak out for human rights. As I am sure you know, Liu Xiaobo, who was recently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, is currently serving an 11 year prison sentence for merely expressing his opinion about human rights, democratic reforms and the end of communist one-party rule in China.

Like thousands of political prisoners in China, Tibet and East Turkestan he was simply expressing his desire to be able to live in freedom, with the fundamental human rights that are deserved of all people around the world.

By taking the principled decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo, the Nobel Committee has demonstrated to the rest of the world that moral leadership and political courage are needed at this time.

I urge you to press the Chinese government to take meaningful steps to implement the political and human rights reforms that Liu Xiaobo and thousands of Chinese, Tibetan and Uighur advocates are risking their lives to promote.

It is also an opportunity to call for the immediate release of Liu Xiaobo and all the heroic Chinese, Tibetan and Uighur human rights defenders that remain in prison.


Click here to read a report on activities that took place for Human Rights Day.



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