Please urge the Chinese government
to accept opposition groups
March 18, 2014
Dear Mr. Prime Minister Rutte of the Netherlands,
Dear Ms. Chancellor Merkel of Germany,
Dear Mr. President Hollande of France,
Dear Mr. Prime Minister Di Rupo of Belgium,
It has been reported that later this month, Mr. Xi Jinping will make his first
trip to Europe as the President of the People’s Republic of China. He will visit
the Netherlands, Germany, France and Belgium during the trip.
With the help of modern technology, communication and cooperation between
nations is increasing and the world has been reduced to a global village. We
fully support the development of healthy diplomatic, economic and trade
relations between China and the European Union countries. However, we sincerely
hope that with the deepening of economic and trade relations with China, more
attention will be paid to human rights, democracy and rule of law, and that
China’s ongoing effort to suppress these core values will not be ignored.
Modern civilizations are built upon democracy, rule of law, and the protection
of human rights. The political situation in China is far from the civilized
standard we recognize in Western democracies. Chinese governmental opposition
cannot be tolerated by the Chinese state, whose power is unconstrained by checks
and balances. The persecution of opposition groups in China parallels the
oppression and brutality of various segments of society in medieval Europe.
Dissidents in China face incredible difficulties, and are often under home
surveillance, thrown into prison, or forced into exile.
China signed the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) on
October 5, 1998, at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York. However,
the Chinese National People’s Congress still has not received any reports from
the State Council, and the treaty still remains unenforced. We sincerely hope
that you encourage the Chinese State Council to refer the Covenant to the
National People’s Congress so that it can be approved, and more importantly,
practiced in China.
The Chinese Constitution includes the following:
Article 33 All citizens of the People’s Republic of China are equal before the
law. The State respects and preserves human rights. Every citizen is entitled to
the rights and at the same time must perform the duties prescribed by the
Constitution and other laws.
Article 34 All citizens of the People’s Republic of China who have reached the
age of 18 have the right to vote and stand for election, regardless of ethnic
status, race, sex, occupation, family background, religious belief, education,
property status or length of residence, except persons deprived of political
rights according to law.
Article 35 Citizens of the People’s Republic of China enjoy freedom of speech,
of the press, of assembly, of association, of procession and of demonstration.
Article 36 Citizens of the People’s Republic of China enjoy freedom of religious
Unfortunately, all these civil rights exist on paper only. In reality, any
actions that Chinese citizens take to ask the government to fulfill the promises
of the constitution are brutally suppressed. We sincerely hope that you urge the
Chinese government to respect and follow their constitution.
It is high time for Mr. Xi Jinping to promote political reform in China,
starting with the acceptance of opposition, the immediate and unconditional
release of all political prisoners (including Liu Xiaobo, Wang Bingzhang, Gao
Zhisheng and Xu Zhiyong), and by allowing exiled dissidents to return home
freely and without further persecution.
Thank you very much in advance for your attention and support!
Director of the Board of Forum for a Democratic China and Asia (FDCA)
Former President of Independent Chinese PEN Centre (ICPC)
Dr. Klaus Rose
Chair of the Committee of Forum for a Democratic China and Asia (FDCA),
former German Under Secretary of State for Defence
President of Platform of European Memory and Conscience, former MP of Sweden
President of the Chinese Republican Party (CRP)
President of Chinese Students and Scholars Association in Germany
President of the Inner Mongolian People’s Party
Chief-Editor of Chinese European Post
Liaison officer of the European Administrative Center of His Holiness Dalai Lama
Secretary General of Federation for a Democratic China (FDC)
Dr. Thomas Weyrauch