China: Human Rights 365 = Human Rights for All
As 2014’s Human Rights Day comes to pass, we are reminded of the great sacrifices that people have made this year to obtain fundamental freedoms and human rights across the world, and particularly for the human rights heroes who live daily under the Chinese government’s extraordinary and brutal repression.
We honour the many Human Rights Heroes standing up to China to demand rights of Chinese people, Tibetans, Uyghurs, Southern Mongolians and the people of Hong Kong. We pay special tribute today to China’s jailed Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo; honour the extraordinary courage of jailed Tibetan Buddhist leader Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, whose health is reportedly deteriorating after a decade in prison; Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti, who received a life sentence in September this year ; Southern Mongolian activist Hada, who remains incarcerated in a black jail 19 years after his detention; and of course the youth leaders of Hong Kong’s Occupy Central movement, including Joshua Wong, notable for leading fellow Hong Kong students in a massive protest in 2014 that demanded genuine universal suffrage.
These extraordinary Freedom Heroes are representative of the thousands of Tibetans, Uyghurs, Chinese, South Mongolian and Hongkongers who are striving for truth and justice, and whose resistance will endure until we are all free.