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Political prisoners in China


NTD
China Political Prisoner Concern(CPPC) recently published the name list and numbering for 100 political prisoners in China Mainland, which comprises democratic activists, Tibet, Uygur and Mongolian conscience prisoners, Christians, Falun Gong practitioners etc. It is analysed that such a name list and ranking is very valuable as it gives a boost to China’s social progress and attracts international attention.
CPPC was established on February 1st, and is a special organization exclusively for collecting, categorizing, confirming and publishing the status of political prisoners in China Mainland.
The objective of CPPC is to strive for the freedom of each confined political prisoner, prisoners of conscience, dissidents and human rights activists, and to highlight the hard living circumstances of them and their family members.
On April 30, CPPC blog website published the profiles of 100 political prisoners made up of all tortured groups including democratic figures, conscience prisoners of Tibet, Uygur and Mongolia ethnic groups, human rights activists, Christians and Falun Gong practitioners.
Among the published name list, the deceased human rights activist Cao Shunli is numbered as 63, the founder of “New Citizen Campaign” Xu Zhiyong as 54 and the Uygur scholar Iliham Toxti as 59.
Overseas spokeswoman of CPPC Ms Grace says, CPPC’s main volunteers are human rights activists in China Mainland. Some volunteers are past political prisoners. In view of the bad political environment in China Mainland, for the sake of protecting their security all their current efforts will be not released.
Mainland human rights lawyer Tang Jingling has collected and categorized a confined conscience prisoners name list since 2008. He also called for the netizens to send postcards to imprisoned prisoners of conscience. He says, the job of CPPC will make a difference.
Tang Jingling: “There are many Chinese conscience prisoners, which is a wider term. Some of them are not political prisoners, but they were indeed sentenced for political reasons, such as Cao Shunli. She was confined due to human rights reasons. In addition, may Falun Gong practitioners were sentenced not for political reasons, but they are imprisoned mainly because they defend and maintain the basic cornerstone of human rights.”
Tang Jingling says, since “64 massacre in 1989” if some dedicated people or organizations had collected the information on imprisoned conscience prisoners in China, and systematically launched rescue actions including sending postcards, a huge pressure on the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) regime would have been produced.
Tang Jingling: “Meanwhile this would have also encouraged those imprisoned for reasons of conscience. I was told that Mr Huaping Li said he was largely inspired by receiving tens and even one hundred postcards when he was confined in Hefei City. In fact we can largely push society to progress by our tiny efforts.”
In November of last year, democratic parties in Thailand launched organizational signatures and called for the CCP Authorities to release all imprisoned for reasons of conscience.
The appeal document says, currently there are at least 100 conscience inmates confined in prisons or labor camps. Some of them have experienced imprisonment more than one time, and this includes Chinese Democratic Justice Party’s spokesman Wang Bingzhang, Chinese Federal Party Head Peng Ming, human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, Beijing human rights activists Chen Fengqiang, Zhang Fuying and Zhao Zhenjia.
Grace says, during the past three months, they collected and categorized text information with more than 1 million characters, thousands of photos, and produced 100 figures’ profiles. At present, a large batch of persecuted people’s profiles can’t be published or confirmed. Grace says, CPPC will continue working on and publishing the finished information.
Fujian human rights activist Li Gan says, along with the intensified oppression
of the CCP Authorities on human rights, he believes that the name list will possibly be seen with more political prisoners.
Li Gan: “from the current situation, the oppression tends to be increasing, so there will be more such political prisoners, this must be a trend. Not enough attention is paid by the international communities to human rights activists, Uygur, andTibetan prisoners of conscience. Attention to famous cases is not an issue. But some lesser known cases have no attention. I hope this will attract more attention to them.”
At present, CPPC set up a blog webpage in the Chinese language, for publishing the name list and official Twitter and Facebook accounts. Everyday some newly imprisoned for conscience are added and old profiles are updated with new information by volunteers, and this will provide the latest detailed information and reports for international communities and all human rights organizations.

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