Human Rights Day in Beijing Smothered by Police

By Tang Ming
Epoch Times Staff
Created: December 13, 2012 Last Updated: December 13, 2012
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Hundreds of Chinese activists were arrested in Beijing on Dec. 10 after they protested against human rights abuses near the Chinese Communist Party’s leadership compound and elsewhere in the capital.

Many petitioners, or dispossessed Chinese who travel to the capital to appeal against grievances, went to the United Nations Human Rights Commission protest and submit complaints against the Chinese regime. They were arrested and packed onto buses by nearby police, according to Jia Lianmei, a Beijing petitioner.

“Many police and disguised officers have been stationed around the area and other sensitive places,” Jia said. “The petitioners were blocked long before entering the United Nations building.” Regular citizens were also hampered, Jia added.

Lin Minjie, a human rights activist in Shenyang City, Liaoning Province, said the arbitrary arrest violate human rights covenants that China is ostensibly a party to.

Around 40 intrepid activists went directly to Zhongnanhai, the headquarters for the Chinese Communist Party’s top leaders, to declare that they were suing the State Council, the Chinese regime’s cabinet, for its failure to provide information on its human rights commitments. 

They were also arrested dragged into waiting police vehicles, according to Cao Sunli, a Beijing activist with a Master’s degree from Peking University. 

Cao said that he and other activists had approached the State Council seventeen times for information disclosure on the “National Human Rights Action Plan,” a project by the Communist Party that is meant to improve human rights in the country, and they have yet to receive any response. No explanation was given for the lack of response, either.

Cao believes the autocratic behavior of State Council is illegal, leading to the protests that were quickly snuffed out.

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