|Over One Hundred Signatories Harassed Since Launch of Charter 08|
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Over One Hundred Signatories Harassed Since Launch of Charter 08(Chinese Human Rights Defenders, January 9, 2009) �C One month after it was issued on December 9, 2008, Charter 08 continues to vex the Chinese authorities, who have continued to pressure signatories of the Charter. CHRD has documented one- hundred-and-one cases of individuals who have been harassed, called in for questioning, or summoned (chuanhuan) by police across seventeen provinces and three municipalities. It is very likely that the actual number is higher as CHRD is aware that some individuals do not wish to make their harassment public. Over 7,200 people have signed the Charter.
A full list of the one-hundred-and-one signatories harassed is available below. Some of them are scholars who have been questioned and warned by superiors at their academic institutions regarding their support for Charter 08.
CHRD has learned from those called in by the police that the questioning seems designed to determine the authors of the Charter as well as to identify their methods for disseminating information. Interrogations often end with the authorities demanding an individual publicly renounce his or her support for the Charter. If this request is not met, police have accused signatories of joining “an illegal association”, being “suspected of plotting to overthrow the regime” or otherwise intimidated or threatened them.
One signatory, the prominent dissident writer Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波), has been held in custody since December 8, 2008, and is now subjected to “residential surveillance” (jianshi juzhu) at an undisclosed location in Beijing.
Efforts by officials to stifle freedom of expression and repress the Charter have increased online. Beginning the evening of December 26, 2008, searches for “Charter 08” on Baidu, Google.cn and Yahoo, three main search engines in China have returned no relevant results. However, the Charter continues to spread. Chinese netizens are still signing the Charter, debating it on the internet and circulating the text on blogs, message boards, and through instant messaging devices.
Chinese Human Rights Defenders reiterates its protest against the intimidation and harassment of Charter 08 signatories, who are being targeted solely for the peaceful activities of expressing their views about democratic reform and human rights in China. The Chinese government is willfully and blatantly violating the rights to freedom of expression and association guaranteed in both its own constitution and international treaties of which it is a signatory. China is also acting in contradiction to its own interest in building a good international reputation, as it will soon face international scrutiny on its human rights records during the UN Human Rights Council “Universal Periodical Review” in February 2009.
Full list of Charter 08 signatories subjected to detention, interrogation and/or intimidation:
For more information, please see:
Liu Xiaobo under Residential Surveillance at Undisclosed Location (January 2, 2009)
Police Summon Beijing Intellectual Zhang Zuhua, China Continues Crackdown on Charter 08 (December 29, 2008),
Crackdown on Charter 08 Widens as More Activists are Interrogated and Intimidated (December 16, 2008), http://www.crd-net.org/Article/Class9/Class98/200812/20081216212554_12417.html
Chinese Government Responds with a Crackdown on Activists for Commemorating 60th Anniversary of UDHR (December 10, 2008), http://www.crd-net.org/Article/Class9/Class98/200812/20081210085443_12282.html