Charter 08 Signatories Called for the Release of Liu Xiaobo

A year ago, on 8 December 2008, Liu Xiaobo was detained on suspicion of inciting subversion of State power.  Hours later, Charter 08, a document that Liu helped to draft, was released online.  Charter 08, signed initially by 303 prominent Chinese citizens, calls for 19 changes to improve human rights situation in China.  Since then more than eight thousand people around the world have signed the Charter.

In spite of straight censorship the Chinese ruling regime has imposed on the dissemination of information about the Charter, news continue to leak out about Chinese citizens commemorating the first anniversary of the release of the document.  There are also renewed calls for support from the international community to secure the release of Liu Xiaobo.

The following is a report by Sun Wenguang, one of the original 303 Charter 08 signatories.  Here Sun wrote about a seminar held in Shandong province to mark the first anniversary.  The English translation is mine.  Apart from calling for the release of Liu Xiaobo, the seminar also discussed an item in Charter 08, namely “the nationalisation of the Chinese military”.  My co-blogger Ned Kelly asks me to add a note here for the benefit of readers who are unfamiliar with the history of the People’s Republic of China.  Unlike in most countries, China’s military establishment, or the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), is the military arm of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).  It is under the command of the Central Military Commission of the CCP.  The Chinese Ministry of National Defence, which operates under the State Council, does not exercise any authority over the PLA.

【孙文广:山东各界纪念《08宪章》一周年】

Shandong Signatories met to commemorate the Anniversary of Charter 08

By Sun Wenguang

零八宪章,公布一周年前夕,山东济南、泰安、聊城、烟台、签署宪章的各界人士十余人,聚会纪念。

A group of over 10 signatories gathered a day before the first anniversary of the release of Charter 08 to commemorate the event.  They were from various regions in Shandong province, including Jinan, Taian, Liaocheng and Yantai.

会上发言的有:车宏年、史若平、李世骏、孙文广、秦志刚、李红卫、鲁扬、李对龙等,他们指出:

The speakers at the Seminar were: Che Hongnian, Shi Ruoping, Li Shijun, Sun Wenguang, Qin Zhigang, Li Hongwei, Lu Yang and Li Duilong.  The speakers affirmed:

零八宪章,是六四之后,一个最重要的集体创作,表达了关于人权、民主、自由、法制的诉求。08宪章签署者受到公安的调查时,纷纷表达了对08宪章的认同,没有一个人表示后悔!或撤销签署。

“Charter 08 is the most important collective declaration since June 4th 1989.  It expresses a demand for human rights, democracy, freedom and rule of law.  The Charter 08 signatories, even after being subjected to investigation by National Security agencies, have unanimously confirmed their support for Charter 08. No one has expressed regret or has revoked his signature.”

与会者一致要求,当局立即释放刘晓波先生!刘晓波先生组织08宪章的起草,这是是他个人的光荣记录!他为中国的民主运动,写下了光辉的一页。刘晓波先生,08年12月,被从家中带走,既无拘留证也无逮捕证,很长时间,不准律师介入!不准家属接…见,这都是程序违法!说明现在中国缺少司法正义!在中国呼吁司法正义的人,被剥夺了司法权利,呼唤自由的人,失去了自由,这既表明了08宪章的必要和及时,也表明了,在中国民主化的过程中,一批勇敢者,要付出代价!他们应该受到人们的尊重!

Those who attended the Seminar made a joint pleading for the immediate release of Mr Liu Xiaobo, the coordinator of the drafting of Charter 08.  Mr Liu has made a remarkable personal achievement and has written a glorious page in the history of China’s struggle for democracy.  Consequently he was taken away from home in December 2008.  His arrest was illegal, because the Police failed to produce any warrant for his arrest and detention.  For a very long time, Mr Liu had been denied his rights to meet with his lawyer and his family.  The lack of legal justice in China becomes obvious when people who advocate the rule of law are deprived of legal rights, and when those who call for freedom are imprisoned.  Mr Liu’s arrest explains why the release of Charter 08 is timely.  It also reminds us of the price that many brave people have paid for the democratisation of China.  These people deserve our respect.

会上,大明湖暴力拆迁的受害者李红卫,用她切身体会,控诉了当局是如何侵害她的个人财产权,她多次起诉都被驳回不予受理,她切身体会到司法正义的重要,!她的上访没有人理睬,她在公共场合表达民意,结果被带到了公安机关受到了关押!她用亲身的体会,说明零八宪章的重要性!他表示完全支持零八宪章关于人权,关于自由关于民主的诉求!

During the Seminar, Ms Li Hongwei, a victim of the Daming Lake forced evictions, came forward to tell her personal story.  She told the audience how her property rights were violated, how her attempts to take legal action against the violators were repeatedly dismissed in court, how her petitions were ignored, and how she was taken away and locked up by the Police when she expressed her opinion in public.  Her personal story testifies to the importance of legal justice; it also testifies to the importance of Charter 08!  Ms Li expressed her unconditional support for those articles in Charter 08 that advocate human rights, freedom and democracy.

参会者,很多人都表达了,支持零八宪章关于军队国家化的论述,按照世界民主国家国的惯例,军队应该效忠于国家。最近一段时间,国内很多人在议论,中国如何实现军队国家化,认为这是中国实现民主化、法制化的重要前提,也是建立宪政的重要基础。

Many Seminar participants also expressed their support for the part of Charter 08 about the nationalisation of China’s military.  It is a common practice in most countries to have military forces pledging loyalty to the Nation.  Many recent discussions in China have come to the conclusion that the nationalisation of the military is a prerequisite, not just for the implementation of democracy and the rule of law, but also for the establishment of a constitutional government.

关于宪政的口号,关于民主自由的口号,是共产党在上世纪四十年代反复呼喊的口号!今天应该是实现这些口号的时候了!

Back in the 1940s, the Chinese Communist Party repeatedly shouted slogans about democracy, freedom and the need for a constitutional government.  Today, it is time for these slogans to become a reality.

这次座谈会,开了约三个多小时。 2009年12月7日

The Seminar was held for approximately three hours on 7 December 2009.

 

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