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Struggle for Freedom in China Continues 25 Years after Tiananmen

Washington

On the eve of the 25th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party’s violent crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989, Freedom House released the following statement:

Freedom House sends its thoughts and warm wishes to those who lost family members and friends on the tragic night of June 4, 1989 and in the subsequent days of crackdown against peaceful protesters. The cause for which they sacrificed remains as important and potent as ever. Today, China’s prisons and extralegal detention centers continue to be filled with nonviolent advocates of freedom from all sectors of Chinese society – lawyers, writers, workers, farmers, Falun Gong adherents, underground Christians, Tibetans, Uighurs, and many others.

As the anniversary approaches, the Chinese Communist Party has invested tremendous resources into erasing any memory of the brutality underpinning its continued rule. Mentions of “June 4” departing from the official narrative have been erased from sources available in China, and companies like Google have reported additional disruptions to their services for Chinese users in the days leading to the historic anniversary.

“Twenty-five years after its brutal crackdown, the Chinese Communist Party continues its aggressive campaign against freedom and accountability.  By remembering those who were killed a quarter century ago, and publicly commemorating this date, we honor the values for which so many were willing to risk their lives,” said Sarah Cook, senior research analyst for East Asia at Freedom House. “The struggle for human rights continues to this day. We commend and admire the actions of those in China taking great risk to flout the Communist Party's efforts to impose silence. The world must not forget what happened on June 4, 1989.”

China is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2014, Freedom of the Press 2014 and Freedom on the Net 2013.

Learn more:
Freedom in the World 2014: China
Freedom of the Press 2014: China (draft)
Freedom on the Net 2013:China
Blog: With a Constant Stream of Media Directives, China’s Leaders Micromanage the News
Testimony: Stability in China: Lessons from Tiananmen and Implications for the United States
China Media Bulletin

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