Wei Jingsheng Foundation News and Article Release Issue: A844-W541

魏京生基金会新闻与文章发布号: A844-W541


Release Date: October 19, 2014



Topic: Support the Just Struggle of the People in Hong Kong -- Wei Jingsheng

标题:支持香港人民的正义斗争 -- 魏京生


Original Language Version: Chinese (Chinese version at the end)



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Support the Just Struggle of the People in Hong Kong

-- Wei Jingsheng



From October 2 to October 5, 2014, the Overseas Chinese Democracy Coalition held 4 days of events.  The first event was on October 2 in the foyer of the United States House of Representatives building, where we had an exhibition of the Contemporary History of the Chinese Human Rights and Democracy Movement.  In the exhibition hall, we also presented the first annual "Human Rights and Freedom Defender Prize" (by the Wei Jingsheng Foundation) and a trophy to Congressman Frank R. Wolf.


I spoke during the award ceremony.  I said: it always has been the democratic countries giving awards to we the people struggling for democracy and freedom in our own places, but today is the first time we give an award to the people who support us.  For the Western politicians to support us, it is really not that easy as some friends think.  These politicians have devoted years of effort, as well as having to bear enormous pressure.  Many people paid a price for what they did; some even ended their own political lives.


Among these peole, Mr. Frank Wolf is one of the best.  For decades, he has not only supported the freedom struggle of the Chinese people of all nationalities, but also supported and gave concern for the suffering of the oppressed people of many countries and supported their struggle for freedom and democracy.  For this, he endured years of pressure that outsiders do not know, yet he did not therefore take one step back.


In his response to this award, Mr. Wolf focused on the recent situation in Hong Kong.  Representing many members of the US Congress, he supports and has concern for the genuine universal suffrage efforts by people in Hong Kong, and has issued a warning to the Communist regime that might take repressive action.  He was encouraged by the courageous spirit of the people of Hong Kong, and especially felt admiration for the courage and perseverance of the students.  He called on politicians of all countries to be concerned about human rights in China and give support to the just struggle of the Chinese people when they are dealing with the Chinese Communists.


On October 3rd, The Asia Democracy Alliance held a seminar at a conference room in the US Congress.  Representatives from China, Vietnam, and Tibet, etc. joined together to discuss the future of democracy in Asia.  Topics included the nationalist upsurge fanned by both Chinese and Vietnamese Communist regimes, as well as how the democratic organizations should avoid falling into the traps of the Communist Party.  Especially, the Vietnamese opposition groups face even greater pressure of nationalism, so their work to persuade people to avoid falling into these Communist traps is even more difficult. 


Tibetan representatives from their civil society raised issues even more challenging.  Besides the discussion of how to avoid the nationalism traps fanned up by the Communist regime, the most discussion was related to how to continue and develop the independence and democratic movement of the Tibetans both inside Tibet and overseas, should the Dalai Lama go to China.  These Tibetan representatives who represent Tibet civil society expressed that with or without the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan people's struggle for democracy and freedom will not stop.  It is not just the cause of the Dalai Lama himself, but is the cause of all the Tibetan people as a whole.  The participants of the seminar also expressed their support and admiration to the Hong Kong people's struggle for genuine universal suffrage.


On October 4th and 5th, 2014, at the Hilton Hotel in the greater Washington DC area, we had the twelfth congress of the Overseas Chinese Democracy Coalition.  The focus of this conference was the evaluation of the situation in Hong Kong, and how to support and deliver solidarity to the struggle of the people of Hong Kong.  After repeated discussions, the conference issued the following statement:


The Overseas Chinese Democracy Coalition Expresses its Solidarity with the Democratic Movement for Genuine Universal Suffrage in Hong Kong

-- Passed by the 12th Congress of the Overseas Chinese Democracy Coalition on October 5, 2014 in Washington, DC, USA


On the occasion of the democracy movement for genuine universal suffrage by the students and citizens in Hong Kong, the participants and their represented overseas Chinese democratic organizations and groups at the 12th Congress of the Overseas Chinese Democracy Coalition issued the following statement together:


1. We express our heartfelt admiration to the students and people of Hong Kong for your clear demands of genuine universal suffrage.  It is just and legitimate for you to protect your own rights, including the right of self-defense.  What you are doing follows the trend of human civilization.  Here, we express our heartfelt and unreserved solidarity and support to the heroic Hong Kong students and citizens.


2. On this occasion that is related to the freedom and dignity of seven million Hong Kong people, we appeal to the Hong Kong government and police to maintain self-restraint and conform to the wishes of the people, to protect their safety and not become an enemy of the people and a tool for violent repression.


3. We warn the Chinese Communist authorities not to repeat in Hong Kong the June 4 1989 Massacre in Beijing and the suppression in Tibet and Xinjiang.  We demand the immediate release of those who were arrested due to their solidarity with the democratic movement in Hong Kong, for the CCP to comply with its commitments of "two systems in one country", to implement the Sino-British Joint Declaration and the Basic Law in Hong Kong, and to safeguard the democratic rights of people in Hong Kong to govern themselves.


4. The Hong Kong peoples' call for "candidates to be nominated by the citizens and one person, one vote" is also a basic demand of the Chinese people that is a rational expression of human civilization.  We appeal to all people with lofty ideals in China and abroad, to respond positively to the pro-democracy movement of genuine universal suffrage in Hong Kong in various ways, to promote the democratization of China with joint effort.


5, we urgently appeal to the international community and the people who love freedom to pay close attention to the situation in Hong Kong, to form a strong backing to the people of Hong Kong, to make the greatest efforts to protect the safety and basic rights of the people in Hong Kong, and to maintain stability and peace in the Asia-Pacific region.


-- The Overseas Chinese Democracy Coalition                          

October 5, 2014, Sunday


The above statement was immediately sent to the frontline in Hong Kong on October 5th, and was published in the online media at the same time.  Except one individual, the vast majority of the representatives of the 12th Congress raised their hands to pass this statement after it was read three times.  All representatives expressed full support for the just demands of Hong Kong people.  Besides a few individuals who had some slightly different views regarding whether the people of Hong Kong have rights to use violence when they encounter violence, the participating delegates had no fundamental disagreement.


The delegates who attended the 12th Congress of the Overseas Chinese Democracy Coalition also discussed the situation of the whole of China, while they had their focus on the current situation in Hong Kong.  They all thought that what is still needed now is the promotion of the thoughts of democracy and rule of law, and to mobilize the attention of the international community to the cause of democracy in China.  This promotion and mobilization is the basic condition for the democratic revolution occuring ahead and to build democratic political system in the future.


The delegates criticized pessimistic mood towards democracy, and also exposed the talk of democracy being useless spread by the Communist agents.  We further strengthened our determination to strive despite difficulties.  We promised to continue until the day we realize democracy in China and for the 1.3 billion Chinese people.  The 12th Congress ended in the afternoon of October 5 in a joyful and excited atmosphere.  Afterwards, our delegates went around the world, to expand our support and solidarity work to the people in Hong Kong.



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Related photos:

1. On October 2, 2014, US Congressman Frank Wolf received the first annual "Human Rights and Freedom Defender" Prize by the Wei Jingsheng Foundation (from left to right: Ciping HUANG, Carl GERSHMAN, WEI Jingsheng, Frank WOLF, Matteo MECACCI, Sophia RICHARDSON, Delphine HALGAND):


2. Carl Gershman of NED praises Rep. Frank Wolf at the "Human Rights Without Borders"

exhibition and the award ceremony:


3. Some attendees of the "Human Rights Without Borders" exhibition and the award ceremony stood in solidarity with the Hong Kong students:


4. On October 3, 2014, Asia Democracy Alliance hold seminar in the US Congress:


5. Wei Jingsheng gives opening remarks at the Asia Democracy Alliance seminar (from left to right: WEI Jingsheng, attorney Ning YE, Henry LI, Delphine HALGAND, Professor Sen NIEH, Dr. Law Cu Huy Ha Vu):


6. On October 4, 2014, Overseas Chinese Democracy Coalition hold its 12th Congress in Hilton Hotel of the Washington DC metro area:


7. On October 5, 2014, WEI Jingsheng reads the statement of the Overseas Chinese Democracy Coalition in support of people of Hong Kong:



(Written and recorded on October 6, 2014.  Broadcasted by Radio Free Asia.)



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Wei Jingsheng Foundation News and Article Release Issue: A844-W541

魏京生基金会新闻与文章发布号: A844-W541


Release Date: October 19, 2014



Topic: Support the Just Struggle of the People in Hong Kong -- Wei Jingsheng

标题:支持香港人民的正义斗争 -- 魏京生


Original Language Version: Chinese (Chinese version at the end)









-- 魏京生



















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2、  值此关系到七百万香港人民自由和尊严的严峻关头,我们呼吁香港政府和警方自我克制、顺应民心,保障香港人民的安全,不与人民为敌,不沦为暴力镇压的工具;

3、  我们正告中共当局切勿在香港重蹈89年6.4北京屠城和西藏、新疆镇压的罪恶,立即释放因声援香港民主运动而被捕的人士,遵守一国两制的承诺,落实中英联合声明和基本法,保障港人治港的民主权利;

4、  香港人民“公民提名,一人一票”的诉求也是全体中国人民的基本诉求,是人类文明理性的体现。我们呼吁海内外所有仁人志士,以各种方式积极响应香港真普选的民主运动,为推进中国民主化共同努力;

5、  我们紧迫呼吁国际社会和热爱自由的人民密切关注香港局势,形成香港人民强力的后盾,为香港人民的生命安全和基本权益得到保障,为亚太地区的稳定与和平作出最大的努力。
























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