H.R. XX: Recognizing the 20th anniversary of the brutal suppression of protestors and citizens in and around Tiananmen Square

H.R. XX

Recognizing the 20th anniversary of the brutal suppression of protestors and citizens in and around Tiananmen Square

Sponsor
Rep. Sander M. Levin

Date
June 2, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

H.Res. ___ is being considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI) on June 2, 2009.

 

Bill Summary

H.Res. ___ resolves that the House of Representatives:

•  "Expresses sympathy to the families of those killed, tortured, and imprisoned as a result of their participation in the democracy protests in Tiananmen Square and elsewhere in China on June 3-4, 1989 and thereafter, and all those persons who have suffered for their efforts to keep that struggle alive during the last two decades;

•  "Calls on the People's Republic of China to invite full and independent investigations into the Tiananmen Square crackdown, assisted by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the International Committee of the Red Cross;

•  "Calls on the legal authorities of the People's Republic of China to review immediately the cases of those still imprisoned for participating in the 1989 protests for compliance with internationally recognized standards of fairness and due process in judicial proceedings and to release those individuals imprisoned solely for peacefully exercising their internationally-recognized rights;

•  "Calls on the People's Republic of China to end its harassment and detention of and its discrimination against those who were involved in the 1989 protests not only in Beijing, but in other parts of China where protests took place; and to end its harassment and detention of those who continue to advocate peacefully for political reform, like Mr. Liu Xiaobo, a signer of charter 08 who remains under house arrest, and his wife, Liu Xia;

•  "Calls on the People's Republic of China to allow protest participants who escaped to or are living in exile in the United States and other countries, or who reside outside of China because they have been "blacklisted" in China as a result of their peaceful protest activity, to return to China without risk of retribution or repercussion; and

•  "Calls on the Administration and Members of the Congress to mark the 20th Anniversary of the events at Tiananmen Square appropriately and effectively by taking steps that include: meeting whenever and wherever possible with participants in the demonstrations who are living in the United States, and meeting with others outside of China who have been "blacklisted" in China as a result of their peaceful protest activities; signaling support for those in China who demand an accounting of the events surrounding June 4th, 1989; and expressing support for those advocating for accountable and democratic governance in China."

 

Background

June 4, 2009, marks the 20th anniversary of the day in 1989 when the People's Liberation Army and other security forces finished carrying out the orders of Chinese leaders to use lethal force to disperse demonstrators in and around Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China. Soldiers in tanks outside of Tiananmen Square fired directly at citizens and into crowds, inflicting high civilian casualties, and killing or injuring hundreds of unarmed civilians.