U.S. Congressman Holds Emergency Press Conference for Attorney Jiang Tianyong
This article is reprinted with permission from ChinaAid.
"Cease your persecution of this man!" Rep. Chris Smith urged President Obama to not give Chinese leaders a pass on human rights.
Annee Kahler, Media Coordinator
Tel: (267) 210-8278, or Annee@ChinaAid.org
Jenny McCloy, Director of Advocacy, Washington DC
Tel: (202) 213-0506, or Jenny@ChinaAid.org
Website: www.ChinaAid.org and www.MonitorChina.org
November 23, 2009
D.C.--After learning of Jiang Tianyong's arrest, the brutal treatment
of his wife, and the interrogation of their 7-year-old daughter upon
Jiang's return to China last week, Congressman Chris Smith, NJ-4th,
Congressman Frank Wolf, VA-10th, and many others U.S. leaders were
outraged. Attorney Jiang Tianyong testified before the Tom Lantos Human
Rights Commission scarcely two weeks ago on human rights abuses and his
work defending victims of China's brutal One-Child Policy. Anticipating
repression upon his return, Congressman Frank Wolf warned the TLHRC
hearing on October 29, "If any of
them are arrested or harrassed when they get back, I will do everything
I can to just create the biggest problem possible for the Obama
Administration and for the Chinese government." Hear Congressman Wolf's remarks on 10/29.
follow through with their commitment to protecting witnesses that
appear before the U.S. Congress, Congressman Smith organized an
emergency press conference, held at 11:30 AM (EST) in Room 2456 of the
Rayburn Building on Monday, Nov. 23, to address the abuse of Jiang
Tianyong, and speak out on President Obama's inadequate address of
human rights concerns while visiting China. See the original press invitation.
honored speakers addressed a variety of human rights concerns in China,
ranging from internet freedom to women's rights. Congressman Frank Wolf
of Virginia, Co-Chairman of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission and
Michael Horowitz of the Hudson Institute shared their passions on the
freedom of belief and expression, with particular concern given to open
internet communication. Reggie LittleJohn, One-Child Policy expert and
President of Women's Rights Without Frontiers, spoke on the dire issue
of forced abortion and forced sterilization in China--an issue on which
Jiang Tianyong testified specifically on November 10. Read Jiang's testimony on One Child Policy before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission.
Michael Horowitz, Hudson Institute Wei Jingsheng, Wei JIngsheng Foundation
Reggie LittleJohn, Women's Rights Without Frontiers Harry Wu, Laogai Research Foundation
human rights political activists and former prisoners--Wei Jingsheng of
the Wei JingSheng Foundation and Harry Wu, President of the Laogai
Research Institute--raised further concerns over President Obama's
failure to take a direct and firm approach to human rights talks while
visiting in China. Director of Advocacy Jennifer McCloy represented
ChinaAid, which hosted Jiang and five other legal defenders during
their tour in the US exposing human rights abuses by the Chinese
Congressman Chris Smith urged President Obama to
redeem his new found partnership with President Hu Jintao: "If you're
going to partner with an egregious human rights abuser, you get
tainted. Hopefully.. the President will pivot and realize the folly of
his current trajectory and speak out.. and say 'Mr. Hu Jintao, cease
your persecution of this man!' [pointing at photo of Jiang Tianyong],
and then take these next steps to include all these human rights
In particular regard to Jiang Tianyong,
Congressman Smith was adamant in his remand, "The President should pick
up that phone, or our Ambassador, and they should talk to Hu Jintao...
our Ambassador should be at his [Jiang's] apartment today." Read Congressman Smith's full speech, and hear his remarks in this exclusive press conference footage from ChinaAid and VOCN.TV:
Update on Jiang's Family:
On Thursday evening, Nov. 19, Jiang Tianyong's wife, Jin Bianling, reported their daughter was questioned for over two hours by one male and one female PSB officer at school. Jiang's 7-year-old daughter was visibly shaken and very scared as they police questioned her about how her dad allegedly beat
police. In speaking with ChinaAid President Bob Fu on Monday, Nov. 23,
Jiang Tianyong informed him that an additional guard had been stationed
at his apartment building to watch him and his family over the weekend.
His internet and e-mail accounts were also hacked, his passwords
"changed without his permission" at 1:00 AM, Nov. 24 (Beijing Time).
Tianyong further welcomes media and friends to come visit him in his
community, at No. 30 Bei Fenguo Road, Haidian District, Beijing, on the
northeast corner. He requested that visitors do not e-mail him in
advance, due to the recent 'adjustments' to his accounts.
thanks Congressman Smith and Congressman Wolf, and the others who spoke
in the press conference, for taking a firm stance in defense of human
rights. We urge President Obama and other leaders of the free world to
speak out on these abuses, and we echo Congressman Smith's call to the
Chinese authorities to "Cease the persecution!" of Jiang Tianyong, and
all human rights defenders in China.