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We represent a collection of groups, organizations and people concerned with promoting progress in human rights in China as well as Chinese politics. Previously, we have started the Global Human Rights Torch Relay (HRTR) across the world to bring attention to the Chinese government's increasing abuse of human rights and its cover up at the dawn of the 2008 Olympics.
Hereby, we solemnly declare that the Human Rights Torch, whose first flame was lit in Athens last August, will soon enter mainland China. The people of China will pass on the torch and expose the truth of the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) severe abuse of human rights. They will show the world's people how Chinese citizens long for human rights, detest the CCP's totalitarian rule, and wish for a better society.
By using the 2008 Olympics to eulogize its international image, the Chinese Communist Party has shamelessly adopted the motto: “One World, One Dream”.
Hence, we are passing on the Human Rights Torch across the world to tell the CCP and the world that we do not have the same dream as the CCP. We do not accept a China founded upon lies and brutal suppression, one that does not allow a second voice and is dedicated to the benefits of a single Party; we do not accept a corrupt government, one that does not allow freedom of election, impeachment, association or expression; we do not accept a China where farmers are robbed of their lands and workers of their positions, where the sick are deprived of access to health care and the young of their right to education; and we do not accept a China that threatens international peace with increasing armements, one that pollutes the world with substandard and toxic goods, and one that treads upon human rights and justice with forced labour.
China’s dream solely belongs to the CCP itself. Under the iron fist of the CCP, not only is that dream far from every Chinese citizens’ mind but it has also become the nightmare of every Chinese including that of the people of the free world!
With the Human Rights Torch's entry in China, as it travels the world far and wide simultaneously, we declare loud and clear: “Within one world, there should be one human rights for all! All Chinese citizens long for our God-given human rights!”
Under the illumination of the Human Rights Torch, the Chinese people's dream of China shall be one where Chinese people can live, come and go with dignity, safety and freedom; it shall be one where no more blood will be shed for freedom of expression, speech, belief and association; it shall be a transparent nation where governmental representatives are born from fair elections and supervised by the people; it shall be one where every farmer has his land, every worker has his opportunity, every student has access to education, where the sick has access to health care, and where the entire population can share the fruits of its success; it shall be one where justice is upheld in the courts, where opportunities are equal, where the society is just and the people are kind – a “country of 礼仪之邦” as it was once known. It shall become a home that every Chinese people in the world can be proud of; one that maintains world justice and peace!
After traversing the entire world from its birthplace in Athens, Greece, these goals that the Human Rights Torch brings with it in mainland China, are the essence of human civilization learnt from thousands of years of political disasters amidst human beings’ search for a better society. It is the basic yardstick for determining political betterment; it is a philosophy of honoring every individual in society deeply rooted in Chinese history; it is the dream that so many generations of our Chinese fathers have fought for; it is the deep and tragic lesson learnt from the CCP's totalitarian rule in which tens of millions have been killed; and it is the hope of every Chinese citizen—to free themselves from the CCP's psychological enslavement and tyrannical grip—to build a true and just society.
History has taught us that such a China requires the participation and hard work of all Chinese citizens. Hence, we call upon all Chinese citizens to courageously join the Human Rights Torch and pass on the Torch the best way you can and any way you can. With this flame, we shall create a giant wave of rejection towards the CCP's dictatorship and demonstrate to the world our determined will never to bow to the CCP's dictatorship, as well as our will to build a better society!
Trampling upon the human rights of citizens of any country is a threat to the fundamentals of justice, safety and integrity of human civilization. We have learned this as best as possible during the two world wars of the past century. It is for this reason that it has been championed in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We call upon the world’s people to support and help to pass on the Human Rights Torch in mainland China from now until the end of August—not just for Chinese citizens—but also to free the human world from another dictatorial disaster.
One World, One Human Rights!