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DPP urges China to stop suppressing human rights of activists

Taipei, July 12 (CNA)
In the wake of reports that several Chinese human rights activists are having their movements curtailed, Taiwan's main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) called on Beijing Sunday to stop the suppression of citizens' personal freedom.
The party also urged the Mainland Affairs Council to officially express concern to the Beijing authorities over the matter.
It made the call after Wang Yu, a civil rights lawyer in Beijing, was seen being taking away forcibly July 9. At least 57 Chinese human rights attorneys and activists have been detained, questioned or have had their movements restrained, according to overseas groups that follow China's human rights situation.
Following the imposition of restrictions on freedom of speech on school campuses, freedom of the press and access to the Internet, China's latest move is a clear infringement of human rights, DPP spokesman Wang Min-sheng said in a statement.
Since China's rapid economic growth has actually helped improve its people's standard of living, it is understandable that Chinese people would seek democracy, freedom and human rights, a trend that cannot be reversed. Therefore, China's rulers should work to win the hearts and minds of the people by listening to their opinions instead of suppressing their personal freedom.
To fulfill the so-called "Chinese dream" -- referring to its American counterpart and the goal of achieving success through hard work -- China should work to allow people to be able to live in a democracy and advance freedom and dignity, in addition to achieving rapid economic development, Wang added. (By Lu Hsin-hui and Evelyn Kao)


Updated : 2021-09-26 23:28 GMT+08:00