July 13, 2020 marks the 3rd anniversary of the passing of Liu Xiaobo. The 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, while imprisoned in China, was unable to attend the award ceremony in Oslo. The award was presented to an empty chair. To honor his unyielding belief on freedom of expression, TADC erected an Empty Chair statue at the front lawn of Amnesty International Canada headquarter in Ottawa last August. On that day, TADC together with Alliance Canada Hong Kong, and Amnesty International will pay our respect to Liu by presenting a wreath at the Empty Chair.
Lix Xiaobo Memorial in Hong Kong
Hong Kong Alliance at 8:00 pm local time will hold a “Liu Xiaobo 3rd Death Anniversary Memorial —— We are all Survivors : Remembering Liu Xiaobo in Hong Kong in 2020”. We’ll remember Liu Xiaobo through speeches, music and poetry. The memorial will go live on social media with details as follow:
Additionally, 13 people, many of them core members of HK Alliance, are being charged for illegally inciting others to knowingly participate in unauthorized assembly on June 4, 2020. They are scheduled to attend the court in the afternoon on the same date. It is everyone’s right to remember June 4 Tiananmen Massacre. HK Alliance will not be intimidated by such political persecution and suppression. Before attending the court, they will observe a moment of silence outside the court house at 2:00 to remember Liu Xiaobo.
Urging Canada to take action on Hong Kong
Taking effect only on July 1, 2020, the National Security Law has already created a profoundly devastating impact on the people of Hong Kong. Dissent, freedom of expression and the relative high level of autonomy enjoyed by its people, are being eroded in an unprecedented pace and scope. We applaud the leadership and our government’s immediate action in canceling the extradition treaty agreement between Canada and Hong Kong. TADC has prepared a briefing notes and sent to Prime Minister and all Members of Parliament urging them to
Immediately resume the Canada-China Relations Committee and hold a special session on Hong Kong.
Take the lead in facilitating a global coalition to monitor and act as a strong advocate for Hong Kong. Working within the UN system, including an adderss to the UN Human Rights Council, and push the international community to take a strong position against China’s continuous human rights violations.
Open up temporary and permanent residency programs to Hong Kong people—especially those who have family ties in Canada—to work, study and live in Canada.
Create a special and expedited refugee program for Hong Kong activists involved in the pro-democracy movement, similar to the special program created for the thousands of Chinese Nationals present in Canada after the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.
Apply the Sergei Magnitsky Act to sanction officials from Hong Kong and China who are directly responsible for or complicit in human rights violations in the continued suppression of human rights activists in Hong Kong, Tibet, Uyghur Region and China.
Online Tiananmen Massacre Memorial Museum
Since its establishment in Hong Kong in 2012, the June 4th Museum has again and again suffered pressure and harassment. Today when National Security Law has been imposed to the people of Hong Kong, the preservation of precious historical archives and relics faces many difficulties. The museum is having a crowdfunding campaign to build a permanent museum of human rights memory for the 1989 democratic movement to be available on the Internet. The goal is to raise HK$1.5 million by August 2 otherwise the project will be dissolved and your pledge refunded. By now the goal is almost half-completed. We urge you to take immediate action donating into the project to make it a reality, or we risk history being rewritten some time later. Crowdfunding platform is a US company. However, if you have concerns making donation directly, TADC is pleased to collect the donation from you. We’ll pass all collected donations into the fund under the name “A group of Torontonians” to keep donors completely disconnected from the fundraising project. For details on crowdfunding, please visit the web page indicated below. For questions about TADC collecting donations, please send email to us at [email protected]
眾籌網頁 Crowdfunding Page