Date: May 15, 2017
May 15, 2017 03:29 pm | Brynne Lawrence
|Jin Bianling (second from left) and Wang Yanfang
(second from right) meet with Marco Rubio while visiting
with a previous ChinaAid delegation. (Photo: ChinaAid)
(Washington, D.C.—May 15, 2017) A ChinaAid delegation comprised of the wives of abused and tortured Chinese human rights advocates is traveling to the U.S. capitol to spotlight their husbands’ cases on Thursday.
Invited by U.S. Representative Ed Royce, the Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, Lee Ching-Yu, wife of jailed Taiwanese NGO leader Li Ming-Che; Dr. Chen “Gloria” Guiqiu, wife of human rights attorney Xie Yang; Jin Bianling, wife of lawyer Jiang Tianyong; and Wang Yanfang, wife of attorney Tang Jingling, will all testify regarding their husbands’ cases during a hearing before one of the committee’s branches, the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations. The hearing, which was organized by U.S. Representative Chris Smith, will be held in Room 2172 of the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C., on May 18, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. EDT.
According to Royce, the purpose of this gathering is to “examine the torture, disappearances, and detention of human rights lawyers and democracy advocates in China.” As such, the witnesses will be presenting their husband’s cases before the congressional audience.
The delegation will be in the capitol Tuesday-Thursday, and they will also be meeting with officials from the Trump Administration, members of Congress, and key NGO leaders.
ChinaAid hosts such delegations in order to expose China’s human rights abuses to international leaders, which the Communist Party conceals, in hopes that those in the free world will act on behalf of those suffering for executing their right to freedom of belief and speech.
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