|Smith, Other Human Rights Leaders to Speak on Human Rights in Hu Jintao’s China |
Press conf. set for Tues., Jan. 18 @ 2 p.m.
Washington, Jan 14 - A visit next week by Chinese President Hu Jintao to President Obama has prompted Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-04), other House members and human rights groups to focus on China’s abysmal human rights record at a press conference set for Tuesday.
Only last month, Smith traveled to Oslo with then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi to attend the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony for Chinese political prisoner Liu Xiaobo, who was barred from attending by the Chinese government. Smith led the successful drive to nominate Liu, a leader on Tiananmen Square, a dissident writer and imprisoned rights activist.
Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-04), a 16-term member and longtime human rights advocate in Congress, and Co-Founder and Executive Committee Member of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (TLHRC); Congressman Frank Wolf (TLHRC Co-Chair); other invited members of Congress, and; other human Rights leaders and groups including: Geng He, wife of Gao Zhisheng (leading Chinese human rights lawyer and political prisoner); Chai Ling, President, All Girls Allowed, and student leader on Tiananmen Square; Yang Jianli, President, Initiatives for China, and former Chinese political prisoner; Bob Fu, President, China Aid Association; Harry Wu, President, Laogai Research Foundation, and former Chinese political prisoner; Reggie Littlejohn, President, Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, and; Rebiya Kadeer, President, World Uyghur Congress (WUC), founder, International Uyghur Human Rights & Democracy Foundation.
When: Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2010 at 2 p.m.
Where: Room 2456 of the Rayburn House Office Building (on fourth floor)