共和黨參議員克魯茲和康寧致信國務卿 呼籲釋放郭飛雄

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兩名德州共和黨參議員泰德·克魯茲和約翰·康寧近日致信國務卿克裏,敦促國務院向中共施壓,釋放人權活動家郭飛雄,並為其提供保外就醫。信中還呼籲,美國制定對華政策,應將人權議題優先於經濟考量。 

信中說,從2005年到2014年,中共官方四次逮捕了郭飛雄,並使他一共經歷了十一年的牢獄之災。目前,郭因為呼籲言論自由的和平請願在陽春監獄服刑,他在獄中受盡酷刑、折磨和侮辱,因而引發了郭自五月至今的絕食行動。

信中呼籲克裏國務卿支持郭飛雄,營救其出獄以接受保外就醫,並引發國際關注,改善中國良心犯的狀況。信件指出,美國國務卿和美國總統如果能勇敢地行動,將改善中國的公民自由、法治和對犯人的人道;美國應該將人權議題置於對華政策的優先級,而不再是經濟考量。

郭飛雄的妻子和兩個孩子目前居住在美國。



信件原文:

Dear Secretary Kerry:

We write today to urge you to do everything in your power to press the Chinese government to release jailed human rights activist Guo Feixiong on medical parole, involve President Obama in his case, and draw international attention to the plight of human rights activists in China.

Yang Maodong, better known as Guo Feixiong, is a legal worker, writer, and promoter of human rights and democracy in China. Guo began his advocacy work on behalf of religious minorities, providing legal counsel to incarcerated Christian pastors and Falun Gong-affiliated attorneys. A founding member of the “rights movement” in China, he is a self-taught lawyer who has defended thousands of Chinese citizens who did not know they were theoretically entitled to civil rights under China’s constitution.

From 2005 to 2014, Chinese officials arrested Guo on four separate occasions, and he has spent a total of eleven years in jail. He is currently serving a six-year term in Yangchun Prison for the crime of organizing peaceful protests against China’s censorship of the press. In prison, Guo has endured brutal treatment, torture, and humiliation, and in response, initiated a hunger strike in May. Currently on the 74th day of his hunger strike, Guo has lost at least a third of his body weight, exacerbated his gastrointestinal medical conditions, and seriously threatened his life.

In response to widespread cries to provide Guo with proper medical care, Chinese officials—against Guo’s will—conducted a colonoscopy with no pain killers, while filming the entire procedure. They also shaved his head and forced him to squat “like a bug” in the presence of prison guards. He has been denied yard time for over 800 consecutive days, denied visitation, and denied medical attention from private doctors not associated with the regime.

Guo’s wife Zhang Qing has pleaded with her husband to end his hunger strike and preserve his life. Zhang and her two children, who have resided in Midland, Texas since 2009 following their escape from China for their safety, have not seen their husband and father in six years.

We ask you to support Guo, press for his release on medical parole, and bring public attention to his case and the appalling treatment of prisoners of conscience in China. Bold action is needed on your part and on the part of the President to leverage criticism of China’s human rights record to effect meaningful improvements in the protection of civil liberties, respect for the rule of law in China, and humane treatment of prisoners. The United States should no longer prioritize economic dealings with China over advancing the cause of human rights. 

We look forward to your response.

Sincerely, 

Ted Cruz

United States Senator


John Cornyn

United States Senator




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