Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Co-Chairmen Commemorate 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square Massacre
Washington – Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission co-chairmen James McGovern (D-MA) and Frank Wolf (R-VA) marked the 25th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests by offering their condolences to the families of the murdered students, and commending their brave sacrifices for greater openness and rule of law in China.
“Twenty-five years after the massacre of Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government continues to engage in an expansive program of oppression and subjugation of human rights. The Tiananmen Square massacre is a grim reminder to all of us about the heavy price people in China and in many other parts of the world pay for exercising the right to freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, and freedom of association.
“To this day, China censors all information and expressions about what happened in Tiananmen Square twenty-five years ago. That alone speaks to the power of the people who stood up for their rights and called upon the Chinese authorities for greater openness and rule of law in China.
“We offer our condolences to the families of those who were murdered by the Chinese government for trying to make their voices heard. We also express our support and solidarity with those who were imprisoned for their participation in the protests in Tiananmen Square, and forced to endure study sessions and re-education, years of house arrest, censorship, harassment, and other abuses.
“This anniversary also reminds all of us who are free to speak that we must not stay silent when others’ rights are abused and their voices are silenced.”
On June 4, 1989, hundreds of peacefully demonstrating students were massacred by the Chinese government. Due to the repressive policies of the government, specific details about the day remain unknown or unconfirmed by the Chinese government, and all discussion and remembrance of the event has been prohibited in China.
The bipartisan Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission was established in the U.S. House of Representatives to educate Members of Congress on human rights issues and advocate on behalf of human rights defenders world-wide.