Washington DC: Human Rights Day and "Free China" Film at National Press Club
Human Rights Day News Conference at National Press Club on December 10 from 12 to 3 PM, addressing rights issues in China, Sudan, U.S., SE Asia, women and children. Documentary "Free China: The Courage to Believe" regarding oppression of Falun Gong.
Human rights group leaders will hold a joint news conference on December 10, 2012 from 12 to 3 PM ET at the National Press Club's Zenger Room. The address is: National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC.
Human rights groups will recognize Human Rights Day, and make a renewed call for universal human rights, and dignity, and compassion for all of our fellow human beings.
The event will also include a showing of the documentary:
Speakers' focus will be on human rights issues in the United States, China, Sudan, Pakistan, Balochistan, and the Middle East, including women's rights and children's rights. These groups share the common goal of universal human rights for all people, remembering "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
The event will be sponsored by the following groups, with speakers from their organizations:
(a) Responsible for Equality and Liberty (R.E.A.L.) - Jeffrey Imm on consistency in human rights and compassion for all and the future of our children - RealCourage.org,
(b) Global Service Center for Quitting the Chinese Communist Party - Dr. Charles Lee, who will be addressing the human rights atrocities against the Falun Gong in China and the courage to believe,
(c) Darfur Women Action Group (DWAG) - Niemat Ahmadi on the continuing human rights abuses against Darfuri and Sudanese people,
(d) Pakistan Christian Congress/Post - Dr. Nazir Bhatti on the human rights abuses against Pakistan Christians and minorities,
(e) United for Equality (U4E) - E.R.A. and Women's Rights Activist Carolyn Cook on consistency for women's rights,
(f) Ahmar Mustikhan, Senior Balochistan Journalist and Human Rights Defender on human rights issues for the Baloch people and around the world.
Human Rights Day is celebrated in remembrance of the December 10, 1948 adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) by the United Nations General Assembly.
Conference Coordinator Contact: Jeffrey Imm, Responsible for Equality And Liberty (R.E.A.L.), email@example.com, 301-613-8789
The film the Chinese Communist Regime doesn't want you to see...
From the award-winning director of "Tibet: Beyond Fear," Free China: The Courage to Believe examines the widespread human rights violations in China through the remarkable and uplifting stories of Jennifer Zeng, a mother and former Communist Party member and Dr. Charles Lee, a Chinese American businessman, who along with hundreds of thousands of peaceful citizens are imprisoned and tortured for their spiritual beliefs.
In 1997, while living in different parts of the world, both Jennifer and Charles began to practice Falun Gong, a type of Taoist and Buddhist meditation practice that swept across China in the 1990s. When it was estimated that the number of Chinese practitioners exceeded Communist Party membership, more than 70 million strong the government initiated a brutal crackdown against the spiritual movement that continues to this day. Jennifer, Charles and hundreds of thousands of practitioners were arrested, tortured and forced into slave labor, making products such as Homer Simpson slippers for export to the West. The
As political scandals surface and tensions rise along with more than one hundred and fifty thousand protests occurring each year inside China, this timely documentary also highlights how Internet technologies are aiding human rights activists in China and around the world by allowing online collaboration and uncensored information into closed societies. In addition, the film sheds light on how are-emergence of traditional Chinese culture and spirituality are helping bring about a new China.
But the story doesn’t end here. It's just the beginning…
Interviewees in the film include:
-- Hon. David Kilgour, Former Canadian Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific
-- Rep. Chris Smith, US Congressman, Senior Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee (Chairman of its Africa, Global Health and Human Rights Subcommittee)
-- Ethan Gutmann, Author of "Losing The New China" and Contributor for The Asian Wall Street Journal
-- Dr. Charles Lee, Chinese American Businessman
-- Jennifer Zeng, Former Chinese Communist Party Member, bestselling author of "Witnessing History: One Chinese Woman's Fight for Freedom." (Now an Australian citizen)
-- This is not just a Film. But the start of a peaceful movement towards a Free China.
-- For inquiries related to distribution/