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Embassy Row: Daughters plead to China, ‘Let our fathers go’
The daughters of five Chinese political prisoners are planning to use a congressional hearing Thursday to send a message to the communist authorities who have locked up their dads.
“Let our fathers go,” they said in unison, as they prepared to tell their stories to Rep. Christopher H. Smith, New Jersey Republican and chairman of a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on human rights.
“This hearing will focus on the thousands of men and women in China — including Tibetan Buddhists, Muslim Uighurs, Falun Gong practitioners, Christians, secular human rights leaders, and human rights lawyers — who courageously challenge the status quo at great cost and peril to themselves and their families,” Mr. Smith said.
“This hearing will send a message to the Chinese authorities that the international community will continue to raise these cases and press for their immediate and unconditional release,” the subcommittee chairman said.
The witnesses include:
• Grace Ge Geng, the daughter of human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, who has been jailed repeatedly for his pro-democracy work.
• Bridgette Liu, daughter of jailed writer Lui Xianbin, who uses the pen name Wan Xianming. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2011.
• Danielle Wang, whose father, Wang Zhiwen, has been in prison since 1999 for his practice of Falun Gong, a spiritual discipline that the Chinese government condemns as a cult.
The hearing begins at 11 a.m. in Room 2172 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
On Iran, trust but verify
Add the director of the American Task Force on Palestine to the skeptics of the Iranian nuclear deal.
Ghaith al-Omari had one kind thing to say about the agreement to limit Iran’s nuclear enrichment program in exchange for a partial relaxation of crippling economic sanctions. He called it an example of “power and efficacy” in American diplomacy.
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About the Author
James Morrison joined the The Washington Times in 1983 as a local reporter covering Alexandria, Va. A year later, he was assigned to open a Times bureau in Canada. From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Morrison was The Washington Times reporter in London, covering Britain, Western Europe and NATO issues. After returning to Washington, he served as an assistant foreign editor ...
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