ORLIR (International Observatory or Religious Liberty of Refugees), is circulating this sign-on letter on the fact that since August 2018, at least 45 Bitter Winter (a magazine on religious liberty and human rights in China) contributors in mainland China have been arrested for filming incidents of, or gathering news about, the CCP’s persecution of religious freedom and violation of human rights. Reporters are usually detained and interrogated on the charge of “divulging state secrets” or “involvement in infiltration by foreign forces.” Some reporters have been sent to “legal education centres” to undergo mandatory indoctrination, while others have been tortured and abused.
The letter is a call to International and EU governmental institutions to act on these outrageous events.
The letter is to be signed by organizations, or by individuals, with title and organization name for identification purposes.
The deadline for signatures is Tuesday, January 15, 2019.
Please let us know that you sign it as soon as possible, by replying to this email. firstname.lastname@example.org