采访/朱智善 编辑/宋风 后制/萧宇
Draft Guangdong Regulations Limit Number of Petitioners to Five.
Guangdong province is going to publish a
draft Petition Regulations in late October.
For the first time, the local People’s Congress invited
six petitioners to participate in a legislative forum.
The proposal limiting the number of petitioners to
five met unanimous opposition from all six participants.
On October 18, the Chairman of Guangdong Provincial
People’s Congress Law Committee, Jin Zhengjia, invited
six petitioners to participate in legislative discussions.
He asked if limiting the number of petitioners to a maximum
of five for one incident would “help to convey the message?”
Xu Jinghua, Guangzhou representative
for forced demolitions, opposed the idea.
He said that it will only cause more damage when those
who have no authority talk about looking into these matters.
It is only if someone has the “final say” that will convince five
representatives to persuade others not to go through petitions.
Fei Zhenyu, a community representative, is
skeptical about limiting the number of petitioners.
He says that petition is an unconventional
means outside the usual judicial channels.
The results sometimes rely on the petition office leader.
A regulation limiting the number of
petitioners is unlikely to be followed.
Tian Lee, Guangdong activist: “The purpose
is as simple as to restrict a mass incident.
With five petitioners, 10 police will easily take care of them.
They’ll need thousands of police
to handle hundreds of petitioners.”
Hu Jia, Beijing human rights activist, does not believe
it is illegal for many people to pursue the same issue.
Hu Jia: “Petition regulations were
implemented on May 1, 2005.
The number of petitioners was already regulated
to 5, which intended restricting mass petitions.”
Huang Qi is the organiser of a human rights
website in Chengdu, Sichuan Province.
Huang indicated last year that policies have
caused more Chinese peopl to suffer loss,
from officials and businesses colluding.
There are many tens of millions of petitioners and
hundreds of millions of landless peasants nationwide.
Various complaints have taken place
one after another throughout China.
On October 1, thousands of petitioners gathered
in Tiananmen Square to express their demands,
and raise awareness of their suffering.
It was said reported around 400 of them were arrested.
Su Changlan, petitioner, Nanhai, Guangdong:
“The petition regulations are to fool the people.
A petition does not solve any problem. Infringed
rights are never resolved through petitioning.”
On the morning of October 15, 1,500 retired military officers
gathered in front the City Hall in Luoyang, Henan Province.
They were yellow vests with “Injustice” printed on them.
They shouted slogans, including “against deprivation”,
“give me back my identity”, and “give me back my salary”.
They also shouted, “retired officers
suffer injustice, injustice, injustice.”
On October 18, the highest petition office in Beijing
was packed with petitioners at 4 o’clock in the morning.
Petitioner: “Overthrow the Chinese
Communist Party. You oppress the people!”
This petitioner was reportedly subjected to police beating.
Tian Lee, Guangdong activist: “The authorities should
understand clearly that social stability requires solving
the fundamental injustices that these petitioners suffer.”
Facing many cases of injustice, human rights lawyer
Guo Guoting stated in an article that the only way to
eliminate injustice is to abandon the tyranny of the CCP.
Interview / Zhu Zhishan Edit / Song Fong Post-production