This resolution would express the House of Representatives’ sympathy and solidarity with the families of those killed, tortured and imprisoned for their participation in the pro-democracy demonstrations in Beijing and other Chinese cities during the spring of 1989. It’d also express the House’s support for the leaders of the Tiananmen Square demonstrations and all those who peacefully sought political reform, democratic transparency, the rule of law and protections for universally-recognized human rights in China.
It’d also call on the Chinese government to: 1) support a full, transparent and independent accounting of the government’s actions and the death toll during the violent suppression of the Tiananmen demonstrations; 2) rehabilitate the reputations of those who participated in the demonstrations and those detained for seeking to commemorate the anniversary of the demonstrations; 3) cease censoring information and discussion about the Tiananmen Square massacre, including at Confucius Institutes worldwide; and 4) allow Tiananmen demonstration participants who escaped to or are living in exile outside China to return to China without risk or repercussions or retribution.
Finally, this resolution would condemn the Chinese government’s ongoing restrictions on universally-recognized human rights and its efforts to quell peaceful political dissent, censor the internet, brutally suppress ethnic and religious minorities, and detain and torture lawyers and human rights advocates seeking the government’s commitment — in both law and practice — to international human rights treaties and covenants that it’s a party to, and which are reflected in the Chinese constitution.
As a simple resolution, this legislation is non-binding and wouldn’t advance beyond the House if passed.