It was June 4th, the anniverssary of Tianenmen square uprising being crushed by the Chinese government. I have not forgotten. I have been working on a piece. I just haven't finished it because I am probably over working it.
Last Will and Testament of a 15 Year old Boy on June 4th 1989. He mailed it to his family before his death in Tiananmen Square.
I hear the call of democracy, it is ringing in my mind. I can feel the sparks of freedom, they are burning in my heart, Like our thinkers in the past who dared to dream I must follow their steps. I too am prepared to bleed and I will give my life as they did. For this, our beloved land.
The past is over. After five thousand years of feudalism. We must break out chains. The past is finished. After forty years of tyranny. We must abandon our chains. For this I have become a willing seed.
Goodbye forever, my mother, my country. I shall go to plant democracy our beloved land. Thank you for nourishing me, For bringing me up For making me what I am. I give you my love, I leave you with my respect.
Goodbye forever, my mother, my country. I have become a spark. I am a fire-seed who shall go to ignite the light of freedom. May it glow forever to reflect the virtue of my countrymen.
Family of jailed Chinese reporter considers suing Yahoo Last Update: 5:52 AM ET Apr 3, 2006
HONG KONG (MarketWatch) -- The family of a Chinese journalist jailed for leaking state secrets is considering legal action against U.S. Internet portal Yahoo Inc. (YHOO) for its alleged role in providing information to authorities that led to his conviction, a Hong Kong lawyer said Monday. "We are looking at taking legal action against Yahoo for providing information on Shi Tao to the Chinese government," said Albert Ho, who is representing the jailed journalist as his Hong Kong-based attorney. Ho also is a pro-democracy legislator and frequent critic of China's communist government. Ho said he is working with Shi's mainland China lawyer to collect evidence in determining whether civil charges can be pressed against Yahoo at its headquarters in California or in Hong Kong. More
The government last night issued an angry
rebuttal to a set of recommendations made by the United Nations Human
Rights Committee following a two-day hearing on Hong Kong.
In a long statement, the Home Affairs Bureau brushed aside concerns
over the lack of universal suffrage, transparency of investigations of
police misconduct and fears for media freedom.
"It remains a fact that unlike international laws, the
recommendations made by the United Nations' treaty monitoring bodies
are of an exhortatory nature rather than legally binding," said a
spokesman for the department.
"We implement... recommendations, either wholly or in part, where
they are feasible, practicable, affordable and in line with local
The response followed an ultimatum issued by the UN committee early
yesterday calling for Hong Kong to make progress on issues it
highlighted within one year.
The committee said it was not satisfied with electoral arrangements
and said "all necessary measures should be taken whereby the
Legislative Council is elected by universal and equal suffrage".
Another recommendation -- believed to be focusing on the future of
RTHK -- told Hong Kong "to take vigorous measures to prevent and
prosecute harassment of media personnel to ensure that the media can
operate independently and free from government intervention".
Concern over the lack of transparency on investigations of police
misconduct and Hong Kong's responsibility towards families seeking
right of abode were also singled out.
"In accordance with rule 71, paragraph 5, of the committee's rules
of procedure, the HKSAR should submit within one year information on
the follow-up given to the committee's recommendations," the report
Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor director Law Yuk-kai said the unusual
"within one year" request reflected how angry the UN was with Hong Kong.
"Usually the UN would not require them to submit anything until 2010
-- [in time for Hong Kong's next periodic report] -- but now they are
demanding information by next year," he said. "The government has
really ticked off the UN. It can choose to ignore the UN but that's not
what it has been doing. It has chosen to play the game, so it's only
fair it follows the rules."
Mr Law said the anger could be explained by the committee already
ruling in 1995 that electoral arrangements breached Article 25 of the
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. But more than a
decade later the Hong Kong government remained adamant that the rule
did not apply to Hong Kong.
"Not only did they not follow the recommendations last time, they
decided to be belligerent and pick a fight during the hearing this
year," said Mr Law. "The UN is angry and is sending out a warning not
only to Hong Kong, but to the mainland government this time."
The Frontier legislator Emily Lau Wai-hing said the government must listen to the recommendations.
authority of Hong Kong's Judiciary will be severely undermined should
the SAR government seek an interpretation from Beijing for its
controversial covert surveillance bill, a democratic lawmaker said
Thursday. Whole Article
The Moment Eye Team has created a podcast (ie. a short film you can see in itune) for the group. Within the podcast is a documentary on the 12.4 Democracy March. It's fantastic.
Otherwise included are other digital art and bits and pieces. Including me defending (hahaha) my short piece "washing Tenzin" (which you can see without sound) where I put a dog in a washing machine. And WTO guest writer Fergus also appears, so if you wonder what he really looks like, you can check it out. All together it runs 11 minutes long but worth watching!! I swear. (and you can enjoy my High Definition Camera Work!!)
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