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Activists to report Beijing's abuses

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 31 December, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 31 December, 1998, 12:00am

SAR pro-democracy groups will deliver a full report of Beijing's human rights violations since the Tiananmen Square massacre to the UN Human Rights Commission next spring.


Spearheaded by the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of the Patriotic Democratic Movement in China, the move is part of a worldwide campaign scheduled to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the massacre and the 80th anniversary of the May 4 Movement.


In May, exiled dissidents Wang Dan and Wei Jingsheng would be invited to Hong Kong to attend an international forum discussing the prospects for mainland democracy, alliance leader Szeto Wah said.


'The mainland's human rights situation has really deteriorated over the past 10 years,' he said.


'So we must put in extra effort in the future.' Pro-democracy activists from around the world will be invited to attend and discuss their past experiences.


Mr Szeto expects the dissident guests will have trouble obtaining visas for Hong Kong. 'But we have many reserve speakers,' he said.


'If one can't make it, we'll get another.' With 15 functions scheduled in the run-up to June 4, the campaign will be launched with a New Year's Day march and a worldwide signature campaign.


The annual march to commemorate events of June 4 will set off from the pavilion in Victoria Park at 3pm and end at the Central Government Offices.


The alliance will help organise the global signature campaign, launched by Wang Dan.


It will demand an official reversal of the verdict on Tiananmen Square, the release of political prisoners and political reform.


Signatures for the campaign will be collected around the world from tomorrow until June 4.


A June 4 Web page will be designed to commemorate the massacre, featuring a history of the pro-democracy movement in 1989.


It will also include a search engine for users to access advertisements by public figures.


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