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House Proceeding 06-02-09 on Jun 2nd, 2009 :: 0:11:05 to 0:22:15
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Nancy Pelosi

0:11:04 to 0:11:24( Edit History Discussion )

Nancy Pelosi: studying in the united states at that time and watching that happen. please yield a minute to the speaker of the house. . the speaker: i thank the gentleman for yielding and i thank him and sandy levin and ileana ros-lehtinen, congresswoman ros-lehtinen for bringing this legislation to the

Nancy Pelosi

0:11:05 to 0:22:15( Edit History Discussion )
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Nancy Pelosi

0:11:25 to 0:11:48( Edit History Discussion )

Nancy Pelosi: floor. i sork associate myself with the commends -- comments of mr. e. mr. wolf and i have been working on this issue for a very long time on our task force on china ever since before tiananmen. but, anyway, about human rights in china. it's a very, very important issue. china is a very important country, the relationship between our two countries is

Nancy Pelosi

0:11:49 to 0:12:13( Edit History Discussion )

Nancy Pelosi: very important economically, securitywise, consultly in every way. but just because the size of the economy and the size of the country and the size of the relationship doesn't mean that we shouldn't speak out. i have said that if we don't speak out about human rights in china and tibet and our concern for it, weose all moral authority to discuss it about any other country in the world.

Nancy Pelosi

0:12:14 to 0:12:34( Edit History Discussion )

Nancy Pelosi: today we come together to support a resolution on the floor of the house of representatives. recognizing the 20th anniversary of the tiananmen square massacre. again, i thank my colleagues for bringing this legislation to the floor. 20 years ago. a generation. thousands, millions, of chinese

Nancy Pelosi

0:12:35 to 0:12:57( Edit History Discussion )

Nancy Pelosi: students, workers and citizens assembled in tiananmen square and all of the streets leading to it and from it, to bravely speak out. it was about promoting more freedom in china in terms of accountability of the government and ending corruption. it was about, again, a -- more

Nancy Pelosi

0:12:58 to 0:13:19( Edit History Discussion )

Nancy Pelosi: transparency and ability to speak and acentralble. it was about the -- assemble. it was about thes a separations of people in the country they love and their desire to have dialogue with their leaders on the future of china. it will be forever sered in our memory what happened next.

Nancy Pelosi

0:13:20 to 0:13:40( Edit History Discussion )

Nancy Pelosi: the peoples liberation army, the people's army used against the people. crushing demonstrators in tianmen square. crushing dissent throughout china. and so again, tiananmen square is the place where many people assembled, but the

Nancy Pelosi

0:13:41 to 0:14:01( Edit History Discussion )

Nancy Pelosi: demonstrations were beyond that and well into beijing and across the country. we remember again the most enduring -- one of the most enduring images which actually happened after the crush, after the order was gibbon to clear tianmen square by such and

Nancy Pelosi

0:14:02 to 0:14:22( Edit History Discussion )

Nancy Pelosi: such a time. a day or two later, a brave man stood before the tank. one of the most enduring images of the 20th century will forever be seered again in the conscience of the world, the picture of the loan man standing before the tank -- lone man standing before the tank in the

Nancy Pelosi

0:14:23 to 0:14:44( Edit History Discussion )

Nancy Pelosi: street, bringing a line of tanks to a halt. when the tanks moved, he moved. he even climbed on the tank to communicate to the person in charge of the tank that this was beijing, was their citynd they did not want tanks overtaking it. today that spirit of tiananmen lives in the hearts and minds of

Nancy Pelosi

0:14:45 to 0:15:05( Edit History Discussion )

Nancy Pelosi: those continuing for freedom in china and beyond. heroes had the courage to speak out for freedom. this week, you know, there are other observances of the wall coming down throughout europe and in the next weeks and months and actually while the chinese

Nancy Pelosi

0:15:06 to 0:15:29( Edit History Discussion )

Nancy Pelosi: students and workers and demonstrators used the god he is of democracy as the -- godess of democracy as the similar bobble in tiananmen square, they in turn inspired others throughout europe and the rest to speakut for freedom and they did achieve freedom. unfortunately, the chinese did

Nancy Pelosi

0:15:30 to 0:15:50( Edit History Discussion )

Nancy Pelosi: not. some of the people arrested at the time of tiananmen square are still in prison. we really don't have all of their names. but we do have the names of some prisoners of conscience that i brought to the attention of the chinese government and in a letter to the president of china, included some of those

Nancy Pelosi

0:15:51 to 0:16:12( Edit History Discussion )

Nancy Pelosi: and i want to read them into the record and i will submit their names. and their description of their situation into the record. but before i read them all, i want to talk particularly about luja bo. hepoke for freedom.

Nancy Pelosi

0:16:13 to 0:16:34( Edit History Discussion )

Nancy Pelosi: he spent five years in prison in an education through labor camp for supporting the tiananmen students and questioning the one party system. late last year, he was again arrested for being one of the organizers of the charter 2008, an online public petition for democracy and the rule of law. about 5,000 people signed it. imagine the courage of these

Nancy Pelosi

0:16:35 to 0:17:00( Edit History Discussion )

Nancy Pelosi: people to sign such a petition. he continues to be held without charges and we call for his immediate and uncondition release -- unconditional release. lets me read the name of dr. wangchang, very famous, an article in the paper yesterday.

Nancy Pelosi

0:17:04 to 0:17:24( Edit History Discussion )

Nancy Pelosi: yao shin cheng, pastor, drag. some of these are from tibet as well. there are others but i want to submit these names for the record as they are representative of the situation. i just had the privilege of visiting china last week. we had magnificent hospitality from the chinese government and i'm grateful to the opportunity

Nancy Pelosi

0:17:25 to 0:17:47( Edit History Discussion )

Nancy Pelosi: they gave us to hear about their plans for climate change and issues of global concern. it also afforded me the opportunity to speak about human rights in china and tibet and congressional concern about it to the president, the premier, the chairman of the national people's congress.

Nancy Pelosi

0:17:48 to 0:18:08( Edit History Discussion )

Nancy Pelosi: in terms of our dialogue at congressional and interparliamentary dialogue, i think it was clear from our visit that this concern is bipartisan and any dialogue we have between our two parliaments as theirs is to our two congresses, there's a congress, too, would have to include a scussion of human rights.

Nancy Pelosi

0:18:09 to 0:18:29( Edit History Discussion )

Nancy Pelosi: when we were there, the first meeting we had was with president jin, the bishop of shanghai. of religious freedom in china. he was optimistic about the catholics that he led in shanghai having some more freedom and making progress in

Nancy Pelosi

0:18:30 to 0:18:51( Edit History Discussion )

Nancy Pelosi: that regard. and i respect that. but that is not the case for all who wish to exercise their religious freedom in china. and, again, china is a country of contradictions. you see progress here and you see oppression there. perhaps it is how regions deal

Nancy Pelosi

0:18:52 to 0:19:13( Edit History Discussion )

Nancy Pelosi: with these issues, but the fact is that much more needs to be done in terms of religious freedom. i mentioned that we had the -- submitted this letter to the chinese government when we were in hong kong -- government. when we were in hongong we met with hong dung fong. he was in tin minute square as a

Nancy Pelosi

0:19:14 to 0:19:35( Edit History Discussion )

Nancy Pelosi: -- tiananmen square as a bus driver and he gave us his view of what was happening, what opportunities that could be there. it is something that is not talked -- what we've learned is that some students in beijing university did not have any idea

Nancy Pelosi

0:19:36 to 0:19:57( Edit History Discussion )

Nancy Pelosi: of what the man before the tank was. they didn't have any idea. they could not relate to that. it was not part of their knowledge or didn't trigger any thing that they had heard about in china. that's pretty remarkable. but the fact is that the world will never forget -- forget and

Nancy Pelosi

0:19:58 to 0:20:18( Edit History Discussion )

Nancy Pelosi: that image is one who aspired to freedom wherever it is in the world. i do believe that all countries of the world have to get to a place of more openness, more transparencymore accountability of government and perhaps the issue we visited, the chinese about climate change

Nancy Pelosi

0:20:19 to 0:20:40( Edit History Discussion )

Nancy Pelosi: is one that can open some doors. environment justice can help people have clean air, clean water, get answers from their government as to why they do not. but today, this week, that is to say, today on this floor this week we are observing something that is really sacred ground when we talk about human rights

Nancy Pelosi

0:20:41 to 0:21:02( Edit History Discussion )

Nancy Pelosi: in it's such a remarkable occurrence. such a remarkable occurrence that will continue to inspire people throughout the world but also inspire those in china who hope and aspire to freedom.

Nancy Pelosi

0:21:03 to 0:21:23( Edit History Discussion )

Nancy Pelosi: mr. lantos, our colleague who introduced me to the dalai lama and the issues of human rights in china and tibet, our late colleague, he was always saying to me, don't be discouraged. the fight for human rights is a long one. but who would have thought that 20 years after tiananmen square

Nancy Pelosi

0:21:24 to 0:21:44( Edit History Discussion )

Nancy Pelosi: we'd be observing this, that people would still be imprisoned and th we'd be submitting names of people who want to be able to speak more freely, to assemble and have more accountability for their government? for this and many other reasons, i'm grateful to our colleagues for their leadership in bringing this legislation to the floor.

Nancy Pelosi

0:21:45 to 0:22:07( Edit History Discussion )

Nancy Pelosi: thank you for that opportunity and with that, madam speaker, i want to submit in full my letter and the list of prisoners because this is important because they say the worst form of punishment for someone who is a political prisoner is to say that no one remembers that you are here, no one rembers why

Nancy Pelosi

0:22:08 to 0:22:16( Edit History Discussion )

Nancy Pelosi: you are here. so, think about that as you are in prison. well, we want them to know that in the congress of the united

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