New Year blessing to human rights activists in China
We wish you all a happy new year of the Monkey!
As Lunar New Year was approaching and it had been almost 6 months since the start of the “July 9 Crackdown”, we organized a joint action with various local human rights concern groups. We urge the Chinese government for the immediate release of human rights lawyers and activists, who are illegally detained and sentenced. Our aim of organizing the event was to raise public concerns towards the challenges faced by civil society and the human rights situation in China.
We set up street booths in Wanchai, Hung Ham and Causeway Bay in January to distribute red packets and invited the public to write the “福” calligraphy (Chinese character of good fortune). Each red packet contained two jujubes and one fennel seed, which symbolizes “return home promptly” in Chinese.