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Ros-Lehtinen Calls For Release Of Chinese Political Prisoner

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Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen today urged the Chinese regime to release from prison the democracy advocate Dr. Wang Bingzhang.

"Dr. Wang was sentenced to life in prison because he had the courage to stand up to China's tyrannical Communist regime. We are coming together to demand that Beijing immediately release Dr. Wang so that he can rejoin his family in the United States," Ros-Lehtinen said.

Ros-Lehtinen, Ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, will reiterate her call for Dr. Wang's release during a 2:00 p.m. Wednesday news conference in 1629 Longworth HOB hosted by Initiatives for China, an organization formed to facilitate peaceful transition to democracy in China.

Wang was a leading advocate of the Chinese democracy movement in the years that preceded the Tiananmen Square massacre. He was abducted by the Chinese government while visiting Vietnam in 2002, and charged with espionage and terrorism.

The event will also be attended by Dr. Yang Jianli, Senior Harvard Fellow and survivor of Tiananmen, and Ti-Anna Wang, Dr. Wang's 19-year-old-daughter, who will provide a first-hand report of her recent visit with her father in prison.

"I look forward to hearing from Ti-Anna, whose name serves as a reminder of those who stood up for freedom at Tiananmen square, and who urges us not to forget about those like her father who have given so much for the cause of liberty," Ros-Lehtinen said.

"Just in recent days there have been more reports about China's efforts to crack down on activists by increasing technological surveillance and by throwing dissidents into prison or into psychiatric hospitals," Ros-Lehtinen said. "We must stand firmly behind those who are attempting to push back and save their homeland," she said.

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