May 22, 2017
Four Chinese women sat at a long oaken table in a hearing room on Capitol Hill on the afternoon of May 19 and asked the world to pay attention. Their husbands have been detained in China because of their work for human rights.
Rep. Chris Smith said they had come together to “shine a light” on the brutal treatment given human rights advocates such as these in China.
Light needs to be shone. These men are not well known in the United States, and telling their stories about events in a far-off and strange land is not easy. Among other problems, their names are difficult for English speakers to pronounce or remember.
Tang Jingling, Xie Yang, and Jiang Tianyong are human rights lawyers. Li Ming-Che is a member of a Taiwanese NGO that works for human rights in China.