Human Rights don’t come from Begging

(Short remark by Michael Do at the Human Right Torch Lightening Ceremony at the Texas Capitol at 1:30, Sunday April 20, 2008)HR34

Dear fellow Chinese, Tibetans, and Oppressed people,

Everyday, as we wake up looking through the window to see the blue sky, how many of us would appreciate the freedom and democracy that throughout the history of this young nation, thousands of brave men and women have given their lives to struggle for?

Yes indeed, we are the happiest people on this planet. Millions of others still live in persecution and oppression in scores of countries where Communism and dictatorship reign.

Everybody is equal. We are born with all rights and dignity until the evil forces take them from us.

Every person has theirHR15heir right to determine his or her destiny until the strong people invade and make them slaves.

During its occupation of Tibet from 1949 to the present, Communist China always falsely claims that Tibet is its territory as it does to Mongolia, Manchuria, and even Vietnam.

Over 1.2 million Tibetans have died as a direct result of the Chinese invasion and occupation. Worse, Tibetans are witnessing the extermination of their culture and religion by the Chinese Communists.

Looking back into Vietnam, 33 years after the war ended in 1975, our people still suffer the darkness of Communism. Except for the very small top layer of the rulers, the majority do not have any basic rights such as the right to life, liberty, and security of person.

Without rights and freedom, a man is solely an animal that can speak and work. But speak only the way the rulers direct, and work for the rulers’ profits.

Myanmar and North Korea are no exemption in this case of Human Rights violation.

Since the people deserve freedom and human rights, we are gathering today to demand the evil governments to render the rights and freedom to the oppressed people.

China must withdraw from Tibet unconditionally. Let Tibetans decide the future of their country. Tibetans are not Chinese. Also, China must withdraw the troops from the Spratlys and Paracel islands of Vietnam.

Mainland Chinese, Vietnamese, Burmese, and North Koreans must be freed from any kind of oppression and persecution.

Being here today at this solemn gathering, we would like to express our solidarity with the Chinese, Tibetans, North Koreans, Cubans, and other people who are enduring the dictatorship.

Human Rights do not come through begging, but struggling, even with our sacrifice.

Boycott the Summer Olympics in Peking!