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human rights violations

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Petition to Rex Tillerson

Please Help Me Fight for My Mother's Freedom

My name is Iris. I’m a CPA working at a university in Tampa, Florida. My mom was arrested by the Chinese regime and recently sentenced to six years because she refused to give up her belief.   My mom is a Falun Gong practitioner. Falun Gong is a spiritual practice involving meditative “qigong” exercises and is centered on the values of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance. In July 1999, the former dictator of the Chinese Communist Party orchestrated a massive and brutal persecution against Falun Gong practitioners.   Facing autocratic state power, Falun Gong practitioners took peaceful approaches to speak out about the truth of the persecution to Chinese people and the world. According to Amnesty International, Freedom House and others, tens of thousands of practitioners in China have been arrested and imprisoned for voicing their thoughts and beliefs. My mom is one of them.   My mom Deng Cuiping began practicing Falun Gong in 1997 for health and wellness. After the persecution began, my mom was wrongfully dismissed from her work twice and sent to brainwashing classes several times.  She was forced to renounce her belief over the years. She was detained three times and jailed for three years from 2006 to 2009. My mom was both mentally and physically tortured there. To protest the illegal treatment, she went on a hunger strike and almost lost her life during the imprisonment. Her friend Shen Yueping, also a Falun Gong practitioner, was tortured to death in the same prison six months following my mom’s release.   On July 24, 2016, policemen from the National Security Bureau of China arrested my mom again. My father and grandma were threatened by hooligans when they made a peaceful petition to the local government for my mom after she was arrested. My father, an elementary school teacher, was called to a meeting and school managers warned him that he could be suspended from work if he continued the petition.   My mom was put on trial in February. A human rights lawyer questioned the flawed charges against her, but it was no use. On Feb. 24, she was illegally sentenced to six years in prison for refusing to give up her belief. My mom appealed to the higher court. However, on the second morning following Mother’s Day, my family was notified that the court did not reverse the judgment and on May 18th, my mom was sent back to the very prison where she had suffered tremendously and where her friend was killed.   I have been working hard here in hopes that one day I will rescue my parents out of the endless hell in China and bring them to America. I dreamed that we would build a new home in this land of freedom and my mom would have a quiet, secure life in her older age. This dream that once seemed within reach has now been shattered.   But if there’s anything I learned from my mom, it’s to never give up and to believe in people’s kindness. My congressman, Dennis Ross, and others have written letters to the Chinese government and U.S. President. The Tampa Bay Times and USA Today reported her story. And the Congressional-Executive Commission on China listed my mom among “China’s heroes,” urging President Trump to ask for her release when he met Chinese President Xi Jinping at the bilateral meeting. The student government of the university which I work for initiated and passed a resolution that calls for the immediately release of my mom and an end to the persecution.   Supporting freedom of conscience remains a fundamental principle of the United States. I ask for your support in signing this petition that asks U.S. Secretary of State, Mr. Rex Tillerson, to look into my mom’s case and urge the immediate release of my mom and other prisoners of conscience. Each small step makes a difference. Please sign and support me in stopping the persecution of all innocent Falun Gong practitioners as well as all prisoners of conscience in China.

Iris Lu
35,211 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to President of the United States

Silence the criminal NOT the VICTIM

I want criminals that have been truly convicted of a crime and all appeals lost to not continue to use social media or the internet from prison or through a third party to keep victimizing their victims.  Convicted criminals behind bars should have no access to internet saving taxpayers money.  Make the prisoner pay for stamps that keeps our postal workers employed.  If a person receiving mail from a pen pal or family member convicted of a crime releases information from the conviction they can be charged as can the person or persons that gave them the information to post on social media or the internet.  If the victim is under the age of 21 and information is released by the criminal they should be given more time. The following is what happened to me over the years which brought me to want to make a difference for victims of a crime.  In 1999 my father Hubert Babb was found guilty, by a jury of his peers for child molestation and child abuse brought against him by his own two daughters.  Found guilty and given a life sentence plus sixty-five years.  I, Huney Dee Huchton his oldest daughter, turned Hubert Babb in for child abuse in 1989.  My father would spend the next ten years going in and out of jail for child abuse.  My sisters and I would spend time going in and out of fosters homes.  My father would take plea deals to get leaner sentences for his abusive actions.  He would be told upon release to have no contact with me, or sometimes no contact with me and my sisters.  However he would violate these orders and come right back home.  Every time he went away he promised us kids when he was behind bars that he was a changed man.  Then when he would get out he would return home, and the violence and rape against my sisters and I would get worse because he was angrier then when he went to jail.  When I was 16 my father was released from a road camp prison after serving an 18 month sentence on a plea deal he had taken again for child abuse.  Once again he returned home angrier and the scariest I could remember him ever being.  I decided I was old enough to now leave.  I told him upon my exit "I find out that you ever touch one of my sisters you will spend the rest of your life behind bars that is a promise"  As you can see in 1999 I full filled my promise to him.  With all that I thought I could now move on in life just stay away from his family and him and he would never be able to hurt my sisters and I again.  I was wrong.  In 2013 I discovered that the man had a Facebook page that  discussed everything over social media and named me and my sister in it, so I called the warden of his prison and his page was taken down.  Not longer after I found a new page called Innocent people in jail.  When you visit this social media page this man has blasted my name, my sisters name, many others names and dates of birth.  Not only was my personal information being released without my permission people could now see that I had been a victim of a child sex crime.  I asked Facebook to take the page down, and they have refused saying he isn't violating anything.  Then my sister gets a call one day in regards to a petition he has blasted on the internet listing "his daughters" as people involved in the so called "conspiracy" to keep him behind bars.  Once again I felt victimized having everything blasted on the internet, and I had to ask why is he allowed to continue to make me a victim.  Why is a person sentenced to life plus sixty-five years allowed to get information onto social media or the internet to release information about the victim of his crime?  Should a criminal found guilty by a jury of their peers for committing atrocities be allowed to continuously harass or threaten their victim(s) on the internet or social media?  Is it truly fair to the victim of any crime to have personal information regarding them or the crime posted on the internet or social media sites without their permission? Please sign this petition if you agree that convicted criminals should be not be allowed to continually victimize their victims through cyber space (i.e. social media or the internet).  Convicted criminals should be silenced, and victims should be heard and allowed to heal.

Huney Huchton
55 supporters