Washington (June 6, 2023) - Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) joined Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah), chair and ranking member of The East Asia, The Pacific, & International Cybersecurity Policy Subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), in introducing a resolution to recognize the 34th anniversary of China’s Tiananmen Square Massacre, during which thousands of peaceful protesters were injured and killed at the direction of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leadership. The resolution also condemns the Chinese government’s ongoing and increasing repression of human rights and civic freedoms in mainland China as well as in Hong Kong, Tibet, and Xinjiang.

“As the Government of China censors its own history and continues to smother dissent, the world must keep alive the memory of those brave souls at Tiananmen Square who boldly aspired to more freedom and self-determination in China. We must honor their sacrifice and all those who struggle for justice by ensuring America remains a strong force for human rights and democracy around the world,” said Chair Van Hollen.

“Thirty-four years after the massacre in Tiananmen Square, the Chinese Communist Party’s human rights abuses continue today,” said Ranking Member Romney. “The CCP commits genocide against the Uyghur people; crushes promised freedoms in Hong Kong; censors print, broadcast, and social media; and imprisons and executes dissidents. With this resolution, we remember the brave victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre and condemn the CCP’s continued and intensifying crackdown on human rights and basic freedoms in China and Hong Kong.”

The full text of the resolution can be found HERE.