Dr. Jianli is a survivor of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre and has previously spent five years in a Chinese prison. He is widely recognized as a major leader in China's pro-democracy movement.
Dr. Jianli believes that continued US human rights pressure on China is a critical component for world stability and the peaceful transition to a democratic China.
His act of solidarity not only offers encouragement to the three patriots on hunger strike, but also gives publicity to the cause. Dr. Yang is considered one of the most important international advocates for China's peaceful democratic transition, and his participation is an invaluable contribution the to Free Tibet movement.