Friday, April 04, 2008

Meet Nu Wa 怒娃: AI

Amnesty Int. AU: 22 March 2008

Like the monkey in traditional Chinese culture, “Nu Wa” – the Uncensor China campaign mascot – is strong willed, cheeky, energetic, sporting and intelligent. Nu Wa, means outraged, angry young boy.

Nuwa’s name creates an association with the “Fuwa” – the five official mascots of the Beijing Olympics. Fuwa means “The Friendlies”. Their overly happy and cute demeanor defies the worsening human rights situation inside china today. Nu Wa wants to set the record straight by speaking about the human rights abuses suffered by people in China.

Nu Wa's favorite accessory, a red bandana, was worn by many during the Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989.

Gagged by his own bandana, Nu Wa symbolises the silencing of Chinese human rights defenders who are imprisoned or otherwise detained.

Nu Wa’s broken heart symbolises the grief and suffering of families and individuals affected by human rights abuse in China, and sadness that the Government is not enacting the reforms it has promised.

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