Wei Jingsheng Foundation News and Article Release Issue: A186-W91



Release Date: February 26, 2006



Topic: On the Day of YU DongYue's Release (RFA "Journeys of the Soul" Program features YU Dongyue as Winner of "Wei Jingsheng Chinese Democracy Champion Award)"



Original Language Version: Chinese (Chinese version at the end)



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On the Day of YU DongYue's Release


On February 22, 2006, YU DongYue is finally released from jail after nearly 17 years in prison, and several times of claims by the Chinese government of releasing him.  Nevertheless, just as described previously by his jail mates and family members, the abuses and suffering have left permanent marks on him, that he could not even recognize his own mother and family members.  In a letter from his younger brother, Yu Dongyue was described as: "He talks without any sense and order, or otherwise he answers with his silence.  It is very difficult to make conversation.  There are numerous scars and wounds on his hands and legs, although no obvious ones on his body.  There is a scar in C shape on his forehead, and another one in the back of his head in Y shape.  Both of them are about 3.5 inches long, very noticeable even though he has inch long hair.


It is hard to describe our feeling upon learning all these.  Yu Dongyue has made his greatest sacrifice for his democracy believe and actions.  Yu is the winner of the "Wei Jingsheng Chinese Democracy Champion Special Prize" on December 5, 2005.  (For more detail, please read the award dedication in our newsletter A170-W80 at: http://www.weijingsheng.org/report/report2005/report2005-12/WJSF2ndPrize051205announcementA170-W80.htm.  Another report of Yu DongYue is available by Radio Free Asia at:

http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/zhuanlan/xinlingzhilu/2004/12/13/mind-356b.mp3 or http://weijingsheng.org/interviews/interviews2006/YuDY050227RFAsoul.mp3 which we have its transcript available below. A picture of Mr. Yu DongYue in jail (in mid-1990's) is also available at:

http://weijingsheng.org/pic/newsletters/newsletters2006/newsletters2006-1/YuDY961011jailed.jpg .


Currently, the $2,000.00 award to Yu DongYue has been delivered.  We wish this will help Yu DongYue at this difficult transaction time, and urge all the kind hearted people to pay attention on Yu and provide help when it is possible.  We believe the positive income comes from the international attention and pressure.



-- Ciping Huang


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YU Dongyue, CHEN Xi, and WU Yilong Win the Second Annual "Wei Jingsheng Chinese Democracy Advocate Award"

-- Radio Free Asia "Journeys of the Soul" Program - reporter, editor, host, and producer: Zhang Min (December 10, 2005)



On December 5, 2005, The U.S.-based headquarters of the Wei Jingsheng Foundation announced the selections of the winners of its second annual "Wei Jingsheng Chinese Democracy Champion Prize".  The three winners were Yu Dongyue, Chen Xi, and Wu Yilong.  Ms. Huang Ciping, the Wei Jingsheng Foundation's Executive Director, read the announcement of the award.  Please listen to a few paragraphs from the announcement:


Said Huang Ciping: "The Wei Jingsheng Foundation Announces the Foundation's Second Annual "Wei Jingsheng Chinese Democracy Champion Prize".  December 5, 2005.


In 2004, the Wei Jingsheng Foundation established the annual "Wei Jingsheng Chinese Democracy Champion Prize", to be awarded on December 5 of each year. On this date in 1978 Wei Jingsheng wrote his famous essay "The Fifth Modernization." Last year's award was shared by HU Shigen and LIU Xianbin. This award has greatly encouraged those in China who persist in fighting for democracy and who risk their lives at all times.


This year, there were 11 qualified candidates in total: CHA, Jianguo; CHEN, Xi; GUO, Shaokun; HE, Depu; QIN, Yongmin; WU, Yilong; XU, Wanping; YU, Dongyue; ZHANG Lin; ZHAO Xin; ZHU Zhengming.  All of the candidates made outstanding contributions to the Chinese democracy movement. Many people are holed up in jails, and their futures are bleak. We deeply respect both their spirit and the sacrifices they have made.  This year, the Wei Jingsheng Foundation decided to establish a Special Award for YU Dongyue.  The Second Annual "Wei Jingsheng Chinese Democracy Champion Prize" goes to WU Yilong and CHEN Xi.


Mr. YU Dongyue is from Liuyang in Hunan Province. He was born in 1967, and graduated from the Chinese Department of the Xiangtan Junior Pedagogical College. In 1989 he was the Arts Editor of the "Liuyang Daily." During the June 4th period in 1989, he went to Tiananmen Square with Yu Zhijian and Lu Decheng and hung up two banners there. One banner said, "5,000 Years of Autocracy Will Now Reach an End," and the other said, "From Now On, the Personality Cult Must Come to an Stop." They then threw paint-filled eggs at the huge portrait of Mao Zedong that hangs in Tiananmen Square. After Yu Dongyue and the other two were seized and sent to the Public Security Bureau, they were sentenced for "Counter-Revolutionary Crimes of Damage and Crimes of Propagating Incitement." Yu Dongyue was sentenced to 20 years in jail. Not long after he was sent to jail he was driven to insanity, and still suffers inhuman torments.


Mr. WU Yilong is from Tongcheng in Anhui Province. He was born on May 1, 1967. In 1996 he entered a Master's Degree program in literature at Zhejiang University. In 1998, along with Wang Youcai and Zhu Zhengming, he formally established the Zhejiang Preparatory Committee of the China Democracy Party. During a time when Wang Youcai and others were put into custody, Wu Yilong organized many efforts to rescue them. Starting from the end of August, he took two trips to more than twenty provinces, cities, and autonomous regions all over the country to communicate with local people in person and to have them establish Preparatory Committees for establishing a China Democracy Party in their regions; he also started planning for a nationwide Preparatory Committee. On November 9, 1999, Wu Yilong, along with Mao Qingxiang, Zhu Yufu, and Xu Guang, were sentenced by the Hangzhou Intermediate People's Court for "Subverting the National Regime." Wu Yilong was sentenced to 11 years in jail, where he remains today.


Mr. Chen Xi, originally named Chen Youcai, was born on February 29, 1954, in Guiyang City of Guizhou Province. In 1989 he was sentenced by the Guizhou Province, Guiyang City Intermediate People's Court to three years in prison for organizing a "Guiyang Friendship Association" and a "Patriotic Democracy Friendship Association" in support of the Students' freedom and democracy movement. In May of 1995 he, along with Lu Yongxiang, Liao Shuangyan, Huang Yanming, Zeng Ning, and others, organized and established the "Guizhou branch of the China Democracy Party." In March of 1996, the Guiyang City Intermediate People's Court sentenced Chen Xi to ten years in prison for "Organizing and Leading Counter-Revolutionary Cliques." Because of Chen Xi's important role as organizer and leader of the democracy movement in Guizhou Province, the autocratic regime sentenced him to the maximum jail time, of a total of 13 years. In May of this year, Chen Xi finally finished his senteence and was released. To this day, Chen has not changed his ideals of seeking democracy and freedom. He continues to work tirelessly with other advocates to develop different human rights and democracy activities in a reasoned and controlled manner.


The Wei Jingsheng Foundation awards the "Wei Jingsheng Chinese Democracy Champion Prize" and "Wei Jingsheng Chinese Democracy Champion Special Prize" to these three people to honor their firm convictions and their determined style, and to express our consistent support for the Chinese democracy movement, as well as our gratitude and encouragement towards all of the democracy advocates who have devoted themselves to the cause.


We have received total donations specifically for this year's awards amounting to $5,600 US dollars from various donors.  We need to state that the donations that people have given to the monetary prizes for these awards also expresses their determined support of Chinese democracy. Here we express our heartfelt gratitude.


Wei Jingsheng Foundation' second Annual "Wei Jingsheng Chinese Democracy Champion Prize" judging committee: HUANG Ciping, CHEN Xingyu, CHEN Bangzheng, LIU Jijie (signed)."


The President of the "Wei Jingsheng Foundation", Mr. Wei Jingsheng appealed for democracy in the 1970's, and was sentenced for a total of 29 years as a result.  After being jailed for 18 years, he was released to the U.S. in 1997. Mr. Wei Jingsheng accepted my interviewed and discussed this year's award.


Wei Jingsheng: "Simply speaking, first, I didn't participate in the process of selecting the awardees.  This selection process was done by the Prize Judging Committee and by our Executive Director, Huang Ciping.  The process of selection was of course careful, meticulous, and was one in which people discussed things over and over.  I think that the major trait of this award is that it encourages those who are doing solid work without attracting public attention. It doesn't matter whether you are famous in the media or not; we have never taken this into consideration.  We only take into consideration your contributions and the tribulations you have faced.  This is what everyone looked at in the selection process after I discussed this with everyone.  I believe they made excellent selections."


Among the three awardees, Chen Xi, the only one who is free after just came out of jail, accepted my interview from Guizhou Province.


Chen Xi: "After receiving the news about winning the award, I felt that we democracy advocates in mainland China, in such an autocratic society, to be able to receive concern and attention from advocates and people overseas, we feel that we are in fact not lonely.  Here, although our environment is very harsh, we have received support and encouragement.  So I am very gratified to have won this award.  That is to say, it's not just given to me; I'm just a symbol and represent this land on the mainland without human rights, and where the rule of law is imperfect.  For those of us who are able to contribute to human rights, democracy, and the rule of law, for those of use who work quietly, it in fact is an encouragement to all of us.


The above was the "Journeys of the Soul" Program reported, edited, hosted, and produced by Zhang Min.



(The Wei Jingsheng Foundation is grateful for RFA's transcript on this program and is responsible for the translation of its English version.)



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Wei Jingsheng Foundation News and Article Release Issue: A186-W91




Release Date: February 26, 2006



Topic: On the Day of YU DongYue's Release (RFA "Journeys of the Soul" Program features YU Dongyue as Winner of "Wei Jingsheng Chinese Democracy Champion Award)"



Original Language Version: Chinese (Chinese version at the end)











2006年2月22日,入狱近17年的喻东岳终于被释放了。然而,他所遭受的折磨与痛苦也是惊人的。以下是他弟弟的描述:“他语无论次或沉默不答,交谈沟通困难。手脚伤痕累累,躯体无明显伤痕。头皮前部有一"C"型伤疤;头皮后部有一"Y"型 伤疤,均八九公分长,寸发,显眼。” (喻东岳狱中相片:






此期,我们发布自由亚洲电台"心灵之旅"节目主持人张敏采访编辑、制作的“喻东岳、陈西、吴义龙获第二届"魏京生中国民主斗士奖”节目的文字稿。有心收听该节目的朋友可点击http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/zhuanlan/xinlingzhilu/2004/12/13/mind-356b.mp3 或http://weijingsheng.org/interviews/interviews2006/YuDY050227RFAsoul.mp3 。




-- 黄慈萍 顿首 2006。2。23。


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