Wei Jingsheng Foundation News and Article Release Issue: A313-W167



Release Date: November 24, 2007



Topic: 99 People Signed Recommendation Letter to Recommend members of the Zhejiang Province Chinese Democratic Party, Qin Yongmin of Hubei Province, and Zhang Lin of Anhui Province for the 4th Annual "Wei Jingsheng Chinese Democracy Champion Prize"



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99 People Jointly Signed Recommendation Letter to Recommend members of the Zhejiang Province Chinese Democratic Party, Qin Yongmin of Hubei Province, and Zhang Lin of Anhui Province for the 4th Annual "Wei Jingsheng Chinese Democracy Champion Prize"



Editor's note:

In this release, we publish a renewed recommendation letter we received from 99 people.  Although the publication of this nomination does not grant receiving of the prize at the end, we do consider this publication itself a high praise to the nominees who deserves it.  We wish it served as an encouragement for our countrymen who work hard for human rights and democracy.

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Nomination for the Chinese Democracy Champion Prize


Contemporary Chinese Democracy Heroes: members of the Zhejiang Province Chinese Democratic Party, democracy activist Qin Yongmin of Hubei Province, and Zhang Lin democracy activist of Anhui Province.



Esteemed Wei Jingsheng Foundation, foundation president Mr. Wei Jingsheng, and executive director Ms. Huang Ciping,

Esteemed Wei Jingsheng Foundation Chinese Democracy Champion Prize Committee and committee members:


The nominations of candidates for the fourth annual Chinese Democracy Champion Prize has already begun. We are filled with joy to formally recommend to the committee members of the Zhejiang Province Chinese Democratic Party, democracy activist Qin Yongmin of Hubei Province, and Zhang Lin democracy activist of Anhui Province as candidates for this award. In contemporary China's freedom, democracy and rights defense movement, in Mainland China where people are fervent about their homeland, thousands upon thousands of fighters for justice have stepped forward. They take life seriously and do not hesitate to protest and obstruct the tyranny of the one party rule regardless of personal danger. They practice what they preach and work to accelerate the progress of freedom, democracy, and human rights in China.


They face the lawless, unreasonable, and savage ruling party, but these heroes are not disheartened in their effort for the better order, rather they dare to accept the responsibility and bear this hardship. They wipe dry the blood that stains their skin after being persecuted over and over again and step back on to the path of establishing a democratic constitutional government. We have no excuse not to praise their fearlessness, we have no grounds not to speak their names, we are proud to live with them during this era, and we would never hide them in shame.


Recipients of the first annual Chinese Democracy Champion Prize Mr. Hu Shigen and Liu Xianbin, recipient of the second annual Chinese Democracy Champion Special Prize Mr. Yu Dongyue and Chinese Democracy Champion Prize awardees Mr. Wu Yilong and Mr. Chen Xi are undoubtedly some of the most outstanding representatives of the movement. Today we wholeheartedly recommend the members of the Zhejiang Democratic Party, as well as Qin Yongmin, and Zhang Lin as some of the most laudable and outstanding representatives.


Reason for our Recommendation:


China is in the midst of a difficult, two thousand year long, transformation toward democracy. In the march from autocracy toward democracy our steps have been hesitant, and our policy changes slow, but the trend of the global democratic movement cannot be reversed. If it one day succeeds in China it will benefit the Chinese people and all of humanity. The impetus for change comes mostly from the people. The obstruction to change comes mostly from bureaucrats. The current active authoritarian system cannot avoid creating serious social crises that it is incapable of solving. The totalitarian system cannot solve these problems because the totalitarian system is the cause of these cancers. It can only give rise to one wave after another, causing civil rights movements to constantly erupt; furthermore, this has changed the people working for change to include those within the communist system who want to remove its cancerous tumors as well as democracy activists working together to promote a spectacular democracy movement. In the end, this political reform movement will realize the Chinese people's long-cherished wish for democracy. Inevitably, it will return the Chinese people to their rightful place in the world.


Without a doubt, whether or not this democracy movement can succeed as quickly as possible and with as little cost as possible to society in general, is, to a great extent, dependent on the forerunners of the movement. On one hand there is the strategy of the movement, the methods, the appropriate use of strength. On the other hand there is the question of whether these activists dare to accept the responsibility, to bear the suffering and sacrifice involved in this righteous undertaking so as to advance and promote reason and rationality for humanity. These three we are nominating today have established a powerful example for others to follow: Mr. Qin Yongmin's democracy work has covered new ground; Mr. Zhang Lin has taken up the frontline, paving the way for others; and the Zhejiang Democratic Party member's unwillingness to give in, bravely facing the dictatorship of the evil party with undaunted spirit-they have set the standard. For all people they have tirelessly defied brute force, and despite all setbacks they have seriously taken up the cause of democracy, freedom, human rights, peace, and reason. These are the sorts of people that we urgently need more of. Of Chinese citizens currently in prison or released from prison, Qin Yongmin, Zhang Lin, and the Zhejiang Democratic Party members are the most worthy heroes of the Chinese Democracy movement.


Zhejiang Province Democratic Party members: Most recently, some Zhejiang Democratic Party members were released on parole and some were released after fulfilling their sentence; they are Mr. Zhu Zhengming, and Mr. Zhu Yufu. At the same time, Zhejiang Democratic Party members Mr. Chen Shuqing and Mr. Li Hong were arrested by the Communist party's police. For the Zhejiang Democratic Party it was two in and two out, they are invariably in and out of the party's prisons, they have become like repeat customers to the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) prisons. Like Mr. Wang Rongqing who was once again detained on criminal charges in August 2006. Beginning in the '80s this sort of thing has happened to him more than four or five times; in that time period he was also put under house arrest for six months.


The Zhejiang Democratic Party members have faced the greatest number of incidents of imprisonment in Mainland China. This region has been persecuted most severely, but it is also one of the areas where the democratic consciousness is strongest, the democratic morale most vigorous, with highest quality of democracy. Though under pressure from the ruling party, they still continue to work hard and independently through their operative principles of "peaceful, reasonable, open, and lawful" to urge the ruling communist party to change from a lawless revolutionary party to a modern constitutional party, to push China forward on the course toward democracy and rule of law.


Qin Yongmin: Qin Yongmin is a man who puts his heart into his work, he works hard and can take criticism, and he has made strides and brought new successes to the democracy movement. He is willing to risk his life and is willing to sacrifice everything he has as a martyr in the democracy movement. He is the avant-garde, a man willing to put in great personal effort to bring the democracy movement toward a climax. Without looking back he has selflessly given his life to the cause of democracy for China. For 27 years he has dedicated himself despite all setbacks. Up to now he has been detained by the authorities for 23 years, he has been thrown in jail three times; presently he is in his 18th year behind bars. He will be in custody for four long years. For the cause of human rights, freedom and democracy his family was torn apart and is no longer together, his present situation is extremely challenging, he is alone and helpless, he is in purgatory silently bearing unthinkable suffering.


Zhang Lin: Mr. Zhang Lin serves as a link between past and future, a warrior willing to carve up the path for democracy, he is a freedom fighter willing to give up everything he has for the motherland. He is the avant-garde, a man willing to put in great personal effort to bring the democracy movement to a climax. For the cause of human rights, freedom and democracy Mr. Zhang Lin gave up an opportunity most people dream of: an opportunity to become a permanent resident of the U.S. and live a comfortable life abroad with the good opportunities for personal growth that exist abroad. He instead took the initiative to work for the needs of the situation in general, to ease the misery in China he chose to return to hardship. He sacrificed his own freedom to help his 1.35 billion fellow countrymen win their freedom. Without looking back he has consistently given 20 years of his life for the cause of democracy in China. His steps have not faltered despite the setbacks he faced. He has been punished by the authorities for as many as 14 years and been in jail four times. Presently he is serving his tenth year behind bars, with three more years in jail ahead of him. Today he is in prison enduring great torment.


The selfless and noble character of Qin and Zhang and the Zhejiang Democratic Party members as well as their unflinching courage and wisdom in the face of death, their moral courage to despise evil and their dedication despite the danger, this strength, this warrior spirit, this courage is just what we Chinese people lack; it is just what we of the democracy movement both in and out of China need so badly and is what can save us Chinese people as quickly as possible. For the democracy movement to succeed as quickly as possible this strength is indispensable. Therefore, we ought to honor and encourage these outstanding qualities and broad vision.


We ought to do better in supporting each other, one person for everyone and everyone for one person. We should treasure our democratic cause and expand our democracy troops. We are heavy hearted and distressed to see the Zhejiang Democratic Party members, Qin Yongmin, and Zhang Lin struggling with hardship... they need attention and concern from the outside world, they need protection and help, they need encouragement now more than ever before. We cannot sit by and watch these heroes fight alone and remain indifferent, we cannot ignore these heroes when they are out of touch and cut off from help, we must cherish and treasure these heroes. Although they may make the occasional mistake, or perhaps their temperament is less than ideal, but we of course cannot hesitate to extend a helping hand to them in their time of need just because they are still imperfect.


We are grateful that the Wei Jingsheng Foundation is providing this sort of concern and encouragement for those who urgently need it. Thus, we wholeheartedly recommend the committee confer the Chinese Democracy Champion Prize on these fully deserving Chinese democracy heroes: either Zhejiang Democratic Party members, or Qin Yongmin, or Zhang Lin. We sincerely hope that the prize judging committee members vote for one of these three. Thus, we strongly recommend the Zhejiang Province Democratic Party members, Qin Yongmin, and Zhang Lin as candidates for the fourth annual Chinese Democracy Champion Prize.


Achievements of the Zhejiang Province Democratic Party members: Zhejiang province is known as China's land of plenty. Economic development in Eastern China made Zhejiang a well-off region. Those who pursue a comfortable life are completely satisfied to just live their lives in this plentiful region. But in that area there is a group of Chinese people with backbone, and they are not satisfied by a comfortable life, they want to make all Chinese people live with dignity, they want all of China's common people to live as the Taiwanese do, to live as upright Chinese citizen. Thus, they braved the greatest danger in 1998 by establishing and organizing an unprecedented party organization before anyone else in the nation. Furthermore, after they were suppressed they continued to hold out and made great effort in persisting with the rights defense movement. For many years now they have, through different means and methods, actively joined in the human rights and democracy movement. They have given the Chinese people a model to follow, and to those Chinese who are lost in the fog, they have pointed toward a China of the future. Especially in specific tasks of establishing democratic politics, in the last few years they have actively joined the call to release political prisoners, accelerate the establishment of rule by law, and they have joined workers and farmers in a high tide of rights defense projects. Dozens of Zhejiang Democratic Party members have for a long time publicly joined in democratic political activities. Zhejiang is the province where the most people participate in the democracy movement in all of China; they are a sight to behold in the face of the communist party's abuse of power--but it is also a place where the persecution has been the greatest.


Through history many of Zhejiang's freedom fighters, and many present Zhejiang Democratic Party members have performed outstandingly during this new era of a rising constitutional politics. Other than the well known Wang Youcai and Wu Yilong, there is also Zhu Zhengming who drafted the first version of the "China Democratic Party Constitution." Mr. Zhu Zhengming is the most prominent of the Zhejiang Province Democratic Party organizers; he was recently released on parole. For a long time he has given himself completely to the cause of Chinese Democracy, as well as the book he authored Democratic Politics. In this book he explains complicated theories of democratic rule of law and he provides a practical summary in simple terms, he uses easy to understand language to spread it among democracy activists. Zhu Zhengming has also written articles titled "Discussions with public and national security police," and "Tolerating those who hold different views is a quality that modern society, politicians, and political activists must have." Because Zhu Zhengming suffered extensively at the hands of the police while serving his sentence at the Zhejiang Number Two Prison, and because he worked producing products in an unhealthy environment while in prison and was forced to do heavy physical labor, and further because of long-term malnutrition his health has suffered serious damage. Especially his knees and shoulders, as soon as the weather gets cold and wet they begin to hurt unbearably. His body needs to recover, and he needs to be looked after. 


Another is the founder of the Zhejiang Democratic Party, Mr. Zhu Yufu. He recently finished serving his sentence and was released from Zhejiang Province Number Six Prison (Qiaosi Prison). In prison Mr. Zhu Yufu suffered seven years of inhumane torture. In his words, "it is too painful to recall," he narrowly escaped death, as if he crawled out of hell. While in prison he suffered all sorts of torture, he has long suffered the violence of the dictatorship. Now, he almost cannot walk with his legs; for many years he did not see the sun, and his eardrums were smashed from beatings. As early as 1978 Zhu Yufu became the sponsor of the Democracy Wall Movement of Hangzhou. In 1979 he organized and was elected as the person in charge for the monthly edition of Hangzhou's popular periodical "May 4th." He also helped lead the Hangzhou Democracy Wall movement. In 1983 he was subpoenaed by local authorities and his home was searched. In 1989 after he supported the student movement he was again subpoenaed and his home was searched. This time four of his relatives' home's were also searched: his mother's, his wife's parent's, his wife's brother's and his sister's. After being locked up for 27 days he was dismissed from his job and demoted to the reception office. In June of 1998 he actively joined in the preparations to start a democratic party. After the Zhejiang preparatory committee was established on June 25th, on June 30th he went out to pass out "Public Declaration of the establishment of the Zhejiang Chinese Democratic Party preparatory committee" and was then detained by the police for 48 hours. On July 10th of 1998, his home was searched, and many of the "Public Declarations" were confiscated along with his computer, printer and others. He was then detained for ten days after which he was kept under house arrest for fifty days. On November 8th he was elected to become the Zhejiang Democratic Party Preparatory Committee secretary general for the routine business work group and a member of the national preparatory committee as well. In 1999 he was arrested by the Hangzhou Public Security Bureau and sentenced to seven years in prison for "conspiring to overturn the government." Right now Mr. Zhu Yufu faces the problem of how to survive from here on out. If Mr. Zhu Yufu had depended on his smarts and skill with money he could have grown rich and become the wealthiest man in this well-off region, but Mr. Zhu Yufu chose a life filled with hardship, he chose to pioneer the effort for a constitutional democratic government. He is one of the Zhejiang Democratic Party members who needs support and care now.


There are also Zhejiang Province Democratic Party members Mr. Wang Rongqing, Mr. Chen Shuqing, Mr. Li Hong who are all worthy of our attention and concern. The Zhejiang Province Democratic Party members are a team of people worthy of our support and study of their methods. This team includes: Wang Donghai, Xu Guang, Shan Chengfeng, Lv Gengsong, Chi Jianwei, Wang Fuhua, Yu Tielong, Lou Yugen, Wu Yuanming, Yang Jianming, He Zhongming, Zhou Junyi, Xiao Libin, Qi Huimin, Wei Guoping, Zhang Yida, Su Huibin, Gao Haibing, Wang Zhejun, Gao Yeju, Lin Hui, and others. They have been continuously fighting on the frontline against the ruling government.


Achievements Qin Yongmin: Now 53 years of age, and living in Wuhan, Qin Yongmin previously worked at a steel factory. Blessed with talent, Qin Yongmin began to concern himself with national affairs from the age of 17. He was China's youngest and most outstanding talent to realize the need for change and throw himself completely into the democracy movement. He is one who has covered new ground in the democracy movement and won great praise from fellow activists. He has the honorary title of "repeat life risker" and is a mainstay of the Chinese democracy movement, a rarely talented leader in the Democracy Movement. Without a second thought he has selflessly given his life to the cause of democracy for China. For 27 years he has dedicated himself despite all setbacks, up to now he has been detained by the authorities for up to 23 years, he has been thrown in jail three times; presently he is in his 18th year behind bars, with four more long years ahead of him.


As early as 1978 and 1979 during the time of the Democracy Wall, Qin Yongmin began publishing an independent periodical, "The Sounding Bell" in Wuhan to spread democratic ideals and to stimulate people to think. Further, in Hankou he posted big character posters to publicly challenge Mao Zedong's mistakes. In 1981 he was arrested and then later charged for what he had said and through abuse of the law he was sentenced to seven years for "spreading and inciting counter-revolutionary fervor." After serving his seven-year sentence he was released from prison, but Qin Yongmin continued to actively take part in the freedom and democracy movement. In 1993 he drafted and cosigned a letter along with Beijing's Liu Nianchun, Li Hai, Shanghai's Yang Zhou and five other people calling on the government to institute democratic reforms and calling on all people to work together to establish a democratic "Peace Charter" declaration and an independent people's democratic organization. In addition, he also held a public democracy salon at a park in Wuhan. Near the end of 1993 he was again arrested for what he said, and through a gross perversion of the law charged with "disturbing the public order." Without trial or sentencing he was sent to reeducation through labor for three years. After fulfilling his three-year sentence he was released, but Qin Yongmin did not change his democratic intentions, his dedication was even firmer and he was even more active in the freedom and democracy movement. In early 1998 he and Xu Wenli of Beijing joined together to initiate the "Democracy Wall in the Air" movement, to resuscitate and expand the democracy movement. In the spring and summer of the same year he established and sponsored China Human Rights Observer to spread concepts of democracy and human rights among Chinese people and to publish impartial information about the human rights situation in China for the outside world. At that time he was also wrote over a million characters for the publication about human rights and human rights concepts. Half a year before he was arrested he published more than three hundred issues of the publication electronically. In the summer and fall of the 1998 he actively participated in the Chinese Democratic Party's National party movement. He is the main founder and leader of the Chinese Democratic Party's Wuhan branch. He is also an important founder and leader within the National Chinese Democratic Party. In the spring of 1999 Qin Yongmin was elected to serve as one of four Chairman of Daily Affairs by the Chinese Democratic Party's coalition headquarters. Toward the end of 1998 he was once again arrested for what he said, involvement in democratic party activities was warped into "treason" and he was sentenced for 12 years. Presently he is serving time at Hubei, Wuhan Hanyang Prison.


Long-term imprisonment has already caused Qin Yongmin's family to fall apart. Because of these ruthless attacks on the family one after another, his loving wife has nearly had a mental breakdown; unable to endure she was forced to divorce him and leave with their child. His poor hard working old mother was devastated by his arrest and died unexpectedly that very day when he was arrested at the end of 1998. His poor old father, battling severe illness, awaited eagerly for his release, yet died on February 27, 2006. What is most grieving is that from early January 2006 his father became critically ill until he died on February 27, he was not able to see his son even once because the local authorities refused to release Qin Yongmin to visit his father. Today, long-term imprisonment has already caused Qin Yongmin almost blind, and his gastric ulcer, because it has not been treated, has become an increasingly serious illness; day and night it torments him, engulfing him in pain. The second time that he was imprisoned he suffered from illegal persecution and inhuman violence from other inmates with the tacit consent or even encouragement of the prison guards---those beatings left him permanently handicapped.


Achievements of Zhang Lin: Mr. Zhang Lin is 44 this year and is from Bengbu of Anhui Province. The erudite, brave, and wise Zhang Lin is one of the most affable and capable organizers within the Chinese democracy movement. He is a brave and resourceful freedom fighter who has won the praise of his fellow democracy activists. He is a mainstay of the domestic democracy movement and a rarely talented leader. Without a second thought he has given his life to the cause of democracy in China consistently for twenty years. The authorities have been punishing him for fourteen years of sentences, he has been in jail four times and right now he is enduring his tenth year behind bars, with three more years ahead of him. At the time of the 1979 Democracy Wall movement Zhang Lin had just been accepted to Qinghua University. While at the university he came to know a group of some of the earliest democracy activists and took in modern Western democratic thinking and human rights ideals. From then on he became a believer in democracy and step-by-step joined the democracy movement in the effort to transform China for the benefit of the Chinese people.


In 1986 Zhang Lin tried to secretly flee to Hong Kong for freedom, but he failed and was taken in by the Guangzhou authorities and sent to do three months of labor on a reform through labor team. He was astonished by the lack of justice on the reform through labor team; and from this he understood even more clearly how urgently democracy, freedom and human rights were needed to save China from this misery. After he was released he began to get involved in the underground democracy movements in Anhui, Hainan, and Yunnan. During this time period he organized and established the "Cloud Dream Salon," the "Hainan Youth Organization," the "Chinese-Burmese Freedom Fighters," and the "Chinese Democratic Party" and other underground democratic minded groups. Although these groups did not last long, this special experience helped him gain precious practical experience for his future work in the democracy movement.


In 1988 Zhang Lin went to Beijing University to make connections with people like Wang Dan, Yang Tao, Shen Tong and to discuss the democracy movement and other matters. In the Spring and Summer of 1989, during the height of the democracy movement Zhang Lin was in Anhui coordinating and successively establishing the "Future Studies Association, Anhui Branch," the "The Independent Student Federation," and the "Independent Workers Federation," as well as the "Hunger Strike Team," and the "Dare to Die Corps" and such groups, total of five student and worker organizations. That year on June 8 he was arrested by the authorities and through perversion of the law charged with "propagating and inciting counterrevolutionary behavior" and he was sentenced to two years of imprisonment and one year without political rights.


After he was released in 1991 Zhang Lin continued to get involved in the democracy movement. He successively organized numerous underground democratic organizations and assumed the post of national liaison for the "Alliance to Guarantee Chinese Laborer's Rights," an organization led and organized by Beijing's Liu Nianchun. On May 26, 1994 he was arrested in a suburb of Beijing and was consequently sent back to Anhui Province and then without a trial he was imprisoned for three years of reeducation through labor.


After fulfilling his labor sentence he was released in the summer of 1997; Zhang Lin then obtained a visa to travel to the U.S. While in the U.S. he was very active in participating in the overseas democracy movement. At the end of October 1998, at the time when the China Democratic Party formation movement was at its height, Zhang Lin and Wei Quanbao traveled together from the U.S. to Hong Kong and then secretly snuck back into China in order to support the party formation movement and push forward the cause of the democracy movement. In Guangzhou their identities were accidentally revealed and the next day they were arrested by the communist Chinese authorities. Soon after they were sentenced without trial to imprisonment for three years of reeducation through labor at the Guangdong Number 1 Labor Reform Center.


After completing his labor sentence he was released in 2001. Zhang Lin returned to his home of Bengbu in Anhui Province and decided to work to spread democratic thinking. He hoped to continue to participate in the democracy movement by writing articles to inspire and instruct people about freedom. In recent years he has written hundreds of thousands of characters worth of political essays, he has spared no effort and worked in secret to foster and press forward to bring the democracy movement to a climax. He has done much foundational and organizational work.


On January 27, 2005 Zhang Lin traveled to Beijing to attend a memorial for Zhao Ziyang, but he was prevented from attending. While traveling home on January 29 he was detained by the police at the Bengbu train station. He was then arrested, tried, and accused by the authorities of publishing a number of political essays abroad on the Internet as well as commentary from an interview with foreign media. He was charged with "inciting others to overturn the government" and sentenced to five years in prison with political rights stripped for four years. Presently, he is detained at the Bengbu Prison. From September to October of 2005 he went on hunger strike for nearly fifty days to protest and denounce this literary inquisition.


In view of the above-mentioned moving achievements, we heartily recommend the Zhejiang Province Democratic Party members, as well as Qin Yongmin, and Zhang Lin as candidates for the fourth annual Chinese Democracy Champion Prize. We also earnestly call on the committee and prize committee members to vote for one of these three for this year's prize.


We respectfully request the committee consider them as candidates.


There are still many other Mainland Chinese democracy activists, for now we cannot speak of all of them. If after the committee's consideration and selection a different champion receives the prize, we will equally and enthusiastically congratulate the winner. 


Thank you. We hereby extend our salutations!



Lin Mu (Shaanxi), Chen Xi (Guixhou), Wang Youcai (U.S.), Zhao Xin (Beijing), Chen Guojing (Hunan) Chen Shaowen (Hunan) Liao Shihua (Hunan), Liu Jianan (Hunan), Nie Xiong (Hunan), Peng Guodong (Hunan), Peng Xingjian (Hunan), Xie Changfa (Hunan) Xu Hong (Hunan), Yao Xiaozhou (Hunan), Yu Zhijian (Hunan), Zhang Fan (Hunan), Zhang Jingsheng (Hunan) Zhou Dajue (Hunan), Zhou Zhirong (Hunan), Wang Yiliang (U.S.), Che Hongnian (Shandong), Wang Fengshan (Gansu), Chen Xiaochang (Ningxia), Dai Xuewu (Shanghai), Wang Tingjin (Anhui), Li Guotao (Shanghai), Chen Yangchao (Denmark), Xu Wenli (U.S.), Yang Zi (U.S.), Liu Guokai (U.S.), Jing Wa (U.S.), Zhou Yutian (Thailand), Hu Jia (Beijing), Liu Eran (Henan), Shen Jizhong (Shanghai), Xu Xiya (Shaanxi), Fu Sheng (Shaan Xi), Zhang Jiankang (Shaanxi), Yang Hai (Shaanxi), Li Zhiying (Shaanxi), Zheng Baohe (Shaanxi), Ma Xiaoming (Shaanxi), Tang Zhiping (Shaanxi), Wang Zhongling (Shaanxi), Gao Junsheng (Shaanxi), Ma Yuzhong (Shaanxi), Xu Jianxiong (Shaanxi), Sun Zhenggang (Shaanxi), Tian Xiaoming (Dandong), Deng Yongliang (XiAn), Lin Xinshu (Fujian), Xue Zhenbiao (Guangxi), Li Xiaolong (Guangxi), Li Zhiyou (Guangxi), Yang Qinheng (Shanghai), Yan Zhengxue (Beijing), Li Yunsheng (Chongqing), Hu Junxiong (Hubei), Huang Xiaomin (Chengdu), He Yongquan (Shanghai), Zeng Ning (Guizhou), Lu Yongxiang (Guizhou), Fang Jiahua (Guizhou), Huang Yanming (Guizhou), Li Renke (Guizhou), Du Heping (Guizhou), Sun Guangquan (Guizhou), Liao Shuangyuan (Guizhou), Wu Yuqin (Guizhou), Shen Youlian (Guizhou), Wu Yu (Guizhou), Quan Linzhi (Guizhou), Chen Defu (Guizhou), Zhang Zhongfa (Guizhou), Ma Guirong (Guizhou), Deng Haoyang (Guizhou), Mao Guoliang (Zhejiang) Chen Longde (Zhejiang), Wang Donghai (Zhejiang), Wu Gaoxing (Zhejiang), Shan Chengfeng (Zhejiang), Zou Dayang (Zhejiang), Zhao Wanmin (Zhejiang), Fu Quan (Zhejiang), Zhang Jinlin (Zhejiang), Jin Xiuyuan (Zhejiang), Fan Ziliang (Zhejiang), Ye Wenxiang (Zhejiang), Huang Zhidao (Zhejiang), Ye Liangcai (Zhejiang), Qi Huimin (Zhejiang), Wu Yuanming (Zhejiang), Lai Jinbo (Zhejiang), Gao Haibing (Zhejiang), Tan Kai (Zhejiang), Zhu Lifeng (Zhejiang), Zheng Nianhuai (Anhui), Xiao Yong (Jiangsu), Chen Qinglin (Mainland China).




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Wei Jingsheng Foundation News and Article Release Issue: A313-W167



Release Date: November 24, 2007



Topic: 99 People Signed Recommendation Letter to Recommend members of the Zhejiang Province Chinese Democratic Party, Qin Yongmin of Hubei Province, and Zhang Lin of Anhui Province for the 4th Annual "Wei Jingsheng Chinese Democracy Champion Prize"



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浙江省民主党人:在最近,我们看到浙江省民主党人有假释出狱刑满出狱的,他们是祝正明先生、朱虞夫先生;同时,我们还看到有浙江省民主党人被共党公安逮捕的,他们是陈树庆先生、力 虹先生。浙江省民主党人两进两出,总是徘徊在共产党监狱铁门内外,成了中共牢房中的常客。像王荣清先生,2006年8月又被刑事拘留,从上世纪80年代起,这样的事已经落在王荣清先生身上四五次以上,其中还有被监视居住6个月。浙江省民主党人是大陆中国系牢狱之灾最多,受迫害最深的地区之一,也是群体民主意识最强,民主士气最旺,民主素质最佳的地区之一。即使在强权党的打压下,他们仍然在继续努力以"和平、理性、公开、合法"的行动原则独立自主地督促执政党从无法无天的革命党转变到现代宪政党,堂堂正正地推动着中国大陆的民主法治进程。


秦永敏:秦永敏先生是1头鞠躬尽瘁、任劳任怨的民主拓荒牛,是1个舍死忘生、为了祖国而甘愿牺牲个人一切的民主殉道者,1个为开创民运高潮的到来而献出了自己全部心血的时代推手。他义无反顾献身祖国民运事业,26年如一日,殚精竭虑、百折不挠,迄今已经被当局累计以言治罪22年,身陷牢狱3次,现在正在忍受着第18年的铁窗生涯,还有漫长的4年多监禁,正虎视耽耽等候着他。为了自由民主人权事业,他家破人亡、妻离子散,目前他处境异常艰难,孤苦伶仃,正在炼狱中  默默承受着跨世纪苦难……


张林:张林先生是1个承前启后、甘当民主铺路石的壮士,1个为了祖国而甘愿舍弃个人一切的自由战士,1个为开创民运高潮的到来而献出了自己全部心血的时代推手。为了自由民主人权事业,张林毅然舍弃了世人梦寐以求的、成为美国永久居民的机会和自由舒适的海外生活、以及海外各种个人发展的良好机遇,而主动服从大局需要,为减轻祖国苦难  而毅然选择了个人回归苦难,为帮助13亿5千万同胞获得自由而毅然选择了牺牲个人自由。他义无反顾献身祖国民运事业,20多年如一日,坚强不屈、百折不挠,迄今已经被当局累计治罪14年,身陷牢狱4次,目前正在忍受着第10年的铁窗生涯,还有漫长的3年多监禁,正虎视耽耽等候着他。如今,他正在黑狱中倍受煎熬……   




我们理应更好地一人为人人、人人为一人,珍爱我们的民主事业,壮大我们的民主队伍。耳闻目睹浙江民主党人、秦永敏、张 林正在遭受磨难,我们忧心忡忡、心痛难忍……他们需要外界的关心、爱护、帮助,他们比以往任何时候,都更加需要鼓励。我们不能坐视英雄孤军奋战而无动于衷,我们不能漠视英雄在孤立无援困境下的湮没,我们必须爱惜和珍视英雄。虽然,英雄们有时也会千虑一失,或英雄的性格上常常有待更加完善,但我们当然不能因为英雄们存在这样或那样的不足、而犹豫彷徨于该援手时及时伸出手。






浙江历史上多义士,当下的浙江中国民主党人在新时代的中华民族的宪政崛起中,同样表现杰出。除了大家知道的王有才、吴义龙外,还有 《中国民主党党章草案》第一版的起草人祝正明先生。祝正明先生是浙江省民主党杰出的组建者之一,日前刚获假释。他长期全身心奉献于中国的民主事业,以的他所著的《民主政治》一书为例,将系统的民主法治理论和实践总结,深入浅出地予以说明,用通俗易懂的流畅语言传播于民主人士之中。祝正明先生还著作有《与公安、国安商榷》、《容忍持不同政见者是现代社会政治家和政治活动家必需的心理素质》等文章。由于祝正明先生在浙江省第二监狱服刑期间曾受尽狱内恶警的欺负、在有毒有害环境下生产劳改产品繁重的体力劳动、长期严重的营养不良影响,已经落下了身体上一定程度的严重损害,尤其是膝关节和肩关节一到阴冷潮湿的日子就会莫名其妙地产生难忍之疼痛,身体需要康复,个人需要关照。




还有浙江省的民主党人王荣清先生、陈树庆先生、力虹先生等等人都值得我们大家关注。浙江省民主党人是一个值得我们大家支持和学习的团队。这个团队有王东海、徐 光、单称峰、吕耿松、池建伟、王富华、余铁龙、楼裕根、吴远明、杨建民、贺忠民、周君毅、萧利彬、戚惠民、尉国平、张诒达、苏晖彬、高海兵、王哲军、高烨炬、林辉等等。他们一直公开地战斗在政党政治的最前沿。






反复的长期关押囚禁,已经使秦永敏家破人亡、妻离子散。他至亲至爱的妻子,在这接踵而至的残酷打击下,几乎精神崩溃,不堪忍受,只好悲伤地和他离婚,携女儿而去;他辛勤操劳一生、可怜的老母亲,在他1998年底被抓的当天,悲伤欲绝,猝然去世;他那可怜的、重病缠身、望眼欲穿的老父亲,在为他日夜担惊受怕的困境中瞌然去世。令人心酸的是,从2006年1月初,他老父亲病危至2月27日病逝,也无法见到牵肠挂肚、日夜思念的儿子一面(因为当局拒绝让秦永敏探望)……如今,长期的囚禁,已经使秦永敏的双眼几乎失明,  还有胃溃疡等因缺医少药、日益严重的疾病,日夜折磨着他、吞噬着他。早在第2次牢狱之灾中,狱中之狱的非法迫害,那些狱警默许、恿、或利用下的刑事犯对他施以的非人暴行,就已经使他落下了终身残疾。   




1986年,张林投奔自由偷渡香港未果,被当局在广州收容劳改队关押  3个月。他被劳改队暗无天日的黑暗生活震惊了,由此更加明白了民主自由人权是拯救苦难祖国的迫切需要。获释后遂开始在安徽、海南、云南从事地下民运活动,此间曾组织建立了“云梦沙龙”、“海南青年会”、“中缅自由战士”、“中国民主党”等地下民运团体。虽然这些组织不久夭折,但这一特殊经历,为他以后的民运生涯,积累了宝贵的实践经验。   


1988年张林到北京大学串联活动,与王丹、杨涛、沈彤等接洽联络,商讨民运等诸事。1989年春夏民运高潮期间,张林在安徽先后协调组建了“未来学会安徽分会”、“学自联”、“工自联”、“绝食团”  和“敢死队”等5个学生和工人组织,但同年6月8日,被当局抓捕,并被枉法定性为此是“反革命宣传煽动罪”而判处有期徒刑两年、剥夺政治权利1年。   








2005年1月27日,  张林赴北京参加赵紫阳遗体告别仪式,被阻挠;1月29日,回家途中在蚌埠火车站被警方拘留,后转逮捕、审判,被当局以言入罪、将张林发表于境外互联网络上的若干政论文章与接受外台采访的评论内容,枉法定性为是“煽动颠覆国家政权罪”而判刑5年、剥夺政治权利4年,现囚禁于蚌埠监狱。同年9至10月,张林在狱中绝食近50天,抗议谴责了这一文字狱。   








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