Wei Jingsheng Foundation News and Article Release Issue: A590-W358



Release Date: December 5, 2010



Topic: Wei Jingsheng Foundation Seventh Annual "Wei Jingsheng Chinese Democracy Champion Prize" Award Announcement

标题:魏京生基金会第七届 "魏京生中国民主斗士奖"颁发公告


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The Wei Jingsheng Foundation Announces the Seventh Annual "Wei Jingsheng Chinese Democracy Champion Prize" Award


December 5, 2010



Since 2004, the Wei Jingsheng Foundation has awarded the "Wei Jingsheng Chinese Democracy Champion Prize" every year on December 5th.  In the last six years the awarding of this prize has had reverberations around the world.  Those persisting in the fight in China, who are at any moment in life-threatening danger, have been thus encouraged and consoled.


As can be expected, those who nominate a candidate believe the person they have nominated has made a great contribution to the cause of Chinese Democracy.  Nominating someone is in and of itself a way to commend all champions of democracy, including those unknown, untiring democracy heroes who do not concern themselves with fame and fortune.  We have great respect for their strength of spirit and the sacrifices they have made.  As in the past 6 years, this year's award gives greatest consideration to those individuals and groups who have persisted in their work on the domestic democracy movement inside China. 


As the Chinese Communist dictatorship has ruled and enslaved the Chinese people for six decades now, the Chinese people are increasingly awakening.  On the one hand, the tyranny of the CCP has intensified; on the other hand, the courage and behavior of the people against tyranny are also increasing.  The inhuman repression has made some people give in, some finally to join interest groups of the Communist Party, and some even to hunt the others despite themselves being the victims of the werewolves.  Yet, more people have kept their conscience and made personal and family sacrifices for the interests of the Chinese people.  Facing imprisonment and suppression, they did not yield, did not compromise.  They maintained their ideology, receiving respect and trust from their own comrades and the people.  This courage is in sharp contrast to those shameless ones who flatter the Communist authority in seeking a relaxation from the regime, even secretly cooperate with the regime in an effort to seek fame and fortune.


Here, the Wei Jingsheng Foundation "Wei Jingsheng Chinese Democracy Champion Prize" Judging Committee announces this year's prize to be awarded to just such a brave fighter -- Mr. Xu Wanping, who is serving a 12-year sentence in prison.  His indomitable actions and tenacious will show character we can all learn from.


Xu Wanping, from Chongqing of Sichuan Province, was born on April 11, 1961.  Because of his participation in the 1989 democracy movement and establishing the "Chinese Action Party," in 1990 he was sentenced to 8 years with 5 years of deprived political rights for the criminal charges of "counter-revolutionary propaganda and incitement" and "organizing counter-revolutionary groups".  After he was released in 1997, he was arrested again due to his effort to build the "Chinese Democratic Party" and sent to 3 years "Re-education through Labor" camp.  After Xu Wanping was released from that camp, he still held his beliefs and continued to organize and participate in democracy and freedom activities for the Chinese people.  He tried to organize the labor movement, and wrote pro-democracy articles.  He was arrested again in April 2005 and was sentenced on December 21 of that year to 12 years with 4 years of deprivation of political rights under the charges of "subversion of state power".


For more details about this democracy champion, please read the prize dedication by Ms. HUANG Ciping: "I shall leave my heart to shine in the history."


This year's recognition of Mr. Xu Wanping is also a recognition of all the brave fighters against the inhuman tyranny of the Chinese Communist Party.  It shows our respect to these witnesses of the brutality of the Communist tyranny.  These people include the indomitable and tortured Gao Zhisheng, Guo Feixiong, and Yan Zhengxue.  Not only will these people never get any "preferential treatment in prison"; but they also received continued persecution even when they were outside of the prison.  There are also people who suffered so much persecution and abuse that it led to illness and dying, such as Li Hong and Yu Dongyue, et al.  There are many prisoners of conscience subject to persecution by serving long sentences, such as Yang Tianshui (served 12 years, with a total sentence of 22 years), Hu Shigen (sentenced to 20 years, served 16 years), Yu Dongyue (sentenced to 20 years, served 16.5 years), Liu Jingsheng (sentenced to 15 years, served 12.5 years), Hada (served 15 years), Hu Mingjun (sentenced to 11 years), Wang Sen (sentenced to 10 years), Qin Yongmin (served a total of 22 years), Liu Xianbin (total sentence of 12 years), Wu Yilong (serving 11 years), etc.  They are all outstanding representatives of human rights and the democracy movement advocators in China, thus receiving even more suppression and abuse by the Chinese Communist regime.


In the prisons of the Chinese Communist regime, not only are there these well-known comrades who suffer much physical and mental violence and abuse, but there are also many more political prisoners and people persecuted because of religious beliefs.  These people will not hypocritically praise the "human rights progress of the Chinese Communists".  Examples are Mr. Zhao Lianhai who was just sent to prison because he advocated for tens of millions of "kidney stone babies" due to tainted milk; the state cadre who received a life sentence because he sympathized with and helped North Korean refugees and defectors; Tibetans imprisoned because they had a photo of their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama; petitioners whose rights were violated; people who suffered religious persecution as underground Christian church members and Falun Gong practitioners; and so on.


We are here to honor Xu Wanping, in recognition of his unyielding courage, but also in recognition of tens thousands of outstanding people that he represents.  They are good role models for us all.


This year's award money donated by individuals totaled $2000.  Those who donated money are donating their passion and belief in Chinese democracy.  For this passion we want to express our deepest gratitude.  In addition we also want to express our appreciation to all those people who recommended nominees for our Seventh Annual "Wei Jingsheng Chinese Democracy Champion Prize."  We thank all of you for your support and encouragement.



Wei Jingsheng Foundation "Wei Jingsheng Democracy Champion Prize" Judging Committee:

Huang Ciping, Chen Xingyu, Liu Jijie, Chen Bangzheng (signed)



For more details about this year's awards, please refer to our prize dedication:



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Wei Jingsheng Foundation News and Article Release Issue: A590-W358



Release Date: December 5, 2010



Topic: Wei Jingsheng Foundation Seventh Annual "Wei Jingsheng Chinese Democracy Champion Prize" Award Announcement

标题:魏京生基金会第七届 "魏京生中国民主斗士奖"颁发公告


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