Overseas Chinese Democracy Coalition News and Article Release Issue Number: A668-O192



Release Date: Nov. 26, 2011



Topic: Media Reports about Wei Jingsheng in Europe (also in photo, audio and video)



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Media Reports about Wei Jingsheng in Europe (also in photo, audio and video)


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On Nov. 14, Wei Jingsheng and Huang Ciping went to Europe to attend several events and meet with many European human rights supporters and Chinese democracy activists.  They traveled to several cities in France, Switzerland, Germany, and Belgium.  In Belgium, they were invited to attend a high level human rights conference organized by the European Parliament, the "human rights hub" of the world, as described by Parliament's president Jerzy Buzek.  During the period, Wei Jingsheng received interviews from several news media.  Below are some of them.

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Sakharov Prize honours Arab activists

-- by EuroNews, Nov. 24, 2011



This year's Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought has gone to five activists from North Africa and the Middle East for their role in the Arab Spring.


Asmaa Mahfouz from Egypt, Ahmed al-Zubair Ahmed al-Sanusi from Libya and Razan Zaitouneh and Ali Farzat from Syria were all honoured. Tunisian Mohamed Bouazizi received a posthumous award.


Algeria's Salima Ghezali, a Sakharov winner in 1997, told euronews the region's fight for freedom was nothing new.


"Democracy doesn't exist in Arab countries at the moment, and yet the struggle for this in the Arab world is old. It's only recently that we've started paying attention to this struggle," she said.


The European Parliament has awarded the Sakharov prize every year since 1988 to individuals or groups seen to have contributed towards the fight for human rights or democracy.


Chinese Sakharov laureate Wei Jingsheng said: "I think of all the freedoms and rights, the most important is the freedom of expression. This is what the Chinese people have been struggling for, to be able to express themselves, especially through the internet. But, this is exactly the arena the Chinese government is strictly controlling. Hence, the reason why you're seeing such a conflict between both sides."


While social media was recognised to have played a part in the Arab revolts, the EU parliament's President Jerzy Buzek insisted human spirit was the overriding factor.


Also present at the award ceremony was Reyes Castanon, a member of the Cuban dissident movement, 'The Ladies in White', who won the award in 2005.


"Without the Sakharov Prize, Europe would not have really known about 'The Ladies in White'. People came to see us, like as if it was a show, while others came in solidarity." Reyes said.


The prize is named in honour of the Soviet physicist and political dissident Andrei Sakharov.


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Wei Jingsheng Visits Europe, to Participate in the Sakharov Prize and Other Activities

-- by Tian Yi of Radio Free Asia, Nov. 21, 2011



The well-known Chinese dissident and the laureate of the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 1996, Wei Jingsheng, came to Europe for visit where he will participate in a series of activities.


In December 1988, the European Parliament established the Sakharov Prize to recognize people who have made outstanding contributions to human rights and freedom in the world.  Nelson Mandela of South Africa was the winner in 1988, while Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma was the winner in 1990.  Mr. Wei Jingsheng and Mr. Hu Jia of China received this prize in 1996 and in 2008 respectively.  This year, the prize was awarded to five representatives who strove for human rights and freedom in the Arab countries. 


This reporter had learned that the 1996 winner and prominent Chinese dissident Mr. Wei Jingsheng came to Europe from the United States last week, and will participate in a series of activities.  To this end, the reporter interviewed Mr. Wei Jingsheng in the evening of November 20, 2011.


About his current visit to Europe, Mr. Wei Jingsheng said, "The main reason is to come to the European Parliament for some conferences related to the Sakharov Prize, then give some speeches and interviews, etc.  This is our main work on the surface.  Of course, I knew that as soon as we arrived, we would be talking about a lot of politics with a lot of friends.  Right after we arrived, we had a meeting with both the China division and human rights sector of the European Union.  We discussed a lot of details regarding the current circumstances in China."


Regarding the specific content of the meeting, Mr. Wei Jingsheng said, "The main theme from the beginning of course started from the human rights perspective.  In discussing human rights, we used Ai Weiwei as an example to talk about some characteristics of the deteriorating human rights situation in China.  For instance, being subjected to torture.  Nowadays, the use of torture has become a more common feature in China.


The second example we discussed is the increasing use of some 'illegal' means to deal with the political opposition; for example, Residence under Surveillance and the like. The authority could arrest people without any legal formalities.


The third we discussed is the use some 'more special' means, for example, saying you owe lots of taxes, and then use these methods to deal with you.  A few years ago, it was prostitution and now it is taxes, etc.  These 'charges' are more acceptable to Westerners.  The Communist regime's practice of human rights violations, in addition to being more than cruel, has also become more cunning!"


Mr. Wei Jingsheng said that in addition to human rights issues, they also discussed some broader issues people are very concerned about.  He said, "Of course we talked in more depth about the political future of China.  For example, which kind of changes will be in China's political future, and which kind of role the European Union should play.  We proposed that the European Union increase its concern regarding human rights in China, and increase some interventions.  It should play some positive role in the process of democratization in China, as well as leave some positive impression on the vast number of people in China.  This will be important to the future long-term relationship in between the EU and China.  They also agreed with these views."


The above report is by the special correspondent Tian Yi of Radio Free Asia, reporting from Germany.



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Related photo (photo credit: European Parliament):

Wei Jingsheng at the Sakharov Debate 2011 "Role of Women in Democratic transition" (In the photo: Wei Jingsheng, Lakshmi PURI, Vildana SELIMBEGOVIC, Hauwa IBRAHIM, and Aliaksandr MILINKEVITCH)



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Overseas Chinese Democracy Coalition News and Article Release Issue Number: A668-O192



Release Date: Nov. 26, 2011



Topic: Media Reports about Wei Jingsheng in Europe (also in photo, audio and video)



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












2011年11月14日,魏京生与黄慈萍启程到欧洲参加数项活动,并与欧洲的人权支持者及旅欧的中国民运人士会面。他们访问了法国、瑞士、德国、比利时的多个城市,并参加了由欧洲议会组织的高层人权会议。如欧洲议会主席布泽克(Jerzy Buzek)所述,欧洲议会是世界人权的中心。在此期间,魏京生接受了多个媒体的报道。以下为其中的一部分。

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埃及的Asmaa Mahfouz,利比亚的Ahmed al-Zubair Ahmed al-Sanusi,叙利亚的Razan Zaitouneh和Ali Farzat都受到的表彰。突尼斯的Mohamed Bouazizi得到追认。


1997年的萨哈罗夫奖得主,阿尔及利亚的Salima Ghezali告诉欧洲新闻,该地区为自由而战不是什么新鲜事。








虽然社交媒体在阿拉伯起义中起了部分作用,欧洲议会的总统布泽克(Jerzy Buzek)坚持人文精神是最重要的因素。


2005年的得奖者,古巴持不同政见者运动“白衣女士”的成员之一Reyes Castanon,也出席在颁奖仪式上。














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