2019 Democracy Award Recipient: ChinaAid
Founded in 2002, ChinaAid is an international non-profit Christian human rights organization committed to promoting religious freedom and the rule of law in China. Over the past 17 years, ChinaAid has worked to expose human rights abuses and promote truth, justice and freedom by advocating for religious freedom and the rule of law. ChinaAid advocates for the immediate release of prisoners of conscience, equips human rights defenders and religious and community leaders with religious freedom and rule of law training, rescues and resettles persecuted leaders and their families, provides financial assistance to families of political prisoners, and exposes abuse by reporting unique stories of persecution and injustice through its website and social media.
Dr. Bob Fu
Dr. Bob Fu is one of the world’s leading voices for persecuted faith communities in China. Fu was born and raised in mainland China and was a student leader during the Tiananmen Square demonstrations for freedom and democracy in 1989. Fu graduated from the School of International Relations at the People's (Renmin) University in Beijing and taught English to Communist Party officials at the Beijing Administrative College and Beijing Party School of the Chinese Communist Party from 1993-1996. Fu was also a Christian house church leader in Beijing until he and his wife Heidi were imprisoned for two months for “illegal evangelism” in 1996. Bob and Heidi fled to the United States as religious refugees in 1997, and subsequently founded ChinaAid in 2002 to bring international attention to China’s gross human rights violations and to promote religious freedom and rule of law in China. As president of ChinaAid, Fu regularly briefs and advises both the Executive and Legislative branches of US and other western governments about religious freedom and human rights in China and has testified before many Congressional and Parliamentary committees in the US and Europe, as well as international bodies including the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (USCHR). He is the author of an autobiography, God’s Double Agent, and is editor in chief of Chinese Law & Religion Monitor Journal.
2019 Democracy Award Recipients
ChinaAid is an international non-profit Christian human rights organization committed to promoting religious freedom and the rule of law in China.
Tibet Action Institute
The Tibet Action Institute brings together digital communication tools with strategic nonviolent action to strengthen the capacity and effectiveness of the Tibet movement in a digital era.
World Uyghur Congress
The World Uyghur Congress promotes democracy, human rights, and freedom for the Uyghur people and supports the use of peaceful, nonviolent, and democratic means to help Uyghurs achieve self-determination.