2019 Democracy Award: Defenders of Human and Religious Rights in China

June 04, 2019
05:00 pm - 07:00 pm

Due to high demand, online registration for this event has closed.  There will be no on-site registration, with exceptions made for staff of members of Congress. If you are unable to attend, a livestream of the event will be available on June 4 on this webpage.

Directions to room HC-5

Enter the Capitol from the “South Door Entrance” off of Independence Ave (please note that you will be unable to access the event space from the Capitol Visitor Center). Upon entering the building security will screen all guests. NED staffers wearing red lanyards will be stationed along the path to the event space and will be checking guests in.  It is recommended that you arrive early to the event to give yourself time to get through security and check-in for the event.  


about the event

Since the Chinese Communist Party took power in 1949, the world has observed China’s brutal repression of religious and ethnic minorities. In the 60 years since the Dalai Lama was forced into exile, the Tibetan people have faced a systematic effort to destroy their culture, religion, and autonomy. More recently, reports have revealed the disturbing details of the China’s imprisonment of millions of Uyghurs from East Turkistan in modern-day concentration camps, where ordinary citizens are tortured and subject to relentless “assimilation” tactics, and outside the camps, the CCP has established an Orwellian police state. Similarly, persecution of independent Christians from the “house church” movement has skyrocketed, with pastors and congregants being detained and disappeared, and their churches defiled or destroyed. In the last ten years, China has ramped up efforts to eliminate any distinct religious or ethnic identity within its declared borders, devoting enormous resources to developing sophisticated tactics and new technologies.

The National Endowment for Democracy is proud to honor the efforts of three outstanding organizations that are confronting these authoritarian tactics on the front lines, empowering Tibetans, Uyghurs, and Chinese Christians with technical, financial, and moral support to defend their rights, preserve their culture, and live their faith amidst the daily assault on their very existence.

All guests must be pre-registered online, no exceptions. Please arrive early to provide enough time for security screenings. Event is by invitation only and invite is non-transferable. For more information please email ZachE@ned.org

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about the Honorees

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’s mission has evolved to one of exposing human rights abuses and promoting truth, justice, and freedom by advocating for religious freedom and the rule of law. ChinaAid continues to work for the immediate release of prisoners of conscience, equip human rights defenders and religious and community leaders with religious freedom and rule of law training, rescue and resettle persecuted leaders and their families, encourage families of prisoners of conscience by providing financial assistance, and exposing abuse by featuring unique stories of persecution and injustice on ChinaAid’s website and through social media. Accepting the award on behalf of ChinaAid is founder and president Bob Fu.

Founded in 2009, the Tibet Action Institute (TAI) brings together digital communication tools with strategic nonviolent action to strengthen the capacity and effectiveness of the Tibet movement in a digital era. TAI’s team, comprised of technologists and human rights advocates, develops and advances open-source communication technologies, nonviolent strategies, and innovative training programs for Tibetans with a particular focus on digital security and harnessing the power of digital technologies. Accepting the award on behalf of the Tibet Action Institute is TAI director Lhadon Tethong.

Founded in April 2004 in Munich, Germany, after the East Turkistan National Congress and the World Uyghur Youth Congress merged into one united organization, the World Uyghur Congress’s (WUC) primary focus is to promote democracy, human rights and freedom for the Uyghur people and support the use of peaceful, nonviolent, and democratic means to help Uyghurs achieve self-determination. WUC is the sole representative organization of the Uyghur people globally and has made crucial contributions to bringing attention to the CCP’s crushing campaign of physical, religious, linguistic, and cultural repression against the Uyghur people. Accepting the award on behalf of the World Uyghur Congress is WUC president Dolkun Isa.

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