China’s Repression Model: Tiananmen, Today, Tomorrow

June 03, 2019
12:00 pm - 02:30 pm

about the event

Thirty years have passed since the brutal massacre of pro-democracy activists in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989. While much in China has changed, the CCP’s repressive tactics have only grown more sophisticated and pervasive. Please join us to hear from key policy makers, activists, and experts who will discuss the urgent need to confront and counter the brutal persecution of Uyghurs, Tibetans, and Chinese Christians, as well as how to challenge the spread of China’s Repression Model within and beyond its borders.

featuring remarks by

Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Ambassador Sam Brownback, Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom

Panel I – Challenging China’s Repression Model: A Conversation with the 2019 Democracy Award Honorees


Bob Fu, ChinaAid
Dolkun Isa, World Uyghur Congress
Lhadon Tethong, Tibet Action Institute

Moderator: Brian Joseph, Vice President for Programs, National Endowment for Democracy

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been practicing and perfecting its tools to erase identity and dissent, largely with impunity within its claimed borders. Marginalized groups, such as religious and ethnic minorities, have been the primary target for the CCP’s repression, and they have been on the front lines of contestation. What have they learned about pushing back against the CCP’s repression model, and what can other groups, activists, and ordinary citizens learn from their experiences?

Panel II – Resisting the Spread of China’s Repressive Tactics and Technologies 
Xiao QiangChina Digital Times, University of California, Berkeley
Sophie Richardson, Human Rights Watch
Ttcat, Taiwanese Civic Tech Activist

Moderator: Shanthi Kalathil, Senior Director, International Forum For Democratic Studies

As China’s power and influence increase, we have already seen how authoritarian governments have actively sought to replicate the “China Model” with borrowed methods and technologies. How can those that fight for democracy and freedom contest the encroachment of authoritarian norms, and the diffusion of China’s tools for repression throughout greater China and beyond? How can democratic institutions be made more resilient and resistant to authoritarian trends?

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