Asia

MAINLAND CHINA 2019

Advancing Women’s Rights

Human Rights

 $85,201

To advocate for and raise international awareness of women’s rights in China. The organization will organize lectures, undertake international advocacy, and launch campaigns to increase international awareness on women’s rights issues in China through various available platforms and established networks. Utilizing its strong, country-based network and resources, the organization will keep the international audience up-to-date on women’s rights issues in China.

Advancing Worker Rights and the Rule of Law

Solidarity Center (SC)

 $498,000

To strengthen the capacity of workers and advocates to advance worker rights and the rule of law in China. The center will continue to support efforts of workers and grassroots worker rights advocates to conduct worker outreach and education, provide legal assistance, train worker activists and legal practitioners, and advocate for policy changes, with the objective to raise workers’ awareness about their rights, promote better enforcement of labor laws, and forge international solidarity in support of their efforts.

Assistance for Human Rights Defenders

NGO Strengthening

 $175,000

To support civil society activists and human rights defenders who cannot work in China and create opportunities for their professional development. The organization will identify individuals who are at risk for their work on human rights and democracy and provide resources that allow them to seek meaningful educational or professional opportunities abroad, learning new skills to further their work in China. The organization will also provide support for those fellows returning to China to use their new skills and resources in their activist work.

Building Advocacy Capacity and Empowering Civil Society to Protect Human Rights

Human Rights

 $475,000

To build the capacity of civil society actors to advocate for, promote, and defend human rights. This project will facilitate cooperation and coordination among human rights defenders and will foster greater understanding of universal human rights standards and of the mechanisms available to defend those standards internationally. Through this project, rights defenders will be able to implement a broad program of advocacy and capacity-building activities, while also connecting Chinese activists to international human rights actors.

Capacity Building for Human Rights Defenders

NGO Strengthening

 $145,201

To strengthen the capacity of civil society activists and human rights defenders to develop and carry out strategic plans. The organization will conduct a training that will focus on organizational development and adaptability, crisis handling, networking, and ways to bolster organizational capacity. The organization will also support network development, and small post-training projects by participants.

Capacity Building for Human Rights Defenders

NGO Strengthening

 $248,758

To build the capacity of civil society activists and human rights defenders. Project activities will improve human rights defenders’ capacity in strategic planning, organizational development, crisis management, and networking. The project will also provide and maintain a secure technological support platform for activists to share information and coordinate on projects.

Combating Censorship, Countering Propaganda, and Supporting Free Expression

China Digital Times, Inc.

 $400,000

To provide access to uncensored news and commentary about China’s influence on the information space, and to monitor and document the use of surveillance and censorship technologies both domestically and internationally. The organization will increase access to information in Chinese cyberspace, and will provide, in English and Chinese, political and social commentary and perspectives on China’s growing global influence as it impacts democratic institutions. The organization will also nurture a community of influential online activists to respond to censorship and disinformation in China and globally.

Combating Censorship, Countering Propaganda, and Supporting Free Expression

China Digital Times, Inc.

Supplement: $5,000

To provide access to uncensored news and commentary about China’s influence in the information space, and to monitor and document the use of surveillance and censorship technologies, both domestically and internationally. The organization will work to increase access to information in Chinese cyberspace, and will provide, in English and Chinese, political and social commentary and perspectives on China’s growing global influence and how it impacts democratic institutions. The organization will also nurture a community of influential online activists to respond to censorship and disinformation.

Defending and Assisting Rights Defenders

Rule of Law

 $75,000

To support, aid, and defend human rights defenders and their families. The project will provide legal aid and direct assistance to human rights defenders and their families and work with other civil society organizations to improve litigation strategies and methods. It will also advocate on their behalf, by utilizing its extensive network of lawyers, activists, and other civil society organizations.

Empowering Citizen Journalists to Defend Human Rights

Human Rights

 $63,000

To foster debate on public policy issues through journalism, analysis, and art and to increase the capacity of citizens to report on human rights issues. The organization will document human rights violations, advocate for human rights, and work with citizen journalists to increase their reporting, analysis, and writing skills.

Empowering Environmental Rights Activists

Accountability and Governance

 $153,000

To support a network of environmental groups to monitor, document, and conduct advocacy and public outreach, and to promote citizen engagement and government accountability. The organization will help local partners coordinate initiatives to promote citizen engagement in efforts to protect the environment and act as a watchdog to ensure compliance by local governments and businesses.

Empowering Workers

Freedom of Association

 $45,000

To closely monitor and analyze Chinese labor activism and to support workers in organizing to protect their constitutional and labor rights. The organization will monitor, document, and disseminate information about labor strikes and incidents in China. It will also work to empower workers to hold unions and local governments accountable.

Empowering Workers

Freedom of Association

Supplement: $20,000

To closely monitor and analyze Chinese labor activism, and to support workers in organizing to protect their constitutional and labor rights. The organization will monitor and document labor violations and worker disputes, and will support partners and workers seeking to protect their rights and ensure accountable and transparent representation from unions.

Exposing Censorship and Influence in the Global Information Space

China Digital Times, Inc.

 $100,700

To provide access to uncensored news and commentary about state influence in the information space, to monitor and document the use of surveillance and censorship technologies both domestically and internationally, and to disseminate such knowledge to civil society activists in other regions. The organization will share information through its online platforms, partnerships, and networks, and will provide local and international partners with perspective on state methods, strategies, and growing global influence as it impacts democratic institutions and human rights.

Exposing Censorship and Influence in the Global Information Space

China Digital Times, Inc.

Supplement: $75,000

To provide access to uncensored news and commentary about China’s influence on the information space, to monitor and document the use of surveillance and censorship technologies both domestically and internationally, and to disseminate such knowledge to civil society activists in other regions. The organization will share information through its online platforms, partnerships, and networks, and will provide local and international partners with perspective on China’s methods, strategies, and growing global influence and how it impacts democratic institutions and human rights.

Fortifying the Rule of Law to Protect Human Rights

Rule of Law

 $129,686

To strengthen the institutions and application of the rule of law by equipping lawyers to combat the use of torture against prisoners and to increase the application of equitable justice in the criminal justice system. The organization will provide legal training on addressing the use of torture and other police abuses through strategic litigation and administrative actions, and will work with civil society to support awareness-raising activities and train lawyers in using procedural methods to increase the equitable application of justice.

Humanitarian Assistance for Human Rights Defenders

Human Rights

 $30,000

To provide financial assistance to human rights activists, rights defenders, and political thinkers who face repression and financial hardship due to their work. Through coordination and collaboration with multiple networks, the project will distribute short-term emergency aid to human rights activists and their families facing harassment and arrest.

Monitoring Media Censorship

Freedom House

 $95,000

To promote awareness among Chinese and Western stakeholders about the Chinese government’s efforts to control media and information and to provide information on ongoing and potential responses to challenge and counter such control. The organization will produce the Chinese- and English-language versions of the China Media Bulletin, a monthly digest that reports on censorship in China and its global influence.

Promoting Democratic Ideas and Values

Democratic Ideas and Values

 $125,000

To educate and train civil society activists from mainland China and Hong Kong on democratization and social movements, and to provide a platform for youth to engage in discussion of democratic ideas and civil society activism, fostering critical cross-Strait links among those who support democracy. The organization will hold seminars, workshops, and trainings to facilitate the exchange of ideas and cooperation among activists in Hong Kong, mainland China, and Taiwan.

Promoting Democratic Values

Wei Jingsheng Foundation, Inc.

 $35,000

To promote awareness of democratic values among the Chinese public and to inform the international community about the human rights situation within mainland China. The organization will continue its outreach through its website, distribution of information on China, and frequent interviews with the international and Chinese press. Its staff will engage in advocacy efforts with international institutions.

Promoting Digital Activism

NGO Strengthening

 $65,000

To improve civil society activists’ digital expertise to protect human rights, ensure accountable government, and encourage civic participation. The organization will train activists and civil society organizations in civic technology concepts, digital tools and security, and resources for protecting freedom of digital information, and will promote collaboration among civil society activists and the technology community to push for digital transparency, open governance and accountability.

Protecting Free and Open Access to Online Information

Freedom of Information

 $240,000

To provide access to censored media, news and information websites through a free and safe internet browser application. This project will maintain a censorship-circumvention web browser application that gives Chinese citizens free access to objective information and fosters use of websites that focus on democracy, human rights, and civil society.

Protecting Free and Open Access to Online Information

Freedom of Information

Supplement: $75,000

To provide access to censored media, news and information websites through a free and safe internet browser application. This project will maintain a censorship-circumvention web browser application that gives Chinese citizens free access to objective information and fosters use of websites that focus on democracy, human rights, and civil society.

Providing Information and Analysis on China’s Human Rights

China Change

 $80,000

To raise the profile of human rights defenders and liberal intellectuals, and to provide analysis on political developments in China. The organization will translate Chinese commentaries and interviews from leading intellectuals and rights defenders into English, provide brief summaries of daily events and timely reports on human rights abuses, and write original profiles and opinion pieces about China’s human rights and democracy movements.

Religious Freedom, Rights Defense, and Rule of Law

Rule of Law

 $45,000

To assist victims of religious persecution in defending their human rights and freedom of religion and to support their engagement in international advocacy. The organization will provide legal aid for individuals whose rights have been violated because of their religious beliefs, train lawyers and interested citizens about their rights under Chinese law, and organize an international exchange for Chinese lawyers and activists to engage with other lawyers and policymakers about the right to religious freedom.

Strengthening Civil Society for Policy Accountability

Accountability and Governance

 $145,000

To strengthen the effectiveness of legal and policy work on anti-discrimination issues, women’s rights, and consumer rights. The program will refine and disseminate reference materials and manuals to increase knowledge of legislative, legal, and policy frameworks governing specific areas of current concern, train lawyers, and advocate for policy and legal reform.

Strengthening Civil Society for Policy and Legal Accountability

Accountability and Governance

Supplement: $21,000

To strengthen the effectiveness of legal and policy work on anti-discrimination issues, women’s rights, and consumer rights. The program will refine and disseminate reference materials and manuals to increase knowledge of legislative, legal, and policy frameworks governing specific areas of current concern, train lawyers, and advocate for policy and legal reform.

Strengthening Worker Rights and Representation

Freedom of Association

 $160,000

To empower workers to protect and advocate for their rights by increasing awareness of those rights and increasing their legal knowledge. The organization will produce investigative reports on rights violations, conduct workshops for workers on labor laws, and distribute educational materials on fundamental rights and emerging issues of concern for workers. Additionally, the organization will work to expand women’s leadership roles in the labor rights movement.

Supporting Grassroots NGOs

NGO Strengthening

 $83,000

To build the capacity of NGOs and engage young activists in policy advocacy. The project will support groups focused on human rights education, access to justice, and policy advocacy through assistance with administrative work and strategic direction. The project will also provide direct assistance to human rights defenders at risk, and to their families.

Supporting Labor Rights

Freedom of Association

 $61,000

To promote consistent enforcement of labor protection standards related to occupational safety and health (OSH), and to empower workers to protect their rights. The project will include educational workshops, facilitation of mutual support networks among OSH victims and their families, casework promoting enforcement of labor laws, and policy advocacy to improve labor conditions for vulnerable workers.

Supporting, Safeguarding, and Empowering Human Rights Lawyers

Rule of Law

 $230,000

To strengthen the rule of law by improving the skills of human rights lawyers, facilitating access to justice, and documenting rights violations against the legal community. The organization will provide legal aid, hold professional exchange and strategic litigation workshops, document and disseminate information about rights violations against lawyers, manage a small fund to support collaboration among practicing and disbarred lawyers, engage in advocacy, and offer emergency humanitarian assistance.

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