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Project Title: Defending Free Expression and Freedom of the Press
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: _ China Regional
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To strengthen and support a community of writers and journalists in defending free expression. The organization will work with local writers and journalists to advocate for free expression in the region, facilitating solidarity building activities, and holding events that call attention to the diminishing freedom of information and expression and increasing restrictions on human rights.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $43,000
Project Title: Advancing Dialogue on Political Reform and Strengthening Legal Advocacy in China and Hong Kong
Organization Name: National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: _ China Regional
Project Focus: NGO Strengthening
Description: To assist in efforts to identify new avenues for democracy and political reform in Hong Kong. The institute will support efforts to focus public discourse on how democratic reforms can have a direct impact on livelihood issues, such as income inequality, pollution, housing, and education. The program will also support continued engagement with lawyers supporting the rule of law in China.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $350,000
Project Title: Supporting Free Expression in Hong Kong
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Hong Kong (China)
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To strengthen voices defending freedom of information and expression. The grantee will work with local stakeholders to advocate for free expression and freedom of information in Hong Kong through solidarity building and public events calling attention to diminishing freedom of information.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $54,000
Project Title: Defending Rule of Law and Freedom in Hong Kong
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Hong Kong (China)
Project Focus: Rule of Law
Description: To engage a broad range of critical local and international stakeholders from both business and government sectors in the defense of rule of law in Hong Kong. The organization will research and report on how Hong Kong's prosperity hinges on the strength of its rule of law and freedoms, and will advocate for this crucial link to inform international foreign policy approaches to Hong Kong.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $33,223
Project Title: Strengthening Democratic Institutions and Human Rights Protection
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Hong Kong (China)
Project Focus: Human Rights
Description: To strengthen democratic institutions and human rights protections. The program will work with civil society networks and political leaders to improve compliance with international standards for human rights, and will seek to increase the international community's awareness of human rights abuses in Hong Kong through advocacy and as part of the Universal Periodic Review process.
Year: 2018
Award Amount: $88,711
Project Title: Strengthening Civil Society and Human Rights Protection
Organization Name: Justice Centre Hong Kong Limited
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Hong Kong (China)
Project Focus: Human Rights
Description: To strengthen democratic institutions and human rights protections. The organization will work with civil society networks and political leaders to improve compliance with international standards for human rights and will seek to increase the international community's awareness of human rights abuses in Hong Kong through advocacy and by supporting the implementation of the Universal Periodic Review's recommendations.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $90,000
Project Title: Strengthening Democratic Institutions and Human Rights Protection
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Hong Kong (China)
Project Focus: Human Rights
Description: To strengthen democratic institutions and human rights protections. Activities will include working with civil society networks and political leaders to improve compliance with international standards for human rights, and will seek to increase the international community's awareness of human rights abuses in Hong Kong.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $99,109
Project Title: Expanding Worker Rights and Democracy
Organization Name: Solidarity Center (SC)
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Hong Kong (China)
Project Focus: Freedom of Association
Description: To advance worker rights and democracy and strengthen the development of civil society. The center will support partners to strengthen democratic trade union efforts, including organizing, collective bargaining and advocacy skills. Project activities will raise public awareness and promote community participation on worker rights issues.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $133,600
Project Title: Supporting Civic Engagement on Fundamental Rights
Organization Name: National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Hong Kong (China)
Project Focus: NGO Strengthening
Description: To support civic engagement on fundamental rights in Hong Kong by promoting dialogue on political reform and strengthening the capacity of civil society to advocate for guaranteed rights. The institute will build on past public opinion research to engender discussion on political reform. In addition, it will help to develop organizational management and advocacy capacities of an emerging legal advocacy group working to defend Hong Kong citizens' civil liberties.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $300,000
Project Title: Expanding Worker Rights and Democracy
Organization Name: Solidarity Center (SC)
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Hong Kong (China)
Project Focus: Freedom of Association
Description: To expand worker rights and democracy, and promote the development of civil society in Hong Kong. The center will support partners to strengthen the capacity of trade, migrant worker, and domestic worker unions to organize, bargain collectively, engage in public policy advocacy, and increase public awareness of and participation in worker rights issues.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $130,800
Project Title: Promoting Engagement of Fundamental Rights
Organization Name: National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Hong Kong (China)
Project Focus: Accountability and Governance
Description: To facilitate engagement on Hong Kong's growing threats to guaranteed rights. The institute will organize a seminar series in Hong Kong on how national security can be protected while safeguarding fundamental rights and will facilitate international advocacy for Hong Kong scholars, legal practitioners, and civil society leaders to raise awareness of recent developments among influential international stakeholders.
Year: 2018
Award Amount: $200,000
Project Title: Expanding Worker Rights and Democracy
Organization Name: Solidarity Center (SC)
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Hong Kong (China)
Project Focus: Rule of Law
Description: To expand worker rights and democracy and promote the development of civil society in Hong Kong. The center will support partners to strengthen the capacity of trade unions, including migrant and domestic worker unions, to organize, bargain and advocate for better protections for workers, and to raise public awareness and promote participation in worker rights issues.
Year: 2018
Award Amount: $155,000
Project Title: Promoting Evidence-Based Dialogue and Policy-Making
Organization Name: National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Hong Kong (China)
Project Focus: Accountability and Governance
Description: To create pathways for constructive dialogue on key political issues in response to threats to guaranteed rights in Hong Kong and the "One Country, Two Systems" framework. The institute will promote evidence-based dialogue on Hong Kong's future based on citizen views of political and economic issues.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $325,000
Project Title: Expanding Worker Rights And Democracy
Organization Name: Solidarity Center (SC)
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Hong Kong (China)
Project Focus: Freedom of Association
Description: To expand worker rights and democracy, and promote the development of civil society in Hong Kong, the Center will support partners to strengthen the capacity of trade unions to organize, bargain and advocate for better protections for workers, and to raise public awareness and promote participation in worker rights issues.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $194,710
Project Title: Supporting Grassroots NGOs
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: NGO Strengthening
Description: 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.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $83,000
Project Title: Promoting Democratic Values
Organization Name: Wei Jingsheng Foundation, Inc.
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Democratic Ideas and Values
Description: 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.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $35,000
Project Title: Building Advocacy Capacity and Empowering Civil Society to Protect Human Rights
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Human Rights
Description: 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 the mechanisms available to defend those standards in the international community. Through this project, rights defenders will implement a broad program of advocacy and capacity-building activities, while also connecting Chinese activists to international human rights actors.
Year: 2018
Award Amount: $540,000
Project Title: Promoting Democratic Ideas and Values
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Democratic Ideas and Values
Description: To educate and train civil society activists on democratization and social movements and to provide a platform for youth to engage in discussion of democratic ideas and civil society activism. The project activities include holding seminars, workshops and trainings to facilitate the exchange of ideas and cooperation among activists in Hong Kong, mainland China and Taiwan, and maintaining a multi-platform program for Chinese youth to learn about modern history and current events, comparative democratic development, and civil society initiatives.
Year: 2018
Award Amount: $125,000
Project Title: Empowering Citizen Journalists to Defend Human Rights
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Human Rights
Description: 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. Project activities will include documenting human rights violations, advocating for human rights, and working with citizen journalists to increase their reporting, analysis, and writing skills.
Year: 2018
Award Amount: $62,000
Project Title: Promoting Democratic Ideas and Values
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Democratic Ideas and Values
Description: To educate and train civil society activists on democratization and social movements and to provide a platform for youth to engage in discussion of democratic ideas, including tolerance, conflict resolution, and civil society activism. A multi-platform program will be available for Chinese youth to learn about modern history and current events, comparative democratic development, and civil society initiatives.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $160,000
Note: This is the total grant amount and includes a supplement that was approved separately.
Project Title: The Rule of Law and Due Process
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Rule of Law
Description: To strengthen the rule of law and bolster standards and skills in the legal profession. Project activities will strengthen the quality and availability of legal aid for cases involving protection of citizen rights, and provide expert legal analysis of trends in relevant areas of the law, particularly those related to ensuring due process within the legal system.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $220,000
Project Title: Supporting Human Rights Defenders
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Human Rights
Description: To promote civil society development and protection of fundamental rights. The program will conduct ongoing monitoring and verification of the safety and well-being of human rights defenders and their families. Through coordination and collaboration with multiple networks, the program will also connect defenders at risk with available resources in a timely manner in case of need.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $25,000
Project Title: Supporting Free Expression and Open Debate
Organization Name: Princeton China Initiative
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To provide a platform for intellectual debate and to stimulate discourse on China's democratization. The organization will publish China in Perspective, an online magazine that focuses on international relations, comparative democratization, the changing dynamics in Hong Kong and Taiwan, and historical analysis of democratization experiences in Asia.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $100,000
Project Title: Strengthening Worker Rights and Representation
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Freedom of Association
Description: To educate workers about labor rights, to empower them to use legal means to protect their rights, and to advocate for labor rights in China. The organization will report on labor rights violations and educate workers on labor law and rights defense through trainings and the production and distribution of written materials. In addition, the organization will seek to expand leadership roles and opportunities for women in the labor rights movement through targeted, NGO staff trainings.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $90,000
Project Title: Empowering Environmental Rights Activists
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Accountability and Governance
Description: 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.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $153,000
Project Title: Combating Censorship and Supporting Free Expression
Organization Name: China Digital Times, Inc.
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To provide access to uncensored news and commentary about China, and about the Chinese government's efforts to control the information space. The grantee will work to increase access to information in Chinese cyberspace and nurture a community of influential Internet users. The group will also provide content in English and Chinese to give readers access to important political and social commentary.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $340,000
Project Title: Promoting Democratic Values
Organization Name: Wei Jingsheng Foundation, Inc.
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Democratic Ideas and Values
Description: To promote awareness of democratic values among the Chinese public, and to inform the international community about human rights violations within China. The project will continue its outreach through its website, information distribution networks, and frequent interviews with the international and Chinese press, and seek to engage new supporters through participation in community activism.
Year: 2018
Award Amount: $40,000
Project Title: Fortifying the Rule of Law to Protect Human Rights
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Rule of Law
Description: 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.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $129,686
Project Title: Humanitarian Assistance for Human Rights Defenders
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Human Rights
Description: To provide humanitarian 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.
Year: 2018
Award Amount: $30,000
Project Title: Capacity Building for Human Rights Defenders
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: NGO Strengthening
Description: To build the capacity of civil society activists and human rights defenders. Activities will include working with activists to improve their capacity in strategic planning, organizational development, and networking and to provide targeted assistance to those who suffer abuse by authorities.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $277,988
Project Title: Supporting Free Expression and Open Debate
Organization Name: Princeton China Initiative
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To provide a platform for intellectual debate and to stimulate discourse on democratization in China. The organization will publish China an online magazine that focuses on international relations, comparative democratization, changing dynamics in Hong Kong and Taiwan, and historical analyses of democratization experiences in Asia.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $38,811
Project Title: Empowering Citizen Journalists to Defend Human Rights
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Human Rights
Description: 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.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $63,000
Project Title: Providing Information and Analysis on China's Human Rights
Organization Name: China Change
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To raise the profile of human rights defenders and public intellectuals and to provide analysis on political developments in China. The organization will translate commentaries and interviews from leading intellectuals and rights defenders from Chinese into English, provide brief summaries of daily events and timely reports on human rights abuses, and write original profiles and opinion pieces about the human rights and democracy movements.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $86,400
Note: This is the total grant amount and includes a supplement that was approved separately.
Project Title: Supporting Emerging Civil Society Networks
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: NGO Strengthening
Description: To build the capacity of rights-focused civil society networks and organizations. The project will provide civil society actors and activists with project implementation advice, opportunities to network and exchange information with similar groups, and strategic planning assistance for programmatic and organizational development.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $80,000
Project Title: Promoting Digital Activism
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: NGO Strengthening
Description: To improve civil society activists' digital expertise to protect human rights, ensure accountable government, and encourage civic participation. Activists and civil society organizations will be trained in civic technology concepts, digital tools and security, and will be provided resources for protecting freedom of digital information. This project will promote collaboration among civil society activists and the technology community to push for digital transparency, open governance, and accountability.
Year: 2018
Award Amount: $45,000
Project Title: Capacity Building for Human Rights Defenders
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: NGO Strengthening
Description: 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.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $248,758
Project Title: Advancing Women's Rights
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Human Rights
Description: To advocate for and raise international awareness of women's rights in China. Project activities will include organizing lectures, conducting a training workshop, undertaking international advocacy, and launching 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 international audience will be kept up-to-date on women's activism in China.
Year: 2018
Award Amount: $50,000
Project Title: Building Human Rights Advocacy Capacity and Empowering Civil Society
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Human Rights
Description: To build the capacity of civil society and at-risk human rights defenders in creating space to protect human rights. This project will foster cooperation among Chinese rights defenders and allow them to better understand and participate in international human rights mechanisms. The project will enable rights defenders to carry out a broad program of advocacy, capacity building, and support for human rights defense activities.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $496,000
Project Title: Combating Censorship, Countering Propaganda, and Supporting Free Expression
Organization Name: China Digital Times, Inc.
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: 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.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $405,000
Note: This is the total grant amount and includes a supplement that was approved separately.
Project Title: Strengthening Worker Rights and Representation
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Freedom of Association
Description: To increase workers' awareness and legal knowledge to protect their rights, and to advocate for labor rights. Project activities will include the production of investigative reports on rights violations, workshops for workers on labor laws, and the distribution of easily understood written materials on fundamental labor rights. Additionally, the project will work to expand women's leadership roles in the labor rights movement.
Year: 2018
Award Amount: $150,000
Project Title: Strengthening Civil Society for Policy and Legal Accountability
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Accountability and Governance
Description: 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.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $192,605
Note: This is the total grant amount and includes a supplement that was approved separately.
Project Title: Religious Freedom, Rights Defense, and Rule of Law
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Rule of Law
Description: 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.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $45,000
Project Title: Engaging Critical Analysis and Political Discourse
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To provide a platform for high-level analysis of China's international relations, governance reform, domestic politics, and the potential for democratic transition. Project activities will include publishing a quarterly journal of carefully researched and thought-provoking articles and distributing it to a targeted audience of decision-makers.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $148,285
Note: This is the total grant amount and includes a supplement that was approved separately.
Project Title: Supporting Labor Rights
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Freedom of Association
Description: To promote consistent enforcement of labor protection standards related to occupational safety and health, and strengthen the ability of workers to protect their rights. The project will include curriculum development and educational workshops, casework to promote labor law enforcement, and policy advocacy to improve labor conditions for vulnerable workers.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $63,500
Project Title: Monitoring Media Censorship
Organization Name: Freedom House
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To promote awareness among Chinese and international stakeholders about the state's control of information and media, and to provide information about ongoing and potential responses to that control. The organization will produce a monthly publication that reports on censorship in both Chinese and English online versions to challenge censorship and counter the government's propaganda efforts.
Year: 2018
Award Amount: $83,950
Project Title: Combating Censorship, Countering Propaganda, and Supporting Free Expression
Organization Name: China Digital Times, Inc.
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: 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 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 as it impacts democratic institutions. The organization will also nurture a community of influential internet users to respond to censorship and disinformation in China and globally.
Year: 2018
Award Amount: $250,000
Project Title: Increasing Online Access to Information on Democracy
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To promote freedom of expression for censored publishers and writers. The project will provide access to platforms and online distribution mechanisms that allow writers and publishers to publish independent news and views, reaching a wider audience for literature on important contemporary social and political issues.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $160,000
Project Title: Humanitarian Assistance for Human Rights Defenders
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Human Rights
Description: To provide financial assistance to human rights activists, rights defenders, and political thinkers who face repression and financial hardship due to their work. Human rights activists and families facing harassment and arrest will receive short-term, emergency aid through the group's networks.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $40,000
Project Title: Promoting Respect for the Rule of Law
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Rule of Law
Description: To promote respect for the rule of law and equip lawyers to effectively protect human rights. Project activities will include training on combating torture and other forms of abuse by authorities, as well as research and advocacy on criminal defense reforms. The project will also provide literature and training designed to strengthen work on disability rights.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $148,700
Note: This is the total grant amount and includes a supplement that was approved separately.
Project Title: Assistance for Human Rights Defenders
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: NGO Strengthening
Description: To support civil society activists and human rights defenders who cannot return to China and to provide opportunities for their professional development. Individuals who are at risk for their work on human rights and democracy advocacy will receive resources that allow them to spend time abroad. Universities and entities will cooperate with these individuals to allow them to learn new skills and further their work.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $272,000
Project Title: Providing Information and Analysis on China's Human Rights
Organization Name: China Change
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: 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.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $80,000
Project Title: Strengthening the Rule of Law to Protect Human Rights and Public Participation
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Rule of Law
Description: To equip lawyers to engage effectively in combatting torture, to advocate for equal access to education, and to improve public participation in local government. Legal training on combatting torture and other police abuses will be supported. The organization will work to address discriminatory educational policies through raising awareness with government officials, legal assistance, and engaging the public. The project will advance meaningful opportunities for public participation by piloting participatory budgeting models that engage both local government and civil society.
Year: 2018
Award Amount: $230,000
Project Title: International Advocacy for Chinese Civil Society
Organization Name: China Change
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To raise the international profile of human rights defenders, intellectuals, and rights lawyers. The grantee will translate commentaries and interviews from Chinese into English as well as write original profiles and opinion pieces about the democracy and civil rights movement. The group will also conduct advocacy activities at international forums and events.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $94,000
Note: This is the total grant amount and includes a supplement that was approved separately.
Project Title: Strengthening Worker Rights and Representation
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Freedom of Association
Description: To increase the capacity of workers to use legal means to protect their rights and form associations to represent their interests. Outreach efforts and trainings will educate workers on labor law and collective bargaining. Additionally, international advocacy and social media will be utilized to increase awareness of labor issues in China.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $150,000
Project Title: Promoting Government Transparency and Accountability
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Accountability and Governance
Description: To empower civil society organizations and individual citizens to push for government transparency and accountability. The organization will equip individuals and organizations to use open government information regulations by conducting trainings on submitting and tracking government information disclosure requests, publishing an information disclosure manual, and providing direct assistance for pursuing OGI cases.
Year: 2018
Award Amount: $45,000
Project Title: Democratic China Electronic Journal
Organization Name: Democratic China, Inc.
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Democratic Ideas and Values
Description: To provide a platform for debate and intellectual discourse on democratic movements and strategies for democratization in China. The organization will publish articles by academics, activists, students, and artists about current social and political issues with a focus on freedom, human rights, and constitutionalism, and will use various forms of social media to distribute articles.
Year: 2018
Award Amount: $100,000
Project Title: Humanitarian Assistance for Human Rights Defenders
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Human Rights
Description: 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.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $30,000
Project Title: Empowering Environmental Rights Activists
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Accountability and Governance
Description: To support a network of environmental groups to monitor, document, and conduct advocacy and public outreach on the health of local waterways. Activities will help local partners coordinate initiatives to promote citizen engagement to monitor compliance by local governments and businesses and to protect the environment.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $110,570
Project Title: Supporting, Safeguarding, and Empowering Human Rights Lawyers
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Rule of Law
Description: 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.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $230,000
Project Title: Building Advocacy Capacity and Empowering Civil Society to Protect Human Rights
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Human Rights
Description: To build the capacity of civil society actors to advocate for, promote, and defend human rights. The project will facilitate cooperation and coordination among human rights defenders and will foster greater understanding of universal human rights standards and mechanisms used to defend those standards in the international community. Rights defenders will be empowered to implement a broad program of education and capacity-building activities, while also connecting Chinese activists to international human rights actors.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $412,280
Project Title: Protecting Free and Open Access to Online Information
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: 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.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $315,000
Note: This is the total grant amount and includes a supplement that was approved separately.
Project Title: Strengthening Organizational and Advocacy Capacity For Community-Based Organizations
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: NGO Strengthening
Description: To strengthen the organizational and advocacy capacity of community-based organizations working with vulnerable and marginalized populations. Project activities will include providing consultations and conducting workshops on organizational management and advocacy skills, hosting a leadership training program for community leaders, and supporting advocacy on health and rights issues at local and national levels.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $110,000
Project Title: Capacity-Building for Human Rights Defenders
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: NGO Strengthening
Description: To build the capacity of civil society activists and human rights defenders. The grantee will work with activists to improve their capacity in strategic planning, organizational development, and networking. The project will also provide targeted assistance to those suffering abuse from authorities.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $377,302
Note: This is the total grant amount and includes a supplement that was approved separately.
Project Title: Promoting Democratic Ideas and Values
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Democratic Ideas and Values
Description: To educate and train civil society activists on democratization and social movements, and to provide a platform for youth to engage in discussion of democratic ideas, including tolerance, conflict resolution, and civil society participation. A multi-platform program will enable Chinese youth to learn about modern history and current events, comparative democratic development, and civil society initiatives.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $150,000
Project Title: Fostering Interethnic and Interfaith Solidarity
Organization Name: Initiatives for China Inc.
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Democratic Ideas and Values
Description: To foster trust and cooperation between different ethnic and religious groups. The program will host an interethnic and interfaith conference to bring together pro-democracy activists from groups both inside and outside of China. This conference will allow participants to share experiences and advocacy tools, discuss current events, and explore opportunities for cooperation.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $120,000
Project Title: Supporting Freedom of Expression through Technology
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To promote freedom of expression for censored publishers and writers. The project will provide access to platforms and online distribution mechanisms that allow writers and publishers to publish independent news and views, reaching a wider audience for literature on important contemporary social and political issues.
Year: 2018
Award Amount: $76,200
Project Title: Ensuring Free and Open Access to Online Information
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To ensure 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.
Year: 2018
Award Amount: $234,966
Project Title: Strengthening Worker Rights and Representation
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Freedom of Association
Description: 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.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $160,000
Project Title: Religious Freedom, Rights Defense, and Rule of Law
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Rule of Law
Description: To assist victims of religious persecution in defending their human rights and freedom of religion. Activities will include supporting lawyers who take on cases of individuals whose rights have been violated because of their religious beliefs, and training other lawyers and interested citizens about their rights under Chinese law.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $40,000
Project Title: Building Advocacy Capacity and Empowering Civil Society to Protect Human Rights
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Human Rights
Description: 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.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $475,000
Project Title: Monitoring Media Censorship
Organization Name: Freedom House
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: 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.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $95,000
Project Title: Empowering Rights Lawyers and Activists to Protect Civil Society Space
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: NGO Strengthening
Description: To develop and implement methods to push back against the closing space for civil society in China. The organization will work with lawyers and civil society activists to maintain operations under the new laws by expanding the pool of lawyers available for consultation, equipping these lawyers to effectively advise rights civil society organizations, and building CSOs' capacity to assess and mitigate operational risks. The organization will also develop and strengthen international networks and collaboration among lawyers and CSOs working to protect civil society in closed countries.
Year: 2018
Award Amount: $229,452
Project Title: Empowering Workers
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Freedom of Association
Description: To support the efforts of workers to protect their constitutional and labor rights. Program activities will build the capacity of labor activists and lawyers to use the legal system to advance rule of law, particularly the legal protections for freedom of association.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $74,995
Project Title: Defending and Assisting Rights Defenders
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Human Rights
Description: To support, aid, and defend human rights defenders and their families. Project activities will include legal aid, direct assistance, and mental health support for human rights defenders and their families, as well as advocacy on behalf of this community.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $58,815
Project Title: Empowering Workers
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Freedom of Association
Description: 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.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $65,000
Note: This is the total grant amount and includes a supplement that was approved separately.
Project Title: Supporting, Safeguarding, and Empowering Human Rights Lawyers
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Rule of Law
Description: 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. Project activities will include providing legal aid, holding professional exchange and strategic litigation workshops, documenting and disseminating information about rights violations against lawyers, managing a small fund in support of research and advocacy projects, and offering emergency humanitarian assistance.
Year: 2018
Award Amount: $155,800
Project Title: Advancing Citizen Participation for Accountable Environmental Governance
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Accountability and Governance
Description: To strengthen environmental civil society organizations' (CSOs) capacity to empower citizens to hold local government accountable through public monitoring and civic participation. The program will include working with local and international partners to hold a foundational workshop with CSOs; arranging and facilitating meetings among CSOs, citizens, government officials, academics, and private sector representatives; and reporting on outcomes and new opportunities for civic engagement.
Year: 2018
Award Amount: $60,000
Project Title: Promoting Digital Activism
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: NGO Strengthening
Description: 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.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $65,000
Project Title: Strengthening the Rule of Law to Protect Human Rights and Public Participation
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Rule of Law
Description: To equip lawyers to engage effectively in combatting torture, to advocate for equal access to education, and to improve public participation in local government. The organization will support legal training on combating torture and other abuses by police. It will work to address discriminatory educational policies and raise awareness with government officials, legal assistance, and engaging the public, and advance more effective and meaningful opportunities for public participation.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $280,000
Project Title: Supporting Grassroots NGOs
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: NGO Strengthening
Description: To build the capacity of NGOs and engage young people in policy advocacy. Groups focused on human rights education, journalism, and policy advocacy will receive assistance with administrative work and strategic direction. The project will also provide assistance to activists at risk.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $90,000
Project Title: Supporting Labor Rights
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Freedom of Association
Description: 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.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $61,000
Project Title: Empowering Environmental Rights Activists
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Accountability and Governance
Description: To build a network of environmental groups with the capacity to conduct advocacy and public outreach on water quality and accountability issues. The project will help partners coordinate initiatives to promote citizen engagement in efforts to protect the environment and act as a watchdog regarding compliance on the part of local governments and businesses.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $248,500
Project Title: Providing Information and Analysis on China's Human Rights
Organization Name: China Change
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To raise the profile of human rights defenders and liberal intellectuals, and to provide analysis on political developments in China. The organization will translate commentaries and interviews from leading intellectuals and rights defenders from Chinese 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.
Year: 2018
Award Amount: $80,000
Project Title: Assistance for Human Rights Defenders
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: NGO Strengthening
Description: To support civil society activists and human rights defenders who cannot return to China and provide opportunities for their professional development. The program will identify individuals who are at risk for their work on human rights and democracy and provide resources that will allow them to spend time abroad. These individuals will be paired with universities and other institutions that will allow them to learn new skills and further their human rights and democracy work.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $250,000
Project Title: Defending and Assisting Rights Defenders
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Rule of Law
Description: 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.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $75,000
Project Title: Protecting Religious Freedom Through the Rule of Law
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Rule of Law
Description: To assist victims of religious persecution in defending their human rights and freedom of religion. Project activities will include rule of law trainings and legal assistance directed at protecting religious freedom and freedom of association.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $40,000
Project Title: Journal of China Strategic Analysis
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To provide a platform for high-level analysis of international relations, reform initiatives, domestic policies, and the potential for democratic transition. A journal featuring carefully researched and thought-provoking articles will be published and distributed to a targeted audience of decision-makers critical to reform.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $56,810
Project Title: Defending and Assisting Rights Defenders
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Rule of Law
Description: 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, advocate on their behalf through its extensive network of lawyers, activists, and other civil society organizations, and support small projects seeking to improve access to justice at a local level.
Year: 2018
Award Amount: $60,000
Project Title: Ensuring Free and Open Access to Online Information
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To ensure continued access to online information, and to facilitate access to banned or censored media, news, and information websites. Activities will include the development and maintenance of a censorship-circumvention web-browser application that will give Chinese citizens access to objective information about developments within their own borders and current events and perspectives around the world, and help foster the use of websites that focus on democracy, human rights, and civil society.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $199,969
Project Title: Advancing Women's Rights
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Human Rights
Description: To advocate for and raise international awareness of women's rights in China. Project activities will include holding lectures, conducting workshops, undertaking international advocacy, and launching a social media campaign to increase international awareness on women's rights issues in China.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $60,000
Project Title: Strengthening Civil Society for Policy Accountability
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Accountability and Governance
Description: 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.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $145,000
Project Title: Engaging Critical Analysis and Political Discourse
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To provide a platform for high-level analysis of international relations, governance reform, China's domestic politics, and the potential for democratic transition for intellectuals, scholars, and policy advisors inside and outside of China. The organization will publish a quarterly journal featuring carefully researched and thought-provoking articles to distribute to decision-makers critical to reform.
Year: 2018
Award Amount: $157,858
Project Title: Assistance for Human Rights Defenders
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: NGO Strengthening
Description: 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.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $175,000
Project Title: Democratic China Electronic Journal
Organization Name: Democratic China, Inc.
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Democratic Ideas and Values
Description: To provide a platform for debate and intellectual discourse on democratic movements and strategies for democratization in China. Articles by academics, activists, students, and artists about current social and political issues will be published. The group will also maintain space to develop the framework and influence of Charter '08 and to promote political reform.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $180,000
Project Title: Exposing Censorship and Influence in the Global Information Space
Organization Name: China Digital Times, Inc.
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: 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.
Year: 2019
Award Amount: $175,700
Note: This is the total grant amount and includes a supplement that was approved separately.
Project Title: Promoting Democratic Values
Organization Name: Wei Jingsheng Foundation, Inc.
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Democratic Ideas and Values
Description: To promote awareness of democratic values among the Chinese public and to inform the international community about the human rights situation in China. The organization will continue its outreach through its website, distribution of information in China, and interviews with the international and Chinese press.
Year: 2017
Award Amount: $68,100
Project Title: Combating Censorship and Fostering Free Expression
Organization Name: China Digital Times, Inc.
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Freedom of Information
Description: To provide access to uncensored news and commentary about China as well as government efforts to control the information space. The project will work to increase access to information in Chinese cyberspace and nurture a community of influential Internet users committed to expanding access to information and free expression. Content developed and featured by this project, in both English and Chinese, will give Chinese readers and the international community access to important political and social commentary.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $340,000
Project Title: Building the Capacity of Women's Rights Advocates
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: NGO Strengthening
Description: To build the capacity of women leaders and to strengthen cooperation and mutual support among women's rights activists. International educational exchanges enable female activists to learn about NGO management, advocacy, international legal instruments, and leadership development. The participants will also learn about the implementation and promotion of anti-domestic violence laws.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $50,000
Project Title: Empowering Civil Society to Protect Rights
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: NGO Strengthening
Description: To support the development of grassroots leaders' capacity and skills. Activities will include mentoring, workshops, and the development of a variety of online educational and reference resources. Topics will include management, optimizing decision-making structures and processes, strategic planning, legal awareness, sustainable growth, and team-building.
Year: 2016
Award Amount: $174,047
Note: This is the total grant amount and includes a supplement that was approved separately.
Project Title: Religious Freedom, Rights Defense, and Rule of Law
Project Region: Asia
Project Country: Mainland China
Project Focus: Rule of Law
Description: To assist victims of religious persecution in defending their human rights and freedom of religion. Legal aid will be provided to individuals whose rights have been violated because of their religious beliefs. Project activities will also include training lawyers and interested citizens about their rights under Chinese law and organizing an international exchange for Chinese lawyers and activists to engage with other lawyers and policymakers about the right to religious freedom.
Year: 2018
Award Amount: $45,000
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