(WASHINGTON – Nov. 9, 2010) The fifth day of the visit to the US for the delegation focused on democracy and religious freedom took place in Washington, DC.
At 8:00 a.m. Bob Fu, president of ChinaAid, was interviewed by Voice of America News (VOA) on the live call-in program Issues and Opinions. Fu spoke about the clever smokescreen that the Chinese constitution has deployed, stating that Chinese citizens enjoy religious freedom, when in fact, many are struggling to worship without restraint or being placed under persecution.
The delegation was hosted by the Federalist Society for a lunch meeting, where they discussed future cooperation between legal scholars and activists for the furtherance of democracy in China.
Keith Luse, Senior Professional Staff Member to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, met the delegation later that afternoon at the US Senate Building. They were joined by Marta Ross, congressional staffer of Senator Jim Webb, and interns focused on religious freedom. The delegation gave special attention to the case of Dr. Fan Yafeng, who has been experiencing persecution at the hands of the government in Beijing.
Because Dr. Fan has been targeted so heavily and placed under house arrest, it is possible that he may disappear and suffer the same fate as Gao Zhisheng or Chen Guangcheng. The delegation submitted a document detailing Dr. Fan’s plight to the staff. A copy of the document can be found here – http://bit.ly/c56Eeo.
Zhang Min, reporter for Radio Free Asia, interviewed Bob Fu, Li Baiguang, Ran Liang and Sun Haiping. Fu and Li addressed religious freedom and rule of law in China. As a close friend of Dr. Fan, Ran spoke about the human rights lawyers’ current situation. Sun Haiping discussed the persecution that she and her husband Wang Dao have endured at the hands of Chinese authorities.
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