National Endowment for Democracy hosts panels ahead of Tiananmen anniversary

ChinaAid President Bob Fu (right) speaks on a
panel at a National Endowment for Democracy
event on June 3. (Photo: ChinaAid)


(Washington, D.C.—June 3, 2019) The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) hosted ChinaAid and other human rights advocates on panels this afternoon to discuss China’s ongoing war on human rights.

The event, “China’s Repression Model: Tiananmen, Today Tomorrow,” featured opening statements from the United States’ Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback, Senator Bob Mendez, NED President Carl Gershman, and NED Chairman Andrew H. Card, Jr. There were two panels, the first, titled “Challenging China’s Repression Model: A Conversation with the 2019 Democracy Award Honorees,” consisting of ChinaAid President Bob Fu, Dolkun Isa of the World Uyghur Congress, and Lhadon Tethong from the Tibet Action Institute. All three organizations are to be awarded the NED’s 2019 Democracy Award tomorrow evening.

Sophie Richardson from the Human Rights Watch, Xiao Qiang from the China Digital Times, and Ttcat, a tech activist, comprised the second panel, called “Resisting the Spread of China’s Repressive Tactics and Technologies.”

The NED held these panels in advance of tomorrow’s 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, commemorating one of China’s most notorious abuses of human rights. On the night of June 3 and throughout June 4, 1989, Chinese authorities brutally slaughtered innocent pro-democracy student activists who had gathered in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square to demand increased freedoms, also killing bystanders in the process. Since then, China has tried to silence news of the mass murders, preventing media coverage within its own borders.

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