(Photo: Courtesy of Lian Xi)
(Midland, Texas—Jan. 2, 2019) ChinaAid has closed nominations for the Lin Zhao Freedom Award and moved into the process of selecting the recipient.
We have narrowed the list down to nine nominees, who will remain anonymous for their own safety. They come from a variety of backgrounds and have greatly influenced China’s human rights and religious freedom. The recipient will be selected by a panel and notified of their prize privately over the next couple of weeks.
The Lin Zhao Freedom Award honors individuals who have non-violently opposed injustices and oppression committed by the Chinese Communist Party. Qualified nominees have suffered unjust treatments and persecution in the process of promoting freedom, democracy, truth, reconciliation, and rule of law.
The award also commemorates Lin Zhao, a Chinese Christian executed by firing squad on April 29, 1968, after planning a secretive publication and publishing a poem called “The Suffering Day of Prometheus.” Using her own blood, she also wrote a book against then-Communist Party chairman and notorious dictator Mao Zedong and the government’s “Tyranny Enslavement” while in prison.
In 1980, the Shanghai Higher People’s Court reversed the ruling that sentenced Zhao to death and posthumously deemed her not guilty on the grounds of mental illness. However, a year later, the court reviewed the case again and decided she was both mentally fit and innocent.
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