China Aid Association Feb. 13, 2012
On Feb. 14, 2012, “Bob” Xiqiu Fu, founder and president of China Aid Association, and the wife of imprisoned Chinese political dissident Guo Quan will testify before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China at a hearing entitled “The Case and Treatment of Prominent Human Rights Lawyer Gao Zhisheng.”
Time: 2:30-4:30pm, Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Location: Room 2118, Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC.
The following is an excerpt from Fu’s testimony, entitled “The Chinese Government Should be Held Accountable for the Persecution of Gao Zhisheng and his Family”:
Gao is a pioneer in China’s rights defense movement. Like the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. of the United States, Gao’s Christian faith and his ethical values have been the great spiritual motivator spurring him to defend the legal rights of the persecuted and the marginalized, and that faith and those values have given him the courage to make great sacrifices, even to the point of giving up his life, for this civil rights movement. The emergence in China of a group of human rights lawyers—men of integrity and courage, who are fighting on the frontlines for human rights, rule of law, and religious freedom in China—is due entirely to the power of the example set by Martin Luther King Jr. and Gao Zhisheng.
An excerpt from Li Jing, wife of Guo Quan’s testimony:
It is very important for the world community to raise the case of my husband, of Gao Zhisheng, of Chen Guangcheng and Liu Xiaobo—China must know that the world is united against the imprisonment of peaceful dissidents and rights defenders. But without U.S. leadership on human rights, few in Beijing will be listening.
ChinaAid was founded in 2002 to draw international attention to China’s gross human rights violations against house church Christians and monitors and reports on religious freedom violations in China. Drawing on a wide network of sources throughout the country, ChinaAid issues frequent news releases on cases of religious persecution in China. The Midland, Texas-based organization also assists victims of religious persecution to assert their rights and works to promote the rule of law in China.