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  Chinese Dissident Wei Jingsheng - Sidebar - MSN Encarta
Wei Jingsheng, a leading Chinese dissident who has spent most of the last 18 years in prison for his unwavering defense of democracy and human rights, was allowed to leave China for the United States on November 16, 1997.
Wei first gained prominence in January 1978 when he posted a bold essay calling for major democratic reforms on Beijing's Democracy Wall, a public forum for political debate that was banned after a few short months.
Wei was released in 1993 and quickly returned to pro-democracy activism, defying government warnings to refrain from speaking out about his prison life or from meeting with foreign journalists.
encarta.msn.com /sidebar_762504209/Chinese_Dissident_Wei_Jingsheng.html   (409 words)

 Wei Jingsheng hero file
Wei is unable to engage a defence lawyer to represent him at his show trial, which begins on 16 October, so conducts his own defence.
In the autumn, Wei is transferred from Qinghai Province to a labour camp at Nanpu on the Bo Hai Gulf in the north of China.
Wei escapes the death penalty that comes with the charge but is sentenced to another 14 years imprisonment and stripped of his political rights for three years.
www.moreorless.au.com /heroes/wei.html   (4652 words)

  wei jingsheng
WEI Jingsheng is the best-known Chinese human rights and democracy fighter and is the leader for the opposition against the Chinese Communist dictatorship.
Wei Jingsheng is a winner of numerous human rights awards, including the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Human Rights Award in 1996, the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, the National Endowment for Democracy Award in 1997, International Activist Award by the Gleitsman Foundation in 1993 and the Olof Palme Memorial Prize in 1994.
Wei Jingsheng was born in Beijing, China in 1950.
www.weijingsheng.org /wei/en.html   (1041 words)

 Taiwan, Wei Jingsheng Foundation
Wei Jingsheng (魏京生), yesterday criticized Taiwanese officials for being too eager to woo their Chinese counterparts, adding that such an approach could be perceived as a sign of weakness in the eyes of Chinese leaders.
One of mainland China's best-known exiled dissidents, Wei Jingsheng, yesterday criticized ROC officials for being too eager to woo their PRC counterparts, adding that such an approach could be perceived as a sign of weakness by mainland leaders.
Wei underscored the importance of peace across the Taiwan strait, but observed that promises of "one country, two systems" from the Mainland government are not trustworthy, coming from a dictatorship.
weijingsheng.org /taiwan.html   (440 words)

 The Courage to Stand Alone - The Great Brain Injury Scam - Freedom Magazine Published by Church of Scientology
The aforementioned are the few conditions author Wei Jingsheng was "permitted" to write about to his family and members of the government in The Courage to Stand Alone, a compilation of letters and essays from 1981 to 1993.
As explained in his book, Wei Jingsheng is the eldest child of parents committed to the Chinese Communist Party, and Wei himself grew up with the same political reverence for the party as his mother and father.
Wei, by contrast, knows that his "tragic flaw," for lack of a better phrase, is the inability to keep quiet about the things he feels his country should be looking at with an eye toward reformation.
www.freedommag.org /english/vol30I2/page30.htm   (1569 words)

 Noted Chinese dissident Wei Jingsheng speaks Sept. 10 at UI
Wei Jingsheng, who, after more than 15 years in prison, was released from China in November 1997, will present the lecture as part of "Global Focus: Human Rights '98," the UI's year-long commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Wei, who spent a total of 18 years as a political prisoner in China for his adamant calls for democratic reforms in his native country, was the focus of national and international attention last November when the Communist leadership of China allowed him to emigrate to the United States for medical treatment.
Wei is one of several prominent human rights activists and scholars who will be visiting the UI as part of Global Focus: Human Rights '98 during the fall 1998 semester.
www.uiowa.edu /~ournews/1998/september/0903wei.html   (569 words)

 Columbia News ::: Wei Accepts Alumni Federation Award
A citation was presented to Wei during a reception at the Columbia Club in midtown Manhattan on Tuesday, Oct. 12.
The citation to Wei was the first of its kind by the Federation and recognized his "significant impact on world affairs and the course of events," said Alumni Federation President Bernard Sunshine, CC'46, who presented the citation.
Wei's passion for drawing attention to oppression in China and supporting the country's underground democratic efforts have fueled his restless schedule, which he began only four days after his release.
www.columbia.edu /cu/news/99/11/wei.html   (449 words)

 Salon | Sneak Peeks
When Chinese authorities wanted to release Wei from prison six months early, on Sept. 14, 1993, in a transparent effort to bolster China's campaign to host the 2000 Olympic Games, Wei's price was the return of the scores of letters he had written from jail; hence this book.
Wei's most singular characteristic is a selflessness that borders on the divine, a trait encouraged by his revolutionary mother, who took seriously the Party's rhetoric about "sacrifice for those who are suffering." On May 4, 1989, a month before the Tienanmen massacre, Wei writes to Premier Li Peng.
Wei warns Li not to follow the lead of Deng, who is "senile" and has "brought ruin upon himself." But Wei is shrewd enough to know that Li might have to placate hard-liners, so he urges Li to "use my continued imprisonment" as a bargaining chip.
www.salon.com /may97/sneaks/sneak970520.html   (589 words)

 CNN - Freed dissident pleads: Don't forget China's oppressed - November 21, 1997
Wei Jingsheng, who has spent most of the last 18 years in prison, said he hopes to return to China some day.
Wei, whose letters from prison were published this year outside China, downplayed his importance in the international campaign to improve human rights in his homeland.
Wei, in his younger years a staunch supporter of the Chinese government, was arrested in 1979 for "counter-revolutionary activities." He was among dozens of youths who mimeographed underground political journals and posted essays on a public wall in Beijing dubbed the Democracy Wall.
www.cnn.com /WORLD/9711/21/china.dissident/index.html   (778 words)

 CNN - China grants parole to famed dissident - Nov. 16, 1997
Wei was allowed to spend roughly five hours with his family in a state-run guest house before he arrived in Detroit Sunday.
Wei's family told CNN that before leaving Beijing, Wei was forced to sign a document stating he'd be returned to prison if he ever returned to China.
Wei's family told the press that his flight to Detroit was the first flight of his life and that despite China's threat to jail him again, Wei wants to return.
www.cnn.com /WORLD/9711/16/wei/index.html   (969 words)

 CNN - Freed dissident pleads: Don't forget China's oppressed - November 21, 1997
Wei Jingsheng, who has spent most of the last 18 years in prison, said he hopes to return to China some day.
Wei, whose letters from prison were published this year outside China, downplayed his importance in the international campaign to improve human rights in his homeland.
Wei, in his younger years a staunch supporter of the Chinese government, was arrested in 1979 for "counter-revolutionary activities." He was among dozens of youths who mimeographed underground political journals and posted essays on a public wall in Beijing dubbed the Democracy Wall.
edition.cnn.com /WORLD/9711/21/china.dissident   (778 words)

 Laogai Research Foundation
Wei first became well-known when he posted an article on Beijing’s Democracy Wall in 1978, a wall that came to represent the Chinese people’s need for an open discussion about their country’s politics.
From 1979 to 1981, Wei was held in solitary confinement in the infamous Banbuqiao Detention Center in Beijing.
Wei Jingsheng is a giant of a man. He has a spirit unmatched by anyone in recent history.
www.christusrex.org /www1/sdc/Dec95d.htm   (626 words)

 Policy - Perspective
Wei Jingsheng, like the heroic students of Tienanmen Square, is living proof that China's people are not indifferent to democracy and human rights, content with lawlessness, dictatorship and corruption.
Wei's trial is yet another direct test of the United States' resolve to work for an improved human rights situation in the People's Republic of China.
Wei's alleged crime was sedition: conspiracy to overthrow the Communist Chinese government.
www.globalsecurity.org /wmd/library/news/china/1995/hrpc_weiupdt.htm   (1278 words)

 Wei Jingsheng
Wei Jingsheng came to such views during the years he spent as an electrician at the Beijing Zoo.
Wei was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Wei Jingsheng was released from prison during the fall of 1993 as the International Olympic Committee was considering whether to award the 2000 Olympic Games to China.
www.aflcio.org /aboutus/thisistheaflcio/ecouncil/ec01291998a.cfm?RenderForPrint=1   (399 words)

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Born in China, Wei Jingsheng is a dreamer, a political activist, a writer, a silenced leader, an inspiration, a nurturing older brother, and one who possesses an unparalleled faith in democracy and its place in modern China.
But Wei Jingsheng does not live in the United States, he lives in China, where the courage of his convictions have not been appreciated, in fact quite the opposite, Wei Jingsheng has been severely punished.
Wei Jingsheng is reported to be near the end of his life--a life of struggle and hardship.
www.senate.gov /member/ct/dodd/general/press/Speeches/105_97/0513.htm   (346 words)

 Floor Statements by Congresswoman Pelosi
Wei Jingsheng was first imprisoned at the age of 29 in 1979 for his role during the "Democracy Wall" movement.
Wei Jingsheng is a writer, political philosopher, and leading human rights advocate who represents an important symbol and inspiration for Chinese citizens.
Wei became a voice for those within China who are voiceless, and engaged in humanitarian activity, giving away his money to help the families of the victims of the June 1989 massacre.
www.house.gov /pelosi/weidearc.htm   (788 words)

Geneva -- Chinese dissident Wei Jingsheng warned U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson to be on her guard against being used as a "tool of propaganda" by the Chinese when she visits Beijing.
Wei criticized the Commission for not acting decisively on China, and argued that pressure for reform is more effective than a policy of dialogue and encouragement.
Wei, who spent a total of eighteen years in China's prisons after participating in the 1979 Democracy Wall movement, said the Chinese have recently reverted to using forms of abuse and torture that were current during the Cultural Revolution.
usembassy-australia.state.gov /hyper/WF980409/epf407.htm   (715 words)

 10.28.98 - Wei Jingsheng Fights for Chinese Democracy
Wei Jingsheng, one of China's prominent dissidents, is spending fall semester at Berkeley as a Senior Research Fellow at the Human Rights Center.
Wei Jingsheng was expelled from his homeland last year, after spending most of his adult life in prison for criticizing the Communist regime and agitating for democracy.
Wei describes his long periods in solitary confinement in his recently published collection of prison letters, "The Courage to Stand Alone." The book is banned in China.
www.berkeley.edu /news/berkeleyan/1998/1028/jingsheng.html   (757 words)

 Dissident Wei Jingsheng Slams West for Preferring Trade to Human Rights   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Wei, 47, a former electrician at Beijing Zoo, spent most of the past 18 years in prison for advocating democratic reform.
Wei first stepped forward during the Democracy Wall movement in the late 1970s when wall posters and unauthorized bulletins calling for reform and human rights flourished in Beijing.
Wei, who suffers from high blood pressure and heart ailments, now lives in New York where he is a visiting professor at Columbia University.
www.pacificnet.net /jue/chinanews/archives/docs/980327.html   (431 words)

 Amazon.ca: Courage To Stand Alone: Jingsheng Wei: Books
Wei Jingsheng is well known as China's leading dissident, but this book also establishes him as one of China's leading intellectuals.
When Wei Jingsheng was first put into prison and began writing the letters that make up the bulk of To Stand Alone, Mandela had been in prison for 17 years, Solzhenitsyn had just published Gulag in English, and the concept of dissent was unknown in China.
When Wei was released in 1997 and flew to the US after having served 18 years in China's gulag (known there as laogai), Mandela was president of South Africa, Solzhenitsyn had returned to a free Russia, and Deng had transformed China from a socialist police state to a plutocratic police state.
www.amazon.ca /Courage-Stand-Alone-Jingsheng-Wei/dp/0140262857   (1495 words)

 The Epoch Times | Beware the Cult of Engagement
Wei Jingsheng served a total of 18 years in prison in China, following the publication in 1978 of his essay "The Fifth Modernization," which argued for the necessity of democracy for China.
Wei Jingsheng, perhaps the most prominent Chinese dissident outside China, was prevented from entering Japan on June 2.
Wei had intended on speaking at an event commemorating the 18th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre on June 4.
en.epochtimes.com /news/7-6-25/56860.html   (865 words)

 HumanLifeMatters: Wei Jingsheng and original rights
Wei Jingsheng spent a total of eighteen years in prison as a dissident charged with “counter revolution propaganda and agitation.” Wei was released from jail in 1997.
Although Wei spoke about human rights as they apply to the Chinese people suffering under a communist regime, parallels can be drawn to “original rights” denied by oppressors to other members of the human community.
Wei Jinsheng mentioned in his statement that “human rights have already been accepted globally as a standard of conduct.” He spoke about these human rights being innate to all humanity.
humanlifematters.blogspot.com /2008/02/wei-jingsheng-58-is-known-as-pro.html   (1405 words)

 Wei Jingsheng
Today Wei Jingsheng is a free man. And unlike his jailors, he has his human rights principles intact.
Wei Jingsheng’s life-story is one of remarkable strength in the face of overwhelming adversity.
On his release, one of Wei Jingsheng’s first acts was to write a letter to Amnesty members thanking them for their support.
www.amnesty.ca /defend/defender_gallery/jingsheng.html   (305 words)

 SIPA News   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Wei's lecture, "The Struggle for Democracy and Human Rights in China Today," drew a large audience of students, faculty, diplomats, and human rights advocates who listened intently to his views on the political and social structure of China.
Wei was released six months before the completion of his sentence in 1993, but sentenced again in November 1995 to 14 years in the "laogai," or labor camp, following a meeting with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights John Shattuck.
Wei's speech also touched on his life-time efforts to procure a system of democratic rule and equality in China and the prospect for a future free of the oppression and limited freedoms that have long been associated with his country.
www.columbia.edu /cu/sipa/PUBS/SIPA_NEWS/SPRING98/article1.html   (838 words)

Wei Jingsheng's life has been an example of one motivated human growing from an ordinary activist into a near martyr.
Wei's letters are an eloquent expression of the dissatisfactions of Chinese people who wish for more personal freedom and economic reform.
Besides Wei's letters, other sections of ''The Courage To Stand Alone'' include the transcript of his 1979 trial, the text of ''The Fifth Modernism'' and a short biography of Wei by China scholar Sophie Woodman.
www.lubbockonline.com /news/061297/courage.htm   (743 words)

 Exiled Chinese dissident Wei visited Taiwan   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Wei Jingsheng was sentenced to 15 years in prison for proposing democracy.
Wei was released in a move widely regarded as a move to boost Chinese government's image for helping its unsuccessful bid to host 2000 Olympic game.
Wei was released on medical parole and arrived in United States.
www.ldc.upenn.edu /Projects/TDT2000/topics/completed-research/wei.html   (217 words)

 China Support Network Blog: Wei Jingsheng speaks at Tibet protest opposite U.S. White House
The Chairman of the Overseas Chinese Democracy Coalition, Wei Jingsheng, was invited to attend and deliver a speech.
At the end of the speech, Wei Jingsheng encouraged the Tibetan friends to continue their struggles until the Chinese Communists are willing to sit down for negotiation.
Wei to express their gratitude to the Han brothers, as well as wishing more Han Chinese friends would stand out to speak up for them, like what Mr.
chinasupport.blogspot.com /2008/03/wei-jingsheng-speaks-at-tibet-protest.html   (574 words)

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