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Chinese Lawyers Teng Biao, Jiang Tianyong Named Democracy Prize Recipients

Posted by Author on September 6, 2011

Two Chinese rights lawyers are being recognized for their work, but they’re not expected to travel overseas to receive their award. Lawyers Jiang Tianyong and Tengbiao are winners of this year’s Prize for Outstanding Democracy Activist, given by the U.S.-based China Democracy Education Foundation, or CDEF.

The award, which dates back to 1986, was announced at the beginning of this month. It recognizes individuals who have contributed towards democracy and human rights in China. CDEF President Lin Muchen says both lawyers have demonstrated this through their careers, despite tough conditions.

[Lin Muchen, President of China Democracy Education Foundation]:
“Although the communist regime suppresses them, they have not given up and have persisted in doing their work. As scholars, this kind of courageous spirit is precious. So I really feel they fully deserve the award.”
Teng Biao is a co-founder a Gongmeng, a China-based organization that aims to promote the rule of law and social justice. Teng has been involved in cases like representing victims of the 2008 toxic milk scandal in compensation lawsuits.

Jiang Tianyong is another notable Chinese rights lawyer. He has worked with disadvantaged groups like patients with AIDS and slave child labor, as well as representing members of Falun Gong, a spiritual movement persecuted by the Chinese regime.

Jiang appeared modest at the news of his award.

[Jiang Tianyong, Winner of Prize for Outstanding Democracy Activist]:
“I’m only being a true person, and all I want is to speak the truth, and act according to my conscience. It’s really nothing. I’m really grateful to all those who have looked out for me, and worked to create a better life for Chinese people. Thank you all.”

Teng and Jiang have been targeted by the Chinese regime for their work. Both disappeared for more than two months between February and May this year, when the regime intensified its crackdown on dissidents and activists.

The CDEF award will be presented on September 10 in San Francisco. The lawyers are not expected to receive their award in person because of the travel restrictions imposed on them.

NTD TV

2 Responses to “Chinese Lawyers Teng Biao, Jiang Tianyong Named Democracy Prize Recipients”

  1. Liam said

    You see the picture of the man with acid on his face, this shows the impulsive and thoughtless acts of the Chinese government against civilians.

  2. Liam said

    I have no idea what gives the police of china the satisfaction of torturig deprived citizens of china when they try to start a party against the issues of free speech in China

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