Acceptance Speech at the 2019 Humanitarian AwardsCeremony hosted by Church of Scientology National Affairs Office
(Citizen Power Initiative for China)
Good evening, ladies and gentlemen，
On behalf of Citizen Power Initiative for China, I am honored to be invited to this ceremony, and have the opportunity to give the speech. It’s also our honor to be standing here side by side with human rights advocater Dr. Joseph Green and other China related human rights defending groups to accept the human rights awards from Church of Scientology.
More than 70 years ago, US president Roosevelt had a famous Four Freedoms Speech, in which the second is the freedom to worship God in one’s own way. This principle of freedom of religion had also been written in the Charter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights later on.
However, Freedom of religion is far from being realized in the world today. China, with the biggest population in the world, has been ruled by the Chinese Communist Party for 70 years, which enshrines atheism from its foundation. Although freedom of religious belief is also an article in China’s constitution, the CCP has never planned to implement it. So, only the four official managed religious systems were acknowledged, and all other religions or branches are under suppression.
I was once a political prisoner, and spent 8 years in China’s prison because I criticized CCP’s policy on human rights abuse. One of my crimes was that I wrote an article in 2000 defending the Falun Gong practitioners’ human rights, including their right to believe their own religion and their freedom from torture.
Before I became a human rights activist, one of my Muslim friends was arrested and imprisoned into labor camp for 3 years because he gave Islamic lectures at his home. I am a member of Huizu, an ethnic group in China, which believe in Islam. So his arrest touched me a lot. This is one of the events which inspired me turning to the road of democracy.
I had many Christian friends when I lived in Beijing. Most of them worshipped God at family church, but they were warned by police to stop worship together out of the government sanctioned church. In January 2014, 14 of my Christian friends were imprisoned for one month, only because they worshipped God in family Church.
From the internet, people know millions of so called evil cult members, including practitioners of FalunGong and the Church of Almighty God, suffered and are suffering from cruel persecutions.
Today, more than a million Uighur people are under illegal custody by the CCP in China. Many of Christian Churches and Mosques are being demolished daily.
I came to the US only one year ago, but I am happy that I can meet so many human rights activists in Washington DC. Although I also met several international human rights organizations when I was in China, but those meetings had to be careful and avoid surveillance of secret police. So people in the free world should unite together to fight against despots of those totalitarian states.
Thank you for Church of Scientology again of all your contributions for human rights.