ChinaAid’s Bob Fu to testify at International Religious Freedom ConferenceWednesday, February 23, 2011
China Aid Association
(Midland, Texas–Feb. 23, 2011) ChinaAid founder and president Bob Fu has been invited to testify at an international religious freedom conference this week with some of the world’s leading minds and advocates on the issue.
The Nootbaar Institute’s 2011 conference, “A Call for International Religious Freedom,” will be held Friday Feb. 25 at the Pepperdine University School of Law.
Congressman Frank Wolf (R-Va.), one of Congress’s most active champions of religious freedom, will deliver a keynote message, as will Dr. Suzan Johnson-Cook, who is President Obama’s nominee for Ambassador-At-Large for International Religious Freedom.
Fu is to be the first witness at the daylong conference and his talk is entitled, “Religious Freedom, Social Stability and Rule of Law in China.” In it, he will point out that China’s social stability, which is the Communist Party’s greatest worry, can only be maintained and sustained if China achieves rule of law such that religious freedom is assured.
Fu will also point out the many ways that China’s house church Christians are actually a stabilizing social force and are contributing to maintaining and promoting social stability.
“The Chinese independent house church is, after all, the largest de facto ‘NGO’ in China which seeks nothing but to worship freely and to be allowed to do good by helping the needy and at-risk groups like widows and orphans without fear of being persecuted,” Fu said. He likened the growing numbers of Christian human rights lawyers and activists defending civil rights to “little ants” whose work has the effect of “preparing the ground among millions of Chinese for the building up of a true civil society based on the rule of law.”
“They are a key group who deserves to be supported by the international community,” he said, adding that “future Chinese George Washingtons, Jeffersons and Lincolins will come out of this group.”
“To stand up with them is to secure a better free China which means a safer world to our generations ahead,” Fu said.
Other speakers at the conference will present on topics including, “The State and Impact of International Religious Freedom,” “Foundations for Religious Freedom,” and “Responding to Religious Freedom.”
ChinaAid, which was founded in 2002 to draw international attention to China's gross human rights violations against house church Christians, 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.
ChinaAid has earned an international reputation as a reliable source of the most up-to-date information about religious persecution and the overall human rights situation in China. Fu has testified before many government and international organizations, including various U.S. congressional committees, the European Parliament and the U.N. Commission on Human Rights.
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