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ChinaAid Congratulated in Congress on its Ten-Year Anniversary

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

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[DSC_4997%255B3%255D.jpg](Washington, D.C.—July 24, 2012) A member of Congress was to congratulate ChinaAid on Tuesday in formal remarks from the congressional floor marking the group’s 10-year anniversary.

In prepared remarks made available to ChinaAid, Rep. John Carter (R-Texas) described ChinaAid as being “at the forefront of the struggle for freedom and rights in China” and said it has been “doing important work.”

“ChinaAid is not only an effective voice for the voiceless, but is also working to make sure China’s human rights defenders are able to speak up against injustice,” the former judge said.

After giving a brief history of ChinaAid and its founder, Pastor Bob Fu, Carter said, “The work of his organization is vital, it is effective, it is bipartisan, and it is necessary.  Everyone here in Congress will agree, a future China that respects the freedom of speech, the freedom to worship, and the rule of law will be a critical strategic partner with the United States.”

Carter was one of the VIPs ChinaAid invited to speak at its Tuesday morning seminar on “Human Rights, Religious Freedom and Rule of Law in China: A 10-Year Review and Future Prospects."

Below is the full text of Rep. Carter’s prepared remarks, which will be entered into the Congressional Record:



Mr. Speaker,

I rise today to congratulate Rev. “Bob” Xiqiu Fu on the ten year anniversary of his organization the ChinaAid Association.  This Texas-based organization has been at the forefront of the struggle for freedom and rights in China.  ChinaAid is doing important work and I hope they will continue to flourish in their next ten years.       

In 2002, only six years after migrating to the United States, Rev. Fu founded the ChinaAid Association to promote religious freedom in China and raise worldwide awareness of the ongoing and unjust persecution of religious believers in China.  ChinaAid’s goal is to provide for the physical, legal, and spiritual needs of victims of human rights abuses and to be a “voice for the voiceless” in Washington DC and the capitols of the world. 

ChinaAid is not only an effective voice for the voiceless, but is also working to make sure China’s human rights defenders are able to speak up against injustice.  In recent years, ChinaAid has expanded its mission to support legal defense in religious persecution cases, academic research on the rule of law, and the training of human rights defenders.

Rev. Fu knows first-hand what it’s like to be persecuted by the Chinese government.  In 1989, he was one of the student leaders in Tiananmen Square demonstrating for freedom and democracy. After the bloody crackdown, Bob became a Christian and led a house church while teaching English at the Communist Party School in Beijing. Considered a threat to the Chinese Communist government, Bob and his wife Heidi were imprisoned for “illegal evangelism” causing them to flee from China in 1996.   He eventually migrated to the United States with the assistance of Members of Congress and then President Bill Clinton. 

Pastor Fu is recognized as a leading expert on religious freedom and the rule of law.  He regularly testifies before the U.S. Congress and has provided expert testimony before the European Union and the United Nations.   Bob has also established a close working relationship with President George W. and Laura Bush, taking the first group of Chinese “house church” Protestant leaders to meet a sitting President in the White House.   

The work of his organization is vital, it is effective, it is bipartisan, and it is necessary.  Everyone here in Congress will agree, a future China that respects the freedom of speech, the freedom to worship, and the rule of law will be a critical strategic partner with the United States.

ChinaAid is working to ensure this future and that is why it should be congratulated today on its tenth anniversary.

   

China Aid Contacts
Rachel Ritchie, English Media Director
Cell: (432) 553-1080 | Office: 1+ (888) 889-7757 | Other: (432) 689-6985
Email: r.ritchie@chinaaid.org
Website: www.chinaaid.org


"Bob Fu has dedicated his life to bringing freedom of religion to the Chinese people. His story is a testimony to the power of faith and an inspiration to people struggling to break free from oppression."
—Mrs. Laura Bush

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