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China Aid was founded in 2002 on the announcement of death sentences for five Chinese house church leaders. In response, a mission was conceived to Expose-Encourage-Equip, and China Aid issued its first press release after meeting with Members of Congress and their staff, revealed details of these cases with then-Chinese president Jiang Zemin, launched its first letter-writing campaign, and sent its first team of trained human rights lawyers to defend those being persecuted. In the end, the five death sentences were overturned.

Over the past 14 years, China Aid's mission has evolved to one of exposing human rights abuses and promoting truth, justice and freedom by advocating for religious freedom and the rule of law in China. China Aid continues to endeavor for the immediate release of prisoners of conscience, equip human rights defenders and religious and community leaders with religious freedom and rule of law training, rescue and resettle persecuted leaders and their families, encourage families of prisoners of conscience by providing financial assistance, and exposing abuse by featuring unique stories of persecution and injustice on China Aid's website and through social media.

China Aid Timeline

In 2004, China Aid’s offices were moved from Philadelphia to Midland, Texas. In the same year, China Aid advocated and provided legal assistance for Pastor Cai Zhuohua, whose original 15-year sentence was reduced to a three-year sentence. China Aid also provided legal aid to the Xiaoshan House Church.

In 2005, the Chinese government revoked attorney Gao Zhisheng’s license to practice law. In August 2006, Gao was kidnapped by the Chinese government. China Aid led the international community in the appeal for Gao’s release.

In 2006, the Christian Human Rights Lawyers Association of China was founded. Later that year, China Aid published its first “Annual Report on Persecution of Chinese House Churches.”

In 2007, China Aid provided legal aid for the Xiaoshan House Church case, in which three Christians were sentenced for “supplying intelligence to foreign organizations” and the case of Shi Wiehan, who was tortured for not providing information on other Christian leaders.

In 2008, China Aid launched a campaign for the release of Alimujiang Yimiti, an ethnic Uyghur who converted from Islam to Christianity. The same year, Fu was awarded the John Leland Religious Liberty Award by Southern Baptists of America, and along with four human rights activists, met with President George W. Bush in the White House Diplomatic Reception Room. Fu was also invited to the European Union headquarters in Brussels to draw attention to the cases of lawyer Gao Zhisheng and the persecution of Alimujiang.

In 2009, China Aid assisted Gao Zhisheng’s wife and two children and lawyer Guo Feixiong’s wife and children secure refugee status and claim asylum in the United States. China Aid later presented a “Free Gao” petition with more than 50,000 signatures to the United States Senate, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Chinese embassy. China Aid also facilitated its fifth delegation of Chinese lawyers to testify at a hearing of the United States Congress’ Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on “The Current Situation of Religious Freedom and the Rule of Law in China.”

In 2010, China Aid provided legal assistance to the Guangzhou-based Liangren House Church, which was forced to hold its services outdoors and Pastor Wang “Joshua” Dao who was placed under criminal detention. China Aid also hosted a sixth delegation of human rights lawyers to attend a hearing on human rights in China at the European Parliament’s Human Rights Commission in Brussels. Fu ended the year by attending the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony for human rights and democracy advocate Liu Xiaobo.

In 2011, China Aid released a video showing the house arrest conditions for blind human rights lawyer Chen Guangcheng, drawing international attention to his circumstances. China Aid, along with Christian Solidarity Worldwide, nominated the imprisoned and paralyzed Christian human rights lawyer Ms. Ni Yulan for the 2011 Human Rights Tulip, a Dutch award for those who promote international human rights. China Aid also organized a delegation to testify about the deterioration of human rights, religious freedom, and the rule of law in China at a European Union human rights forum in the Netherlands.

In 2012, Fu testified on Chen Guangcheng’s behalf at a congressional hearing following Chen’s escape from house arrest to the United States embassy in Beijing. Fu’s testimony assisted Chen and his family’s release to the U.S.

In 2013, China Aid celebrated the release of China Aid's president Bob Fu’s memoir God’s Double Agent. China Aid also arranged for Vice President Kody Kness to travel to China with Dr. Devra Marcus in an attempt to meet with and evaluate the health of China 18 imprisoned dissident Zhu Yufu, an event which was covered by The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Associated Press, and other media outlets. China Aid also redoubled its efforts to assist Chen Guangcheng’s persecuted family in China and facilitated Chen’s meetings with the American Bar Association, senior State Department officials, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi and other key leaders in the U.S. Congress. 

In 2014, China Aid exposed religious freedom and related human rights abuses by issuing 1,500 press releases in Chinese and more than 200 original news stories in English, encouraged the abused by providing support and funding to 20 families of human rights defenders, equipped leaders by providing funding for more than 100 Chinese human rights lawyers representing religious freedom defenders from 20 provinces of China, directly funded legal representation for more than 40 victims of religious freedom and human rights cases, and facilitated rule of law training for more than 6,000 Chinese religious and community leaders.

"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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