Wei Jingsheng Foundation News and Article Release Issue: A101-W42



Release Date: Jan 15, 2005



Topic: Wei Jingsheng Foundation 2004 Work Report to the Board members (by Ciping Huang)

标题:黄慈萍给魏京生基金会董事会的2004年工作报告 (节选)


Original Language Version: English (Chinese version at the end)





January 11, 2005


Wei Jingsheng Foundation 2004 work report to the Board members

(a shorten and edited version from the original)

-- Ciping Huang



Dear Board members, thank you for your past and future contribution.  Here is a brief outline of the foundation's 2004 work report, although our major public activities are selectively published in our newsletters.  (We know each of you have read our newsletters carefully and we appreciate the feedback and support you gave us now and then.) 


I am briefing you in the following sections:

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Part 1: Highlights for year 2004, in traffic and statistical data


The year 2004 has been the most outreaching and successful one for us for various reasons especially:


As usual, we worked closely with the democratic countries, including US Congress and the US State Department, as well as non-governmental organizations that support Chinese human rights and democracy, especially those in Europe and the USA.  We also continued our association with our friends and supporters in addition to those in Mainland China, such as in Taiwan, Tibet, Hong Kong and Vietnam.


In April, we held the 5th Overseas Chinese Democracy Coalition Congress in France while actively engaging and participating in the 60th UNHCHR (United Nations High Commission on Human Rights) session, which was quite an overwhelming task, yet very successful.


One of our main activities is communications, through Internet and telephones.  Despite very careful budget planning and control, the total cost was over $XXXXX for the year 2004, from needing hours spent each day.


In October 2002 the Foundation launched its websites and later on Thanksgiving of that year the newsletter.  We have seen increased impact along with increased traffic on our websites, now averaging over 2000 hits per day.  The peak day reached over 12,000 hits on www.weijingsheng.org alone.  The websites have over one million total hits now, with visitors from over 50 countries.  Many hits were produced from our friends inside China.  During to Chinese government's information blockage, there are several dynamic mirror sites on the Internet that helped even more hits as well, mainly of Mainland China.


As of now, we have released a total of 99 issues of our newsletters.  Fifty-three of them were released in 2004, the most released year so far.  For this year, we added one thousand new subscriptions.  The newsletters are further distributed by our friends and volunteers into China (irregularly, up to hundreds thousands).  Our newsletters are often used by over a dozen Chinese publications and over a dozen English news media.


Partially due to our effort, as well as the increased recognition, we receive a lot of Internet coverage.  For example, in a Google search of "Wei Jingsheng" and "Wei Jing Sheng" in English, there are a total of one hundred thousand entries.  In search of "Wei Jingsheng" in Chinese, there are over 58,400 entries.  The Wei Jingsheng Foundation has also increased its visibility many fold over the last year, now with 8,870 entries on "Wei Jingsheng Foundation" in English and 15,700 items on "Wei Jingsheng Foundation" in Chinese.  Of course, as the most authentic one, our foundation's website is always listed as the first entry of all these many entries. 


Correspondingly, our effort on Chinese laborer's conditions and advocacy for Chinese workers' rights and promoting workers' unions also is productive.  As of January 9, 2005, in a Google search on "Chinese labor unions", we are listed at the top entry of over 237,000 entries.  In a search of "Chinese labor", we are the 3rd out of over 3.33 million entries.

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Part 2:  As before, our work could be divided into several aspects.


1. Work inside China.  We maintain a constant contact with different groups/persons inside China via different channels and methods.  They are in several different fields and about half of the provinces.  The most active fields we are working in are the workers movement, human rights defending...  The most active provinces mostly covered are the coastal ones, and the southwest, northwest and northeast part of China...


2. Some are decades old connections; some are people who came to us through Wei's name recognition.  We give them advice and consultation, as well as help them internationally whenever we can.  However, for more successful work, we do not claim credit for either the Foundation, or Mr. Wei himself.


3. Our people Overseas.  As a result of Wei Jingsheng having founded and being the chairman of the Overseas Chinese Democracy Coalition since 1998, we have regular contact with our coalition members, and maintain part of our Mainland China contact through these members, as well as their contact with the local governments, parliaments, and organizations of their residence countries, etc.


4. Our work overseas.  Due to Wei's name recognition, we have been able to establish and maintain many contacts Overseas.  Especially, we ask both the United Nations and democratic Western countries to pay attention to the Chinese human rights condition, and push for democratic process, via all means of their governments, parliaments/congress and NGO's.  We have been attending the United Nation's human rights convention in Geneva yearly, and gave speeches in the UN, as well as organized forums inside the UN regarding the Chinese human rights condition.  Mr. Wei is also regularly invited for conferences and appearances in different countries, and to meet with parliament members and government officials as well as NGO's to discuss China affairs.  In the year 2004 as an example, Wei was invited to address the European Parliament.  He met and lunched with United Nations' Secretary General Kofi Annan and the European Parliament's head Pat Cox.  As the leading advocate for Chinese workers rights and a former worker himself, Wei was invited by the AFL-CIO for a press conference and appearances to support Chinese workers rights.  Our work for Chinese workers' rights has received wide recognition, which includes Ciping Huang, the executive director, being invited to testify in the US Senate about Chinese workers' rights, and praised as the Chinese who is most knowledgeable about the Chinese workers' condition.  We have special and unique knowledge about the Chinese workers' and unions' condition, partially because of our constant contact with the workers inside China.


5. We keep constant contact with other organizations/groups, both Chinese and non-Chinese.  We have maintained a contact with other human rights groups, in particular a continued effort to protest the Chinese government's human rights abuses of the FaLunGong practitioners and underground Chinese Christians.  Our work includes both media publicity work and documentation of those who are suppressed and abused and whose living rights were taken away, such as those who are forced to be relocated with unfair and minimum compensation.


6. Mr. Wei Jingsheng has a weekly commentary program on China through Radio Free Asia.  He also makes regular appearances on other news media such as Voice of America, BBC, and other Chinese TV and radio stations in the USA, Canada, Europe and Taiwan.  From many of the call-in programs Wei has had with his Chinese audience, it has become very noticeable that our work has made great progress, in particular that people inside China are very respectful of him, and Wei's thoughts are well overlapping and well accepted by our fellows inside China.  The editors and anchors in Voice of America have said the same thing as well.


7. Wei started a draft for his autobiography; unfortunately it has been stalled due to limited resources, including funding.

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Part 3: The best progress areas the Foundation achieved in the year 2004 could be summarized as follows:


1. The much more successful outreach outside China: Our outreach to the international communities and individuals who support Chinese democracy and human rights.


2. The successful continuity of our communication with our Chinese friends and supporters outside China.


3. The much more enhanced and effective communications with our friends and supporters inside China.  Many more friends inside China reported to us that they were able to break the Chinese government's information blockage by downloading our whole website information and receiving many of our e-mails, through multiple detour ways.


4. The phenomenal enthusiasm for and success of our foundation' 1st annual "Wei Jingsheng Chinese Democracy Champion Prize", especially to our fellow democracy fighters inside China. Some dissidents inside China were very appreciative and called it a major "moral booster".  They also very much appreciated that Wei Jingsheng would lend his name and share it with all of them who struggle under an extremely difficult environment.


5. Regarding the Chinese dissidents inside China, and those who returned back to China, such as Wang BingZhang and Yang JianLi, Wei has been using his contact with foreign affair officers including high ranked ones and congressional members/staff, to push and to cooperate for their release and/or improved conditions.  However, he does not claim his credit in public in general.


6. As Radio Free Asia had already decided to abandon their Cantonese broadcasting service group, Wei came forward, via various means and effort, to timely reverse such a pitiful situation and enable the service group to be continued.  His action and results have received wide praises and admiration.


7. In additional to our websites and newsletter success, we have been delivering CD's containing our information inside China.  Currently, we have over 500 CD's delivered, with more CD's copied privately for further propagation.  We will do more, both in quality and in quantity.  The CD's contain a wide range of information, including Wei's work, the Chinese labor condition (including Chinese labor law, etc.), the last several years of China news, and other information about our Foundation and our Labor Union work. 


8. In this year, we expanded our websites by putting more articles written by Chinese human rights defenders and democracy advocators, especially those inside Mainland China.  We received many submissions.  We also started the English version for our labor union website at www.ChinaLaborUnion.org.


9. Since the last Board meeting, the Foundation also officially received notes from the IRS that re-affirmed its non-profit tax-deductible status, after the initial 5 years.  Later, in the summer, I met with an IRS official to make sure all the records and tax forms are complete and clear without questions.

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Part 4:  Financial status of the foundation:


Over the time, the Foundation has always struggled to achieve a financial balance.  The dilemma is whether we should spend more time on a financial sounding outlook, or if we should concentrate more on our work.  In the year 2003, we had to cut both office staff in dealing with daily work because of a shortage of funds.  Now, I am the sole official person in charge of the daily chores, although we always have volunteer helpers.


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Part 5: Outlook for the year 2005:


Besides continuing and expanding what we have been doing, we are thinking about and in preparation for the production of documentary films on DVD's for the year 2005.  Besides these films, we also want to continue what we have been doing, in particular working at the 61st UNHCHR in Geneva, OCDC 6th Congress, and possibly a seminar on Chinese human rights and democracy given by scholars, experts and activists.  Of course, the success of the funding will play an important factor.  We hope that we can make some improvements that are not at the price of reducing our productivity.  Finally, a biography of Wei Jingsheng by Ms. Marie Holzman is likely to be published in the spring in France.


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Thank you for your attention,




-- Ciping Huang, Executive director





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Wei Jingsheng Foundation News and Article Release Issue: A101-LW42



Release Date: Jan 15, 2005



Topic: Wei Jingsheng Foundation 2004 Work Report to the Board members (by Ciping Huang)

标题:黄慈萍给魏京生基金会董事会的2004年工作报告 (节选)


Original Language Version: English (Chinese version at the end)





黄慈萍给魏京生基金会董事会的2004年工作报告 (节选)






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由于我们的努力和大家的支持,我们在网站的知名度大大提高。比如2004年全年中,在Google查询中,用魏京生的英文名字(Wei Jingsheng Wei Jing Sheng)查询的结果多达十万多条款。用魏京生的中文名字(魏京生)查询的结果多达58400条款。去年一年中,魏京生基金会也增加了它的知名度,现在“魏京生基金会”的英文 (Wei Jingsheng Foundation) 查询结果为8870条款,中文(魏京生基金会)查询结果为15700条款。当然,作为最权威的网页,基金会本身的网页(www.weijingsheng.org)总是列在所有网页之前。


同时,我们对中国劳工状况的关注,以及呼吁保障中国工人人权、提高独立工会影响的活动也收到良好效果。于200519日在Google上查询英文的“中国劳动工会”(Chinese labor unions)的结果,我们的网站居所有的237000条款之首位。查询英文的“中国劳工”(Chinese labor)的结果为3,330,000条款,我们居于第三。

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1    中国大陆活动方面。我们通过各种渠道和方法,与中国大陆不同的组织团体保持密切联系。这分布在几个不同领域,遍及半数以上的中国省份。最活跃的领域是工人运动,人权保障等等。最活跃的省份为沿海地区,南方、东北和西北地区。。。


2    对数十年来长期保持联系的那些关系的继续帮助。许多人找到我们是因为魏京生先生的知名度。我们通常给他们提供建议和咨询,并帮助他们寻找国际帮助。不过,对于很多成果,我们从来没有把它归功于基金会,魏京生本人也没有在公开场合提及。。。


3 对海外民主力量的关注。自从1998年建立中国民主运动海外联席会议,魏京生担任主席以来,我们与成员们保持联系,并通过他们和中国大陆的民主人士接触,以及与所居住国的地方政府、国会和组织保持联系。。。


4 推动海外的民主运动。由于魏京生的国际声誉与威望,我们建立并保持了海外的许多联系。特别是,我们请求联合国和西方民主国家关注中国人权状况,通过他们国家的政府、国会和非政府组织等各种途径推动中国的民主进程。我们每年参加日内瓦联合国人权大会并就中国的人权问题发言,并举行专题讨论会讨论中国人权现状。魏先生还定期参加不同国家的会议和聚会,会见那些政府、国会、非政府组织的成员,和他们讨论中国事务。拿2004年为例,魏京生收到欧洲议会邀请,与联合国秘书长安南以及欧洲议会主席考克斯会见并共进午餐。做为中国工人权利的呼吁者,带着工人出身的背景,魏京生先生还受到美国劳联产联的邀请,参加他们的新闻发布会,表明支持改善中国工人的人权状况的立场。我们在中国工人权利方面的努力得到了广泛的承认,其中包括执行主席黄慈萍被作为最了解中国工人状况的活动家被美国参议院邀请为中国工人人权状况作证。由于我们和中国大陆内部有相当多的联系,我们掌握了中国工人和工会状况的大量和具体的可靠消息。。。


5    广泛接触中国和其他国家的各非政府组织。我们主要和各类人权组织接触,特别是继续抗议中国政府践踏人权,迫害法轮功和地下基督教会的行为。我们的工作包括在公众媒介上做宣传,记录那些受压迫受迫害人员的名单和事例,比如他们如何被夺去正常的生存权利,只领到极不公平的少数退休金或补贴费,被迫拆迁这样的事例。。。


6    魏京生先生通过自由亚洲之声每周向中国大陆做广播。他同时也定期在美国之音、BBC和一些美国、加拿大、欧洲和台湾的华语电视和广播电台上发表言论。通过“听众叩应”的节目,魏京生先生和许多中国国内听众接触,这使得中国境内的百姓更加尊重魏京生。他们非常接受魏京生的分析和想法,并将之传播出去。这是我们的工作取得很大进展的一条途径。


7    魏先生开始撰写他的自传。不过由于资源财力的缺乏,目前进展迟缓。

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1    增加国际关注和帮助:我们竭尽全力和一切支持中国民主人权的国际组织和个人保持联系。

2    成功地和海外民运支持者和中国朋友们保持持久的联系。

3    和中国国内的支持者和朋友们保持有效的联系。很多中国国内朋友向我们报告说,他们可以成功地冲破中国政府的新闻封锁,把整个网站下载,并且通过各种变通手法接收我们的电子邮件。

4    首届“魏京生中国民主斗士奖”激起了极大的反响,获得了很大的成功。那些在中国国内进行奋斗的民主人士们反响更大,许多国内的异议人士非常感谢这个奖励,将之称为“道德的推动力”。他们也非常感谢魏京生先生将他的名字和那些在极其苦难的环境中奋斗的人们分享。

5    对于被迫害及被关押的异议人士包括回国的王炳章、杨建利等,魏京生运用自己和掌管外交事务的各国官员的关系,包括那些高级官员和国会议员、工作人员,促使他们对中国政府施加压力,尽快释放或改善这些人的处境。虽然他并不在公众面前表功。

6    自由亚洲电台前不久决定取消他们的广东语组。魏京生通过各种渠道和努力,及时扭转了这个局面,使得广东语播音依然保持正常。他的努力和成果得到了广泛的赞扬和尊敬。

7    除了我们网站和新闻通告的成功以外,我们还向中国国内散发了大量含有基金会新闻的光盘。目前已经散发了500多份,这些光盘还被再次复制传播。我们计划在今后将之做得更多更好。我们发放的光盘不仅包括有新闻简报,还包括魏京生的文章讲话,中国工人状况信息(以及中国劳工法等),这几年的中国新闻大参考,以及其它关于基金会和独立工会的消息等等。

8    这一年中,我们扩展了网站的内容,放进了更多有关中国人权斗士和民主人士的文章,特别是那些来自国内的文章。我们收到了很多来稿。我们还开始在www.ChinaLaborUnion.org上建立英文版网站。

9    自从上次董事会会议以来,基金会收到了IRS5年免税以后的免税证明。夏天黄慈萍特地和IRS官员会面,确保几年来各种有关数据、表格完整无误。

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