Wei Jingsheng Foundation News and Article Release Issue Number: A170-W80



Release Date: December 5, 2005



Topic: The Wei Jingsheng Foundation Announces the Foundation's Second Annual "Wei Jingsheng Chinese Democracy Champion Prize"



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The Wei Jingsheng Foundation Announces the Foundation's Second Annual "Wei Jingsheng Chinese Democracy Champion Prize"


December 5, 2005



In 2004, the Wei Jingsheng Foundation established the annual "Wei Jingsheng Chinese Democracy Champion Prize", to be awarded on December 5 of each year. On this date in 1978 Wei Jingsheng wrote his famous essay "The Fifth Modernization." Last year's award was shared by HU Shigen and LIU Xianbin. This award has had huge reverberations around the world, especially since it has greatly encouraged those in China who persist in fighting for democracy and who risk their lives at all times.


As was the case last year, this year's award has been given primarily to individuals or groups who have persisted in advancing the Chinese democracy movement, and expresses support and commendation of their firm conviction for democracy in the face of many difficulties.


This year, there were 11 qualified candidates in total:

CHA, Jianguo (Beijing, in prison)

CHEN, Xi (Guizhou province, released in May 2005 after 10 years in prison)

GUO, Shaokun (Jiangsu province)

HE, Depu (Beijing, in prison)

QIN, Yongmin (Hebei province, in prison)

WU, Yilong (Zhejiang province, in prison)

XU, Wanping (Sichuan province, has been sentenced twice with a total of 11 years. Is currently in detention and faces a secret sentencing.)

YU, Dongyue (Hunan province, in prison, was driven to insanity)

ZHANG Lin (Anhui province, in prison)

ZHAO Xin (Beijing, was detained)

ZHU Zhengming (Zhejiang province, in prison)


All of the candidates made outstanding contributions to the Chinese democracy movement. Many people are holed up in jails, and their futures are bleak. We deeply respect both their spirit and the sacrifices they have made.


This year, the Wei Jingsheng Foundation decided to establish a Special Award for YU Dongyue.  The Second Annual "Wei Jingsheng Chinese Democracy Champion Prize" goes to WU Yilong and CHEN Xi.


Mr. YU Dongyue is from Liuyang in Hunan Province. He was born in 1967, and graduated from the Chinese Department of the Xiangtan Junior Pedagogical College. In 1989 he was the Arts Editor of the "Liuyang Daily." During the June 4th period in 1989, he went to Tiananmen Square with Yu Zhijian and Lu Decheng and hung up two banners there. One banner said, "5,000 Years of Autocracy Will Now Reach an End," and the other said, "From Now On, the Personality Cult Must Come to an Stop." They then threw paint-filled eggs at the huge portrait of Mao Zedong that hangs in Tiananmen Square. After Yu Dongyue and the other two were seized and sent to the Public Security Bureau, they were sentenced for "Counter-Revolutionary Crimes of Damage and Crimes of Propagating Incitement." Yu Dongyue was sentenced to 20 years in jail. Not long after he was sent to jail he was driven to insanity, and to this day still suffers inhuman torments.


Mr. WU Yilong is from Tongcheng in Anhui Province. He was born on May 1, 1967. In 1991 he graduated from the Chinese department of Anhui University. From 1991 to 1996 he taught at the university and published the "Newly Edited Study Course on Arts and Literature Theory." In 1996 he entered a Master's Degree program in literature at Zhejiang University. During his graduate study he organized a social problems club. In March 1998 he started to plan the "Hangzhou Three-Unity Students and Scholars Association," and established it in May of that year. Every two weeks the association would hold an event and discuss concrete social problems. He was the chief editor of the "Students and Scholars" journal. In 1998, along with Wang Youcai and Zhu Zhengming, he formally established the Zhejiang Preparatory Committee of the China Democracy Party. He was detained several times from June to August of that year. During a time when Wang Youcai and others were put into custody, Wu Yilong organized many efforts to rescue them. Starting from the end of August, he took two trips to more than twenty provinces, cities, and autonomous regions all over the country to communicate with local people in person and to have them establish Preparatory Committees for establishing a China Democracy Party in their regions; he also started planning for a nationwide Preparatory Committee. On November 9, 1999, Wu Yilong, along with Mao Qingxiang, Zhu Yufu, and Xu Guang, were sentenced by the Hangzhou Intermediate People's Court for "Subverting the National Regime." Wu Yilong was sentenced to 11 years in jail, where he remains today.


Mr. Chen Xi, originally named Chen Youcai, was born on February 29, 1954, in Guiyang City of Guizhou Province. In 1989 he was sentenced by the Guizhou Province, Guiyang City Intermediate People's Court to three years in prison for organizing a "Guiyang Friendship Association" and a "Patriotic Democracy Friendship Association" in support of the Students' freedom and democracy movement.  In May of 1995 he, along with Lu Yongxiang, Liao Shuangyan, Huang Yanming, Zeng Ning, and others, organized and established the "Guizhou branch of the China Democracy Party." In March of 1996, the Guiyang City Intermediate People's Court sentenced Chen Xi to ten years in prison for "Organizing and Leading Counter-Revolutionary Cliques." While in jail, the police instigated inmates to beat him until he fainted, but he never surrendered. Because of Chen Xi's important role as organizer and leader of the democracy movement in Guizhou Province, the autocratic regime sentenced him to the maximum jail time, of a total of 13 years. In May of this year, Chen Xi finally finished his sentence and was released. Chen Xi believes that he committed no crime and to this day has not changed his ideals of seeking democracy and freedom. He continues to work tirelessly with other advocates to develop different human rights and democracy activities in a reasoned and controlled manner.


The Wei Jingsheng Foundation awards the "Wei Jingsheng Chinese Democracy Champion Prize" and "Wei Jingsheng Chinese Democracy Champion Special Prize" to these three people to honor their firm convictions and their determined style, and to express our consistent support for the Chinese democracy movement, as well as our gratitude and encouragement towards all of the democracy advocates who have devoted themselves to the cause.


We have received total donations specifically for this year's awards amounting to $5,600 US dollars from various donors.  We need to state that the donations that people have given to the monetary prizes for these awards also expresses their determined support of Chinese democracy. Here we express our heartfelt gratitude.



Wei Jingsheng Foundation

Second Annual "Wei Jingsheng Chinese Democracy Champion Prize" judging committee

HUANG Ciping, CHEN Xingyu, CHEN Bangzheng, LIU Jijie (signed)



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Wei Jingsheng Foundation News and Article Release Issue Number: A170-W80



Release Date: December 5, 2005



Topic: The Wei Jingsheng Foundation Announces the Foundation's Second Annual "Wei Jingsheng Chinese Democracy Champion Prize"



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
















1.查建国 (北京,在狱中)

2.陈西 (贵州,十多年牢狱后,今年5月出狱)


4.何德普 (北京,在狱中)



7.许万平 (四川,被判刑两次,合计11年。目前被关押,面临秘密审判)

8.喻东岳 (湖南,在狱中,被逼疯)

9.张林 (安徽,在狱中)










吴义龙,男,安徽桐城人。 出生于1967年5月1日。 1991年毕业于安徽大学中文系。 1991年至1996年在大学任教并出版《新编文艺理论教程》。 1996年进入浙江大学攻读文学硕士学位。在读研究生期间组织社会问题沙龙。 1998年3月酝酿筹备"杭州三联读书会",5月成立后,每两周举办一次读书会活动,讨论社会现实问题。主编读书会会刊《读书人》杂志。1998年,与王有才、祝正明正式确立创建中国民主党浙江筹委会有关事宜。6月到8月间,他们遭受了几次拘传。在王有才等被拘禁期间,吴义龙组织各项营救活动。 从8月底开始,他先后二次前往全国二十多个省、市、自治区联络成立中国民主党各地筹委会,并为成立全国筹委会做好了准备工作。1999年11月9日,吴义龙与毛庆祥,朱虞夫,徐光一起被杭州中级人民法院以"颠覆国家政权罪"被同时判刑。吴义龙被判十一年,至今还在狱中。


陈西,本名陈友才,男,1954年2月29日生于贵州贵阳。 1989年在声援“学生自由民主运动”期间,因组织“贵阳沙龙联谊会”、成立“爱国民主联合会”被贵州省贵阳市中级人民法院判刑三年。1995年5月他与卢勇祥、廖双元、黄燕明、曾宁等人组建“中国民主党贵州分部”。1996年3月,陈西被贵阳市中级人民法院以“组织、领导反革命集团罪”第二次判刑十年。在贵阳监狱服刑期间,多次被狱方唆使的刑事犯毒打昏死,从未屈服。由于陈西在贵州民主运动中的组织者、领导者身份,他是贵州民运人士中被专制政权判刑最重的一个,前后被判刑13年。今年五月陈西终于期满释放。陈西认为自己无罪,追求民主自由的理念至今不变,并与其他同道一起马不停蹄地开展起各项有理有节的人权与民主活动。








黄慈萍,陈兴宇,陈邦铮,刘继杰 (签署)


2005 年12月5日




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