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Published on Mar 16, 2009
Widely regarded as the founding father of the Chinese pro-democracy movement abroad, Dr. Wang Bingzhang is a medical doctor who went to Canada for graduate studies at McGill University. Upon completing his PhD program, he decided to give up his career in medicine to dedicate his life to Chinese pro-democracy activism. He then moved to New York where he founded China Spring magazine and co-founded several of the first overseas Chinese democratic parties. Dr. Wang spent the next 20 years of his life organizing and promoting pro-democracy activities in North America and around the world.
The Chinese Communist Party's concern about his activities eventually led to his arrest. In June 2002, while traveling in Vietnam with fellow activists, Dr. Wang was kidnapped and brought to China. He was then arrested and falsely charged with espionage and terrorism. In a trial that lasted a half day where no evidence or witnesses were presented, Dr. Wang was convicted and sentenced to life-imprisonment in solitary confinement.
His sentence is the harshest levied on a political prisoner since 1989. Since his imprisonment, Dr. Wang has gained the support of the American and Canadian governments. The United Nations and Amnesty International have also intervened on his behalf. Despite these efforts from his family, Dr. Wang continues to languish in prison where he has developed several serious medical conditions that make his family fearful for his life. He suffers from phlebitis, severe hay fever, gastritis, varicose veins and depression. He has also had three major strokes. Dr. Wang is now serving his seventh year in prison.
Dr. Wang is permitted one family visit per month, each session lasting only half an hour. His family makes the trip from North America to China for these monthly visits, during which Dr. Wang and his family are separated by glass panels and bars, and must communicate on the phone under the surveillance of several prison guards. Dr. Wang enjoys calligraphy, etymology and is a devout Christian. He spends many hours in his prison cell studying the Bible and Chinese characters. Dr. Wang is a U.S. resident and his family members are citizens of Canada and the United States.
Please help secure Dr. Wang's freedom by taking action: Visit www.wangbingzhang.com to read more about his case. Keep Dr. Wang in your prayers and share his story with family and friends.