Taoyuan, Taiwan
February 18-21, 2016

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China Aid

China Aid is a Christian international human rights organization with a mission to expose religious freedom and human rights abuse, encourage those abused and equip community and religious leaders in China. China Aid was founded in 2002 by Bob Fu.

The Democratic Pacific Union

The Democratic Pacific Union (DPU) is an international NGO aimed to promote "democracy, peace, and prosperity" in the Asian Pacific region and the world. The DPU was founded in 2005 by former Taiwanese Vice President Annette Lu.

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Taoyuan City

Taoyuan is a special municipality in northwestern Taiwan and the fourth largest metropolitan area in Taiwan. Taoyuan hosts a large number of industrial parks and technology companies, and is also home to the Taipei Taoyuan International Airport, which serves the capital, Taipei and northern Taiwan. Taoyuan means "peach garden" as the area is widely known for its peach blossom trees.

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Freedom House
Lantos Foundation
The Heritage Foundation
Chih Nan Temple
Orthodox Lu-Erh-Men Sheng Mu Temple
The General Association of Chinese Taoism
Taiwan Interfaith Foundation
Humanist Culture and Education Foundation
Hsien Fo Temple
The Presbyterian Church in Taiwan

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Bob Fu

Bob Fu
Founder and President, China Aid
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Bob (Xiqiu) Fu is one of the leading voices in the world for persecuted faith communities in China. Fu was born and raised in mainland China and was a student leader during the Tiananmen Square demonstrating for freedom and democracy in 1989.

Fu graduated from the School of International Relations at the People's (Renmin) University in Beijing and taught English to Communist Party officials at the Beijing Administrative College and Beijing Party School of the Chinese Communist Party from 1993-1996. Fu was also a house church leader in Beijing until he and his wife, Heidi, were imprisoned for two months for "illegal evangelism" in 1996. Bob and Heidi fled to the United States as religious refugees in 1997, and subsequently founded China Aid in 2002 to bring international attention to China's gross human rights violations and to promote religious freedom and rule of law in China. Click here for Bob Fu's story and how he escaped from Chinese authorities.

As president of China Aid, Fu has testified before the Congressional Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (USCHR), the Foreign Press Association, and the European Commission and European Union Parliament. Fu also regularly briefs the State Department and Members of Congress, including Members of the International Religious Freedom Caucus on the status of religious freedom and rule of law in China. In 2008, Fu was invited to the White House to brief President George W. Bush on religious freedom and human rights in China, and in 2011, the Nobel Prize Committee recognized Fu’s efforts with an invitation to attend the award ceremony for Nobel Laureate Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo.

Bob Fu is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Durham University, U.K., graduated from the Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, and was awarded an honorary doctorate degree on Global Christian Leadership from Midwest University, where he has served as a distinguished professor on religion and public policy. Fu serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Chinese Law and Religion Monitor, a journal on religious freedom and the rule of law in China, and as a guest editor for Chinese Law and Government, a journal by University of California, Los Angles.

Fu received the 2007 John Leland Religious Liberty Award from the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC). In 2013, Bob Fu's autobiography "God's Double Agent" was released by the Baker Publishing Group. Bob Fu’s life story is also included in the George W. Bush Institute’s Freedom Collection: http://www.bushcenter.org/human-freedom/freedom-collection

Annette Lu

Madame Annette (Hsiu-lien) Lu
Founder, The Democratic Pacific Union

Madame Annette (Hsiu-lien) Lu served as the Vice President of Taiwan from 2000 to 2008. Madame Lu has been a human rights and democracy advocate her entire life and career, including being adopted by Amnesty International while an prisoner of conscience in the 1980s, all of which is detailed in her book, My Fight for a New Taiwan: One Woman's Journey from Prison to Power.

Lu graduate from the National Taiwan University College of Law, and received a master’s degree in comparative law from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1971 and a master of laws degree from Harvard University in 1978. Lu also spent an additional 3 yeas at Harvard University as a Research Fellow. In the 1970s, Lu started the Feminist Movement in Taiwan, her efforts included “Pioneer Publishing House” and a “Protect You Hot-Line Service.” In 1979, Lu delivered a 20 minute speech at the International Human Rights Day Rally in Kaohsiung City in which she criticized Taiwan’s authoritarian government. This speech led to her arrest on the charge of sedition, for which she was sentenced to 12 years in prison along with other leading freedom fighters. In 1985, after spending almost six years in prison, Lu was granted medical parole for thyroid cancer. Upon her release, Lu continued to campaign for women’s rights, democracy, and international recognition for her country. In 1993, she founded the Taiwan International Alliance to promote Taiwan’s bid for membership in the United Nations and won a seat in the Legislative Yuan, where she served as co-chair of the legislature’s Foreign Relations Committee. While in office, she continued to promote women’s rights, organizing and hosting the Global Summit of Women in 1994 and the Feminist Summit for Global Peace in 1995. In 1996, then-president Lee Teng-hui appointed Lu as national policy advisor, and in 1997, she became the first female magistrate of Taoyuan County, subsequently winning re-election. On March 18, 2000, Lu was elected Taiwan’s tenth vice president, thus becoming the first female vice president in Taiwan’s history. She won reelection in 2004, and, during her eight years in office, made the promotion of gender equality and social justice her top priorities. Lu’s efforts received international recognition in 2001, when she became the first woman to receive the World Peace Corps Mission’s World Peace Prize. A few years later in 2005, for the purpose to promote her advocacy of “soft power,” she founded the Democratic Pacific Union, an international organization committed to enhancing cooperation among the democratic governments of the Pacific region.