Presented in partnership with Duquesne University and the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh
Tuesday, March 21st
Teng Biao has been called one of China’s “unstoppable lawyers.” He is a prominent member of the weiquan, or “rights defenders,” movement, a loosely knit coalition of Chinese lawyers and activists who tackle cases related to the environment, religious freedom and freedom of speech and the press.
Teng was also one of the founders of gongmeng, the Open Constitution Initiative in China in 2003. In 2006 he was counsel for the blind activist lawyer Chen Guangcheng (who has presented twice at City of Asylum).
For his activism Teng was banned from teaching, forced out of a job, disbarred from practicing law, jailed and tortured. He is now free, but living in exile in the U.S. as part of Harvard’s Scholars at Risk program. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Religious Freedom and Rule of Law Defender Award, the Prize for Outstanding Democracy Activist, the Human Rights Watch Hellman/Hammett Grants, NED Democracy Award and the Human Rights Prize of French Republic.
We are honored to welcome Teng to City of Asylum to share his story with us and to take questions about China.
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