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About Wei Jingsheng

Wei Jingsheng is a Chinese human rights and democracy advocate. After his “Democracy Wall” posters in Beijing in 1978, and his founding of the journal Exploration, he spent two periods in prison (1979-93, 1994-97). He was awarded the Olof Palme Peace Prize in 1995 and the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 1996. Since his expulsion from China in 1997 he has lived in the United States. In 1998 he founded the Overseas Chinese Democracy Coalition.

Articles by Wei Jingsheng

This week’s World Forum for Democracy 2017 editors

Georgios Kolliarakis

Georgios Kolliarakis political scientist, is a senior researcher at the University of Frankfurt.

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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Introducing this week’s theme: Media, parties and populism.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Tiananmen, and China's change

The heroes of the democracy movement were crushed in 1989. That taught Chinese people an indelible lesson, says the pioneering democracy campaigner, Wei Jingsheng.

China’s political tunnel

China's deepening economic crisis is provoking social discontent that will place the Beijing leadership in an impossible political predicament, says the renowned democracy campaigner Wei Jingsheng.

China's past, America's future?

Can America combine power with modesty? In the first in a new series in which original voices from around the world exchange letters with Americans, the leader of the Chinese democracy movement Wei Jingsheng writes to Anne-Marie Slaughter, Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton.

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