WASHINGTON (RNS) — Blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng has joined three American organizations to further his human rights advocacy, including advocating for religious freedom in China.
As part of a three-year partnership, Chen will be distinguished visiting fellow of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at Catholic University, a distinguished senior fellow in human rights at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, N.J., and senior distinguished adviser at the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights & Justice in Concord, N.H.
“Mr. Chen’s valiant advocacy for human rights in China has awakened the world to the barbarity of China’s one child policy and to the cruel reality of forced abortions in China,” said Catholic University president John Garvey.
“Mr. Chen’s commitment to protecting the rights of the poor and vulnerable resonates with our mission at the Catholic University of America.”
The Witherspoon Institute is an independent research center that focuses on religious freedom around the world.