Chinese Dissident Available for Interviews Prior to Human Rights Speech

Former Chinese political prisoner Wei Jingsheng will deliver the inaugural Robert L. Bernstein Lecture, “Human Rights in China: Challenges Ahead,” on Tuesday, April 28, 4-6 p.m. in the Levinson Auditorium of Yale Law School at 127 Wall St. It is free and open to the public.

Wei will be available for media interviews from 3- 4 p.m. on Monday, April 27. To arrange an interview, please contact Elizabeth Stauderman, director of Public Affairs at Yale Law School, at (203) 432-8464.

China released Wei to the United States in November 1997 after almost continuous imprisonment since 1979. Wei was imprisoned for his writings, which were critical of Deng Xiaoping and advocated strongly for democracy.

Leading human rights activist Bernstein advocated tirelessly for the release of Wei Jingsheng and issued a challenge to the human rights community last November to work for the release of the Chinese dissident. Less than two weeks later, after nearly two decades in prison, Wei Jingsheng was set free.

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