Human rights defender Zhou Weilin was named the first recipient of the Cao Shunli Memorial Award for Human Rights Defenders.  Zhou, whose work includes advocating for persecuted human rights defenders, was released from prison in February 2015 after he served out an 18-month sentence in Anhui Province. In announcing the award, the committee drew parallels between Zhou Weilin and Cao Shunli’s courage and dedication in the face of  government reprisal, with the hope that Zhou will gain a measure of recognition and protection.

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Activist Zhou Weilin Named First Recipient of Cao Shunli Memorial Award for Human Rights Defenders, March 14, 2015, CHRD

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