Ren Wanding
Ren Wanding

Ren Wanding is a world famous Chinese dissident.  Mr. Ren who grew up in Jiangsu Province, and graduated from the University of Beijing, was working as a laborer and accountant when he joined the Beijing spring movement in 1978. An organizer of an unofficial group called the League of Human Rights, Mr. Ren became famous after posting a 19-point manifesto that called for free elections and the abolition of corruption and the secret police. On April 4, 1979, Mr. Ren was arrested in the presence of foreign journalists as he attached a poster to Beijing’s iconic Democracy Wall. He was never formally charged or tried for any crime, but for the next four years he was imprisoned in a cell of less than 10 by 10 feet, sometimes alone, sometimes with up to three other criminals.

In 1989 he was arrested again and sentenced to 7 years in Prison for his pro-democracy activities.

He has received many prizes including the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award.