Wei Jingsheng is an activist in the Chinese democracy movement, most prominent for authoring the document, “Fifth Modernization”. Wei’s pro democracy efforts have been fiercely opposed by the Chinese government. He was imprisoned for alleged treasonous correspondence relating to the Chinese-Vietnamese War. He was released only to be imprisoned again and charged with plotting against the state. In 1997, he was deported to the United States.
Wei Jingsheng is a winner of numerous other human rights and democracy awards, including the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Human Rights Award in 1996, the National Endowment for Democracy Award in 1997, the Olof Palme Memorial Prize in 1994, and the International Activist Award by the Gleitsman Foundation, etc. He has been praised in numerous places with varies titles, such as “Father of Chinese Democracy” and “Nelson Mandela of China”.