Women's Voices

He Xiaolian, wife of Chinese rights activist Li Huaping, speaks to RFA about her husband's role as a prisoner of conscience, Aug. 12, 2015.

'They Are Locking Up The Conscience of Our Society'

He Xiaolian discusses the role of her husband, Chinese rights activist Li Huaping, as a prisoner of conscience.

Dissidents' Wives


Behind most dissidents and activists is a wife who quietly supports his cause and struggles just as much. They speak to the media when their husbands are in prison, they protest and plead authorities - often to no avail. They are creative like Chinese activist Hu Jia's wife Zeng Jinyan, who became a famous blogger, or just holding on and being pillars of strength for their husbands.

The dissidents' wives are extraordinary women, fighting in their own way for freedom of information and human dignity. When they speak up, they open the world’s eyes to the very high cost paid by their families.

Conversation with Aung San Suu Kyi

Every Friday, opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi addresses ordinary people's concerns in a broadcast program in Burmese.
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