Women's Voices

From left to right: Lee Ching-yu, Jin Bianling, RFA reporter Liu Ping, Wang Yanfang, and Chen Guiqiu at RFA in Washington, May 16, 2017.

'We Never Know What is Going to Happen to Them'

The wives of detained lawyers and activists say they have no way of finding out how their husbands are, and yet must remain the focal point for attempts to secure their release.



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Timeline: Aung San Suu Kyi, a Political Destiny

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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