By Jeremy Reynalds
Senior Correspondent for ASSIST News Service
MIDLAND, TX (ANS) -- ChinaAid founder and president Bob Fu and the well-known blind legal and human rights activist Chen Guancheng will be in Europe from May 13 to 15 on a trip to promote a trans-Atlantic U.S.-Europe human rights pact.
Chris Smith (center) and Bob Fu (right) visit Chen Guangcheng and wife Yuan Weijing in New York City on May 26 2012
According to a news release made available to the ASSIST News Service, the trip is at the invitation of the Oslo Human Rights Forum, the European Parliament and the British Parliament.
They will be making stops in the Norwegian capital of Oslo, at the headquarters of the European Union and European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, at the headquarters of the International Criminal Court at the Hague in the Netherlands, and in London.
The news release said the trip is a follow-up to a call made by Chen in March at a joint U.S.-European hearing for a trans-Atlantic alliance to highlight human rights abuses in China.
Throughout their European tour, Fu and Chen will be meeting with senior government officials, members of the European Parliament, Dutch parliamentarians, judges at the International Criminal Court, and leading British members of parliament.
In addition, the news release said, they will be holding discussions human rights, religious freedom and the rule of law in China with more than a hundred academics and those from non-governmental organizations.
Several news conferences and interviews with mainstream media are planned.
ChinaAid is an international non-profit Christian human rights organization committed to promoting religious freedom and the rule of law in China.
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