About Dr. Shizhong Chen
Dr. Shizhong Chen has been active in projects concerning China
for over 30 years. He has founded, co-founded, or been
spokesperson for a number of organizations concerning China, and
has spoken extensively on issues related to China.
Dr. Chen began his activism in 1989, when he helped to organize
supporting activities during the 1989 Beijing Student Movement.
Outraged by the June 4th Massacre,
Dr. Chen founded the Tiananmen Square Foundation, has served on
the Board of the Press Freedom Guardian, and was elected as the
vice president of The Independent Federation of Chinese Students
and Scholars in the U.S.
Upon learning the brutal persecution of Falun Gong in China, Dr.
Chen founded the Falun Gong Human Rights Working Group in 2001, and
has since submitted over 100,000 cases of human rights abuses
against Falun Gong practitioners to UN Special Rapporteurs. He also
founded and is President of the Conscience Foundation, a non-profit
organization to publicize and remind people that the human
conscience is the very essence of humanity.
Dr. Chen has spoken extensively on the issue of human rights in
China. Since 2001, he has frequented meetings of the U.N. Human
Rights Commission in Geneva (now the Human Rights Council), spoken
to the Council, to Special Rapporteurs, and at many forums to
forward the cause of human rights. He was a panelist at an annual
meeting of the California Bar Association, has spoken to Amnesty
International’s US West Region, and has made numerous appearances at
various forums and on radio and TV shows and interviews.
Among the books that Dr. Chen has authored or co-authored are:
Stories of Conscience, The Falun Gong Report, Falun Gong, Humanity’s
Last Stand, now in its third edition, and, most recently, a
comprehensive report on the extensive psychiatric torture taking
place in China.
In 2005, Dr. Chen conceived the idea of the Courageous People,
Spirited Land TV series and implemented the project. The programs
have since become very popular in China where viewers have been
disseminating them defying Chinese regime’s prohibition.
From 2010, Dr. Chen has given a presentation on The Renaissance of
Chinese Culture over one hundred Rotary Clubs, Kiwanis Clubs, Lion
Clubs, and various colleges.
From 2012, Dr. Chen has been working with a group of activists in
China to use China’s current laws to defend civil rights.
Dr. Chen was born in China in 1962. At 15, he entered the gifted
program at China University of Science and Technology. He came to
the U.S. in 1982 to study and received his Ph.D. degree in molecular
biology at University of California, San Diego. He currently owns
and runs a molecular biology startup in San Diego.