ON-Lion Letter
During the lecture, Chen called for the worldwide recognition of universal human rights and proposed measures to end the Chinese government's repression of its people.  Speaking through a translator, the blind, self-taught lawyer emphasized the need to deal with human rights from a global perspective in an increasingly interconnected world.

"The world has become smaller thanks to information technology and the advancement of other technologies," he said.  "Nations have become closer."

Chen was recently named a distinguished senior fellow in human rights at the Witherspoon Institute.  He is also a distinguished visiting fellow of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America and a distinguished senior advisor to the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights & Justice.

Working in rural communities in China, where he was known as the "barefoot lawyer," Chen fought for the human rights of disabled people and organized class-action litigation against the government's violent enforcement of its one-child policy. 
"Big or small, as long as we take action," he said, "we can say our practical actions have changed the world and made it a better place."

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports both the Witherspoon Institute and the James Madison Program.
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