Lu Jun has been active in China’s public interest law sector since 2003, focusing primarily on anti-discrimination and other civil rights issues in the fields of public health, disability, gender, and mental health. A cofounder and board member of the Beijing Yirenping Center, since 2003 he has been involved in hundreds of high-impact lawsuits concerning the rights of disadvantaged people, particularly individuals living with hepatitis and HIV. He and his organisation have also spearheaded advocacy efforts that led to the revision of more than twenty discriminatory laws against people living with communicable diseases in China.

The Yirenping Experience: Looking Back and Pushing Forward

The Beijing Yirenping Centre was one of the most remarkable grassroots nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) to emerge in China during the Hu and Wen era. Through an innovative mix of strategies, including legal litigation, public advocacy, and performative arts, the centre was able to promote significant policy changes in its field of operation—that is, anti-discrimination—before being […]

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