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November 3, 2015

The Right to Believe in China

Henry Jackson Society


TIME: 13:00 – 14:00, Tuesday 3rd November 2015
VENUE: The Henry Jackson Society, Floor 26, Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, London, SW1P 4QP
SPEAKER: Anastasia Lin, Chinese-Canadian actress, model, beauty pageant titleholder, and human rights advocate

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 Restrictions on religious freedoms are pervasive and longstanding in China, affecting not only its diverse faith communities, but all Chinese people. From bulldozing churches and tearing down crosses to repressing Falun Gong and Tibetan, for decades Chinese authorities have been denying the internationally guaranteed right to believe or not believe. As a result of China’s repressive persecution of numerous faith communities, the Chinese people are unable to live out their beliefs openly and peacefully, without fear or intimidation.

Anastasia will explore how China accommodates its growing and vibrant religious communities and that it is not only a paramount human rights concern, but may determine China’s future stability and prosperity.

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Anastasia Lin is a Toronto-based actress. She won the Miss World Canada title in 2015. Since beginning acting at the age of seven, Anastasia has appeared in over 20 films and television productions, and most prominently played lead actress in several Toronto-based films about human rights themes in China.

Along with her acting and participation in pageants, she is known for her public position against human rights abuses in China. Canadian television reports attributed her victory in the 2015 Miss World Canada Pageant in part to her passion for human rights. Anastasia was invited to testify before U.S. Congress, and Taiwan Legislative Yuan, addressing the topic of Religious freedom in China. She has published articles on the Washington Post, Huffington Post and other major newspapers around the world.

Anastasia graduated from University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre acting. Her films had received awards including Mexico International Film Festival’s Golden Palm Award and California’s Indie Fest Award of Merit. As a model, she has made appearances on runways around from New York, to Toronto including New York Fashion Week show at the prestigious Waldorf-Astoria. Anastasia will participate in the 2015 Miss World competition in Sanya, China.