May 4, 2021

Dr. Yang Jianli wants the U.S. Supreme Court to remember that the right to privacy in association is essential to freedom. Not just in the United States, but worldwide.

“There are always some people who tend to use power to interfere with freedom,” he says.

This is the thrust of an amicus curiae brief Dr. Yang filed in Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Bonta, challenging California’s demand that nonprofit groups hand over lists of their supporters and their personal information.

His argument is as personal as it is powerful.

Ever since his narrow escape from the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989, Dr. Yang’s work challenging authoritarian regimes has placed him directly in the crosshairs of the Chinese government.

Today, that danger has extended to those who support his work through Citizen Power Initiatives for China (CPI), the human rights group Dr. Yang founded in the United States in 2008 to promote a peaceful democratic transition in China.