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In award of the individuals, groups and works which have outstanding contributions to promote democracy, rule of law, human rights and freedom of China, Chinese Democratic Education Foundation (CDEF) created “The Outstanding Contribution Prize for Democracy in China”.

Since year 1986, it has been awarded annually. Each year, CDEF invite qualified people to submit nominations from all of the world, and send the list of nominates to the selection committee which composed of prestigious experts and scholars. In the majority of votes of the selection committee shall prevail.

After many years of effort and support from all of the world, “The Outstanding Contribution Prize for Democracy in China” has established very good reputations.  Some of the winners get even more recognition from all of the world;

one of the 2002 winners, Liu Xiaobo, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010.

Wei Jingshang, one of the winners in 1986, Hu Jia, one of the winners in 2007, received Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought in 1996 and 2008, respectively.

Gao Yaojie, one of the winners in 2006, awarded by after the New York Academy of Sciences in 2007 for Human Rights Award in 2007 scientists.

The winners of the each year are:

  • Year 2015Tang Jingling 唐荆陵
  • Year 2014Gao Yu 高瑜,Pu Zhiqiang 浦志強
  • Year 2013Guo Feixiong 郭飛熊,Ding Jiaxi 丁家喜,Zhao Changqing 趙長青, Wu Renhua 吳仁華
  • Year 2012Tan Zuoren  谭作人,Zhu Chenzhi 朱承志,Ai Xiaomin 艾晓明
  • Year 2011Wang Bingzhang 王炳章,Chen Yizi 陈一咨
  • Year 2010Teng Biao 滕彪,Jiang Tianyong 江天勇
  • Year 2009Ai  Weiwei艾未未,He Weifang贺卫方,The human right group for Fujian case) 福建三网友案关注团
  • Year 2008The Charter 08零八宪章签署人群体
  • Year 2007Hu Jia 胡佳,Chen Guangcheng 陈光诚
  • Year 2006Geo Yaojie 高耀洁,Zhang Yihe 章诒和
  • Year 2005Gao Zhisheng 高智晟,Jiao Gaobiao 焦国标,The three heros of Tiananmen  (Yu Zhijian, Yu  Dongyue and Lu Decheng) 天安门三君子(余志坚,喻东岳,鲁德成)
  • Year 2004Yan Jiaqi 严家祺,Hu Shigeng胡石根,The Chen’s Couple (Chen Guidi and Chuntao) 陈桂棣、春桃夫妇
  • Year 2003Jian Yanyong 蒋彦永,Du Daobing 杜导斌,Yu Haocheg 于浩成,The group concerning about Basic 23 of Hongkang 基本法23条关注组
  • Year 2002Liu Xiaobo 刘晓波,Yang Jianli 杨建利,Fang Jue方觉,Barry Zhang 张昭富
  • Year 2001Jian Qisheng 江棋生,Xin Haonian 辛灏年,The  Beijing Spring 《北京之春》杂志
  • Year 2000Carl Gershman 戈什曼,Peng Ming 彭明,Shih Ming-teh 施明德
  • Year 1999Xu Wenli 徐文立, Cheung Man-yee 张敏仪,The Tzu Chi 慈济基金会
  • Year 1998Wang Yucai 王有才,Bao Tong 鲍彤,Lu Siqing卢四清
  • Year 1997Hu Fo 胡佛,His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama 第十四世达赖喇嘛,Liu Nianchun 刘念春
  • Year 1996Chen Ziming 陈子明,A.M. Rosenthal 罗森索,Hu Chu-Jen 胡菊人
  • Year 1995Xu Liangying  许良英,National Institute for Clean Election 干净选举全国推行委员会,Jimmy Lai 黎智英,Human Rights in China 中国人权(组织)
  • Year 1994Ding Zilin丁子霖,Bo Yang 柏扬,Christine Loh 陆恭蕙,Li Zhisui 李志绥
  • Year 1993Wang Xizhe 王希哲,Chao Shao-kang 赵少康, Emily Lau 刘慧卿,Raymond Chan 陈卓愉
  • Year 1992Liu Qing 刘青,Christopher Francis Patten 彭定康,THE JOURNALIST 《新新闻》周刊,Nancy Pelosi 南希·佩洛西
  • Year 1991Harry Wu 吴弘达,Tao Baichuan 陶百川,United Democrats of Hong Kong (UDHK)香港民主同盟
  • Year 1990Wang Juntao 王军涛,Chai Songlin 柴松林,Lau Chin-shek 刘千石
  • Year 1989Wang Dan 王丹,Chai Lin 柴玲,Wuerkaix吾尔开希,Kang Ning-Hsiang 康宁祥,John Shum 岑建勋
  • Year 1988Liu Zaifu 刘再复,Szeto Wah 司徒华,Gu Hua 古华
  • Year 1987Fang Lizhi 方励之,Fei His-Ping 费希平,Wang Ruowang 王若望,Martin Lee Chu-ming 李柱铭
  • Year 1986Wei Jinsheng 魏京生,Liu Bingyan 刘宾雁,Wang Ruoshui 王若水