By Women’s Rights without Frontiers
Human rights activist
Blind activist Chen Guangcheng, whose dramatic escape from house arrest and flight to New York captured the attention of the world in May, has issued a powerful video to call the Chinese Communist Party to account for crimes committed against the Chinese people.
These include crimes committed against Chen Kegui, Chen’s nephew, who was given a 3-year jail sentence for defending himself when officials broke into his house and savagely beat him and his parents. Instead of improving, Chen said that “the human rights situation in China is, in fact, getting worse . . . in China, no one is safe.”
By Mark Ellis
Christian Bale hugs Chinese activist
Actor Christian Bale expressed his revulsion toward China’s forced abortion and sterilization policies as he presented an award to blind Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng on October 26th.
Bale extolled Chen’s courage and his personification of the hopes of the Chinese people for freedom. He also highlighted Chen’s fight against forced abortion in China. Continue reading
By Mark Ellis
He "Pearl" Peirong
The woman who risked her life to drive blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng from his village to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing was released from detention. The BBC interviewed “Pearl” Peirong, a former English teacher, following her release.
Pearl rescued Chen after he escaped from house arrest, climbed over walls and forded a river. She drove him from Dongshigu village to Beijing following a secret rendezvous.
Secretary Clinton announced today an agreement that allows Chen Guangcheng and his family to come to the U.S. Chen will reportedly
Chen and his family
accept a fellowship to New York University Law School. US officials stated they were working to expedite Chen’s departure, probably in the next few days.
“This announcement is important and reflect’s Chen’s wishes,” said Bob Fu, ChinAid President. We commend Secretary Hillary Clinton and US Ambassador Gary Locke for working on this after the initial deal fell apart. But it was the media who made this story a global phenomena, along with brave Chinese rights defenders, they kept the pressure on and it led to a good result. Chen is so widely popular now, Beijing probably wants him in New York as soon as possible.”
By Mark Ellis
Chen and his family
In an effort to wash their hands of a messy diplomatic dilemma on the eve of important talks, officials in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing hid the news from a blind human rights activist and abandoned him at a hospital where he will be at the mercy of government officials.
Chen Guangcheng, 40, who infuriated the Chinese government by publicly opposing their forced abortion and sterilization policies, fled to the U.S. Embassy nearly a week ago after escaping house arrest.
In the astonishment surrounding Chen Guangcheng’s extraordinary escape from house arrest, let us not forget why he was arrested: in
blind activist with family
2006 Chen exposed the Chinese government’s systematic, massive use of forced abortion and involuntary sterilization to enforce its “One Child Policy.” Women’s Rights Without Frontiers (WRWF) obtained a copy of Chen’s field notes and we released the first English translation of these notes at a Congressional Hearing on December 6, 2011. You can read The Chen Guangcheng Report here.
Blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng, who escaped earlier this week from his home where he had been held under harsh and violent
Chen with family
house arrest conditions since his Sept. 2010 release from prison, is safe in Beijing, according to ChinaAid.
ChinaAid’s founder and president Bob Fu was in touch with Chen’s friends and family and was told by a source who brought Chen to Beijing that he is not in any danger and is “100% safe.” There is speculation that Chen is in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.
ChinaAid has learned the details of a brutal four-hour beating by local authorities of blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng and his wife, about whom there has been no reliable news for months.
Chen Guangcheng with family
The July beating, which was witnessed by the couple’s elementary school-age son, is but one episode in a pattern of horrific persecution against Chen because he had exposed the violent and deadly measures used by Chinese authorities to enforce the nation’s one-child policy. The couple endured a similarly brutal beating in February after they had smuggled out a videotape documenting the shocking conditions of their illegal house arrest following Chen’s release from prison. (See the ChinaAid report at http://www.chinaaid.org/2011/06/detained-blind-activist-chen-guangcheng.html.)
By Jeremy Reynalds, ASSIST News
Chen with wife and child
Blind forced abortion opponent Chen Guangcheng and his wife, Yuan Weijing, will be transferred to a small prison built specifically for them, according to a Radio Free Asia report.
Activist He Peirong said the couple will be forcibly removed from their home and transferred to a building, “which basically amounts to a jail,” so that authorities can “keep tighter controls on them.”
They will be separated from their five-year-old daughter in the move. Their young son, living with relatives, was reportedly strip-searched when he left the family home.