DrudgeReport.com Friday/Saturday …
Challenge for U.S. After Escape by China Activist
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/28/world … china.html
China’s Forced Sterilization Tyranny Hits Home
Chinese activist fighting forced sterilisations beaten
Date: 10-06-05 09:38
A few days ago I saw the typical headlines from China, “Chinese abortion activist beaten”. Sensing nothing new I failed to read the news articles. This morning I was informed that the person in question is a blind doctor whom I met through my day job a year or so ago. Reading the articles now (and knowing the horrors* that await political dissidents there and our own govt’s disinfo about such horrors as “urban legends”**) makes me want to despair, but instead I am enraged.
Friday, October 07, 2005
More News Links on Chen Guangcheng
http://elfis.blogspot.com/2005/10/more- … cheng.html
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
TIME 100: The People Who Shape Our World
While I was out of town recently, I read in a Google News Alert that Chen Guangcheng was selected as one of TIME Magazine’s “100 most influential people in the world” list. Of course Chen is listed among “Heroes & Icons” with such familiar names as Wynton Marsalis, Angelina Jolie, Bill Clinton / George H.W. Bush, Ralph Lauren, Paul Simon, Al Gore, Katie Couric and many others.
Chen Guangcheng Updates
http://www.elfis.net/blog/2006/08/23/ch … g-updates/
Washington Post – Chinese Rights Activist Stands Trial After Police Detain Defense …
Washington Post, United States – Aug 18, 2006
34, appeared pale and thin when he showed up at a county courthouse in
eastern Shandong province wearing a black T-shirt, gray pants and
Updates on the Plight of Chen Guangcheng in China
Chinese Dissident Blogger Stands Trial for Subversion
Wall Street Journal – Mar 18, 2008
… of the current system,” said Li, who himself was detained in 2006 in connection with his representation of Chen Guangcheng, a peasants right activist. …
Wall Street Journal
Speaker Pelosi on Tiananmen Square and Chen Guangcheng
Chen Guangcheng, a self-trained legal advocate who tried in June 2005 to investigate reports that officials in Linyi city, Shandong province, had subjected thousands of people to forced abortions, beatings, and compulsory sterilization in order to meet population control targets. Although central government officials agreed that the officials used illegal means, authorities rejected the class-action lawsuit Chen tried to file. Chen was tried on August 24, 2006, and sentenced to four years and three months for “intentional destruction of property” and “gathering people to disturb traffic order.” Chen, who is blind, has reportedly been severely beaten in jail and has gone on a hunger strike to protest the beatings. He is serving his sentence in Linyi Prison.
Updates from January 2011…
A Chinese Advocate Is Freed, but Stays Under Surveillance
By MICHAEL WINES
Published: September 9, 2010
BEIJING — A blind, self-taught lawyer imprisoned by the Chinese authorities in 2006 after years of exposing government abuses was freed Thursday and confined to his home in Shandong Province, surrounded by guards and watched through closed-circuit surveillance cameras.
Another rights advocate who exposed coerced sterilizations, Chen Guangcheng, has been confined since September to his home in rural Shandong Province with his family despite having served more than four years on a conviction for damaging property.
China converts entire village into prison to contain pro-life activist
DONGSHIGU, China, December 22, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Chinese authorities have converted an entire village into a prison in order to prevent Chen Guangcheng, a blind, pro-life dissident, from moving freely about the country, according to a recent report by the French magazine Liberation.
“The picturesque hamlet, situated close to a national highway, might resemble thousands of others in that part of the northeast of China. No one, however, is authorized to enter Dongshigu, nor to communicate with its inhabitants,” writes Liberation’s China correspondent, Phillipe Grangerou. “All of the telephone lines were cut months ago. The antenna of the local mobile telephone service has been disconnected, and six surveillance cameras have been placed around the perimeter.”
In addition to the communications blackout and electronic surveillance, the town is guarded by about forty armed men dressed in military garb, who maintain a checkpoint for the few people permitted to come and go. “This group of men terrorizes all of us. But they have been sent by the [Communist] Party committee of the province, so there’s nothing that can be done about it,” one resident reportedly said.
According to Grangerou, the sophisticated security operation surrounding the town of Dongshigu exists for the sole purpose of preventing any contact between Chen and the outside world. Chen and his wife live under house arrest inside their residence, and the only person permitted to enter or leave is an aged relative, who is allowed the privilege only to make minor purchases for the home.
Chen’s troubles stem from his decision in 2005 to file a lawsuit against the local provincial government for carrying out thousands of forced abortions and sterilizations against the population, a practice that is common in China as a means of enforcing the nation’s “one child policy.”
… and late 2011 …
Visitors to Chinese Blind Rights Lawyer Chen Guangcheng Disappear
http://english.ntdtv.com/ntdtv_en/news_ … ppear.html
Posted at 08:31 AM ET, 12/16/2011 TheWashingtonPost
Christian Bale attempts to visit Chinese activist, is blocked by guards (Video)
By Sarah Anne Hughes
Christian Bale. (Andy Wong – AP) Christian Bale was blocked from visiting a human rights activist under house arrest in rural China by plainclothes guards Thursday, as video posted by CNN shows.
The “Dark Knight” actor traveled eight hours from Beijing, where he was promoting the film, “Flowers of War,” to meet Chen Guangcheng, a blind lawyer and activist who has been confined to his home since being released from prison in September 2010.
Bale — whose run-in with the guards was taped by the CNN camera crew he was traveling with — was pushed and hit by guards attempting to knock a small camera from his hands. He asked the men, “Why can I not visit this free man?” Bale later told CNN, “What I really wanted to do was to meet the man, shake his hand and say what an inspiration he is.”
Chen, a self-taught lawyer, gained international notoriety after he began taking the cases of women who underwent forced abortions and sterilization. He was sentenced to four and a half years in prison in 2006 for damaging property and disrupting traffic, charges that his supporters say were fabricated, as the Post reported.
By Sarah Anne Hughes | 08:31 AM ET, 12/16/2011