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  • Chinese Activist Says He’s Being Forced out by NYU

    06/17/2013 12:18:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun. 17, 2013 2:31 AM EDT | Gillian Wong
    Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, who was allowed to travel to the U.S. after escaping from house arrest, said Monday that New York University is forcing him and his family to leave at the end of this month because of pressure from the Chinese government. The university denied Chen’s allegations. Chen said in a statement that China’s Communist Party had been applying “great, unrelenting pressure” on NYU to ask him to leave, though he did not provide details or evidence to back his claim. Chen said Beijing’s authoritarian government has more influence on the American academic community than is perceived. “The...
  • China Pressures New York University to Boot Blind Human Rights Activist, Chen Guangcheng

    06/13/2013 5:55:56 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    LifeNews ^ | 06/13/2013 | Steven Ertelt
    Chen Guangcheng, known for exposing coerced abortions and sterilizations resulting from China’s one-child policy and enforced by state family planning officials, has been booted from the New York University campus. Chen received a fellowship to study at New York University after seeking help at the U.S. embassy in Beijing last year to escape China, where he faced imprisonment and house arrest for exposing brutal campaigns of forced abortions. New York University law professor Jerome Cohen assisted Chen in China after he fled to the U.S. Embassy and assisted him in obtaining a fellowship at New York University. The two had...
  • A Worm in the Apple

    09/15/2012 4:16:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 15, 2012 | Ken Blackwell
    Apple is a great American success story and we can say of the late Steve Jobs: You did build that. But there’s a problem with Apple in China. The Beijing government’s forced abortion policy is worming its way into the factories of Apple, Inc. Twenty-four of these factories, it is reported, have helped the Communist government’s brutal efforts to prevent so-called unauthorized births to Chinese mothers. Exiled human rights champion Chen Guangcheng is reporting on the collaboration of Apple in compulsory pregnancy testing of Apple’s Chinese employees. Chen told Bloomberg news agency that Apple should refuse to comply with such...
  • America Now a “Pro-Life” Nation

    06/04/2012 5:01:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 4, 2012 | Star Parker
    Do House Republicans risk being branded as extremist and out of touch by bringing abortion back into the national spotlight when supposedly the economy is all Americans care about today? Last Thursday, Republicans brought to a vote in the House a bill introduced by Arizona Republican Trent Franks that would have criminalized abortion based on sex. Although the bill received healthy support, 246 – 168, including 20 Democrats that voted for it, it was not enough to pass. The floor rule under which the bill was considered required a two thirds vote for passage and it fell short of...
  • The unexpurgated wisdom of Chen Guangcheng

    06/01/2012 4:57:49 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies
    Sometimes in journalism it is best to let people simply speak for themselves. Yesterday I went to the first major public engagement of Chen Guangcheng since he left China to study for a while in the US Chen took questions for an hour at the Council on Foreign Relations, a non-partisan think-tank in New York. He spoke of his fears for the fate of his family back in China but also his hopes for democracy in China and his faith that the ‘innate goodness’ of Chinese people will ultimately triumph over the dead, perverting hand of an authoritarian state. The...
  • Brother of blind Chinese activist goes missing: lawyer

    05/26/2012 9:21:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat May 26, 2012 4:07am EDT | Sui-Lee Wee
    The brother of blind activist Chen Guangcheng has gone missing, a lawyer said on Saturday, days after he fled his village in northeastern China to seek help for his son who has been detained in a case that has become a rallying point among rights activists. Chen Guangfu, the eldest brother of Chen Guangcheng, fled his home in Shandong province and arrived in Beijing on Wednesday to seek legal help for his son, Chen Kegui, who is being held on an attempted murder charge. He appears to have become the latest target of the government's reprisals against Chen Guangcheng's family...
  • Chen Guangcheng on way to US

    05/19/2012 8:52:38 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 10:46 am on May 19, 2012 | by Ed Morrissey
    The saga of Chinese democracy and pro-life activist Chen Guangcheng will conclude today with a much happier ending than first feared. The New York Times reports than Chen has boarded a flight to the US and is already in transit — along with his family: Chen Guangcheng, the blind legal defender who made a dramatic escape from house arrest and whose decision to seek refuge in the American Embassy here jolted American-Sino relations, left China aboard a commercial flight bound for Newark on Saturday.Mr. Chen and his family departed around 5:30 p.m. on a United Airlines flight after facing earlier...
  • Chen Guangcheng's nephew arrested on murder charges

    05/15/2012 12:27:27 PM PDT · by robowombat · 5 replies
    Asia News ^ | Tuesday, May 15, 2012
    China: Chen Guangcheng's nephew arrested on murder charges He defended himself against agents who burst into his house after his uncle escaped. The charges are baseless because no one died. For this reason, the authorities are preventing lawyers from seeing him. Tuesday, May 15, 2012 By Asia News Beijing - Chen Kegui, nephew of blind dissident Chen Guangcheng, was arbitrarily arrested by police in Shandong. He has been denied access to his family lawyer and his wife has been placed under house arrest. The nephew was taken into custody on 9 May for his role in Chen's escape on 26...
  • Blame Canada (Why did Canada and the EU abandon Chen Guangcheng? (Hint: Pandas ain't free.))

    05/17/2012 1:25:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | MAY 16, 2012 | MARK MACKINNON
    Why did Canada and the EU abandon Chen Guangcheng? (Hint: Pandas ain't free.)In December 2010, a trio of Western diplomats stationed in China -- one each from Canada, Switzerland, and the European Union -- drove from Beijing to the village of Dongshigu, eight hours away in Shandong province, hoping to visit the detained dissident Chen Guangcheng. No one has spoken publicly about what happened next. They did not mention the excursion itself, and certainly not the rough reception they received from the hands of the guards who prevented them from seeing Chen. But one person with knowledge of the incident...
  • US group: Chen Guangcheng's nephew arrested (Chinese dissident Hillary turned over to Chinese govt)

    05/12/2012 10:23:04 AM PDT · by UnwashedPeasant · 11 replies
    NHK (Japan) ^ | 5/12/2012
    Video at link. A US-based human rights group says the nephew of Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng has been arrested on suspicion of murder. It says the arrest was made in revenge for Chen's actions. ChinaAid Association on Friday revealed the photo of a notification of arrest issued by police authorities in Shandong Province. The notice says the arrest took place on Wednesday. The group quoted the nephew's lawyer as saying that he wounded 3 intruders with a knife at his home in Shandong Province on April 26th after noticing that his parents had been beaten up. More than 20 people...
  • Goodspeed Analysis: Chen Guangcheng’s escape awakens China’s activists

    05/06/2012 5:52:57 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 4 replies
    National Post ^ | May 5, 2012 | Peter Goodspeed
    Online, where the audacity of defiance remains anonymous, tens of thousands of Chinese “netizens” rejoiced this week over news of the daring escape of blind human rights activist Chen Guangcheng. China’s censors rushed to block all Internet analysis of the case by shutting down social media discussions that used phrases such as Mr. Chen’s name, his initials, the words “U.S. embassy” or even “blind man.” As usual, China’s innovative Internet users got around the problem, with a variety of deceptions to keep the debate raging. Some people referred to Mr. Chen as “A Bing,” a famous blind folk singer. But...
  • Twitter vs. secret diplomacy in the Chen Guangcheng saga [Obama/Mainstream Media Caught Lying]

    05/05/2012 6:08:02 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    LA TIMES ^ | 5/5/12
    The celebrated deal that would have ensured that blind dissident Chen Guangcheng would stay in China began to dissolve publicly with a tweet: “GUANGCHENG TALKED TO ME. WHAT MEDIA REPORTED IS WRONG.” The unsettling Twitter message from Beijing activist Zeng Jinyan began a firestorm of debate over whether Chen had been coerced into the deal with threats to his family, an alarming idea that gutted the most important promise behind the agreement -- that Chen would be kept safe.
  • China Says Activist 'Can Apply' To Study Abroad

    05/04/2012 2:49:28 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    WESH-CNN ^ | May 4, 2012 | Jill Dougherty, Jaime FlorCruz, Steven Jiang, Dan Lothian, Eunice Yoon, Jethro Mullen, Stan Grant
    BEIJING (CNN) -- China said Friday that the Chinese activist at the center of a diplomatic storm has the right to apply to study abroad... If Chen Guangcheng wants to go overseas to study, "as a Chinese citizen, he may apply like other Chinese citizens"... ....[SNIP].... The Chinese comments came as U.S.diplomats spoke by phone with Chen, who is currently in a Beijing hospital. The officials also met with Chen's wife,Yuan Weijing, in person, according to a senior State Department official who declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter. The U.S. officials had been scheduled to...
  • China Syndrome (analysis of Chen Guangcheng incident)

    05/04/2012 3:06:23 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 3 replies
    The American Interest ^ | May 3, 2012 | Walter Russel Mead
    No good deed goes unpunished; this must be what US Ambassador to China Gary Locke must have been thinking as a firestorm of criticism erupted over his embassy’s handling of the Chen Guangcheng case. Under great pressure, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner arriving for high profile talks with China’s leadership, the embassy and colleagues in the State Department including Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian Affairs Kurt Campbell had negotiated a delicate deal with Chinese counterparts that Chen accepted. Negotiated with the involvement of top legal scholar Jerome Cohen, and based on a...
  • Chen and Family to “Study Abroad” in U.S.

    05/04/2012 9:55:31 AM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 5/4/12 | Alana Goodman
    The State Department confirmed this morning that it’s reached a deal with the Chinese government in the case of blind dissident Chen Guangcheng: The Chinese Government stated today that Mr. Chen Guangcheng has the same right to travel abroad as any other citizen of China. Mr. Chen has been offered a fellowship from an American university, where he can be accompanied by his wife and two children. The Chinese Government has indicated that it will accept Mr. Chen’s applications for appropriate travel documents.
  • China: We’ll let Chen, er, study abroad

    05/04/2012 6:58:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/04/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Both China and the US acted overnight to bring an embarrassing string of incidents with dissident Chen Guangcheng to a rapid conclusion. Beijing announced earlier that they would look favorably on a request from Chen to "study abroad", which would rid them of the international focus on their repressive regime that suddenly erupted this week: ChinaÂ’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday that the dissident Chen Guangcheng can apply to study outside China in the same manner as more than 300,000 Chinese students already abroad, signaling a possible breakthrough in a diplomatic crisis that has deeply embarrassed the White House and...
  • Free Chen, Free China, Free the Children in the Womb from Forced Abortion

    05/03/2012 7:38:57 PM PDT · by tcg · 2 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 5/3/12 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    Over the last several days the sad, confusing and now disheartening saga of a courageous man named Chen Guangcheng has filled the news. Much of the focus seems to be on who botched this entire affair diplomatically, rather than the even more important underlying issues. Chen is a 40 year old Chinese citizen who taught himself the law and, as a human rights lawyer, courageously stands up against the evil, inhumane and barbaric forced abortion and sterilization policies of the nation he loves, the Peoples Republic of China. Chen was released from jail in 2010 and placed under house arrest....
  • An ugly day of american diplomacy

    05/03/2012 6:25:25 PM PDT · by Coleus · 34 replies
    NY Post ^ | May 2, 2012 | benny avni
    The State Department painted it as an elegant way out of a ballooning crisis involving Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng — but by day’s end, it looked like a disgraceful performance by US diplomats. Initial reports had Chen so pleased by the deal that he told Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, “I want to kiss you.” The agreement Clinton negotiated with Beijing yesterday supposedly allowed Cheng to stay in China and get medical attention, with the authorities guaranteeing his future safety. But things started unraveling just hours after the compromise was inked. First, while State claims Chen never wanted to leave...
  • Fatal mistake: Chinese pro-life activist seeking help from US government

    05/03/2012 12:46:39 PM PDT · by juliosevero · 7 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Fatal mistake: Chinese pro-life activist seeking help from US government American authorities deceive Chinese activist and deliver him to the den of Chinese communist lions By Julio Severo Chen Guangcheng, a pro-life activist in China, made the fatal mistake of seeking help from the US Embassy in China. Chen Guangcheng He was under house arrest in his home province, but other human rights activists made enormous sacrifices, risking their lives to elaborate a plan for him to flee to the US Embassy, where everyone thought refuge was guaranteed. Everyone hoped he would ask for asylum, but the developments, unfolding in...
  • White House is silent on fate of Chinese activist

    05/03/2012 11:21:28 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 3, 2012
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House is sidestepping questions about how the U.S. might resolve the predicament surrounding a blind Chinese activist who sought refuge in the American embassy and who no longer wants to remain China. White House spokesman Jay Carney referred questions about asylum for the activist, Chen Guangcheng, to the State Department.
  • Activist Chen Guangcheng: Let Me Leave China on Hillary Clinton’s Plane

    05/03/2012 5:26:25 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 27 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 2, 2012 | Melinda Liu
    In an exclusive interview with The Daily Beast’s Melinda Liu, blind dissident Chen Guangcheng says he’s been abandoned by American officials at a Chinese hospital and begs to leave the country on Hillary Clinton’s plane. I’ve known Chen Guangcheng for more than a decade—he’s been through intimidation, beatings, jail, and extralegal house arrest—but through it all I never sensed he was scared. Now he’s scared. Chen, whose case has escalated into a bilateral crisis that threatens to dominate Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to Beijing this week, was weeping as he talked to me over the phone from his...
  • Chen Guangcheng was ready 'to spend many years' in US embassy

    05/03/2012 7:49:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 05/03/2012 | Tania Branigan in Beijing and agencies
    Blind Chinese Human Rights activist causes diplomatic crisis after asking Hillary Clinton to take him back to the US on her plane. The blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng was prepared to spend years in the US embassy in Beijing if necessary as he weighed his next move after escaping house arrest, the US ambassador has said. But the future of the "barefoot lawyer" and his family is now uncertain, after he agreed to a deal allowing him to stay in China and study, with assurances from the government, only to then change his mind and ask to go to the...
  • Chinese Activist 'Very Disappointed' in the U.S., Says Officials Lied To Him

    05/02/2012 7:15:05 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 38 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | May 2, 2012 | Max Fisher
    A little over 12 hours after blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng was released from the U.S. embassy in Beijing, which he had fled to after escaping house arrest, Chen now says that American officials encouraged him to leave the safe haven of the embassy building, in part by making promises that they failed to keep. In an interview with CNN's Steven Jiang, he expressed deep disappointment with the U.S. and with President Barack Obama personally. He said that embassy officials were no longer picking up his calls and that he already felt his rights being "violated" by the Chinese government,...
  • Chen: I can’t help feeling like the U.S. lied to me “a little”

    05/02/2012 5:59:32 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 24 replies
    HotAir ^ | May 2, 2012 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    He looked reasonably cheerful in photos with U.S. officials after the deal was made. Then, just a few hours later, he told CNN, “We are in danger. If you can talk to Hillary, I hope she can help my whole family leave China.” The most logical explanation for the sudden turnabout is that China reneged on its deal with the U.S. once they had Chen back in custody, but that would be a huge betrayal at a moment when Hillary’s in the country for talks on a variety of issues. I guess it’s possible that the State Department really did...
  • Activist Chen Guangcheng wants to leave China, says authorities threatened to beat wife to death

    05/02/2012 9:09:10 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 10 replies
    CBS ^ | 5/2/2012 | AP
    Blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng said a U.S. official told him that Chinese authorities threatened to beat his wife to death had he not left the American Embassy. Speaking by phone from his hospital room in Beijing on Wednesday night, a shaken Chen told The Associated Press that U.S. officials relayed the threat from the Chinese side. After six days in hiding, Chen emerged from the embassy Wednesday after U.S. officials said China had assured his safety. His account contrasts with earlier comments by Chen's supporters saying that he had vowed to stay in China to continue his activism. He...
  • Blind Chinese dissident speaks exclusively to Channel 4 News (Chen sold out by US Government)

    05/02/2012 2:53:56 PM PDT · by Yossarian · 55 replies
    Channel 4 News (UK) ^ | 5/2/2012 | Channel 4 News
    Exclusive: Chen Guangcheng tells Channel 4 News he left the US embassy for hospital as part of an "agreement" with the Chinese government, but despite promises, no-one from the US embassy is with him. Chen had been under protection at the US embassy in Beijing after escaping from house arrest last Friday. He left the embassy for hospital on Wednesday morning, although he told Channel 4 News this was part of an agreement with the Chinese government rather than because of a medical emergency. "Nobody from the (US) Embassy is here. I don't understand why. They promised to be here,"...
  • China scolds U.S. for harboring dissident Chen, demands apology

    05/02/2012 2:00:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 05/02/2012
    The Chinese government issued a stern warning to the United States on Wednesday after blind dissident Chen Guangcheng ended his weeklong stay at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, saying officials were "strongly dissatisfied with the move" to shelter the activist and demanded an apology from Washington. The scolding tone of the message delivered by a Foreign Ministry official and reported by state-run media raised concerns about China's commitment to whatever assurances officials gave U.S. diplomats during behind-the-scenes negotiations that appeared to resolve the embarrassing standoff. "It should be pointed out that Chen Guangcheng, a Chinese citizen, was taken by the...
  • Did the Obama administration abandon Chen Guangcheng?

    05/02/2012 9:19:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/02/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    The story of Chinese democracy activist Chen Guangcheng took a bizarre turn this morning. The dissident escaped house arrest and ended up at the US embassy in Beijing, with an injury to his foot in the escape. The US then announced that they had negotiated safe passage to a hospital with the Chinese government, where Chen could be reunited with his family. However, the AP reported a few minutes ago that the US told him that if he didn't leave, the Beijing government would beat his wife to death ... and now he fears for his life: Blind legal activist...
  • China activist Chen Guangcheng leaves U.S. Embassy, will stay in China

    05/02/2012 4:13:36 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 22 replies
    CBS ^ | 5/2/2012 | ap
    A blind Chinese legal activist who was at the center of a diplomatic tussle between Washington and Beijing left the U.S. Embassy Wednesday to receive medical care in Beijing and be reunited with this family. Guangcheng said via his lawyer that he is free and has received "clear assurances" from the Chinese government. A U.S. official said Chen did not ask for asylum and is staying in China after receiving assurances that he will be treated as a normal citizen. The U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told reporters that Chinese authorities promised that Chen would be relocated to...
  • Chinese dissident Chen leaves U.S. Embassy (Anti-forced abortion activist denied asylum by Obama?)

    05/02/2012 4:02:25 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 23 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | May 2, 2012 | Marketwatch
    Chinese state media reported that Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng on Wednesday voluntarily left the U.S. Embassy in Beijing after a six-day stay. Chen was reportedly at a medical facility in Beijing where he was to be united with his family, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal, which cited a U.S. official. Chen sought refuge in the U.S. Embassy in late April, sparking what some reports described as a major diplomatic crisis between China and the U.S. ahead of high-level talks on a range of strategic issues slated to begin in Beijing on Thursday.
  • Secretary Clinton All But Mum On Chen Guangcheng Case [Shameful and Disgusting! A New Low!]

    04/30/2012 6:23:17 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    LATimes ^ | April 30, 2012
    Secretary Clinton All But Mum On Chen Guangcheng Case April 30, 2012 Hours before she was scheduled to leave for China on Monday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton avoided giving details about how the U.S. would address the plight of a blind Chinese dissident who escaped from house arrest. U.S. officials have declined to confirm reports that activist and attorney Chen Guangcheng is under protection at the American Embassy in Beijing. His plight has been diplomatically dicey for the United States, which faces competing pressures to cooperate with China and press it to stop human rights abuses. Clinton, who...
  • Batman Star Christian Bale Attacked for Visiting Chen Guangcheng

    12/16/2011 9:16:32 AM PST · by julieee · 18 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | December 12, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    Batman Star Christian Bale Attacked for Visiting Chen Guangcheng Beijing, China -- Batman movie star Christian Bale traveled nine hours from Beijing to visit blind forced abortion opponent Chen Guangcheng, who has been sentenced to home confinement by local Chinese family planning officials. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/12/16/batman-star-christian-bale-attacked-for-visiting-chen-guangcheng/
  • China Forced Abortion Opponent Chen Guangcheng Possibly Killed

    10/07/2011 9:37:23 AM PDT · by julieee · 2 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | October 7, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    China Forced Abortion Opponent Chen Guangcheng Possibly Killed Beijing, China -- Reports are emerging today that Chan Guangcheng, a prominent human rights activist who had led the fight against forced abortions under the one-child policy in China, may have been killed by Chinese officials. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/10/07/china-forced-abortion-opponent-chen-guangcheng-possibly-killed/
  • China's 'barefoot lawyer' jailed (most controversial human rights cases since Tiananmen Sq massacre)

    08/25/2006 8:55:32 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies · 511+ views
    Telegraph ^ | August 25, 2006 | Richard Spencer
    A blind activist who exposed a campaign by Chinese officials to force women to have abortions was jailed for more than four years yesterday in one of the country's most controversial human rights cases since the Tiananmen Square massacre. The case against Chen Guangcheng, a peasant who became known as the "barefoot lawyer of Linyi" for his self-taught legal activism, had been described by human rights groups, Chinese dissidents and even the country's established lawyers as absurd. He had been beaten, seized in Beijing by police from his home region, and held under house arrest even though the central government...
  • China abortion activist on trial

    08/18/2006 10:14:15 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies · 231+ views
    BBC News ^ | 8/18/2006
    The trial of an Chinese activist who raised concerns about forced abortion and sterilisation has taken place. Chen Guangcheng, under house arrest since September 2005, is charged with public order offences. It is not clear when a verdict will be announced. He had accused officials in Shandong of breaking family planning laws in their enforcement of the one-child policy. Before the trial, three lawyers connected to his case were arrested, but two have now been released. One of them, Li Fangping, told the BBC that Mr Chen had been represented, against his will, by two state-appointed lawyers in the closed-door...
  • Bush Admin Asks China to Release Forced Abortion Activist Chen Guangcheng

    08/11/2006 9:32:36 PM PDT · by Coleus · 9 replies · 415+ views
    Life News ^ | 08.11.06 | Steven Ertelt
    Bush Admin Asks China to Release Forced Abortion Activist Chen Guangcheng Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- The Bush administration has asked China to release an activist who is being held by local officials in the eastern city of Linyi after exposing a brutal campaign of forced abortions and sterilizations there. This is the second time Bush representatives have pressed for his release, this time more formally.  Assistant Secretary of State Ellen Sauerbrey said she made the request during a meeting of the China-U.S. Global Issues Forum, going on in Beijing.  "We believe that there has been a certain violation of normal...
  • China puts abortion whistleblower on trial

    07/16/2006 9:13:47 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 11 replies · 659+ views
    The Age ^ | 17 July 2006 | Mary-Anne Toy
    THE blind activist who exposed how local officials enforced China's one-child policy by making women abort pregnancies at as late as eight months goes on trial today in the latest attempt to silence him. Chen Guangcheng, a peasant who lost his sight as an infant due to illness and who studied law initially to fight for rights for the disabled, became a hero to oppressed villagers when he exposed the lengths to which officials in his native Shandong province were going to meet population targets. Chen has been charged with disrupting traffic, gathering a crowd and destroying property following a...
  • China Lawyers Call for Release of Activist Against Forced Abortions

    09/27/2005 7:31:48 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 1 replies · 364+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | 28 September 2005 | Steven Ertelt
    Beijing, China (LifeNews.com) -- Chinese attorneys are risking their own freedom by pressing for the release of an activist against forced abortions detained by local officials in the eastern Chinese city of Linyi. They have released an open letter calling for authorities to release Chen Guangcheng, who has been under house arrest for the last month after exposing the brutal forced abortion and sterilization tactics of population control officials. The letter comes at a time when Chen may be charged with passing on government secrets because of an interview he conducted with Time magazine about the scandal. Chen said that...
  • Human Rights in China

    07/20/2006 12:48:28 AM PDT · by John Carey · 4 replies · 365+ views
    The New York Times ^ | July 20, 2006 | JOSEPH KAHN
    BEIJING, July 19 — Only a few years ago, Chen Guangcheng, a blind man who taught himself the law, was hailed as a champion of peasant rights who symbolized China’s growing embrace of legal norms. Mr. Chen helped other people with disabilities avoid illegal fees and taxes. He forced a paper mill to stop spewing toxic chemicals into his village’s river. The authorities in his home province, Shandong, considered him a propaganda coup and broadcast clips from his wedding ceremony on television. All that changed last year, when he organized a rare class-action lawsuit against the local government for forcing...
  • Details of Forced Abortions in China Emerge as Blind Activist Detained

    11/04/2005 3:00:05 PM PST · by emiller · 7 replies · 412+ views
    Lifenews ^ | 11-03-05 | Steven Ertelt
    Linyi, China (LifeNews.com) -- Since he placed a spotlight on a brutal campaign by population control officials in one region of China, blind activist Chen Guangcheng has been under house arrest and twice assaulted for trying to leave. Now, some of the details of the thousands of forced abortions and sterilizations he helped expose are coming to light. In a comprehensive report by the San Francisco Chronicle, women who were subjected to violence, harassment and forced abortions tell their story. Zhu Hongying, 40, and her husband, Xia Jiandong, 40 were farmers in a local village outside the huge city of...
  • UNFPA Denied U.S. Funds for Fourth Year

    09/19/2005 7:38:08 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 11 replies · 431+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | 20 September 2005
    WASHINGTON, September 19, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The White House has once again denied the controversial United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) financial backing – for the fourth year running, despite assurances from the UNFPA that it is not involved in coercive abortion in China. The UNFPA would normally receive $34 million; instead, $25 million will be redirected to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). US law prohibits the country from contributing to any organization that participates in coercive abortion – a practice widely acknowledged in Communist-ruled China. Despite alleging that they have no participation in this practice – as a...