Posts Tagged ‘Chen Guangcheng’

Activist’s NYU Departure Bears ‘Hallmarks’ of Chinese Pressure

WASHINGTON — Amid reports that blind pro-life activist Chen Guangcheng is being asked to leave New York University, some human-rights defenders are worried that the decision may have been influenced by the…

Chen Guangcheng: Chinese Communist influence in academia ‘far greater’ than people believe

by Ben Johnson NEW YORK, June 17, 2013 ( – Human rights activist Chen Guangcheng has confirmed in a statement that New York University is forcing his family out of their campus home by month’s end, warning that his case shows the power of a totalitarian regime halfway across the world to…

Chen Guangcheng abruptly ordered to leave NY University: human rights leaders call for investigation

by Kirsten Andersen John Jalsevac co-wrote this story. NEW YORK CITY, June 14, 2013 (LifeSiteNews) – A leading human rights activist and one of the country’s top pro-life congressmen are calling for an investigation after New York University (NYU) abruptly ordered blind Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng…

Blind Chinese human rights activist receives pro-life award at UK House of Commons

by Hilary White, Rome Correspondent WESTMINSTER, May 21, 2013 ( – Chen Guangcheng, the blind Chinese human rights activist who has suffered imprisonment and beatings while fighting the country’s One-Child Policy, received a standing ovation in the UK House of Commons as he was presented with the first-ever…

State Department asked to aid Chen Guangcheng’s nephew

Washington D.C., May 15, 2013 / 05:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A bipartisan coalition of Congress members has sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, calling for government action to protect the family members of Chinese pro-life leader Chen Guangcheng.

“Chen Guangcheng and his family have suffered greatly at the hands of Chinese officials in Shandong Province,” wrote the congressional leaders.

“Their story is not unfamiliar but it is somewhat unique, in that it has garnered international attention, in part through Chen’s heroic escape from house arrest, and shone a bright light on the consistent human rights abuses endured by the Chinese people,” they said.

The letter was signed by Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), along with Reps. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.), Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), James P. McGovern (D-Mass.), Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.) and Rick Larsen (D-Wash.).

It recalled the escape of Chen from Chinese house arrest last year.

Blind since childhood, Chen became a self-taught human rights lawyer. He drew the attention of Chinese officials through his work to expose the government’s one-child policy and its frequent enforcement through forced abortions and sterilizations.

Chen was sentenced to more than four years in prison for his activism, and after his release in Sept. 2010, he and his family were placed under house arrest with no formal charges. He reported that he and his family were beaten during this period and were not allowed medical treatment.

The Chinese attorney gained international attention following his escape from house arrest to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing in April 2012.

Amid global pressure, the Chinese government promised to treat him and his family humanely and allow them to live in peace. Chen agreed to leave the embassy and was taken to a local hospital. However, he quickly voiced fears that China would not keep its promises and said that he wanted to come to the United States to be safe.

After being offered a fellowship to study law and learn English at New York University’s law school, Chen was permitted to travel to the U.S. with his wife and two children. Unlike most Chinese families, Chen was allowed to have a second child because he is blind. Chinese policy includes an exception to the one-child policy for some disabled individuals.

Since his escape, Chen has continued to voice concern for his family members remaining in China. The congressional letter echoed these concerns.

“Most urgent is the dire medical condition of Chen Kegui, the imprisoned nephew of Chen Guangcheng, who is reportedly suffering from acute appendicitis,” it said. “His family is fearful that absent proper medical attention (which has been denied by Chinese authorities to date) his life is at risk.”

Furthermore, it said, “Kegui has been sentenced to three years in prison for defending himself against intruders,” and Chen Guangchen’s older brother has been beaten “in what seems like an escalating effort to intimidate and harm Chen Guangcheng’s family.”

The lawmakers acknowledged that the State Department has “made the medical condition of Chen Kegui a priority in your discussions with Chinese government officials.” They urged department officials to continue working to send a strong message to the Chinese government that “this situation is of the utmost importance.”

In particular, the congressmen suggested that U.S. officials meet with Chen Kegui in prison and with Chen Guancheng and his wife in the United States. They also called on the department to seek medical parole and prompt attention for the imprisoned family member.

The State Department should also urge the Chinese government “in the strongest possible terms” to investigate the actions of officials and government workers who have allowed the persecution of Chen’s family to take place, the legislators stated, recommending that government workers involved in the mistreatment of the Chen family be denied U.S. visas.

“Regardless of whether any of these individuals intend to travel to the U.S., such a message to the Chinese government would be of great symbolic import,” they noted.

Stressing the need to act swiftly and with deliberation, the Congress members asked for a future “briefing by the State Department regarding the actions being taken regarding this situation.”

Chen Guangcheng’s nephew suffering appendicitis in prison: Chinese officials withhold treatment

by Peter Baklinski SHANDONG PROVINCE, China, May 1, 2013 ( – While Chen Guangcheng escaped communist clutches nearly a year ago, Chinese officials are still punishing him for spotlighting the country’s brutal enforcement of its one-child policy through the continual torture and terrorization…

Blind Activist Appeals to U.S. Over China’s Human Rights Abuses

WASHINGTON — Blind Chinese human rights activist and lawyer Chen Guangcheng criticized China for its human rights abuses and asked that the United States holds the foreign country responsible for its…

Chen gives Congress list of 44 Chinese officials who have persecuted him, his family since 2005

by Ben Johnson WASHINGTON, D.C., April 12, 2013 ( - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn laid bare the repression of the Soviet union in his book The Gulag Archipelago, meticulously documenting the names of the system’s jail-keepers and the methods of their torment. Chen Guangcheng, the world’s leading critic…

Blind activist appeals to US over China’s human rights abuses

Washington D.C., Apr 11, 2013 / 04:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Blind Chinese human rights activist and lawyer Chen Guangcheng criticized China for its human rights abuses and asked that the United States holds the foreign country responsible for its actions.

During an April 9 testimony before a U.S. House subcommittee, Chen told legislators that “we cannot continue to tolerate the Chinese Communist authorities continuing to go back on their words and deceiving the international community at will.”

Through a translator, the activist described the persecution he suffered at the hands of the Chinese government for litigating against its widespread human rights abuses.

Blinded by a serious illness when he was young, Chen is a self-educated human rights attorney who spoke out against China’s one-child policy and the coerced abortions and sterilizations that are often used to enforce it. His work attracted the anger of Chinese authorities.

Chen spent more than four years in prison and was subsequently placed under house arrest in September 2010. Both he and his family were held without formal charges, endured violent assaults and were refused medical treatment.

In April 2012, Chen escaped from house arrest and fled to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. He has since moved to the United States.

Since Chen’s escape and immigration to the U.S., several of Chen’s family members have been imprisoned and held under house arrest under false charges and authorities have tried to manipulate his family into cooperating with the Chinese government under threats of harsher sentencing and continued imprisonment.

During his testimony, Chen asked that the U.S. government “formally obtain from the relevant departments of the administrative authorities – and publish – the written and oral diplomatic agreements between China and the United States with regard to this incident of mine, including my letter to Premier Wen Jiabao that I wrote while I was in the U.S. embassy.”  

He also asked “the U.S. government to solemnly demand that the Chinese Communist leaders do as they promised,” in prosecuting Chinese officials who violated their own laws in imprisoning him.

The activist also implored U.S. officials to hold China to its commitment to protect his family.

Rep. Chris Smith (R- N.J.) chair of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights spoke on Chen’s case and other Chinese human rights abuses.

Smith commended Chen for his “brilliant mind, indomitable spirit and unimaginable courage,” for his work to end forced abortion “deemed a crime against humanity at the Nuremberg Nazi War Crimes Tribunal,” and for his attempts to help many to see that the rule of just and compassionate law wasn’t just for the privileged few, but for everyone.”

“It took a blind man to really see the injustice of a population control program that makes most brothers and sisters illegal and to hear the desperate cries of Chinese women,” Smith said.

“It took a blind man, the great Chen Guangcheng, to open the eyes of a blind world to these human rights violations systematically inflicted on Chinese women.”   

Smith also introduced the work of “another brave extraordinary hero,” Gao Zhisheng, whose testimony was later given by his wife, Geng He.

“Mr. Gao is the quintessential example of a human rights defender,” Smith said, introducing Gao’s work against religious persecution in China. For his work, Gao was charged with “inciting subversion” and placed under house arrest.

Gao has also sent letters to the United States Congress calling “China’s birth control policy the largest genocide in the history of mankind,” and decrying other human rights abuses. For this, Gao has been detained and tortured for over 16 months.

Chen Guangcheng, others expose Chinese human rights violations on eve of Kerry visit

by Olivia Enos WASHINGTON, D.C., April 11, 2013 (Heritage Foundation) - Human rights advocates stressed the importance of U.S. leadership in fighting violations of liberty in China in testimony before a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee in advance of Secretary of State John Kerry’s trip to Beijing.…

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