The blind, self-taught legal activist Chen Guangcheng has
escaped from his village in Shandong province where he was kept a prisoner in
his own home and fled to Beijing. The
New York Times quoted an official at the Chinese Ministry of State Security
as saying Chen had made it to the U.S. embassy, though the State
Department hasn't confirmed or denied if Chen is inside.
Chen become famous for filing a class action lawsuit in 2005
on behalf of woman who underwent forced sterilizations; he was later imprisoned
for three years for "damaging property and organising a mob to disturb
raffic" and then kept under de facto house arrest.
I first interviewed blind activist Chen Guangcheng for CNN in 2002. We drove five hours from Beijing to visit him in Dashigu, a rural hamlet in Shandong province.During our visit, he counseled a blind farmer who was being hounded by... Read Post
The odyssey of Chen Guangcheng, the blind Chinese lawyer and activist, has taken an unhappy turn. A year after his escape from unlawful house arrest in a village in Shandong Province, Chen says New York University has asked him and ... Read Post