June 18, 2012 |
NEW YORK — The English lesson begins with a review of vocabulary: "equal," "truth," "liberty," "self-evident. " Then comes the hardest term of all to pronounce: "unalienable rights. " The words sometimes sound like gibberish to Chen Guangcheng , the Chinese legal activist, but he repeats them dutifully, rolling them around his mouth as if to taste their meaning. Five times a week, under the guidance of an English tutor at New York University's law school, Chen has been using the Declaration of Independence as a makeshift...
April 27, 2012 |
BEIJING — Chen Guangcheng , the blind lawyer known for his outspoken opposition to China's forced abortion and sterilization policies, has escaped from house arrest and has reportedly sought U.S. diplomatic protection, potentially casting the United States in an awkward position on the eve of high-level talks between the nations. The exact whereabouts of Chen, who posted a dramatic YouTube video calling on Premier Wen Jiabao to investigate his case and protect his family from...
October 2, 2013 |
A Chinese human rights activist, whose dramatic escape from his homeland last year made him an international celebrity, appeared Wednesday in Washington with officials of Catholic University and two other institutions to announce that they will jointly sponsor him and support his exile crusade against abuses by China. The high-profile move came several months after Chen Guangcheng , who was previously sponsored by New York University, broke off relations...
May 24, 2012 |
BEIJING — The brother of blind activist Chen Guangcheng has fled his village in northeastern China, evading a security clampdown to seek help from lawyers 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, said in an interview Thursday that he walked out of his home in Shandong province at 3 a.m. Tuesday, eluding sentries near his village by avoiding roads and running through fields.
April 30, 2013 |
BEIJING — A year after the blind Chinese legal activist Chen Guangcheng escaped from house detention and fled to the United States following intense diplomatic negotiations , his relatives appear to be the targets of escalating retaliation from local authorities. Chen's nephew, who was imprisoned for clashing with officials when they charged into his home looking for Chen, is suffering from severe appendicitis but has been denied medical parole, family members said Tuesday.
May 12, 2013 |
JUST A WEEK or so ago, we raised the question on this page about whether the Chinese would keep their promise to investigate abuses against the family of Chen Guangcheng , the blind dissident lawyer who escaped from his illegal home detention in Shandong province last year, was sheltered briefly in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and eventually came to New York. We also questioned the commitment of the United States to keep the pressure on China to honor its pledge at the time Mr. Chen left the embassy and...