Crusading Blind Activist Chen

Blind dissident Chen Guangcheng, who made a dramatic escape from house arrest in his home province of Shandong to seek sanctuary at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, has been a prominent human rights torchbearer for China. The 40-year-old self-taught lawyer spent most of the seven years before his escape in prison or under house arrest for his activism, including against forced abortions under the country's one-child population policy. Since going to New York to study law under a deal struck between Beijing and Washington, Chen has expressed concern about ongoing pressure on his relatives and supporters back home.

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Commentaries

China Turns a Blind Eye to Chen
May 05, 2012
The crusading Chinese lawyer is set to go abroad after failing to find justice at home.

Slideshow

Activist Chen's Ordeal

Activist Chen's Ordeal
May 08, 2010
Chen Guangcheng sought refuge at the U.S. Embassy in April after enduring beatings and constant surveillance under house arrest.

Videos

Dramatic Run For Freedom

Dramatic Run For Freedom
April. 30, 2012
Blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng is believe to be under U.S. protection after escaping 20 months of house arrest.

Chen's Video

Chen's House Arrest
Feb 9, 2011
Chen Guangchen posts a video on a video sharing site telling his story.