Saturday, 19 February 2011

China Keeps Blind Human Rights Activist Chen Guangcheng in House Arrest

In the country ruled by Chairman Mao’s successors, many rural Chinese still lack basic human rights. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

Joel Kontinen

Although the People’s Republic of China has become an economic superpower, many Chinese still lack the rights stipulated by the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In 2005 human rights activist Chen Guangcheng, who has been blind from birth, found out that the local authorities had forced 130 000 mothers to undergo abortions or sterilisations in the Linyi area in Shandong.

Having exposed their zeal for the one-child policy, he was imprisoned for four years on trumped-up charges. Chen was released in September 2010, but since then he has been kept in house arrest with round-the-clock surveillance:


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