Chen Guangcheng is a blind self-taught lawyer and famous human rights activist in China. He became internationally known for filing a law suit against a local government for its excessive enforcement of China’s one-child policy. Chen was placed under house-arrest in 2010 and was isolated from outside contact. In April 2012, he successfully escaped and entered the US embassy in Beijing. The following month he was exiled to United States following an agreement between Beijing and Washington and has been studying at New York University ever since.
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Chen to address British MPS
Chen Guangcheng, the blind Chinese civil rights activist who evaded house arrest to escape to the United States last year, is scheduled gives a speech in the British Parliament and address the Oxford Union tomorrow. A parliamentary organisation - the All-Party Parliamentary Pro-life Group - will today present Chen the "Westminster Award" for his contribution to human rights.
Suspect tried for stealing artworks
A court in Cambridge will hear the case of a man accused of stealing Chinese artworks worth £15 million (HK$176 million) from the university city's Fitzwilliam Museum in April. Thomas Kiely is the fifth person charged over the theft of the 18 "valuable and culturally significant" Chinese artworks, most of them jade, in April last year. Three other men were sentenced to six years in prison for their part in the heist last year. The stolen goods have not yet been recovered.
WHO assembly to discuss bird flu
Former Hong Kong public health chief Dr Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun presides at the 66th annual assembly of the World Health Organisation in Geneva. The WHA is the decision-making body of the WHO and is attended by health ministers and delegations from the 194 WHO Member States. Issues on the agenda for this year's assembly include the international response to the outbreak of H7N9 bird flu in China and the emergence of a new respiratory virus in Saudi Arabia.
Mainlanders on trial for email scam
Three mainlanders aged 49 to 52 are scheduled to appear in Eastern Court to face charges that they were part of an email scam that targeted 13 people into revealing the code generated by personal security devices banks issue to customers to conduct transactions online. Reports earlier this month quoted police as saying that HK$9.6 million held in company bank accounts was targeted in the alleged, although
Planning board to seek judicial review
The Town Planning Board is seeking a judicial review of an appeal board decision that favoured the developers a housing project in Nam Sang Wai, an ecologically sensitive wetland in Yuen Long. In December the appeal board ruling asked the planning board to review a decision it made in 2010 - that the developer had failed to meet 18 conditions under the project's 1996 approval.
South Korean company seeks HK investors
Shares in Mando China, the first South Korean-owned company to list in Hong Kong, will be offered to investors, ahead of its debut on May 31. A spin-off from Mando Korea, Mando China has been part of the Hyundai Group since 1980 and, according to its pre-listing document, presented to the media at a press conference in Admiralty by its CEO Shim Sang Deok, it was gaining new orders from Volvo, BYD, Guangzhou Automotive Corp and FAW-Volkswagen.