Chen Guangchengi

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.  



During the past year, the blind legal activist has given speeches and collected human rights awards in Europe and the US, where he eventually ended up after his harrowing flight from his home in rural Shandong .

Blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng, who sparked a diplomatic crisis between China and the United States when he fled house arrest and sought refuge at the US embassy in Beijing, said yesterday that Taiwan's democratisation was a "precious experience" for mainland China.

A Shanghai-based New York University official yesterday denied any knowledge of political pressure by Beijing that led the US institution to end dissident Chen Guangcheng's studies.

As soon as the US realises co-operation with China is what prevails, Chen would be “consumed in a one-off manner” and abandoned as a “cumbersome asset”, the Global Times said in an editorial.

Blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng's association with those in right-wing politics in the US is likely to hurt his reputation and credibility as a human rights advocate, according to scholars and people familiar with him.

Blind activist Chen Guangcheng has accused the British government of running scared from Beijing. Chen is in the UK to receive an award for exposing the plight of hundreds of thousands of Chinese women forced to undergo abortions and sterilisations as part of China’s strict one-child policy

Britain's relationship with Beijing was set to chill further last night when the British Parliament gave a human rights award to blind activist Chen Guangcheng.

The elder brother of blind activist Chen Guangcheng was woken when a torrent of rocks, bricks and beer bottles flew into his family's courtyard, smashing roof tiles and windows.

The elder brother of exiled blind activist Chen Guangcheng was beaten by two unidentified men yesterday morning, the latest in a string of mysterious attacks on the family in the past few weeks.

The imprisoned nephew of exiled human rights activist Chen Guangcheng is suffering from appendicitis but being denied medical parole, his father said, in seemingly the latest punishment by authorities against the family.


The problem is "the Communist Party sits brazenly above the constitution and the law and makes no effort to reform", says the blind Chinese activist from New York.

Resisting police usually leads to charges that are local news at best. What sets the case of 32-year-old Chen Kegui apart is that he is the nephew of blind activist Chen Guangcheng, who caused a diplomatic tussle when he escaped from his guarded village home in Shandong to the American embassy in Beijing, before leaving for the US.

A Beijing court has asked for an apology from a newspaper that said it jailed 10 "interceptors" who illegally held petitioners attempting to lodge complaints with the central government.

A signed commentary on the website of the Communist Party's mouthpiece People's Daily has put disgraced Chongqing party boss Bo Xilai on par with Lei Zhengfu , a Chongqing official at the centre of a sex tape scandal. Bo and Lei served as two prominent examples of how "empty talk can endanger the country", a phrase coined by new party chief Xi Jinping in a speech delivered on Thursday pledging national renewal. "Corrupt officials like Bo Xilai and Lei Zhengfu have made use of all sorts of rhetoric when they were in power … but in private they were like flies flying around only for their own benefit like dogs without shame," it said. Lei was fired after a video clip showing him have sex with an 18 year-old mistress was circulated online.

The nephew of blind Chinese lawyer Chen Guangcheng was jailed for three years on Friday for attacking officials who descended on his village after the dissident fled to the US embassy.