China dissident Chen Guangcheng ‘in US embassy’

Chen Guangcheng and Hu Jia appear together in photo released by Mr Hu's wife Zeng Jinyan on social network site Twitter
Chen Guangcheng and Hu Jia appear together in a photo released by Mr Hu’s wife Zeng Jinyan
[See the video at the end of this article.  See also "China's Voices of Dissent" -- BBC article online.]
A self-schooled legal activist, Mr Chen is known for revealing rights abuses under China’s one-child policy and has accused officials in Shandong province of forcing 7,000 women into abortions or sterilisations.
China dissident Chen Guangcheng is in the US embassy in Beijing following his dramatic escape from house arrest, fellow activist Hu Jia has told the BBC.

Mr Hu said Mr Chen – who is blind – had scaled a high wall and was driven hundreds of kilometres to Beijing.

Mr Chen escaped on Sunday, activists say, and has since released a video addressed to Prime Minister Wen Jiabao.

There are reports that his brother and nephew have now been held by police.

The rights group Human Rights in China quoted a source who knew about Mr Chen, and said his nephew Chen Kegui was taken away from his home by more than 30 police officers.

The UN human rights chief Navi Pillay said she was concerned for the wellbeing of Mr Chen and his family, who live in Dongshigu town, Shandong province.

“I’m disturbed to hear reports that other family members, including his brother Chen Guangfu and nephew Chen Kegui, have now been detained,” she said in a statement.

The US state department has refused to comment on the claim that Mr Chen is in its embassy. The US embassy in Beijing has also not commented.

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Blogger Yaxue Cao says he spoke to Chen Kegui on Friday at about 01:30 local time (Thursday 17:30 GMT), and he has transcribed the interview on his blog Seeing Red in China.

The transcript suggests that at the time of the interview Chen Guangfu had already been detained.

Chen Kegui was awaiting police arrest, having initially resisted an attempt to detain him by unidentified men less than two hours before by slashing at them with kitchen knives. . . . .

A self-schooled legal activist, Mr Chen is known for revealing rights abuses under China’s one-child policy and has accused officials in Shandong province of forcing 7,000 women into abortions or sterilisations.

The plight of Mr Chen has become famous around the world. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has repeatedly called for his release and is due to visit Beijing next week.

He Peirong, another China-based activist who had also campaigned for Chen Guangcheng, has also been detained at her home in Nanjing according to other activists.

The Chen affair comes at an unwelcome time for China’s leaders, who have been embroiled in a lurid political scandal involving disgraced former party boss Bo Xilai. . . . .

[Read the whole BBC article online.]

See video of Chen Guancheng:

One thought on “China dissident Chen Guangcheng ‘in US embassy’

  1. After The Second World War , The Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal indicted ten Nazi Leaders for ” encouraging and compelling abortions”, which it considered “a crime against humanity.” The Nazi Government and Supreme Court passed over 400 laws legalizing their crimes against humanity. The Nazi’s said we did not break the law, we did nothing wrong. Technically they were right, but they were indicted for their crimes against humanity. Does their excuse sound familiar Stephen Harper and Cabinet? Your Cabinet is sounding very much like The N.D.P. and Liberal policies now. Thank goodness, the majority of Conservative MP’s are Traditional Family Values Politicians by the way they vote on Bills passed into law in Parliament. I hope they remain faithful. Ten Nazi leaders were indicted for encouraging and compelling Abortions, which The Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal considered, “crimes against humanity.” Why is Secular Democratic Canada and Western citizens allowing our Governments and Courts to do the same? Why was the highest honor in Canada, The Order Of Canada presented to an Abortionist? What has Canada become? In a democracy like ours the voting citizens can come to their senses and get Parliament to change evil Supreme Court Of Canada and Parliamentary laws,as we did in 2008. From 2005 when The Supreme Court Of Canada considered consenting 14 year old’s as adults, until 2008 when we got Parliament to raise the age of sex consent, sexual predators legally sexually exploited consenting Canadian children ” by right.” Be careful what you allow your Supreme Court Of Canada and Parliament to legalize, because it will be taught to innocent and impressionable schoolchildren ” by right.”
    TRIALS OF WAR CRIMINALS, Nuremberg Military Tribunal, Washington,DC.U.S.G.P.O,VOLUME IV page 610.

    These are Hitler’s words inscribed over one of the gas ovens in Auschwitz,” I want to raise a generation of young people devoid of a conscience, imperious, relentless and cruel.” Why has Democratic Canadian and Western society allowed the removal of The Ten Commandments and Christian Ethics from Government, Law, Education, and replaced them with Secularism and Kinsey Sex Education normalizing this “by right” to schoolchildren from Kindergarten? Precedents have been set in Canada where women killing their born children, and convicted of Infanticide get suspended sentences. Other corrupt precedents are also set teaching them to children from Kindergarten by decree, and right.

    A debate is needed to discuss this madness we find our Canada in. The Rule Of Secular Pagan Law leads to Tyranny and Corruption of schoolchildren ” by right”. This changes the character and future of our society by corrupt indoctrination. I hope we organize politically to change this as we did between 2005 and 2008.

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