|Chen Guangcheng‘s future hangs in the balance.|
|Chinese human rights advocate Chen Guangcheng, who is blind, escaped house arrest in Shandong province last week — but his future remains uncertain.
Chen, a self-taught lawyer who was imprisoned and then subjected to violence and house arrest for exposing forced abortions and sterilizations in China, made a daring, Houdini-like escape to the U.S. embassy. Following delicate negotiations with the United States, Chinese officials pledged to allow Chen to live a “normal life” with his family, and he initially agreed to return home.
Does this sound “normal” to you?
In recent hours, Chen has expressed a desire to leave China, fearing that he and his family can never enjoy freedom under the current system.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is representing the United States in China today. Her presence can provide the pressure we need to ensure Chen’s safety. The world is watching. Let Chen choose his own future.
- CNN’s Stan Grant talks to Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng (cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com)
- What China’s dissidents are saying about Chen (hosted.ap.org)
- China’s blind activist Chen Guangcheng may have to accept exile (craighill.net)