Exclusive Video Shows Ill Treatment & Illegal Detention of Blind Activist Chen Guangcheng
Contact: Rachel Sparkman, Media Coordinator, 888-889-7757, Rachel@ChinaAid.org; Mark Shan, CAA Spokesperson, 267-205-5210, Mark@ChinaAid.org ; both with China Aid Association; www.ChinaAid.org; www.MonitorChina.org
WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ -- In the first news of blind human rights activist Chen Guancheng in five months, ChinaAid on Wednesday obtained an exclusive video showing the persecution he and his family are suffering at the hands of the Chinese government, which has put him under illegal house arrest since his release from prison.
ChinaAid founder and president Bob Fu, who is currently in D.C., immediately arranged to meet on Wednesday afternoon with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights Michael Posner and two deputy secretaries of state to discuss ways to end the persecution of Chen and Christian human rights lawyer Fan Yafeng by the Chinese government in violation of its own laws and disregarding its pledges to the international community to improve its human rights record.
The hour-long video shows that "Mr. Chen is living in miserable conditions, cut off from all outside contact, and detained illegally in his home," Fu said. In the video, Chen describes being monitored daily by three shifts of agents with each shift consisting of 22 people.
The video was taken recently at Chen's farm home in coastal Shandong province and was provided to ChinaAid by a reliable government source who is sympathetic to Chen's cause and outraged by the treatment of Chen. He has requested anonymity for his protection.
The video can be seen at www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2YB2EjRZso. Full translation will be available soon.
In the video, Chen and his wife Yuan Weijing, as well as their son Chen Kesi, appeal to the Chinese people and the international community to work together for a more equal China where there is justice and the rule of law. They also vow to continue their fight despite the extreme hardship and continuous brutal treatment by the Chinese regime even after Chen's release from unjust imprisonment.
A longer press release is available here.