China Regional Action Network – July 2008
China: Chen Guangcheng (m)
Concerns: Prisoner of Conscience, freedom of expression, torture and ill-treatment
Chen Guangcheng was put under house arrest in September 2005. The blind human rights activist and legal advisor, was assisting villagers in Linyi, Shandong Province, in a lawsuit against local authorities. The authorities had carried out a campaign of forced sterilizations and abortions in pursuit of birth quotas which reportedly affected thousands of local women. He was brought to court almost a year later on August 18, 2006. In the run-up to his trial, Chen Guangcheng, along with his family members and his own defense lawyers, were beaten, harassed and intimidated.