Chen Guangcheng Still Under Severe House Arrest

ChinaAid
October 7, 2010

Reporting by Zhang Min | Radio Free Asia
English Translation by ChinaAid
Originally Posted in Chinese on October 5, 2010
Media Release
Shandong – After blind human rights defender Chen Guangcheng was interviewed by RFA reporter Zhang Min on September 13, media lost direct contact with him and his wife. However, one of their friends, Zeng Jinyan, mentioned in her blog that she had contacted Chen and his wife on September 23.  Since then, there has been no word from them. 

Zeng Jinyan wrote in her blog, “Chen Guangcheng’s mother-in-law recently visited Chen in his home.  When she arrived, she was physically searched by government-paid guards keeping Chen’s family under house arrest. A few days before, on the September 20, the local communist leader of the town invaded Chen’s home with at least 4 policemen and over 20 guards.  They stayed there for six hours.” 

The guards on watch currently have free rein of Chen’s house, intruding any time they wish.  Not only have they invaded the family’s privacy – they also threatened them, saying, “Don’t you really know who holds you little life in their hands?”

The local government forced Chen to cut off all external communications. The guards do not allow Chen or his wife out of their house.  The family relies on Chen’s 78-year-old mother, the only one who is allowed to go out, to buy their food.  The guards have even forbidden Chen’s 5-year-old daughter from going to school.

Chen Guangcheng and Gao Zhisheng, both Christian human rights defenders who continue to suffer for their work, have been nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.  The award will be made tomorrow, October 8, 2010.  

Related Press Releases
September 16, 2010 –Chen Guangcheng Asks for Urgent Help
September 10, 2010 – Chen Guangcheng has finished serving his sentence in prison and was sent back to his home
September 9 –Blind Human Rights Activist Released From Prison

ChinaAid insists that the local authorities cease their invasive control of Chen Guangcheng and his family, and we ask concerned Christians to join us in praying for their freedom and safety.  We also pray the Nobel Peace Prize will be awarded to Chen Guangcheng or Gao Zhisheng.  Such an award would be an incredible encouragement and source of hope to every human rights lawyers in China.


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