CWN - April 27, 2012
A blind attorney who has documented forced late-term abortions and sterilizations in Shandong province has made a daring escape from his home. Hiding in an undisclosed location in Beijing, Chen Guangcheng said in a video that he and his family suffered beatings from authorities during his house arrest.
“The wife, children, and mother are on the extreme edge of vulnerability,” said Phelim Kine of Human Rights Watch. “They have already been brutally victimized for merely trying to get outside the compound for food or medical attention, so it is quite likely that the plainclothes thugs will react quite brutally to his escape. It is our hope that all diplomatic missions will make strong representations for their safety.”