Chen Guangcheng

Front Line Defenders "Caged Bird" Campaign Video Shortlisted for Human Rights Film Award & New York Times Op-Ed by Chen Guangchengposted on: 2012/05/31

The shortlist for the 4th annual Irish Council for Civil Liberties Human Rights Film Awards was today (Wednesday 30 May 2012) announced by a celebrity jury, including Oscar winner Brenda Fricker, Oscar nominated director Kirsten Sheridan and Senator David Norris. Front Line Defenders "Caged Bird" campaign animation about Chinese human rights defender Chen Guangchneg was one of the 6 films selected as a finalist.

China-Update: Mr Chen Guangcheng arrives in US while his brother, Mr Chen Guangfu, reports of reprisal attack after Chen's escape from house arrestposted on: 2012/05/21

On 19 May 2012, lawyer and HRD Mr Chen Guangcheng, along with his wife and two children, arrived in New York nearly a month after his escape from nineteen months of strict and unlawful house arrest in Dongshigu Village,Linyi City in late April 2012.

China- Update: Human rights defender Ms He Peirong released from police custodyposted on: 2012/05/04

On 4 May 2012, Ms He Peirong was released from police custody in her home city of Nanjing. She had been detained for seven days following her role in assisting fellow HRD Mr Chen Guangcheng's escape.

China: Fear for safety of Mr Chen Guangcheng and his family;fellow HRD Ms He Peirong remains missing and Ms Zeng Jinyan under house arrestposted on: 2012/05/03

On 2 May 2012, Mr Chen Guangcheng left the US Embassy in Beijing where he had taken refuge for six days following his escape on 22 April 2012 from nineteen months of strict and unlawful house arrest in his home province of Shandong.

China: Human rights lawyer Mr Chen Guangcheng escapes house arrest; brother and fellow human rights defender, Ms He Peirong, reportedly detainedposted on: 2012/04/27

On 27 April 2012, it emerged that Chinese human rights defender and 'barefoot' lawyer Mr Chen Guangcheng had escaped the brutal house arrest which he and his family had been subjected to since his release from prison in September 2010.

Human rights lawyer Mr Chen Guangcheng escapes house arrest; brother and fellow human rights defender, Ms He Peirong, reportedly detainedposted on: 2012/04/27

Front Line Defenders would like to draw your attention to human rights lawyer Mr Chen Guangcheng's escape from house arrest and the detention of his brother, and fellow human rights defender, Ms He Peirong.

On 27 April 2012, it emerged that Chinese human rights defender and 'barefoot' lawyer Mr Chen Guangcheng had escaped the brutal house arrest which he and his family had been subjected to since his release from prison in September 2010. Chen Guangcheng's current whereabouts are unknown, although it has been stated by a reliable source that he is in a secure location. Chen Guangcheng is a blind, self-taught lawyer who has defended the rights of farmers, people with disabilities and women subjected to abuse. He was also active in exposing forced abortions and sterilizations in and around Linyi City in Shangdong Province.

A fellow human rights defender involved in Chen Guangcheng's escape, Ms He Peirong, released the news on a micro-blogging site on 27 April and was reportedly detained at her home in Nanjing city at approximately 11am that morning. There are no further details of her situation at present.

China: New Front Line Defenders Action for Chen Guangchengposted on: 2011/12/26

Front Line Defenders launches 'Caged Bird' - animated video highlighting the illegal detention of Chinese HRD Chen Guangheng.

Visit www.lighthonestyhrd.org for more information and to take action.

Today Front Line Defenders declares support for campaign in China to help human rights defender Chen Guangchengposted on: 2011/11/10

Front Line Defenders Executive Director Mary Lawlor (centre) and staff celebrate the birthday of Chinese HRD Chen Guangcheng in expression of solidarity with Chinese human rights defenders.

China: One year after being released from jail, human rights defender Chen Guangcheng and family remain prisoners in their own homeposted on: 2011/09/09

Today, 9 September, marks a year since human rights defender Mr Chen Guangcheng was released from jail, after serving more than four years in prison on account of his work exposing forced sterilizations and abortions in Linyi City, Shandong Province.

Further Information

Since his release on 9 September 2010, Chen Guangcheng and his wife have been kept as prisoners in their own home. They have been beaten a number of times and stripped of nearly all their possessions. The couple’s six year old daughter and Chen’s 76 year old mother are also being detained with them. The entrances to the village and the house in which they live are cut off by up to 30 men. Any attempts by the international media, foreign diplomats or fellow human rights defenders to visit the family have been unsuccessful and have been often met with violence.

The family is being physically prevented from stepping foot outside their property. Phone-jamming equipment has been installed around the house to stop them having any kind of contact with the outside world.