Blind China activist beaten for video

2011-02-11 10:32
Beijing - A blind Chinese activist under house arrest in eastern China has been beaten by police, apparently for smuggling out a videotape lashing out at efforts to silence him, a rights group said on Friday.

Chen Guangcheng, who gained worldwide fame for exposing abuses in China's "one-child" population policy, was beaten on Tuesday by police in eastern Shandong province for making the videotape, the Chinese Human Rights Defenders said.

Police are refusing to allow him to seek medical treatment for the beating which has left him bedridden, the Hong Kong-based group said in a statement that cited an unnamed source with close knowledge of Chen's situation.

Chen was placed under house arrest in September after serving a more than four-year prison sentence meted out after he exposed widespread late-term abortions and forced sterilisations under China's "one child" population control policy.

During the hour-long video, released on Wednesday by the US-based rights group China Aid, Chen described the harsh conditions of his house arrest and said police had threatened to beat him or throw him back in jail.

"The conservative forces of the Communist Party have reached their worst point in openly ignoring the constitution and laws to crack down on villagers and activities aimed at defending rights," Chen said in the video.

'Counter revolutionary'


"They are using hooligan methods to provoke and make trouble (for us) - they say we will beat you and beat you and the judicial departments will ignore it," added Chen, who was wearing dark glasses and a black jacket in the video.

Three teams, each comprising 22 people, monitor his home 24 hours a day, following orders from the Communist Party and the secretive state security ministry, he said. His mobile phone service has been cut off.

"I have come out of a small jail and gone into a bigger jail," he said.

Police also intimidate Chen's neighbours, calling him a "traitor" and a "counter-revolutionary," he said.

Other activists and rights lawyers said they had been informed of Chen's beating and that the information was credible.

"It is pretty clear that this news came from Chen Guangcheng, but how it was relayed to the public is not so clear," leading rights activist and legal scholar Teng Biao said.

Us criticism

"His house arrest is a complete violation of the law... but this case is not something that can be decided by the law or the courts, only the (Communist Party) politics and law committee can decide this."

Repeated calls to local police went unanswered on Friday.

The US government has previously criticised China's handling of Chen.

Last month, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton cited Chen's case in a speech ahead of the state visit to Washington of Chinese President Hu Jintao, urging China to free dissidents and stop mistreating government critics.

Read more on:    hu jintao  |  hilary clinton  |  china  |  human rights
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Sport
 

Goalkeeper saves five penalties with his FACE!

Nothing, and we mean nothing, will keep goalkeeper Scott Stirling from stopping the ball!

 
 

Men24.com

Hottie of the day: Jesselyn
This invention makes farts smell like chocolate!
11 things men don’t know about their clothes
Hilarious mortal kombat elevator prank!

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to 60% on toys!

Don’t miss out on this hot offer, save up to 60% on toys. While stocks last. Shop now!

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Save up to R2200 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 35% off books

Save up to 35% on the latest page-turners. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Grandiose ideas and plans can trip you up today. Keep things in context and take one step at a time....read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.