Friday, July 21, 2006

Media Coverage of Chen Guangcheng’s Plight Explodes
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Chinese activist’s trial postponed
Chicago Tribune, United States – 17 hours ago
By Joseph Kahn. BEIJING — Chinese officials postponed the criminal trial of a peasant-rights lawyer Thursday as his supporters gathered

China Postpones Trial of Family Rights Activist
Washington Post, United States – Jul 20, 2006
BEIJING, July 20 — The trial of a blind rural lawyer, charged in what rights activists say is a politically motivated case, was postponed Thursday, and a
Scuffles in China as Trial of Peasants[base ‘] Rights Advocate Is …
New York Times, United States – Jul 20, 2006
BEIJING, July 20 [~] Chinese officials postponed the criminal trial of a peasants[base ‘] rights advocate on Thursday as his supporters gathered in large numbers to
Blind Lawyer a Legal Crusader in China
Forbes – Jul 20, 2006
By ALEXA OLESEN , 07.20.2006, 02:18 PM. Like many of China’s blind, Chen Guangcheng studied acupressure to be a healer. Instead he ended up in jail.
Protesters detained as trial of blind Chinese activist is delayed
International Herald Tribune, France – Jul 20, 2006
BEIJING The Chinese authorities postponed the criminal trial of a blind rights lawyer Thursday as his supporters gathered in large numbers to protest what they
Advocate for China[base ‘]s Weak Crosses the Powerful
New York Times, United States – Jul 20, 2006
BEIJING, July 20 [~] Chinese authorities postponed the criminal trial of a rights lawyer today, as his supporters gathered in large numbers to protest what
China court delays blind activist’s trial
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Jul 20, 2006
By ALEXA OLESEN. BEIJING — A court on Thursday postponed a trial in the closely watched case of a blind Chinese activist whose supporters
Scuffles at China activist trial
BBC News, UK – Jul 20, 2006
Scuffles broke out outside a court in China where a blind activist who raised concerns about forced abortion and sterilisation was due to be tried.
Trial of China activist delayed, supporters harassed
Reuters AlertNet, UK – Jul 19, 2006
By Lindsay Beck. BEIJING, July 20 (Reuters) – The trial of a blind Chinese legal activist who exposed forced abortions and sterilisations
Praise and punishment: It’s a fine line in China
International Herald Tribune, France – Jul 19, 2006
BEIJING Only a few years ago, Chen Guangcheng, a blind man who taught himself the law, was hailed as a champion of peasant rights who symbolized China’s

Chronology of Chen Guangcheng’s Case

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CHRONOLOGY

March 2005:
Chen learns of family planning abuses in Linyi city, Shandong province and begins his own investigation.

June 2005:
After Chen organizes a class-action lawsuit, he travels to Beijing to consult with legal scholars and lawyers and to meet with the press. The suit was filed, only to be rejected.
Chen[base ‘]s findings are revealed on the Internet and through the foreign press.

August 12, 2005:
Chen and family are imprisoned in their own home. Twenty to 300 officials and civilians who appear to work in concert with the police maintain round the clock watch.

September 6, 2005:
Chen manages to escape to Beijing, where he is apprehended by Linyi city officials and threatened with a long prison term if he does not stop his activism. When he refuses, he is returned to effective house arrest in Dongshigu, his home village.

September 2005:
Lawyers and legal experts who had earlier posted Chen[base ‘]s findings on the Internet organize to defend him.

September 19, 2005:
The National Population and Family Planning Commission (NPFPC), responding to the concerns raised about Linyi, reports that [base “]illegal family planning practices that violate people[base ‘]s legal rights and interests do exist. Those who are responsible have been dismissed from duty. Some are under investigation, some are in detention.[per thou]

October 4, 2005:
Lawyers Li Fangping and Li Subin and law lecturer Xu Zhiyong attempt to visit Chen and to negotiate with local officials for an end to the enforced isolation. After two of the three were beaten, police interrogate all three, then escort them back to Beijing the following day.

October 24, 2005:
Local officials beat Chen to prevent him from leaving his house to meet with two Beijing scholars, then refuse to permit him to seek medical assistance.

March 11, 2006:
Chen is [base “]disappeared[per thou] from his home. His family is told nothing about his whereabouts for three months.

June 11, 2006:
Yinan county officials acknowledge that they have Chen in custody; his formal detention is dated June 10.

June 18, 2006:
An interrogator warns Chen that there is nothing abnormal [base “]if someone dies in the detention center.[per thou]

June 19, 2006:
Family, lawyers, legal experts and activist friends cancel a press conference in Beijing after security officers prevent would-be participants from leaving their homes. On the same day, some 10 men, who did not identify themselves, use force to remove Chen[base ‘]s 70-year-old mother, his 3-year old son, and his older brother from legal expert Teng Biao[base ‘]s Beijing home, and return them to their homes in Dongshigu village, Shandong. University officials tell two Beijing law professors [^] Teng Biao from the Chinese University of Politics and Law and Xu Zhiyong from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications [^] to stay away from the case.

June 21, 2006:
The Yinan County People[base ‘]s Procuratorate approves Chen[base ‘]s arrest. Chen[base ‘]s lawyers, Li Jinsong and Zhang Lihui, are able to visit him, but prison officials interfere with their ability to interview Chen. For example, they refuse to allow him to respond to certain questions.

June 22, 2006:
Local police officers take lawyer Li Jinsong in for questioning. Local assailants beat three lawyers defending villagers jailed for supporting Chen. Police officers look on as the lawyers[base ‘] cameras are smashed, then take the three in for questioning.

June 23, 2006:
Lawyers Li Jinsong and Li Subin try to visit Chen[base ‘]s wife, but are stopped and beaten by guards.

June 24, 2006:
All lawyers return to Beijing. An unidentified caller warns lawyer Li Jinsong that he is [base “]seeking death.[per thou]

June 27, 2006:
Li Jinsong and Li Subin return to Shandong on June 27, only to be harassed by assailants while the police again stand by. Some 20 men overturn the lawyers[base ‘] car and smash their cameras. Police take Li Jinsong in for questioning again.

July 7, 2006:
Li Jinsong announces Chen[base ‘]s trial is scheduled for July 17, 2006. The trial is subsequently postponed until July 20.

Trial Officially Postponed for Advocate Who Challenged China’s One …
Kaiser network.org, DC – 13 hours ago
Human rights advocate Chen Guangcheng’s trial has officially been postponed, his attorney, Li Jinsong, said on Thursday, the New York Times reports (Kahn, New
Trial of Chinese whistle-blower put off; wife, baby detained
Peninsula On-line, Qatar – 19 hours ago
BEIJING [apple] The trial of a blind activist who exposed government abuse of China[base ‘]s one-child policy was postponed yesterday, as 200 of his supporters scuffled
China Court Postpones Trial of Blind Activist Against Forced …
LifeNews.com, MT – Jul 20, 2006
by Steven Ertelt. Linyi, China (LifeNews.com) — A Chinese court on Thursday postponed the trial of a blind activist who, along with
Trial of China Abortion Activist Delayed
ProLife Blogs – Jul 20, 2006
It appears the prosecution lacks evidence and is having difficulty using their usual tactics due to the international spotlight: The trial of a blind Chinese
Gao Zhisheng and Human Rights Advocates Travel to Attend Court …
Epoch Times, NY – Jul 19, 2006
By Feng Chang-le and Gao Ling. As the scheduled date for the trial of blind human rights activist Chen Guangcheng approaches, Gao
China: Release [base “]Barefoot Lawyer[per thou]
BBSNews, NC – Jul 19, 2006
HRW via BBSNews – New York, July 19, 2006 — Chinese authorities should immediately release Chen Guangcheng, a blind lawyer persecuted for exposing official
China: Defendant’s lawyers barred from mounting a defense
Human Rights Education Associates (press release), MA – Jul 19, 2006
China: Release [base “]Barefoot Lawyer[per thou] (New York, July 19, 2006) — Chinese authorities should immediately release Chen Guangcheng, a blind lawyer persecuted for
China Release “Barefoot Lawyer”
Kansas City infoZine, MO – Jul 19, 2006
New York, NY – infoZine – Chinese authorities should immediately release Chen Guangcheng, a blind lawyer persecuted for exposing official abuses, Human Rights
Opponent of Forced Abortions Faces Trial in China
CNSNews.com, VA – Jul 19, 2006
By Patrick Goodenough. (CNSNews.com) – China is preparing to put on trial this week a blind activist who helped to draw attention
Protests as trial of activist postponed
The Age, Australia – 13 hours ago
CHINESE officials have postponed the criminal trial of a peasant rights lawyer as his supporters gathered to protest at what they say is a politically
Advocate for China[base ‘]s Weak Crosses the Powerful
New York Times, United States – 23 hours ago
Chen Guangcheng, wearing sunglasses, in 2002 with a group of farmers with disabilities who were not being given required tax exemptions.
Blind lawyer a legal crusader in China
Houston Chronicle, United States – Jul 20, 2006
By ALEXA OLESEN Associated Press Writer. BEIJING [~] Like many of China’s blind, Chen Guangcheng studied acupressure to be a healer.
China court delays blind abortion activist’s trial
CTV.ca, Canada – Jul 20, 2006
BEIJING — A court on Thursday postponed a trial in the closely watched case of a blind Chinese activist whose supporters say has been harassed since he
China Court Delays Blind Activist’s Trial
Salon – Jul 20, 2006
By ALEXA OLESEN Associated Press Writer. July 20,2006 | BEIJING — A court on Thursday postponed a trial in the closely watched case
China Court Delays Blind Activist’s Trial
Los Angeles Times, CA – Jul 20, 2006
By ALEXA OLESEN, Associated Press Writer. BEIJING — A court on Thursday postponed a trial in the closely watched case of a blind
China Court Delays Blind Activist’s Trial
Forbes – Jul 20, 2006
By ALEXA OLESEN , 07.20.2006, 06:34 AM. A court on Thursday postponed a trial in the closely watched case of a blind Chinese activist
Advocate for China[base ‘]s Weak Runs Afoul of Power
New York Times, United States – Jul 19, 2006
BEIJING, July 19 [~] Only a few years ago, Chen Guangcheng, a blind man who taught himself the law, was hailed as a champion of peasant rights who symbolized
Blind lawyer a legal crusader in China
Jackson News-Tribune, WY – Jul 20, 2006
By ALEXA OLESEN, Associated Press Writer Thu Jul 20, 2:18 PM ET. BEIJING – Like many of China[OE]s blind, Chen Guangcheng studied acupressure to be a healer.
Blind lawyer a legal crusader in China
Penn Live, PA – Jul 20, 2006
By ALEXA OLESEN. BEIJING (AP) [~] Like many of China’s blind, Chen Guangcheng studied acupressure to be a healer. Instead he ended up in jail.
China Court Delays Blind Activist’s Trial
Lexington Dispatch, NC – Jul 20, 2006
In this undated photo released by his supporters, blind activist Chen Guangcheng is seen in a village in China. A court on Thursday

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Human Rights Education Associates (press release), MA – Jul 20, 2006
19 July 2006 — United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour today expressed grave concern over the continued killing and maiming of
Trial Of China Activist Delayed, Supporters Harassed
Epoch Times, NY – Jul 20, 2006
BEIJING – The trial of a blind Chinese legal activist who exposed forced abortions and sterilisations has been delayed because the prosecution lacked

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