I haven’t seen this reported by any US media outlet….
I guess it would make Barry look bad.
Arab Spring-Good; Asia Spring-Bad?
Mr Chen complained Tuesday that his elder brother and nephew had both been beaten by Chinese authorities since he fled house arrest in late April.
Mr Chen said a charge of homicide brought against his nephew was “trumped up” as he was acting in self-defense after being subjected to a three-hour beating that left him bleeding.
“This is a pattern,” Mr Chen said. “This is not the first time it happened against my family.”
Human rights activist Bob Fu, who translated Mr Chen’s comments, earlier testified that the dissident’s nephew, Chen Kegui, using a kitchen knife, had injured several people who had burst into his home without warrants.
Mr Chen is awaiting Chinese permission to travel to study in the US.
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Tuesday that US visas for Mr Chen, his wife and children are ready for them to travel to America once Beijing gives the green light. She said the visa processing was completed more than a week ago.
Mr Chen, a blind lawyer, has been at a Beijing hospital after his flight to the US Embassy triggered intense US-China negotiations on his fate.
Mr Chen has gained recognition for crusading for the disabled and fighting against forced abortions in his rural community.
But he angered local officials and was convicted in 2006 on what his supporters say were fabricated charges. After serving four years in prison, he then faced an abusive and illegal house arrest.
“What I have done is out of my conscience and conviction,” he said Tuesday. “We cannot be silent when we see and face these kinds of evils.”
His call to the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on human rights from the Beijing hospital was his second in 12 days.
Both hearings focused on the fate of Chen and his family, chaired by Republican Congressman Chris Smith, a fierce critic of China and its one-child policy that aims at restricting the growth of the world’s largest population.
Mr Smith and the witnesses who were testifying gathered on the dais and huddled around the microphone to listen to Mr Chen’s crackling voice for about 25 minutes and pay tributes to him.
- US says blind China activist’s visa is ready (sfgate.com)
- US says blind China activist’s visa is ready (kansascity.com)
- U.S. visas ready for blind Chinese activist and family (rawstory.com)
- Chinese Dissident Chen: Discussions on US Visa Under Way (blogs.voanews.com)