Blind lawyer who reported forced abortions goes on trial in China – Clifford Coonan

From the Independent: A Chinese lawyer who exposed a violent campaign of forced abortions and sterilisations by family planning officials in his home town is on trial this week after months under house arrest without charge. Chen Guangcheng, 35, has been detained on-and-off since August after highlighting the plight of women in Linyi, an area with some 10 million residents, and revealing how family planning officials there used violent methods to enforce the “one-child policy”. [Full text] Read another report about the trial from The Times. See also an appeal for Chen’s release from Chinese Rights Defenders, a network of Chinese human rights activists, and a timeline of Chen’s case from Human Rights Watch, via Reuters. ...
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