Daughter of Blind Chinese Human Rights Lawyer Deprived of Schooling
and daughter outside their home in Dongshigu village on March 28, 2005. Chen
spent over four years in prison for accusing family-planning officials in
Shandong Province of forcing at least 7,000 women to be sterilized or undergo
late-term abortions. (AFP/Getty Images)
On Sept. 1, when many first-graders in China were excited about their first
day of school, the six-year-old daughter of blind human rights lawyer Chen
Guangcheng had to stay home because her parents are under house
Rights activist Liu Shasha said in a twitter message that she and several other activists went to
Dongshigu Village in Linyi of Shandong Province, Chen’s hometown, on Aug. 26,
and found that Chen and his family are still under house arrest.
said that the authorities hired some people to set up barriers around the
village to prevent outsiders from entering. Liu published every move on her trip
on twitter in case she got into any danger.
Liu said the director of
Linyi Education Bureau met with them and said
Chen’s daughter Kesi met school entrance requirements. He assured Liu that the
county education bureau and the township government would make sure that the
child gets to go to school.
Previously, authorities said that Chen did
not register his daughter’s hukou residence permit. Liu told Radio Free Asia
(RFA) that people believed Kesi had no residence registration, but a relative called and posted a scan of
Kesi’s residence registration online showing that her registration was completed
Chen gained worldwide prominence for exposing forced abortions
and sterilizations that are part of the Chinese regime’s one-child policy. For
this work he was sent to prison for over four years, and also suffered repeated
torture. Upon his release on Sept. 9, 2010 he was put under house arrest and has
been isolated from the rest of the world.
In June the U.S.-based China Aid Association published a letter by
Chen’s wife Yuan Weijing describing prolonged beatings she and Chen endured
and harassment the entire family has suffered at the hands of local
Recently Chen has been subjected to violent beating again, Bob
Fu, President of China Aid Association quoted a source as saying.
Ms. Pearl from Nanjing, one of a group of activists
concerned about Chen, told RFA that the family’s situation has gotten worse
since local authorities started the
construction of a house near Chen’s residence. She said she and other
activists would continue to monitor any developments.