With the recent controversial escape of the blind activist Chen Guangcheng from house arrest spreading like wild fire around the world, the United States of America today reported that Chen has made a change of heart and chose to stay in his homeland China.
During an interview with Karson Yiu of ABC News, Ambassador to China Gary Locke said Chen had some sort of change of heart and the activist made it clear he is not seeking asylum in the United States.
Mr. Locke reported that from day one, he said he did not want to go to the United States.
“In fact, he was telling me of his activist friends throughout the world before he came into the Embassy, that he did not want to come to the United States.” -Mr. Locke
He wanted to remain in China to be a freedom fighter, Mr. Locke added.
Mr. Chen also indicated to Mr. Locke that he wanted to be reunified with his family.
Mr. Chen hasn’t seen his son in over two years. And he wanted a full investigation of the abuses that he and his family had suffered in the village.
“So we were always presenting proposals on his behalf to the Chinese Government.” -Mr. Locke
Mr. Locke said the Americans hve long admired Mr. Chen, and he’s such a courageous individual.
He recalled that when they found out that he was first in Beijing having escaped from the village, they met with him in the wee hours of the morning and then extracted or conducted almost like a “Mission Impossible” maneuver to get him into the Embassy.
Mr. Locke added that all the time that he was at the Embassy, and even in his discussions and the taped video that Mr. Chen released, he said he wanted to stay in China to be a freedom fighter.
“Well, we’ve very, very supportive of him, and we’re going to do everything we can to make sure that he is safe and secure.” -Mr. Locke
He also stressed that Mr. Chen has never asked for asylum. He never asked for asylum at any point while he was at the Embassy.
And even in his video that he released, Mr. Chen said he wanted to be a freedom fighter in China, Mr. Locke cited.
And even the activist friends that he contacted before he came to the Embassy reaffirmed and made all these statements that he does not want to come to the United States, Mr. Locke explained.
Blind activist Chen Guangcheng has reportedly escaped the house arrest in the well-guarded house in Shandong village of Dongshigu earlier this week.
Chen Guangcheng has for years denounced abortion and forced sterilization in China.
Self-taught lawyer Chen exposed the systematic use of forced abortion and involuntary sterilization in implementing China’s One Child Policy. Time Magazine named him in its list of “2006’s Top 100 People Who Shape Our World,” in the category of “Heroes and Pioneers.” He has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize as well.
Women’s Rights Without Frontiers and China Aid Association are spearheading an international effort to free Chen.
WRWF President Reggie Littlejohn stated, “The coercive enforcement of China’s One Child Policy causes more violence against women and girls than any other official policy on earth. It is the greatest women’s rights issue in the world today. It does not matter whether you are pro-life or pro-choice on this issue. No one supports forced abortion, because it is not a choice.”
Ms. Littlejohn said Chen Guangcheng is a hero in China, because he has had the courage to stand up against the hated One Child Policy. Chen exposed the systematic and widespread use of forced abortions and sterilizations in Linyi City in 2005. For this he was jailed for four years and three months, tortured, and denied medical treatment. Last year a video featuring Chen Guangcheng was leaked to the West.
Reports say Chen and his wife, Yuan Weijing, were “beaten senseless” in retaliation for the release of the video. They were denied medical treatment as well.
Reports say 130 thousand cases of forced terminations by the authorities for family planning were reported.
In 2006, Chen was sentenced to four years and three months. He was later released in September of 2010. The Chinese authorities have reportedly forced the total isolation of Chen, with his wife and his six year old daughter, unable to go to school.