A blind Chinese activist, who made a dramatic escape from China
to America, is urging his former country to reform.
Chen Guangcheng, who was persecuted for his fight against forced
abortion in China, has made a video. Bob Fu of ChinaAid tells
OneNewsNow it is directed at incoming president Xi Jinping.
"Basically, it encourages him to learn from the
current Burmese leader, and even the Cuban leader, to be more open
and to conduct reform and exercise the rule of law," he explains.
"And he, of course, warns him that otherwise China's transition
could be very violent."
Chen also makes a direct plea to the Chinese people to fight for
their rights and points to people jailed for human rights
activities, including his nephew who was recently ordered to prison
for 39 months.
"He wants to really prod the Chinese government to remember
their promise to him before he left China that they will
investigate all these abuses against his family and himself over
the years and hold the officials accountable to the international
community," Fu describes.
Chen also urged religious freedom and the release of underground
church members and leaders who have been imprisoned and tortured
for their faith.
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