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Jailed Blind China Activist Wins Asian Nobel Award

Posted by Author on August 1, 2007

Reuters, Jul 31, 2007- cheng guangcheng 1

MANILA (Reuters) – A blind Chinese activist who is serving a four-year prison term after exposing forced abortions and sterilisation in northern China in 2005 was awarded on Tuesday Asia’s equivalent of the Nobel prize.

The Manila-based Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation named Chen Guangcheng as one of seven winners this year, citing his “irrepressible passion for justice in leading ordinary Chinese citizens to assert their legitimate rights under the law.”

Chen was sentenced to four years and three months’ jail last year for disrupting traffic and damaging property, charges his wife and critics say were concocted by officials angry at his exposure of forced late-term abortions in his hometown in Shandong province.

Chen, blind since childhood, was convicted in a closed-door trial in which even his lawyers were not allowed access.

He is known as a self-taught “barefoot lawyer” for providing legal advice to peasants who say they have been victimised by official abuses.

The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation, named for a popular Philippine president killed in a plane crash, was set up in 1957 by the trustees of the New York-based Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

Nearly 250 people and 16 groups, including the U.S. Peace Corps and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, have been recognized by the awards body since the first awards in 1958.

The awards, based on six categories, are given yearly to individuals and groups in Asia. ( …… more details from Reuters report)

2 Responses to “Jailed Blind China Activist Wins Asian Nobel Award”

  1. […] of a blind man, Chen Guangcheng, who was taken away in the middle of the night for the crime of exposing forced abortions and forced sterilizations of pregnant women who are kidnapped off the stre…. (CNN story of China’s forced abortions […]

  2. […] Nonetheless, the ant mastermind eventually had charges brought against him including disrupting traffic. I’ve heard about this tactic (charging people with disrupting traffic if there was some sort of demonstration where people gathered) before (here and here). […]

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