Saturday, May 19, 2012

Chen Guangcheng Leaves China on Flight for United States

Chen Guangcheng Leaves China on Flight for United States

by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | | 5/19/12 10:16 AM

After a second Congressional hearing, during which he called to update members of Congress on the current status of his tenuous situation in China, forced abortion opponent Chen Guangcheng has finally been granted his visa request to leave China for the United States.
Chen had languished in a Chinese hospital since American officials reportedly agreed to a deal with Chinese leaders to allow Chen to come to the United States to study and escape the nation that imprisoned him and forced him to endure house arrest for years because he exposed and helped the victims of a massive forced abortion and sterilization campaign in his hometown of Linyi.
Chen eventually received passport applications for himself and his family and has been told that local officials in Shandong province will get him the necessary papers to leave the country. Now, according to a New York Times report, that has happened as Chen, his wife Yuan Weijing, six-year-old daughter, and small son boarded United Airlines Flight 88 for Newark, New Jersey. For the full story click here

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