Chen Guangcheng: 'Change in China is Inevitable'
(CNSNews.com) - Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng told congressional leaders Wednesday that he hopes the Obama administration and Congress will address human rights violations in China.
“As more and more Chinese people are not afraid to stand up and assert their rights, change in China is inevitable,” Chen said through an interpreter during a Capitol Hill press conference on Wednesday.
“And therefore at this critical point of transition in Chinese society I sincerely hope that the United States and all other nations that embrace the fundamental values of constitutionalism, democracy, freedom and the rule of law will support and assist with a smooth transition in China.”
The blind human rights activists was hosted by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Wednesday at a Capitol Hill news conference.
Chen said that “equality, justice and freedom do not have borders.”
“I also hope that Obama and the administration and the American leadership will also continue to working on human rights in China,” he said.
Chen also said that Chinese Communist authorities had promised him an investigation into the abuses he incurred, as well as a guarantee of his family’s safety. However, to his knowledge, no such investigation has taken place.
Chen expressed disappointment that Chinese authorities are reluctant to investigate a case that has received so much international attention.
“If a case as high profile as mine cannot be properly handled in accordance with Chinese law and international legal norms, how are we able to believe that China will respect human rights and the rule of law? How are we able to believe that the Chinese central government is moving towards rule of law?” he said.
Chen Guangcheng is a self-taught lawyer and Chinese activist who called attention to forced abortions and sterilizations that have occurred in China, as a result of the one-child policy.
In early May of this year, Chen escaped from house arrest and sought refuge at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.
He was eventually granted entry into the United States and is currently a law student at New York University.