Pro-Life Activist: Human Rights in China ‘Getting Worse’

Penny Starr | December 3, 2012 | 4:44pm EST
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Chen Guangcheng, a blind activist in China who exposed abuses under the government's one-child policy, has been under house arrest since his release from prison in September 2010. (AP Photo.)

( – Chen Guangcheng, the blind Chinese activist who escaped house arrest in May and came with his family to live in the United States, has released a video condemning the human rights violations he claims are perpetrated by China’s Communist government, including the disappearance of dissidents and a one-child per family policy that includes forcing women to have abortions.

“Unfortunately, the human rights in China is in fact getting worse,” Chen said in the video filmed in New York City with the Freedom Tower shining in the night skyline behind him. “This has to garner more attention from the world.

“And the United States in particular as a beacon of freedom needs to play a leading role,” Chen said, adding that human rights should take precedent over trade in the international community.

Chen cites the arrest and disappearance of dissidents, including his own nephew, who was beaten in his own home and taken into custody by government officials.

“In China, no one is safe,” Chen said.

While living in China, Chen fought for the rights of citizens, including women who are forced to have abortions if they already have one child.

“The violence in maintaining China’s one-child policy still extensively exists,” Chen said. “It is a sin because life is sacred.”

On Nov. 20 while attending the East Asian Summit in Cambodia, President Barack Obama said the U.S.-China relationship is “cooperative and constructive” and that it’s important that the two nations set “clear rules of the road” for trade and investment.

In the video, Chen calls on the “free world” to stand up to the Chinese government and acknowledge its mistreatment of its people, including the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners and Tibetans.

Phayul, the Tibetan news agency in exile, reports that 29 Tibetans have set themselves on fire in the past month to protest treatment by the Chinese government.

“How can leaders of the free world keep silent watching the blood and tears of fellow human beings flow and Tibetans burning themselves?” Chen said. “How can world leaders remain unmoved?”

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