CUSIB’s Jing Zhang shares first-hand accounts of blocked access to Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng

WRIC volunteers visiting Chen Guangchen and family in his village  The banner says Return Freedom to Chen Guangchen and His Family

Chen Guangcheng with his family

The Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB) Advisory Board Member Jing Zhang has shared with Free Media Online (FreeMediaOnline.org) the first-hand accounts and photos she received from Women’s Rights in China (WRIC) volunteers who wanted to meet the blind human rights activist Chen Guangcheng to express their support. On October 14, 2011, five disability activists of Women’s Rights in China tried to visit Chen at his home but were prevented by the police and their local agents from entering the village where the blind self-taught lawyer is being kept under house arrest. Chen exposed the systematic use of forced abortion and involuntary sterilization in implementing China’s one child policy and was sentenced to more than four years in prison. After serving the full sentence, he remains under detention at his home. Chen and his wife, Yuan Weijing, were reportedly beaten shortly after a human rights group released a video of their home under intense police surveillance last February. More information about Chen Guangcheng can also be found on the Women’s Rights Without Frontiers website. See: Chen Guangcheng and his family need your help!

The president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers is Reggie Littlejohn, also a CUSIB Advisory Board member.

Read the full report and see the photos on FreeMediaOnline.org

Jing Zhang, former political prisoner in China, President of Women's Rights in China and Operations Director of All Girls Allowed

Jing Zhang

Jing Zhang, president of Women’s Rights in China, spent five years in a Chinese prison for her belief in freedom and democracy. After leaving China, she built a career for twenty years as a newspaper editor in Hong Kong and the United States. Jing understands the trials Chinese women have to endure under one-party rule in a persistent patriarchal society.

She founded Women’s Rights in China in 2007 to popularize the concept of women’s rights and advocate for the weak and underprivileged in China. As the Operations Director of All Girls Allowed, Jing directs the projects aimed at the prevention of female infanticide, the education of abandoned female orphans, the reuniting of trafficked children with their families. She has testified multiple times in the United States Congress on behalf of AGA and WRIC on the problems of China’s one child policy and human trafficking. In these hearings, she also presented evidence of repression these underprivileged groups suffered in the hands of the Chinese government. Jing Zhang serves on the Advisory Board of the Committee for U.S. International Broadcasting (CUSIB)

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