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Tuesday, January 09, 2007
A Man with no eyes sees more clearly than we who have vision.


From a Universe article by (Lord) David AltonJust before Christmas the blind Chinese Human Rights activist, 34-year-old Chen Guang Cheng, was given a four year prison sentence.He was convicted after first exposing and then speaking out against the policy of forced abortions and sterilisations in the Shandong Province of China. More than 130,000 women were forcibly aborted as part of the coercive one child policy.
This is a policy which Britain supports through our taxes (via international organisations funded by the British Government and who in turn fund the Chinese Population Association).… (Chen is) a man who has no eyes but sees quite clearly the enormity of what we choose to look away from. Although he lost his sight in childhood, Chen's vision of humanity and of human rights has helped to shine a light on the harrowing ordeal of countless Chinese women and their families. When local officials in Shandong began to impose their draconian coercive…. he began a legal action in the courts on behalf of the women who were being forcibly aborted and sterilised. …
Time magazine have just voted him one of the world's most influential 100 people.Initially Chen approached the State Family Planning Commission asking them to stop the outrages. They had Chen thrown into the back of a vehicle and then placed him under house arrest for three months. Observers report that hired dozens of thugs regularly visited his home, to intimidate him and his wife. ‘….…. in August last Chen was jailed for four years and three months for "damaging public property" and for organising villagers to disrupt traffic. …The whole process has been a total travesty of justice - and, a year before China hosts the Olympics, once again exposes the attitude of this Communist regime to human rights. … From his cell Chen told the outside world: "I am still engaged in the rights campaign. Don't worry about me. Think of it as if
I have embarked on a long journey. My resolve has not been shaken. I will never give up." …..Through Jubilee Campaign a nationwide protest has been launched calling for Chen's release. This will take the form of a postcard campaign to the Chinese Ambassador in London. The campaign is supported by LIFE, Right to Life and others. A sample postcard can be see on the noticeboard to the right of the glass norticeboard at the back of Church. Many will be available next weekend. In the meantime it would be a good idea to write to our M.P. about the government’s involvement in the Chinese policy.

posted by Sinead Reekie at 9:55 am