UNH Law Hosts Chinese Dissident, Noted Human Rights Activist Chen Guangcheng
His Advocacy Spans the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Environmental: Protection, Women’s Rights, Democracy Promotion, and Internet Freedom
The University of New Hampshire School of Law's Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership & Public Policy, the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice, and the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire are pleased to present Chinese dissident and human rights activist Chen Guangcheng.
Chen will speak at UNH Law on November 6 about the Chinese Communist Party and what he calls the unusual power it has over the Chinese government and people.
Chen is best known for a 2005 class action lawsuit against officials of the Shandong Province for abuses related to enforcement of China’s one-child policy. According to the Lantos Foundation, "The lawsuit exposed official abuse of thousands of people who were subjected to late-term forced abortion, mandatory sterilization, and late-night beatings. Chen also worked to stop environmental damage and end land-use policies that illegally enriched officials. In 2005, he was placed under house arrest for seven months, was disappeared for three months, then arrested and sentenced to jail for four years and three months. In September of 2010, he was released from prison but continued to be illegally detained at home, during which time he suffered inhumane and cruel treatment, until his escape."
In April 2012, Chen, a blind self-taught lawyer, dramatically escaped house arrest in China and fled to the U.S. Embassy. He and his immediate family left China, and Chen currently is the Lantos Foundation's Senior Advisor on Internet Freedom and Human Rights for Individuals with Disabilities. He was awarded the 2012 Lantos Prize, which is presented each year to a global figure who has shown extraordinary courage and leadership in the struggle for human rights.
According to the Lantos Foundation, "Mr. Chen was a particularly worthy recipient of the Lantos Prize. In the face of threats, persecution, and imprisonment, Guangcheng has demonstrated truly remarkable tenacity. His advocacy has spanned the spectrum of human rights concerns in China - encompassing the rights of persons with disabilities, environmental protection, women’s rights, democracy promotion, and internet freedom."
Chen also is a fellow at Princeton's Witherspoon Institute, a research center, and a visiting fellow at the Catholic University of America.
The event is free and open to the public. It will be held in Room 282 at UNH Law from 5:30-7 p.m on November 6. A reception will follow.
Please RSVP to Rudman.Center@law.unh.edu.
Photo above by Babette Rittmeyer/Lantos Foundation