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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Chen Guangcheng has arrived in New York with his family

Blind Chinese lawyer Chen Guangcheng has arrived in New York with his family.

Shuffling in front of the cameras for his first news press conference in America he said: "I hope everybody works with me to promote justice and fairness in China."

He had emerged from 17 days confined in a Beijing hospital and years under illegal house arrest and yet seemed remarkably composed and at home addressing scores of reporters and cameras.

His arrival was the latest stage in an extraordinary journey from rural provincial China. There he championed thousands of victims of forced abortions and sterilisations as a self-taught lawyer.

He was jailed for four years and persecuted for his efforts and then made a captive in his own home by gangs of thugs working for provincial authorities.

He has claimed they abused his mother, wife and young daughter in differing ways and prevented him from practising law. Read More