Distinguished Visiting Fellow, IPR
Fellow of the Center for Human Rights,
School of Arts & Sciences
In His Own Words
Video Conversations about human rights in China
2019 - Episode 1
Chen Guangcheng tells about his life in mainland China and his work as an activist.
2019 - Episode 2
Chen Guangcheng recounts the loss of his eyesight and what that meant for him as a poor villager in China.
2019 - Episode 3
Chen Guangcheng talks about the use of social media in China and the obstacles the Communist Party puts in people's way, and the dangers of the surveillance state.
2019 - Episode 4
Chen Guangcheng talks about the help he gets from the University Office of Disability Support Services, something that helps his work in human rights, and something he thinks makes America a great country because disability accommodation is the law.
2019 - Episode 5
Chen Guangcheng talks about joining hands with Tibetan groups to fight the inhumanity of the authoritarian Communist regime. He decries the the government's use of firewalls to block the free flow of information from outside China.
2019 - Episode 6
Chen Guangcheng talks about his friend, Wang Quanzhang, a lawyer jailed in China for his support of human rights. Wang is currently in Linyi Prison in Shandong, the same place Chen Guangcheng was imprisoned for his own battles against the CCP. Wang's family has not been able to visit him and fears he has been tortured, and Chen implores viewers to think of ways to support this political prisoner.
2019 - Episode 7
Chen Guangcheng talks about his friend, Wang Quanzhang, a lawyer jailed in China for his support of human rights. Chen describes the ways the CCP, the Communist Party of China, puts pressure on dissidents, and anyone who supports them. Children are prevented from attending school, adults find that jobs are closed to them, and supporters are threatened.
2019 - Episode 8
Chen Guangcheng explains what's at stake in the recently proposed criminal law amendment in Hong Kong that would allow anyone to be extradited to mainland China as "criminal fugitives," including human rights activists and supporters of democracy. Even without the law, China has been guilty of kidnapping dissidents from Hong Kong and other places to "black sites," in China where they disappear.
2019 - Episode 9
Chen describes the situation in Hong Kong, where millions of people demonstrated against a law that would have allowed extradition to mainland China for the prosecution of crimes. Despite the efforts of the Communist Party to keep news of the protests out of mainland China, they have not been successful, and an estimated 30,000 protesters took to the streets in one province.
2019: Episode 10
The protests in Hong Kong continue against the CCP. Pro-democracy protesters were beaten by gangs empowered by the government in mainland China. Armed with sticks and metal rods, and hidden by masks, they attacked riders in the subway and sent at least 45 to the hospital.