Chen Guangcheng Timeline
June 16, 2013: Chen Guangcheng releases a statement saying he is being forced out of New York University due to pressure from the Chinese regime.
June 13, 2013: New York University asks Chen Guangcheng to leave within a month, New York Post reports on June 13.
May 20, 2013: Chen tours England and receives award from British Parliament for his human rights efforts.
May 15, 2013: Chen urges the European Parliament to deny entry to Chinese officials and to freeze all their assets in Europe (VIDEO).
May 9, 2013: Chen Guangcheng’s brother, Chen Guangfu is beaten by “hired thugs” in eastern Shandong Province (VIDEO).
May 1, 2013: Chinese prison authorities deny Chen’s nephew urgent medical treatment for acute appendicitis, while police continue to harass his relatives, according to rights groups.
April 18, 2013: Chen’s family faces harrassment (VIDEO)
November 30, 2012: Chinese court sentences Chen’s nephew, Chen Kegui to three years in prison. His family believe its the Chinese regime’s vengeance against Chen having escaped house arrest (VIDEO).
June 8, 2012: Security guards leave Chen’s home in China’s Shandong Province. Chen’s brother says local officials destroyed evidence of abuses before an impending investigation. Residents in Chen’s hometown, Dongshigu Village remain fearful and feeling intimidated (VIDEO)
May 19, 2012: Chen receives a fellowship to study at New York University. He prepares to leave for the United States.
April 2012: Chen escapes from house arrest and seeks safety in the U.S. Embassy for six days.
December 19, 2011: Hollywood actor Christian Bale is roughed up by Chinese guards when he tries to visit Chen roughed up by Chinese guards when he tries to visit Chen Guangcheng
December 2011: Due to international and domestic pressure from activists, Chen’s daughter is allowed to attend school, while monitored by guards.
September 2011: Chen’s daughter is denied schooling.
June 2011: Chen’s wife writes a letter of appeal, describing the long beatings she and her husband have suffered.
September 2010: Chen completes his jail term but remains under house arrest.
August 2007: Chen’s wife attempts to go to the Philippines to accept for Chen the Ramon Magsaysay Award, the Asian equivalent of the Nobel Peace Prize, but Chinese authorities force her to leave.
March 2007: Chen’s family meets with Chen for the first time since his imprisonment.
August 2006: Chen is sentenced to four years and three months in prison for “damaging property and disrupting traffic.”
July 2006: Chen sues the local government for persecution and abuse. The lawsuit addresses the house arrest and the harassment Chen and his family faced.
June 2006: Chen is arrested under charges for damaging property and for obstructing traffic by gathering groups of people.
September 2005: Local authorities put Chen and his entire family under house arrest.
June 2005: Chen files a class-action lawsuit against forced late-term abortions that the local government has enforced.
Early 2005: Chen’s neighbors tell him anecdotes of women being beaten and even kidnapped in order to meet the low birth rate quota set by his village’s new mayor, Li Qun in Shandong province.
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