Chen Guangcheng received international support when he was jailed on bogus charges after revealing to the world an extensive campaign of forced abortions and sterilizations in Linyi, China that saw as many as 10,000 women and men victimized.I wish the very best for Chen and his family, but I'm not holding my breath. If the Chinese government does release him, it will only be because the inhumanity of the one-child policy has already been exposed in the international media and they don't think he can do much additional damage.
Now, Chen's wife Yuan says she believes he to finally be released from prison this week after spending four years in jail in difficult conditions.
Yuan Weijing told AFP says Chen is supposed to be released this week, but she has received no confirmation from local authorities that he will be set free.
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Yuan tells AFP that local police have been setting up surveillance cameras outside his home and throughout their village that she says she believes are intended to monitor his whereabouts after his release.
"From all the surveillance equipment they are installing, it looks like that after he comes home he may not be completely free," Yuan said.
During his time in prison, Chen was reportedly denied access to medical treatment, poorly fed and at times beaten. Yuan was denied access to see her husband and not permitted to travel out of the country.
This sure puts things in perspective, doesn't it? While it is valid to criticize American government policies, especially on abortion, we should rememeber that it could be much worse. What else can Chen Guancheng's exceptional courage teach us?