Thursday, November 3, 2005
The Financial Times reports today that Jerome Cohen, in a talk to the Foreign Correspondents Club of China, continued to press the central government to do something about the ongoing unlawful confinement and harrassment of blind activist Chen Guangcheng (陈光诚). The article states in part:
“This is a daily shame to the People’s Republic of China,” Prof Cohen told the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China in a briefing.
“It’s not enough to make nice speeches about the importance of strengthening the rule of law and it’s not enough to have internal reforms within the ministry and various public security bureaux, you have got to come to grips with concrete cases,” he said.
Zhou Yongkang, public security minister, should “pick up the phone” and call the local police chief to tell him to stop the abuse, Prof Cohen said.
An official with the Ministry of Public Security in Beijing declined to comment yesterday on Mr Chen’s situation and Shandong police did not respond to questions on the case.
For information on Chen in Chinese, click here.