Political dissident, activist and “barefoot lawyer” Chen Guangcheng is well known in his native China for advocating for the rights of the rural poor. After suing local authorities for their excessive enforcement of China’s “One Child Policy,” Chenwas arrested in 2006 on trumped up charges “disrupting traffic and damaging property.” After serving his sentence, he was placed under house arrest. Since then, he has continued to decry corruption amongst Chinese political elite, and the Chinese Communist Party’s monopoly on political power. Chen Guangcheng details various instances of China’s violent suppression of dissent, and reminds us that human rights issues must remain a concern for everyone, from Colorado to rural China.
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