Blind activist Chen Guangcheng was recently beaten by other prisoners. Chen is serving a sentence of four years and three months as a result of helping villagers to take legal action against the Linyi city authorities who carried out forced abortion and sterilization to meet birth quotas. He said he was punished for insisting on filing an appeal to the provincial higher court which required the help of his lawyer or his wife due to his disability. Visits by his wife or lawyer have been limited to 30 minutes per month so it is not possible to put together the appeal. After the beating, he began a hunger strike on the same day. He had not been given any medical attention although he complained his ribs hurt and suspected one of them was broken. An Urgent Action (AI and AIUSA versions) is in effect until August 2nd.

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