The Philippines based Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation announced the winners of its annual award this week. Blind activist, Chen Guangcheng who is currently serving a prison sentence of four years and three months was selected for the award in the Emergent Leadership category. Just over a month ago, I wrote a post about Chen being tortured in prison. I hope that the award would bring some relief to prison conditions and also improve Chen’s visiting rights with his wife and lawyer.

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Update: Chen’s wife, Yuan Weijing was prevented from leaving the country on August 24th to go to the Philippines to collect the award for her husband. The authorities attempted to stop her earlier but Yuan eventually made it as far as the airport where she was detained.